Bryan AdamsWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
To borrow a line from Bryan Adams’ recent hit “Open Road,” the Canadian rocker keeps “rollin’ on and on and on.”
His self-titled debut was released in 1980; “Anthology” chronicled his 25-year career in 2005. In between, the singer-songwriter received three Academy Award nominations for best original song, a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, two Golden Globe Awards for best original song, and several Juno Awards.
He’s sung with Barbra Streisand, Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Tina Turner and Rod Stewart. The hits are numerous: “Run to You,” “Summer of ‘69,” “Straight From the Heart,” “Please Forgive Me,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” “All For One,” “Heaven” and “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”
The star will play the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. Tickets are $49.50 and $37.50. Also on the bill is George Thorogood & The Destroyers.
Adams recently answered questions for Toledo Free Press via e-mail.
TFP: Where are you?
Adams: I’m on tour in Denmark this weekend. I tour all the time, 10 days a month, somewhere in the world.
TFP: You recently were working on your next disc. When can fans expect that to be out? Is there a title?
Adams: I’ve been in Switzerland working on it. I expect it will be out sometime in the autumn. Title to be decided!
TFP: Will you play new material on this tour?
Adams: Not unless the album is out. Everybody records the shows these days with their cameras and puts them up on YouTube, so I’ll wait until the new record is out.
TFP: What’s one of your earliest memories of music?
Adams: Driving in my mum’s Corvair leaning over the seat to turn up the radio.
TFP: You hit it big when MTV was in its heyday, and you made some memorable videos.
Adams: It’s horrible when you think you look like Shrek and suddenly you have to be on film. I loathe being on film more than you can imagine; I’d rather have Chinese water torture.
TFP: You’ve written and co-written so many great songs. Talk a bit about your philosophy when it comes to songwriting — what inspires you?
Adams: I’m not sure I have a philosophy about it; it’s an intangible thing. Many of my best songs were once mumbles of incoherent words that sounded good. I can remember doing a demo for a song called “You Can’t Take Me” for the film “Spirit.” The producers got so used to the mumble vocal that when the actual words got written, they made me rewrite it to sound more like the mumble! I’m the world’s greatest mumbler, perhaps.
TFP: What do you like about playing live?
Adams: Ah, there you have my Achilles heel, my soft spot, my refuge where I can disappear for 10 days a month into a surreal existence of hotels and audiences. Then I go home to quiet reality. Truthfully, it’s a great way to discover what to do next musically. For example, I started to do an acoustic album a couple of years ago until I went on tour in the U.S. and realized no one would give a s*** about it, as people wouldn’t expect it from me.
TFP: What do you want fans to take away from your music?
Adams: Just one of many rides in their life.