If you owned a radio in the 1980s, then Bryan Adams helped provide the soundtrack to your life. The Canadian singer-songwriter’s hit songs – including “Cuts Like A Knife,” “This Time,” “Run To You” and “Heaven” to name only a few – flooded the airwaves throughout the decade. And unlike many ‘80s artists that couldn’t carry success into the ‘90s, Adams continued to chart hits, landing a #1 song with “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack.
In addition to his music career, the 53 year-old Adams is known for his animal rights activism and photography skills. A Grammy and multiple Juno Award winner, he received his place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
On Monday, August 12, Adams will return to Birmingham for an acoustic performance at the BJCC Theatre. Recently, we caught up with him.
Brent Thompson: Bryan, thanks for your time. If you will, please talk about the current tour.
Bryan Adams: It’s a tour I started four years ago which I thought would last for a summer, but it’s here to stay. It’s called the “Bare Bones Tour” as it’s just me on guitar and harmonica and Gary Breit on piano.
BT: You’ve seen a lot of changes in the music industry during your career. How do you feel about the current climate in the age of Youtube, iTunes and satellite radio?
BA: That is a such a long discussion. It doesn’t matter what I think – everything is free now.
BT: Being aware of your animal rights activism and knowing that you are an accomplished photographer, will you discuss some of your current and ongoing projects outside of music these days?
BA: I’m doing a book on wounded British soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s called Wounded: The Legacy of War and comes out on Armistice Day in November of this year.
BT: You can of course change your set list each night, but I assume a few certain songs fall into your performance at every show. How does a song stay fresh and relevant to you after you’ve played it literally thousands of times by now?
BA: It just does – I can’t explain it. Perhaps it’s the excitement of the live thing that makes it so fresh with people singing along. It’s intangible.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $29.50-$75.00 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com