Date: October 14, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: The Warfield
Artist: Bryan Adams
Opening Act(s): n/a
“Straight from the Heart” released in February 1983 is the song that first introduced me to Bryan Adams. His subsequent album “Reckless” released in 1984 produced several hits and made Bryan Adams famous in the US. Since then he recorded several albums and songs for movies. All of these songs were part of The Bare Bones Tour setlist.
The Bare Bones Tour is Bryan Adams stripped down. There is no opening act, just Bryan Adams performing for approximately two hours with an acoustic guitar, and occasionally Gary Breit accompanying on piano. Bryan promised to play as many songs as he could remember from his 30-year catalog of music.
Early into his set Bryan asked if there were any ‘wild women’ in the audience. One woman close to me stood up, screamed, and waved her arms as her son looked humiliated. Bryan called out a woman in a sparkly tank top and said she was looked like a wild woman and asked if she could dance. She did some sexy moves so he said he was going to sing the next song to her while she danced. She shook her stuff as Bryan sang “If Ya Wanna Be Bad, Ya Gotta Be Good” taking a few drinks from a couple of people in the audience as she danced her way down to the front of the stage.
There was one ridiculously crazy, drunk woman that shouted out “Can you do it again?” after he sang “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” from the Kevin Costner movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”. He acknowledged her (big mistake because it just encouraged her to keep screaming nonsense throughout the rest of the show) by asking the audience if we wanted him to do the song again. Then said we would like the next song just as much.
Bryan Adams performed all of his hits – “Summer of 69”, “Cuts Like a Knife”, “Run to You”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started”, “Heaven”, “Straight from the Heart”, “Back to You”, “Please Forgive Me”, and more. This show was spectacular. Not only did he sound great, he was also funny and a bit self-deprecating as he shared stories about each song. Bryan Adams absolutely blew me away!