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Title - 'Bryan Adams - Wembley Live 1996' [2 CD]
Artist - Bryan Adams

For those not in the know, and shame on you if that's you of a certain age, Bryan Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

Adams rose to fame in North America with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless, which produced some of his best known songs, including "Run to You" and "Summer of '69".

In 1991, he released "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from the album Waking Up the Neighbours and the song became a worldwide hit which went to number 1 in many countries, including 16 consecutive weeks in the United Kingdom, a new record. Adams also had the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Heaven", "All for Love" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"

For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, three Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated five times for Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.

Adams was also awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.

With the DVD of the same name/show already out, now it's the turn of Bryan Adams - Wembley Live 1996 [2 CD] to be released this June 30th 2017 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

It was July 27th 1996 and a sell-out crowd in excess of 100,000 welcomed Bryan Adams to Wembley Stadium on his 18 Til I Die Tour in support of the multi-platinum album of the same name.

Bryan's soon-to-be-massive 18 Til I Die album had been released a few weeks earlier and hit the No.1 spot on the UK Albums Chart and gone Top 5 right around Europe. Wembley Stadium, in England, the home of the national football team, was packed to the brim. Indeed, with close to 100,000 people packed inside this Stadium - just after Euro 96' - on a hot summer day/night, once the very first chord of 'The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You' is struck, for the next two hours everyone was beholden, entranced by their Canadian rock hero.

The 24 song show continues breathlessly onward after the album's first hit single, with "Do To You," "Kids Wanna Rock," the loud sing-along "Can't Stop This Things We Started", and then both "This Time" and "18 'Til I Die."

From the constant noise made by the audience, it's clear that everyone is having the time of their collective lives here tonight. Adams slows his roll a little with both "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" and new album track "Touch The Hand," but cranks all that energy right back up again, closing out the first disc of two with "Cuts Like A Knife," "It's Only Love" (with special guest Melissa Etheridge standing in for Tina Turner), and then both "Somebody" and then the massive tear jerking ballad, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You."

The second disc opens with a frenetic "Run To You," which Adams backs seamlessly with both the gentle rocker "There Will Never Be Another Tonight" and one of my own personal favorites, the lesser known "Seven Nights To Rock." A fabulous rendition of a classic rockabilly song (written by both Buck Trail and Henry Glover), it's followed by "I Wanna Wear Your Underwear" (a track I've always loved listening to), and that's followed by a cover of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing".

The rousing anthem "It Ain't A Party (If You Can't Come 'Round)", and then both a fun "She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'" and an all-stage-lights-flashing, everyone sweaty and going nuts (I've seen and reviewed the DVD so I know), all 100,000 singing at the top of their voices "Summer Of '69" is one of the OTT highlights of this fantastic live double album.

Once every one, and every thing has calmed down, Bryan slows the proceedings down with "All For Love", and follows that with the beautiful slowburn of "Let's Make A Night To Remember." Coming back on stage after a quick break, we next get a balls-to-the-wall version of The Clash's infamous "I Fought The Law" before he brings the entire over-two-hours-long show to a close with a deliriously-stunning "Heaven".

Simply put, if you weren't there in 1996, you can now buy this 2CD set, and in the comfort of your own home, put it on, close your eyes and be there as if you were the first time around.

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