'Bryan Adams - Wembley 1996, Live'
(Bryan Adams / DVD / NR / 2016 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: 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.
DVD Verdict: 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 was struck, for the next two hours everyone was beholden, entranced by their Canadian rock hero.
As Bryan makes his way up to the stage from backstage, it is bright sunlight, the en masse of deafening roars of love for the man evident in every audience member's scream. He waves at people, he smiles at the camera that follows him out, Bryan is happy and raring to go. The 24 song show opens with the flat out rocker, and the album's first hit single, "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You" and immediately everyone is having the time of their collective lives.
The energy levels are pumped even higher thereafter as that is backed by tracks such as "Do To You", "Kids Wanna Rock" and the high flying "Can't Stop This Thing We Started". The mid-tempo, gentle rocker "This Time" is next, and that's backed by "18 'Til I Die" and then the beautiful ballad, "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" Album track "Touch The Hand" (from his all-round brilliant Waking Up the Neighbours album in 1992) is next, and that's followed by a stunning "Cuts Like A Knife". Then out comes a seemingly overwhelmed, yet broadly smiling Melissa Etheridge and together they then bring us "It's Only Love", before she leaves and Bryan runs into both the classic "Somebody" and the award-winning "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You".
After a brief chit chat with the audience, and with the sun going down, Bryan then launches into a quite brilliant trio of songs: the powerhaus "Run To You", the gentle rocker "There Will Never Be Another Tonight" and then an out-of-the-blue rendition of a classic rockabilly song (written by both Buck Trail and Henry Glover, "Seven Nights to Rock". Wow, I mean, sure, it wasn't everybody's cup of tea amongst that 100,000, but it most certainly showcased Bryan's love for all things music within, and tangential to his chosen genre.
Next up is "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, all 100,000 singing at the top of their voices "Summer Of '69".
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 now can be with the release (for the first time anywhere) of this new live DVD from Eagle Vision. This production is a 4:3 Screen Format, DVD 9 Dual Layer, with Dolby Stereo