Ageing Groover from Vancouver

Bryan AdamsMuch to the derision of my younger colleagues, we went to see Bryan Adams at Wembley Arena last night.  (I went with James – my oldest schoolfriend – who was reluctantly dragged along by his wife Becky.  G is in Tanzania.)

I had low expectations – I wasn’t sure that I would recognize many of the songs, and I’ve always thought the song from Robin Hood  was a dreadful dirge.  And it was much better than I expected.  Adams looks much younger than 47 – perhaps the results of his vegan diet – and he rocks pretty good.  I prefer his older stuff – especially songs from the 1984 album Reckless – but perhaps that merely reflects my age rather than the quality of the music.  I have to confess, I even thought Everything I Do was pretty good live.

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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