BRYAN Adams is returning to Hong Kong for an encore performance - and he plans to make up for a concert earlier this year which still makes him cringe. The problem with Adams' first Hong Kong gig in February was the venue, as many a disgruntled fan will remember. The perennial problem of a lack of decent halls saw promoter, Midas Promotions, stage his show at a Convention Centre seventh floor theatre - and the result was a disaster. ''It was a dreadful place,'' lamented Adams from his London home this week as he was packing his bags for the Asia tour which brings him to Hong Kong on January 5 for one night at the Coliseum. Tickets go on sale on December 16, for $180, $280 and $380 through URBTIX. ''The gig went very well and the concert was quite a success, but it was a horrible atmosphere. It was like playing in a barn or a garbage can. It was a strange place, I wasn't very happy about it,'' added Adams. And nor were his fans, who had forked out $420 for a ticket, only to have their view blocked within seconds, because of the venue's level seating, after hundreds of people raced to the front of the stage. But those who persevered were rewarded with one of the year's best rock concerts. ''It was a nightmare not only for the audience and the band, but also for the technical crew. We had to gerry-rig things to make things work properly,'' recalls Adams, obviously still smarting. ''It was a great show and the response was wonderful, it's just that the venue was horrible. I like things to be great all round,'' said Adams, who added that he was out to leave a better impression this time. Fortunately, Adams' impression of Hong Kong was not tainted by his Convention Centre experience. ''I've played worse places. It just seems a shame to bring us all the way out there to play in a crap place.'' And he doesn't really blame the promoters for the sight and sound debacle: the low ceilings distorted the sound. ''I think it was more worthwhile to play than not to play, don't you?''. And so Adams is returning and looking forward to seeing Hong Kong again. ''I made a lot of friends last time down there; hopefully I'll be making a few more. Also, I only saw one side of the city properly, so I'd like to do some more exploring. My impression is that it is a place you need to go back to, to get a feel for it,'' said Adams. The tour which brings him to Hong Kong is called So Far So Good, which is also the title of his latest album, a collection of hits, with a few new ones. And it has proved a runaway success in this region. The single from the album, Please Forgive Me, has just made number one in Hong Kong; news which delighted Adams. Both the single and the album are number one in Australia, where he goes after playing a series of Asian city concerts. Adams will be enjoying Christmas in Thailand before his tour kicks off on December 28. He's looking forward to returning to the Far East. ''Playing in Asia is quite different, the whole atmosphere is different to playing North America or Europe. I find it quite exciting,'' said the Canadian-born singer-songwriter. Also heading for Hong Kong is Chris Isaak. He's here for a one-off gig on December 17. Dubbed ''A Very Intimate Evening With Chris Isaak'', it is being staged at Theatre One of the complex which caused such bad vibes for Adams: the Convention Centre. But Allen Japp, of the Entertainment Company, is confident that everything will run smoothly for Isaak's concert. ''This is completely different, an intimate evening, not a barn-like event. No one will be more than 22 rows away from the stage. I spoke to Chris Isaak about the arrangements last night and he's looking forward to it,'' reported Japp. An unusual series of events led to the one-off performance. STAR-TV is bringing Chris Isaak to the territory for its Christmas party on December 16 at the Hilton. The Entertainment Company was contacted and at short notice began a frantic search for a venue, looking at every possibility from Boy Scout halls to kindergartens before securing the Convention Centre theatre last Friday. And it's going to be a tight fit; the musicians can only have a sound check after 7pm and the theatre has to be cleared by 11.30pm. Isaak, who crooned his way to the top of the charts around the world with the song Wicked Game, will be on stage from 9.30pm to 11pm. There are only 600 tickets for sale at $280 and they're expected to be snapped up fast. Call 541 3633 or 541 3690 for bookings.