November 19th 2016

Bryan Adams, Get Up Tour, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, 5th May 2016

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams gig number 9 for me (almost into the double figures), and my first show since 2014.

It was an absolutely glorious day when we arrived in Glasgow. This time we stayed at the new Premier Inn across from the Hydro (really nice, bit of slow check-in). After checking in, we headed back into town and went for the obligatory pre-concert meal at Hard Rock cafe.

Somehow, I managed to secure the same seats we had at the Hydro the last time (4th row, yay). Since we didn’t have to queue for a position, we sauntered across the bridge nearer to show time.

This tour was in support of the new Get Up album. After watching the New Year’s show, I was eager to hear the new songs live- they sounded great (in particular You Belong to Me and Brand New Day). Nice to see the Eddie Cochran cover back in the setlist too! Before the show, a few of us had requested Into the Fire via Twitter. The Into The Fire album is hugely underrated and I’ve been waiting 12 years to hear it live- finally Bryan played it tonight. Fantastic.

The next morning, we got up early and walked all the way along the Clyde, and into town. If you haven’t done it before, I recommend it- there’s lots of nice artwork to see along the way (cameras at the ready).

Next Bryan Adams gig: Montrose (as unlikely as that sounds)!

Setlist
Do What Ya Gotta Do
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started
Don’t Even Try
Run to You
Go Down Rockin’
Heaven
Kids Wanna Rock
It’s Only Love
This Time
You Belong to Me
Summer of ’69
When You’re Gone (acoustic)
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
On a Day Like Today
If Ya Wanna Be Bad Ya Gotta Be Good
Here I Am
Somebody
I’ll Always Be Right There (acoustic)
Please Forgive Me
Cuts Like a Knife
18 ’til I Die
The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You

Encore:
Brand New Day
C’mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran cover)
All Shook Up (Elvis Presley cover)
She Knows Me (acoustic)
Straight From the Heart (acoustic)
Into the Fire (acoustic)
All for Love (acoustic)
Remember (acoustic)

November 19th 2016

Swan Lake, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 30th April 2016

Swan Lake

This was my second time at the ballet- I love Tchaikovsky’s score for Swan Lake.

This production of Swan Lake was produced by Scottish Opera. As it turned out, it was a stripped back show, and more contemporary. Personally, I found it to be a rather odd production. There were no fancy costumes- most were plain, one block of colour. It was also difficult to establish characters too- I know the basic story of the ballet, and I’m sure characters were removed.

On the plus side, the dancers were great and it was *incredible* to hear the score being played by a live orchestra (that was my favourite part).

Overall, I thought it was a lacklustre show, and those comments were echoed by audience members around me as I was leaving.

November 19th 2016

Guys and Dolls, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 9th April 2016

Guys and Dolls

I bought a ticket for this rather last minute as I needed something to do on a Saturday afternoon. Basic premise of the show: a Salvation Army member tries to save the souls of some New York based gamblers. This particular version had some big names in it (West End transfer): Louise Dearman, Richard Fleeshman and Maxwell Caulfield.

Jack Edwards as Nicely-Nicely Johnson stole the show in his rendition of “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat”.

Whilst it was a good show, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as others I’ve seen. Nothing to do with the cast at all- they were amazing. It just felt as though something was missing.

November 5th 2016

Avenue Q, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 2nd April 2016

Avenue Q

Avenue Q last came to Aberdeen a few years ago (~2011). Since I was a poor student, I couldn’t afford to see it. It’s often performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival too, later on in the evening, and finishes well after the last train home departs. Finally got to see it this year!

So, what’s the story? Well, it’s about the life of a Graduate, fresh out of College, with a BA in English. Of course it’s set in Alphabet City, NYC.

If you’re unaware, the show is like Sesame Street (puppets included) however, it discusses very different themes (read: not suitable for children or people who are easily offended). There is plenty of humour, and it’s an interesting commentary on life in the 21st century. With the puppets, you can clearly see the humans operating them, which is odd for approx 2 mins- after that, you stop noticing the person and focus on the puppet.

This particular show was performed by Sell-A-Door Productions. I don’t know if this was a particular feature pertaining to this production but, during one of the numbers towards the end when they are raising money for a Monster School, the cast came into the audience to raise money. This money actually goes towards very real UK-based children’s charities, which I thought was a nice touch.

A great show, catchy tunes (bought the soundtrack when I got home). I think the Bad Idea Bears were my favourite characters. YAY!

April 4th 2016

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 5th March 2016

Priscilla stage

I first saw Priscilla back in the summer of 2013 and it quickly became one of my favourite musicals. The last tour was so popular the show was brought back for another round: this marked my 4th time seeing it. This time, Duncan James of Blue fame played Tick, Simon Green played Bernadette and, Adam Bailey played Felicia. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive about seeing the show after the cast change however, the fresh faces provided a welcome change (though I think Adam Bailey stole the show).

There were a few song amendments from the last tour- “Downtown” and “I’ve Never Been To Me” have been included in the show (they were there in the original Australian production but were removed for Broadway). “True Colours” has remained in place of “Both Sides Now”. In terms of the set, he bus looks more like a proper bus- in the past it was more of a flimsy metal frame. Much better. The “Follie! Delirio vano รจ questo! Sempre libera” scene is also much improved (Felicia no longer sits atop a tiny deck chair). The scene isn’t explained though and I guess it might look a bit random to those who haven’t seen the film.

A great day out- I really enjoyed this new production and I’m hoping to catch it again. I’ll leave you with an obligatory shot of the stage (no giant lipstick this time either!).