||Name: Bryan Adams|
Born: November 5, 1959
Birth Place: Kingston, ON,
Home: London, England
Live Role: Volume
Food: He's a vegan
was born on November 5th 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Over his career he
has toured the world, been nominated for several Oscars, been awarded the honour
of British Columbia, sold millions of albums, campaigned to help save the whales
and so much more... but it wasn't always that way... He grew up in a military
family with his brother Bruce and throughout his childhood travelled the world
with his family going to school in Portugal for 4 years in the early 70's and
also countries like Israel too. As Adams neared his teens the family settled in
that's where it all started to begin.
with a guitar as a kid
with his brother Bruce
his Mother and little brother Bruce in Israel
up with school, Adams showed a greater interest in music and initially wanted
to be a drummer but never got a drum kit because he could never afford one. He
set his heart on a playing the guitar and eventually saved up enough money to
buy a Fender Stratocaster by working at the Tomahawk restaurant washing dishes.
started writing his own music but started going into clubs performing with friends
as a band called 'Shock' doing covers. As Adams recalls from an interview in 1996
"we were shocking!". By this time at around the age of 17 to 18 Adams'
songs were getting better which included 'Straight From The Heart' which was written
when he was just 18.
1977 though he went to see a band called 'Sweeney Todd'
the lead singer at
that time wasn't meant to be that good and word has it that Bryan told him so
during the gig. The singer said that if he could do any better he should come
Adams did just that and remained the bands lead singer. In all honestly
though the band were not that good and Adams still had a desire to make it on
(Left) Sweeney Todds producer with Bryan.
Bryan's departs from Sweeney Todd to persue a solo career. (Above) Bryan onstage
for Sweeney Todd
In 1979 he
got a deal with A&M records who signed him for just $1! (He always said he
wasn't in it or the money!). He released his first single that year which was
a disco tune called 'Let Me Take You Dancing'
not Adams' style and it was
a massive flop! He returned the following year though in 1980 with his first self
titled solo album
'Bryan Adams'. In the same interview mentioned earlier
from 1996 Bryan refers to this album as "just a bunch of glorified demos!".
Granted by his standards today it could be better, but back then it was a massive
improvement from the awful disco tune the previous year, and was more Adams' style.
He had teamed up with fellow Vancouver resident Keith Scott on lead guitar because
as he says "we decided to ask Keith to come in the band because all the women
loved him, and you would always get those extra people in the club every night
who would just be there for Keith!". Better songs off the album included
a ballad called 'Give Me Your Love', a rocker called 'Remember' and 'Wastin' Time'.
The album was put together in about a week and isn't that bad considering.
the next album though in 1981 Adams' had more time to write, record and produce
his follow up album 'You Want It, You Got It' which proved more successful and
started to get Adams' noticed further a field than his native Canada. This time
every song was worth another listen with quality songs such as 'Tonight', 'Lonely
Nights', 'No One Makes It Right' and 'Fits Ya Good'. Adams toured extensively
wherever he could to get noticed and by the next album this had paid off
saw the release of the 'Cuts Like A Knife' album, which gained Adams major recognition
in Canada at the Juno awards where he stole the show picking up numerous awards.
The album included 'Straight From The Heart', 'This Time', 'The Best Was Yet To
Come', 'I'm Ready' and of course 'Cuts Like A Knife'. He was now a star in rock
circles and his touring proved that
gigging across the globe. He also got
his first taste of stadium life supporting 'Journey' on a massive stadium tour
across the USA. His live performances were energetic, raw sounding and unlike
anything people were used to at the time. Everyone could see there was something
special about him and that was about to be confirmed!
was released in 1984 and it instantly made Adams a household name throughout the
world. It was the first million seller by a Canadian Artist and was very ahead
of it's time
in my opinion still rocking harder than any album released today.
Literally EVERY track is awesome. Nearly the entire album was a released as a
single or promo item at sometime or other and Adams regularly performs 8 out of
the total 10 tracks live at each gig to this day. MTV loved airing tunes like
'Run To You' while 'Heaven' and 'It's Only Love' increased his profile yet further
with the latter being a duet with Tina Turner (who he also toured Europe with).
Other songs on the album such as 'Kids Wanna Rock', 'Somebody' and 'Summer Of
'69' instantly became rock anthems.
then on BA was touring around the world and selling out his own shows at world
famous venues for the first time playing gigs at venues like Madison Square Garden
to Tokyo Budokan and everywhere in between. He was regularly chosen to appear
at big all-star rock concerts like the 'Liveaid' show where he played the Philadelphia
gig. He was now an international superstar that could fill huge football stadiums
among the likes of U2, Elton John and Queen.|
such a big album though the pressure was on him to produce another one. Along
came 'Into The Fire' in 1987 which sold a few million copies but in not the same
way that 'Reckless' did
because of this the album was considered a flop by
his standards although remains a favourite with many fans. It takes a more political
view on life than other albums and doesn't have the 'feel good factor' that 'Reckless'
still a very good album though. 1987 was once again full of soldout tourdates
though with everyone knowing that he was an amazing live act to go and see.
was very quiet from then on from 1988-1990 apart from the odd tourdates here and
there because he was working on the next album, which had to be good. He did however
play 'The Wall' gig though in Berlin infront of 120,000 people
the most people
he has ever played infront of. They played the famous 'Live! Live! Live!' gig
in 1988 at Werchter Festival also. The next album was coming along very slowly
meanwhile and Bryan was getting pressured by his record company for it to arrive
worked with Steve Lillywhite for a while and nearly got a full albums worth of
.but he ditched them all because he didn't feel they were good enough
and started all over again with Def Leppard guy Robert John 'Mutt' Lange. Finally
in 1991 the album was nearly ready
Adams had wrote one song though as a b-side
for the album, but it eventually made it onto the record via the film soundtrack
of 'Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves'
was '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' and it became one of the biggest singles
of all time in music history. It notched up a record 16 weeks at #1 in the UK
and 7 weeks at #1 in the US as well as topping the chart in literally nearly every
country in the world. Bryan Adams was now a megastar around the world and the
whole planet it seemed was waiting for the new album to be released.
Up The Neighbours' was released in September 1991 and like it's leading single
went straight to the top of the charts around the world again. The media was going
crazy over Bryan and wrote a lot of crazy stories about him (which explains his
reluctance to do interviews today) but he just let the music do the talking and
started a world tour that would last for 4 years none stop around the world. The
album produced great rock hits like 'Can't Stop This Thing We Started', 'Thought
I'd Died And Gone To Heaven' and 'There Will Never Be Another Tonight' as well
as many more.
1992 started where 1991 left off
tour! The band ploughed through mega-sized venues around the world night after
night after night stopping off at places like the Werchter Festival, Wembley Stadium
and Madison Square Garden. Every single concert was soldout and the demand was
unreal. This prompted a 'best of' album the following year in 1993 with 'So Far
So Good' and the continuation of the world tour. 2 new singles were also released,
'Please Forgive Me' and 'All For Love (from 'The 3 Musketeers' soundtrack with
Rod Stewart & Sting)
By 1994 'So Far So Good'
was still a success, a proven one at that having notched up in excess of 25 million
sales. The world tour carried on although Bryan was thinking about the next new
album already and infact penned one of the new tracks in Australia during a soundcheck
that January. The tour was taking the band to places where nobody had even played
before, let alone Bryan. He became the first western artist to perform in Vietnam
since the war early on in the year and by May he played at Wembley 6 sellout nights
in a row, other stops on the tour were in Malaysia, New Zealand, USA, Germany
and finally Canada where Adams soldout the Vancouver Coliseum infront of thousands
and thousands of adoring fans.
1995 saw Adams go to
Jamaica in his mobile studio unit to write and record the next album. With all
the touring the past few years the fans had got no new material to listen to since
1991 so it was time to deliver again. 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?' was
released for the film soundtrack 'Don Juan De Marco' which kept fans amused but
the actual album was still some time off yet.
in May 1996 'The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You' was aired on MTV and
radio stations around the world, it was the rock track the fans had been waiting
for. A full world tour was announced and BA hit the road again with a new colourful
look and a full set of new rock tracks under his belt. The album '18 Til I Die'
was released on June 4th to a mixed reception from the critics
the sales do the talking though once again hitting #1 around the world. In July
he played the best gig he admits to this day was his best ever in Wembley Stadium
favourite venue. Further singles from the album followed including 'Let's Make
A Night To Remember', '18 Til I Die' and 2 other soundtracks songs from the album,
'Star' and 'I Finally Found Someone'.
The tour continued
in 1997 once more with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland,
UK (including another 5 soldout nights at Wembley!), Ireland, Spain, Portugal,
Italy, Russia, Denmark, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Japan the
list goes on and on and on
the guy is just a touring machine! By the end
of the year a surprise new album came in the form of 'MTV Unplugged' including
3 new songs
the best of which, 'Back To You' was an instant hit. 'I'm Ready'
was resurrected from the 'Cuts Like A Knife' album for the show and was released
as a single in 1998 before the band went into the studio again for the next album
came about pretty quickly in comparison to other long waits for albums. Bryan
said he realised with the 'MTV Unplugged' record that it shouldn't take that long
to write an album! 'On A Day Like Today' was released in the fall of 1998 with
the title track of the album being the leading single. 'When You're Gone' was
released sooner after reaching #3 in the UK and staying in the top 10 for weeks
and weeks well into the next year.
was good friends with Princess Diana
has met the Queen on many occasions, even photographing her for the Canadian stamp!
hadn't toured with the release of the new album which was to become apparent when
he did start in 1999
.there were only 3 of them! From now on until late 2002
Bryan and the band would perform as a trio with Bryan on bass, Keith Scott on
guitar and Mickey Curry on drums. They started with small clubs around Europe
until they felt confident to take the album on the road in big venues. In May
Bryan and the band performed to big sellout gigs in South Africa at the same time
that 'Cloud #9' was released
this was another big hit in the UK, but it seems
Bryan's popularity had dwindled in the fickle US market. This is down to Bryan's
record company not giving him the promotion he deserves. For the rest of the world
though it was business as normal
particularly in Europe where he did another
monster tour through every major city and festival ground.
end of that year resulted in another 'best of' album
'The Best Of Me' which
contained a new song of the same name, and a secret track 'Don't Give Up' with
Chicane. In May 2000 this was released as a single and became a massive hit throughout
Europe topping the charts at #1 in most places including the UK. One highlight
of this year was Bryan playing to 80,000 at Slane Castle in Ireland
people they had played to so far since the trio band started.
BA having fun with guitar best mate Keith Scott
saw Bryan on tour constantly again like most years, however by the end of the
year he had a side project going
'Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron' which
was an animated film about a horse. Bryan had to provide the whole soundtrack.
He did an amazing job and actually got nominated for another Oscar. 'Here I Am'
was released in July 2002 and got to #5 in the UK charts with no airplay at all
was clear the fans were still there.
Bryan still tours the world and sells out huge arenas and stadiums
2003 saw Bryan on the road again while recording
his next studio album, hence the name.... 'Room Service'. It reflects
life on the road and was recorded in hotelrooms while touring in
2003 and 2004. It was released on September 20, 2004 with 'Open
Road' being its first single followed by 'Flying' and 'Room Service'.
May '05 saw the album released in the states with leading single
'This Side Of Paradise'. By the end of '05 'Anthology' was released
to celebrate 25 years in the business as a solo artist. Bryan is
currently working on getting a new studio album out by early 2007.