Adams gets better second time around

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 January, 1994, 12:00am

THERE were mixed emotions last night among the 9,000-strong crowd that packed the Coliseum for Bryan Adams' long-awaited return to the territory.

Doing away with his rock and roll pretty-boy image, Adams impressed by rocking the house solidly with his aggressive new songs.

And he drew rapturous applause by promising to play all his hits later on in the set. Then the classics came rolling in.

Canadian Adams brought the house to its feet, pumping out Run to You, Cuts Like a Knife and Summer of '69, and climaxing with a subtle rendition of Everything I do, I do it for you to a sea of flickering cigarette lighters.

By far the biggest surprise - and disappointment - came when Adams walked off-stage after his encore of All for Love - shocking many by breaking his promise and not playing his staple hits like Somebody, Heaven and Heat of the Night .

Adams apologised for the problems of his show in the territory just over a year ago. He described the Convention Centre, where he then played, as a ''dump''.