April 13, 2014
Bare Bones Shows Announced in France in August
Bryan performs shows in Lille, Strasbourg, Annecy & Monaco August 2 - 5th.

Tickets on sale Wednesday April 16th. BA Member Presale runs April 14th at 10am through April 15th midnight (local venue time)

April 09, 2014

Bryan and Band celebrate 30th Anniversary of Reckless UK Tour in November
Tickets on sale today for the Reckless 30th Anniversary UK Tour in November !
Live Nation UK presale starts 9am today. Public on sale Friday, April 11th @ 9am.

April 09, 2014

Bryan Performs at the Cap Roig Festival in Spain
Bryan performs his Bare Bones show at the Cap Roig Festival on August 7th.
Located outside of Barcelona on the east coast of Spain.

Tickets on sale Thursday April 10th online or by phone 902 64 68 35.

April 07, 2014

Bryan announces 'Reckless' 30th Anniversary UK Tour!
Bryan will hit the road with his band this November to perform nearly a dozen shows throughout England. Tickets on sale to the public 9am Friday, April 11th at or ticket

BA Member fanclub pre-sale runs this Wednesday @ 9am through Thursday @ midnight (local venue time).

‘Celebrating 30 years of Reckless, UMC/Polydor will be releasing a deluxe version of Reckless on September 8th featuring exclusive expanded bonus material’

April 03, 2014

Bryan Auctions Bare Bones Stage Shirt for BA Foundation Charity
Bryan is auctioning his Authentic black Calvin Klein shirt (1st of 6) worn on the Bare Bones tour!

All proceeds benefit www.thebryanadamsfoundation

This auction ends Saturday.

April 03, 2014

Bryan auctions Bare Bones Jeans for Charity
Authentic Bryan Adams jeans (1/7 pairs) worn for the Bare Bones tour on auction to benefit the Bryan Adams Foundation!

Auction ends Saturday!

March 25, 2014

Bryan to perform at Big Fest in Kitchener, Ontario July 12th.
Bryan performs at the BIG MUSIC FEST in Kitchener, Ontario July 12th.
Tickets on sale this Friday March 28th at 10am.

BA Club Member Presale starts Weds 9am EST to Thurs at 8pm.

March 24, 2014
Bare Bones Shows confirmed for ME & RI in May
Bryan has confirmed 2 Bare Bones Shows in the USA following the tour of Atlantic Canada. Shows take place in Portland, ME on May 4th at the Cumberland Civic Centre, and in Providence, RI on May 5th at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

BA Club Member Presale starts Mar 26th at 10am through Thurs at 5:00 pm Tickets on sale to the public Friday, Mar 28th at 10:00 am at usual outlets.

March 20, 2014
Second Show added in St. John's, NL April 26th
A second show in St. John's, NFLD has been added Saturday, April 26th at the Mile One Centre.

Public on sale Friday, March 21st at NOON (local venue time).

March 11, 2014

BRYAN ADAMS signs Treat Jar for Winnipeg Humane Society
Bryan has signed a one of a kind Pet Treat Jar in support of The Winnipeg Humane Society's Celebrity Auction. Bidding starts this Friday March 14th and runs 10 days.

March 10, 2014
Bare Bones Shows announced for Atlantic Canada
Bryan Adams continues his highly successful Bare Bones acoustic concert tour in Atlantic Canada April 25 - May 3rd.

April 25 St. John's, NL Mile One Centre
April 28 Sydney, NS Centre 200
April 29 Summerside, PE Credit Union Place
April 30 Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum
May 3 Saint John, NB Harbour Station

Tickets on sale Friday, March 14. BA Member 12 Hour Presale starts Thursday 9:00am (local venue time)

February 25, 2014

Bryan Adams delivers for sold out Trail concert

February 25, 2014 · 9:35 AM

Picture: Canadian music icon Bryan Adams thrilled a sold out crowd at Trail's Charles Bailey Theatre Monday night with acoustic renditions of some of his biggest hits. / ART HARRISON PHOTO

Bryan Adams calls it his Bare Bones Tour but the iconic Canadian musician brought a truckload of hits for his sold out show at Trail's Charles Bailey Theatre on Monday.

From his show opening “Run to You” to his encore-closing “Straight From the Heart,” the 54-year-old Adams struck every chord of memory in the audience with string of memorable classics that kept the crowd enthralled.

Accompanied by pianist Gary Breit, Adams blended his powerful voice and guitar chops that propelled him to super stardom.

Breit proved a perfect addition to Adams’ hard-driving style and added his personal ivory touch to such melodic classics as “Heaven” and “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”

The Grammy-winning musician mixed in his foot stomping classics like “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Somebody” with his mega-hit collaborations like “All for Love” or “Finally Found Someone.” Although those hits were sung with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Rod Stewart and Sting, none joined Adams in Trail despite the rocker’s longing looks to stage left for their entrance.

Nevertheless, there was enough star power in the room thanks to Adams' repertoire of worldwide hits.

There was also a connection between Adams, the storyteller, and the Home of Champions. He recalled playing in Trail in 1976 and opening for Trooper. It was an opportunity for him to re-trace his career path, including opening gigs with Foreigner and Journey among others, and enjoying every opportunity along the way of his illustrious 30-plus year career

It was only fitting that during a brief break in Adams' non-stop 110-minute show a member of the audience shouted out "Thank you for coming to Trail," which was followed by a rousing ovation from the appreciative audience who shared the same sentiment.

The moment was indeed touching for any musician and like a true showman, Adams segued right into B.C. Bound, a takeoff on his Alberta Bound tune, capping it off with a hearty "Trail bound," much to the crowd's delight.

It wasn't the only moment that brought the crowd to its feet with “Summer of 69” eliciting the biggest ovation of the show.

Staying true to the Bare Bones theme, Adams paid tribute to Kris Kristofferson with the timeless country ballad “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” as an ode to one of his favorite songwriters.

But this night belonged to Adams and his "trip down memory lane." For the lucky people in the crowd in Monday, they got to take the ride with him.

by Nicole Horesch

February 25, 2014

Opel Adam, Bryan Adams firma il calendario
lunedì 24 febbraio 2014
La rockstar canadese è anche un affermato fotografo e ha realizzato uno splendido calendario artistico dedicato alla citycar della Casa tedesca.

Le immagini:

Oltre a essere l'artista canadese di maggior successo nella storia della musica, con oltre 100 milioni di copie vendute in tutto il mondo, il rocker Bryan Adams è anche un affermato (e talentuoso) fotografo. Nella sua carriera ha avuto modo di immortalare parecchi colleghi e splendide dive come Monica Bellucci e dal '99 le sue mostre fanno registrare, al pari dei suoi concerti, il sold out nelle gallerie di tutto il mondo.

Nomen omen, si diceva nell'antica Roma, e tra Adams e Opel Adam è scattata una scintilla, poi divampata nello splendido calendario 2014 realizzato per la citycar del gruppo General Motors che dopo aver avuto Valentino Rossi come testimonial ora si avvale di un ritrattista a dir poco blasonato.

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by Barbara D'Antuono

February 24, 2014

Bryan opens his newest Exhibit at the Glenbow in Calgary, Alberta
When Bryan Adams talks about the photographs he takes, it’s easy to be transported to a world of light and shadows, of moments and magic. Fading into the background is the fact that the man in front of you is the best-selling Canadian rock artist of all time; a singer-songwriter who has received 20 Junos, 15 Grammy nominations and countless other awards. Yes, Adams is a master at taking people on a musical journey, but when his photographs take centre stage, the path being navigated is one of visual connections, sometimes stark and shocking; sometimes whimsical and witty.

It’s a path that hundreds of Calgarians gladly joined Adams on, while he spoke Saturday night at the Glenbow’s Schmancy fundraiser. The event also launched an exhibit of photos by Adams (Bryan Adams Exposed) at the Glenbow, as part of the annual local photo event Exposure. (The Herald’s Eric Volmers wrote a great piece on a decade of Exposure that you can read by clicking here.)

On Saturday night, as Adams’ exhibit was unveiled in Calgary, he explained that he became interested in photography while documenting his tours and his career. From there, he shot one of his own album covers. His interest in photography just kept growing, leading to assignments, exhibits and books, including American Women (November 2003), Bryan Adams Exposed (January 2013) and Wounded: The Legacy of War (November 2013.) The new exhibit at Glenbow features photos from two streams of Adams’ work. One is centred on celebrities and colleagues from the worlds of entertainment and fashion. The other focuses on British war veterans who were injured in Afghanistan or Iraq.

When Adams talks about his images, the stories are spellbinding. On Saturday, he regaled the Glenbow crowd with tales of photographing Mickey Rourke in the bathtub with his much beloved dog and respectfully asking the Queen to pose on a chair, near some muddy rubber boots. He recounted fond memories of friend Amy Winehouse; several photographs of her are featured in the show. Other images in the exhibit are of Mick Jagger, Michael J. Fox, Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham-Carter and Lindsay Lohan.

Adams also shared stories of the young war vets he’s photographed, to ensure their sacrifices aren’t forgotten. The quiet dignity of the photos is hard to express in words. What can be expressed, however, is that the photos get you talking and thinking – just like Bryan Adams, himself, also does.

This “don’t-miss” exhibit at the Glenbow runs until May 4, 2014. Check out the Glenbow’s website for more details. Meanwhile, Exposure: Calgary Banff Canmore Photography runs throughout February in various venues. Visit for additional info.

February 22, 2014

Bryan Adams fotografa la Adam che diventa rocks
di Umberto Zapelloni
Bryan Adams non è soltanto un re del rock. Cantautore, compositore, bassista. E’ anche un fotografo che usa le sue macchine fotografiche come la chitarra. Con estro. Fantasia. Musica. La Opel lo ha ingaggiato per fotografare un calendario particolare. Bryan Adams for Adam. Dodici mesi di fotografie per la piccola monella della casa tedesca quasi sua omonima. Una macchina per cui aveva già studiato un look tutto suo (con camouflage) che ha addobbato dieci Adam by Adams andate all’asta per beneficienza.

Bryan Adams ha ospitato le Adam nel suo studio berlinese dove con la collaborazione della modella Malgosia Bela, modella e attrice polacca (ha recitato anche nel film su Wojtyła e posato per il Pirelli 2009.

“Con la Opel Adam tutto è possibile”, ha detto Adams prima di mettersi a scattare. Adams non è proprio un fotografo dilettante. Ha già firmato valanghe di campagne pubblicitarie (vedi quella delle Marche con Dustun Hoffman) e nel 2005 è stato ingaggiato per ritrarre la Regina Elisabetta.

Con Adam ha giocato in casa. Con una macchina che porta quasi il suo nome e che ben rappresenta certe qualità del rock. Dopo Valentino Rossi, fondamentale per il lancio italiano di Adam, Opel ha colto ancora nel segno con questi scatti davvero interessanti e importanti per far proseguire al marchio la sua marcia verso una certa “nobiltà”. Al Salone di Ginevra la citycar della Opel si trasformerà in crossover con una versione mini Suv denominato Rocks. Non una concept car, ma una versione decisamente più muscolosa della nuova Adam che sarà già in produzione a partire dal prossimo mese di agosto. Lo sviluppo del nuovo modello, l’unico crossover di queste dimensioni (3.740 mm di lunghezza), è stato rapidissimo, e in meno di un anno (il prototipo debuttò proprio a Ginevra 2013), è stata realizzata la versione di serie.

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by Barbara D'Antuono

February 22, 2014

Saskatoon .. Bryan Adams gives 'warm and loving show'
In 1997, air guitarists around our country won talent shows based on their propensity to play ‘Summer of 69’ at full fake speed. It was sort of a movement.

We don’t know if Bryan Adams had that in mind when he wrote it, but that song was an exclamation point on a catalogue of hits dating back to the late eighties.

It might have been that song. It might have been something else altogether. But somewhere along the way, he earned his title as a national treasure of Canadian rock n’ roll.

On Friday night at Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon got to see if he is still worthy of the description.

Last time Adams was here, he played one of the most memorable shows Saskatoon has ever seen at CUC. People who were there still look for excuses to talk about it. TCU had 2100 people anxious to see if he could deliver in a smaller venue.

Did this one match up? It’s fairly tough to say, since this one was so wildly different in approach from the show three years ago.

This was Adams’ Bare Bones Tour, and the title was accurate. Forget about a backing band, all he had was himself, an acoustic guitar, and a piano player.

This was all fairly new ground for him. Prior to this tour, the last time he did a full acoustic set was his MTV unplugged album in 1996. It’s not surprising playing these stripped-down songs was invigorating.

His famous, hard-driving hits weren’t reduced to smaller forms. He gave the crowd primal, intense versions to latch onto.

Adams is known for his energetic live performances. He may have been a little out of his element sitting on a stool strumming an acoustic guitar, but from the first notes of ‘Run to You’ it was apparent that the same intensity would be present.

Great artists write songs that can be loved in many different formats. Even though everyone in attendance was clearly very well versed in his catalogue (nearly every song had mass sing-alongs) there was no awkward shifting around trying to get used to this more intimate approach.

There was a quiet command over the audience from the onset. During ‘Heaven’ you probably could’ve heard a pen drop.

It came down to a warm and loving show. Adams’ back and forth with the crowd was genuine, and given the hockey events earlier that day, the show actually felt oddly patriotic, something he was quick to note.

We don’t often get that here.

Adams’ set was a quiet reminder of how good it can feel to embrace something in its simplest form, and everyone left feeling just a bit more Canadian than when they arrived. That’s probably the greatest compliment I could offer.

Picture: Richard Marjan, Bryan Adams gets some audience participation going on the song Run to You at TCU Place on February 21, 2014 in Saskatoon.

by Nicole Horesch

February 20, 2014
Regina ... CONCERT REVIEW: Bryan Adams

February 20, 2014. 12:30 am

Bryan Adams
Feb. 19
Conexus Arts Centre

For a second time around, Bryan Adams certainly knows how to keep his Bare Bones tour fresh.

The 54-year-old Canadian rocker returned with the tour to Regina on Wednesday — Adams initially brought the Bare Bones concept to the Queen City on Feb. 12, 2009 — and while the two shows shared some similarities, each was distinct enough to stand on its own merit.

For those who weren’t fortunate enough to catch the tour on its first foray to Regina, Adams explained exactly what the evening would entail.

“I’m taking 35 years of songwriting and reducing it down to the smallest musical configuration — my voice, my guitar and Gary (Breit) on the piano,” said Adams.

The name for the tour is quite apt — the staging is minimal with only a backdrop and the lighting is sparse as well. Yet the scene fits the performance perfectly with Adams leading the audience through an intimate and sometimes revealing show.

Adams was in fine form musically. His work on the guitar, with some additional support from his harmonica, was excellent. And his distinct voice was also impressive — his trademark raspiness is what gives Adams’ voice its edginess.

But what made the evening special for the full house at the Conexus Arts Centre was getting a glimpse or two at Adams the man, as opposed to just Adams the musician.

At times it was almost like Adams was sitting in your living room, regaling you with stories between songs.

In introducing When You Love Someone, he shared a missed opportunity with the crowd.

“I wrote this for the MTV Unplugged album … it was used in a Sandra Bullock film and Kenny Rogers recently recorded a country version of it. I really enjoyed it and asked his management for Kenny’s email address so I could send him a note,” said Adams. “I did that, not expecting a reply, and I ended up getting a nice note back from Kenny.

“I guess I should’ve written to Sandra Bullock.”

Adams also talked about many of the people he’d collaborated with over the years as songwriters. He spoke a couple of time about longtime collaborator Jim Vallance, describing their meeting and subsequent partnership as a “happy accident.”

The duo wrote a litany of hits over the year but Cuts Like A Knife, which they wrote in 1983, has a special place for Adams.

“This is the song that got us out of the sh*tty clubs and into the better sh*tty clubs,” he said with a chuckle.

Adams also touched on his musical influences. Some, he admitted, where obvious, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. But as a teenager Adams also found inspiration in Janis Joplin.

“Growing up I was totally transfixed by Janis Joplin’s voice. I was amazed listening to her sing Me And Bobby McGee. And then I found out that Kris Kristofferson wrote that song and that led me to Kristofferson, who is an amazing songwriter.”

Adams paid tribute to them with a remarkable version of the Kristofferson hit Help Me Make It Through The Night. It’s a song that most wouldn’t expect to come from Adams but his emotion and haunting vocals made the song his own.

The 24-song, 110-minute set was a wonderful journey through Adams’ incredible catalogue of hits. Whether it was a raucous hit from the ‘80s or a tender love ballad from any number of movies Adams has written for, there was something for everyone.

That also explains why, as Adams admitted, he can find his way to Regina every two years or so and still find an audience ready, willing and able for the next show.

Set List

1. Run To You

2. It’s Only Love

3. I Thought I’d Seen Everything

4. Here I Am

5. When You Love Someone

6. This Time

7. I Finally Found Someone

8. Can’t Stop This Thing We Started

9. If Ya Wanna Be Bad Ya Gotta Be Good

10. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

11. Cuts Like A Knife

12. Help Me Make It Through The Night

13. Summer of ‘69

14. Walk On By

15. Heaven

16. Back To You

17. All For Love

18. Alberta Bound

19. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You


20. Somebody

21. You’ve Been A Friend To Me

22. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?

23. I Still Miss You … A Little Bit

24. Straight From The Heart

by Nicole Horesch

February 18, 2014

Prince Albert ... Bryan Adams plays E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Perry Bergson Published on February 18, 2014
Herald photo by Perry Bergson

Bryan Adams performs his 1984 hit Run To You to open his concert on Tuesday evening at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre in Prince Albert. The Canadian superstar is currently on what he is calling The Bare Bones Tour with just pianist Gary Breit joining him on stage.

by Nicole Horesch

February 18, 2014

Photos: Bryan Adams strips set down to Bare Bones at Centennial Concert Hall

Canadian superstar Bryan Adams performed at the Centennial Concert Hall on Monday night, stripping down his set of hits to just a guitar or piano for his The Bare Bones tour.

by Nicole Horesch

February 18, 2014

Adams' show passes the campfire test
By: Jen Zoratti
Posted: 02/18/2014 1:00 AM

Concert review
Bryan Adams
Feb. 17, 2014
Centennial Concert Hall
Attendance: Sold out
Rating: Four stars out of five

A truly great song is one that can be stripped down to its bones.

That's why so many singer/songwriters subject their songs to the so-called 'campfire test,' the purpose being to see how well they hold up without the assistance of, say, a seasoned producer.

Bryan Adams has more than a few tunes in his estimable catalogue that pass the campfire test, as he proved during Monday night's show at the Centennial Concert Hall. Adams, 54, was through town on his successful acoustic Bare Bones Tour, which sees the veteran arena rocker perform his hits the way he wrote them.

Taking his spartan stage -- just a grand piano and a single mike stand -- Adams wordlessly launched right into his mammoth hit Run To You. He followed that up with another single from 1984's Reckless: It's Only Love, his duet with Tina Turner, which stood up on its own.

Accompanied by only his acoustic guitar and pianist Gary Breit, Adams' vocals were particularly powerful on his most cinematic ballads, including the unapologetically sappy When You Love Someone, his Barbra Streisand duet I Finally Found Someone and Here I Am.

"Here I am/without my band" he joked. But, like a good-natured heckler pointed out, his band wasn't missed that night.

The show offered a nice career retrospective, pulling from all over his career. "I'm just doing songs I remember," he quipped.

A pair of singles from 1991's Waking Up The Neighbours -- a jangly, handclap punctuated Can't Stop This Thing We Started and an arena-sized (Everything I Do), I Do It For You -- were among the night's biggest crowd-pleasers. He told stories in between songs, including one about his formative years opening for Foreigner (which yielded sporadic clapping) and Journey (which yielded considerably more clapping) before blowing the dust off of 1983's Cuts Like a Knife.

Adams was affable and easygoing, even taking an unsolicited request for Back To You and politely telling the rowdies in the crowd to shut up. (He's a nice Canadian boy, after all.)

His voice began wearing out a little about midway through the show, but its rawness (mostly) worked to his favour; a cover of Kris Kristofferson's 1970 hit Help Me Make it Through the Night was given a gritty, whiskey-soaked weariness.

Even Adams' cotton-candy rock hits -- see: The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You, which came later in the set -- were elevated by the lighter, bare-bones touch.

Predictably, the crowd went wild for Summer of '69, though his slightly rushed rendition didn't rank among the night's strongest performances.

No, those included the loving tributes to Adams' songwriting partner of 30 years, Jim Vallance -- especially the striking readings of Walk On By, Heaven and The Right Place, the latter serving as a stunning showpiece for Briet, even if Adams couldn't quite nail the vocal acrobatics.

Fittingly, he closed the two-hour show with Straight From the Heart.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 18, 2014 D1

Bryan Adams performs at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg Monday. The Canadian pop legend is in the midst of his acoustic Bare Bones Tour with pianist Gary Breit.

by Nicole Horesch

February 14, 2014
Sold out!
BA - Denmark, Aalborg 30.05.14, Sold out in 12 minutes! 😃👍
by Pia Behrndtz Johnsen

February 07, 2014

Bare Bones Shows Announced for Denmark & Norway in May
Tickets on sale Monday, Feb 10th for Bare Bones Acoustic shows in May in Denmark and one show in Oslo (5.29).

BA Member 24 hour presale runs Sunday Feb 9th starting 10am CET.

February 03, 2014

Opel erhält Gregor International Calendar Award 2014 für Foto-Kalender „The ADAM by Bryan Adams“
30.1.2014 Rüsselsheim. Erste Auszeichnung für den Opel Foto-Kalender „The ADAM by Bryan Adams“: Beim Gregor International Calendar Award 2014, vergeben von einer Jury des Graphischen Clubs Stuttgart, erhielt der Opel-Kalender in der Kategorie Photo Award das Prädikat „Ausgezeichneter Kalender“ und beim Gregor Award eine Bronzemedaille.

Rund 1.000 eingesendete Exemplaren wurden bewertet. Laut Jury war der kanadische Rock-Sänger, Komponist und Fotograf Bryan Adams eine gute Wahl, um den ADAM von Opel ins richtige Licht zu setzen. Der Kalender sei „hervorragend gedruckt“, gar „eine Augenweide“. Die Leistung des Fotografen sei „ein hochwertiger Beitrag zum neuen Image der Automarke“, so die Begründung der Jury.
by Petra Koenigshofer

January 31, 2014

Der andere Bryan Adams
Der Rocksänger kommt im Sommer nach Ulm, aber nicht für ein Konzert: Das Stadthaus zeigt Fotoarbeiten des Kanadiers. Und diese überraschen.

Von Dagmar Hub

Während alle Welt an den vor 100 Jahren ausgebrochenen Ersten Weltkrieg erinnert, zeigt ab 28. Juni eine Ausstellung von Arbeiten der Kriegs-Fotografin Anja Niedringhaus, des World Press Photo Award-Preisträgers Jan Banning und des Sängers und Fotografen Bryan Adams in stillen Bildern die Auswirkung von Kriegen in der Gegenwart: Niedringhaus dokumentiert unter oft extremen Bedingungen Soldaten und Zivilbevölkerung in Kriegssituationen der letzten 20 Jahre, Banning zeigt die Portraits indonesischer Frauen, die im Zweiten Weltkrieg in Frontbordelle der japanischen Armee verschleppt worden waren und jahrelang Opfer sexueller Gewalt und Zwangsprostitution wurden.

Der kanadische Rocksänger Adams („Summer of 69“) wird zum Aufbau seiner Portraitserie „Wounded – the Legacy of War“ selbst nach Ulm kommen. Die Foto-Serie zeigt lebensgroß kriegsverletzte junge Männer und Frauen, die sich mit trotzigem Willen ihren Weg zurück ins Leben erkämpfen und macht die Konfrontation mit dem Menschen „hinter“ dem Bild unausweichlich.

by Sandra Schneider

January 27, 2014

ZAlebs Diary: Bryan Adams' Bare Bones Tour

“Bare Bones” was the theme for the latest Bryan Adams tour to South Africa. The title couldn’t be more accurate, as the entire band was ditched, portraying the essence of who Bryan Adams is. In Bryan’s own words, this tour was about “bringing 30 years of music down to its core- acoustic guitar and voice.” This wasn’t always completely accurate however, as many songs featured the talented muso pianist ‘Gary’ on a stunning grand piano. The combination of the soulful piano playing, delicate acoustic guitar and custom voice, led many an audience member (including myself) to the verge of tears.

With over 12 studio albums and an array of number one hits, one can understand that choosing a set isn’t always easy, with many fans potentially disappointed that their favourite song is left out. Bryan Adams decided that the performance would be a combination of his best known songs, along with songs that nobody had previously heard. With unrecorded songs going back to the 80’s, Bryan Adams gave a taste of what he was going through at the time, emotions displayed through music; the ultimate quality of a songwriter.

Instead of the conventional music concert where the artists simply get on stage, perform their set list of songs and leave, this concert was all about crowd interaction. Stories accompanied each song, giving a deeper glimpse into the life of Bryan Adams. It was discovered how it all started, including which songs took Bryan Adams out of the trashy clubs and into the “less trashy clubs.” Comments such as that gave fans extra value for money, as a music concert was often turned into a comedy club. The personality of the Grammy Award winner is what made this concert particularly special.

The extent to which this was a ‘spontaneous’ performance was shown when Bryan and Gary discussed their array of songs, deliberating what was coming next. The performance was all about feeling the crowd and responding. In one instance, Bryan called two audience members from the back row of the theatre to occupy two empty seats in the front row; this undoubtedly made their nights. Selecting an audience member to dance to one of his songs further added to the entertainment. A marriage proposal was even witnessed. By the end of the night, an acoustic performance created more a party atmosphere, with the initially seated auditorium evolving into isle-dancing fans.

Big Concerts has succeeded yet again in bringing an artist of the highest quality to South Africa. A perfect venue for the occasion, the Big Top Arena at Carnival City, created a fitting atmosphere. This was no ordinary concert and fans were treated into a once-in-a-lifetime performance. No venue-rattling bass, no crazy drum solos, no gravity-defying guitar riffs; simply Bryan Adams in his most bare form- and trust me, this was enough.

(Image Credit: Twitter Image Gallery)
by Nicole Horesch

January 27, 2014

Zimbabwe: Bryan Adams Rocks Harare
By Sydney Kawadza, 27 January 2014

The brand called Bryan Adams rolled into town last Friday evening for a sold-out gig which could well be described as one of the best shows to be staged in Harare.

The Canadian rock star reportedly jetted into Zimbabwe on a private jet on Friday, but did not appear in the public until he came on stage.

His visit was also kept a secret but that did not deter a predominantly white crowd that started arriving at the Harare International Conference Centre in the afternoon where they set up "camp" at the Rainbow Towers grounds.

The show was part of the "Bare Bones Tour" that has seen the award-winning artiste perform at the Sydney Opera House in Australia and various other countries like Luxemburg.

However, the much-anticipated show had all 3 500 tickets on sale sold out within hours when they went on sale. The tickets were going between US$30 to US$100. The show itself could have been a disappointment for other music lovers, especially when Adams appeared on stage alone indicating that it was an acoustic night as was with his latest album.

However, with Gary Breit on piano, the rock star did not disappoint, dishing out several of his hits from the 16 albums he has released in his career. The appreciative crowd was left spell-bound especially when Adams played some of his classics such as "Heaven", "Summer of 69", "Everything I do (I do it for you)" among a plethora of hits that he dished out on the night.

The show, a rare night for his fans, some of who travelled from neighbouring countries such as Malawi and Zambia, could have been a learning curve for event managers in Harare.

While the tickets were sold online, it was the arrangements for the night that were out of this world. Getting into the venue was not a hustle as all ticket holders were ushered to their seats in a pre-arranged fashion while the ushers were ready for the large crowd.

It was also refreshing that the international artiste also took time to dispel political undertones that preceded the show when he steered clear of the politics that was triggered as soon as the concert was confirmed.

"I would not want to go much into politics. . . When I said I was coming for the show in Harare many questions were asked but I wrote to my cousins who stay in Zambia and told them that I would come to Zimbabwe.

"I am here and all that you have to do is enjoy the show because I am going to give you the best from my 16 albums that I have produced in my career," he said to thunderous applause.

He, however, expressed joy at the turnout adding that he had been overwhelmed by the big crowd at the show. Many people could have missed out on the show because of the way tickets for the show were sold but it is also a lesson for show organisers that international artistes would surely like to play in Zimbabwe as long everything is done professionally.

Some political activists wanted Adams' show to court controversy but his manager Bruce Allen, defended the concert.

"Bryan is an international artiste with a worldwide audience, whether it is Pakistan or Vietnam or Zimbabwe," he told Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper.

"To paraphrase what he has said over the course of his 30-plus-year career, everywhere he goes, kids wanna rock. Music will, I hope, always remain a universal language."

by Nicole Horesch

January 26, 2014
Full house at Bryan Adams concert
The Bryan Adams Bare Bones Tour concert drew a full house with fans taking a rare opportunity to watch the Canadian award- winning singer live on stage.
By Tinashe Sibanda

The concert was held on Friday night at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The purely acoustic concert saw the rock singer giving an excellent performance belting out hits like Everything I do (I Do It For You), Just The Way You Are, All for One (One For All) ( a collaboration with Rod Stewart and Sting), Please Forgive Me and Cuts Like a Knife, among others.

“I named this the Bare Bones Tour because it’s mainly me and my guitar together with my friend who will be on the keyboard,” said the Canadian singer.

He said the audience at his Friday night show certainly made him wonder whether he was really in Africa or Europe.

Adams added that he would mix both known and unknown tracks saying, “That’s the way it is, it’s my show.”

Phone camera flashes could be seen from all corners of the packed auditorium as people tried to get a glimpse of the musician who was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt with a matching belt and shoes.
Adams also told the crowd that he was aware of people that had travelled from other countries like Malawi and Zambia to attend his show.

He also indicated that some of them from Zambia were actually his relatives.

“I feel like I’m in the right place,” the musician said as he continued with a highly interactive show with his audience.

Adams has released 16 albums and his outstanding live performances have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers, performing over 120 concerts a year.

He has garnered many awards and nominations including 20 Juno awards among 56 nominations and 15 Grammy Award nominations.

Tickets to the Bryan Adams Bare Bones concert were sold out by November 2013.

by Nicole Horesch

January 24, 2014

Bryan Adams im Haus der Kunst
Eigens für die Eröffnung der Ausstellung "The Adam by Bryan Adams" im Haus der Kunst reiste Bryan Adams nach München. Im Interview mit VOGUE erzählt der Künstler vom Shooting in Berlin und aktuellen Projekten

"Natürlich trage ich meine Kamera immer bei mir", erzählte Bryan Adams im Interview mit VOGUE im Vorfeld der Ausstellung. Welche Augenblicke, Lichtspiele und Stimmungen er mit seinem liebsten Accessoire einfängt, ist derzeit im Haus der Kunst in München zu sehen. Dort wurde am 23. Januar 2014 die Ausstellung "The Adam by Bryan Adams" eröffnet.

Der deutsche Automobilhersteller Opel hatte den Künstler gebeten, den Kleinwagen "Adam" in Szene zu setzen. Bryan Adams wählte eine alte Industriehalle in Berlin als Kulisse und das polnische Model Małgosia Bela als Eyecatcher. "Sie ist elegant und stark zugleich. Ich wollte schon immer mit ihr arbeiten."

Die zwölf Kunstwerke, die während eines achtwöchigen Shootings in Berlin entstanden sind, durften die Gäste der Vernissage – darunter VOGUE-Chefredakteurin Christiane Arp sowie Moritz von Laffert, Herausgeber Condé Nast Deutschland und Vice President Condé Nast International – bei Champagner und Quiche-Variationen auf sich wirken lassen. Nach einer kurzen Ansprache präsentierte Bryan Adams, eigens zur Ausstellungseröffnung nach München angereist, ein weiteres Kunstwerk: ein "Adam" im Camouflage-Look, designt von Bryan Adams selbst. "Militärfahrzeuge faszinieren mich, deshalb musste es Camouflage sein." Die Special Edition des Kleinwagens wird in einer Kleinserie von zehn Exemplaren aufgelegt, die Erlöse gehen an die "Bryan Adams Foundation".

Im Anschluss an die Vernissage fand ein Dinner mit ausgewählten Gästen statt, bevor sich Bryan Adams bereits wieder auf den Weg zum Flughafen machte. Zuvor verriet er, dass man bald wieder mit ihm rechnen darf. "Gerade habe ich Stings Tochter für Escada fotografiert." Die Frage, wann das nächste Shooting mit VOGUE stattfinden wird, kommentierte er mit den Worten: "Ich habe immer mehrere Eisen im Feuer." Zuletzt hatte Bryan Adams die britische Band Kitty, Daisy & Lewis für VOGUE inszeniert (Auszüge aus der Modestrecke "Let's rock" finden Sie hier).

Die Ausstellung "The Adam by Bryan Adams" ist noch bis einschließlich 26. Januar 2014 im Haus der Kunst zu sehen.

Picture: Blick in die Ausstellung "The Adam by Bryan Adams" im Haus der Kunst in München © Courtesy of Opel

by Nicole Horesch

January 20, 2014

So war es, so wird es immer sein

Von Arno Widmann

Bryan Adams’ Fotografien von Kriegsversehrten und deren Geschichten. In seinem kürzlich erschienen Band "Wounded" zeigt er Bilder von Soldaten und Soldatinnen, die aus Kriegen im Irak und Afghanistan zurückgekehrt sind.

Der 1959 geborene kanadische Rocksänger ist auch Komponist und Fotograf. Im kürzlich erschienenen Band „Wounded“ zeigt Bryan Adams großformatige Aufnahmen von britischen Soldaten und Soldatinnen, die versehrt aus den Kriegen im Irak und in Afghanistan oder von Übungen zurückkamen. Es zeigt sie nicht in ihrem Blut, sondern wiederhergestellt, restauriert. Soweit sich jemand restaurieren lässt, der keine Beine mehr hat. Neben den Fotos ein Text, in dem die Versehrten schildern, was sie erlebten und wie sie jetzt leben und was sie vorhaben. Der beinlose und auch im Gesicht entstellte Rifleman Craig Wood, 18 Jahre alt, beantwortet die letzte Frage so: „Ich weiß nicht so recht, was meine Zukunftspläne sind. Ich will erst mal nur mit der Gegenwart klar kommen.“

Bryan Adams erklärt in seiner Einleitung: „Einige dieser Aufnahmen wurden zuerst im NRW Forum in Düsseldorf ausgestellt. Auffällig war, dass bei der Eröffnung, obwohl die voller Menschen war, kaum jemand sprach. Man hörte allenfalls mal ein Flüstern. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass wir zwar immer von der Grausamkeit des Krieges hören, aber kaum einmal die physischen Schäden, die er anrichtet, sehen. Ich denke, es ist wichtig, über die menschliche Seite des Krieges nachzudenken – das war der Grund, dieses Buch zu machen.“ Das schreibt der Kanadier, der viel in den USA und in Großbritannien unterwegs ist. Länder, die nie aufgehört hatten, Kriege zu führen. Deutschland aber…

Ich fürchte nicht, sondern ich weiß

Ich bin 67 Jahre alt, aufgewachsen in Frankfurt. Ich kann mich erinnern an Männer auf der Zeil mit schlackernden, leeren Ärmeln. An andere, die einen Teil ihres Gesichtes unter einer Lederkappe verbargen. Fest eingeprägt haben sich die starken Oberarme eines Mannes, dessen Rumpf auf einem kleinen Rollbrett angeschnallt war und der – damals waren die Straßenbahnen vorne und hinten noch offen – sich ohne Hilfe an Seiten und Mittelgriff der Bahn hochzog. Mein Sohn, geboren 1970, hat so etwas nicht mehr gesehen. Adams hat recht: viele der Besucher seiner Düsseldorfer Ausstellung haben noch nie in ihrem Leben einen versehrten Kriegsveteranen gesehen. Sie haben keinen Verwandten, der sich abends an den Küchentisch setzt und vor dem Essen erst einmal die Beinprothese abschraubt. Ich fürchte nicht, sondern ich weiß: Mein Enkel, drei Jahre alt, wird das wieder sehen. Schlimmer noch: Er kann einer der Versehrten werden.

Nicht genau so wie die, die ich kannte, denn die Wissenschaft und mit ihr die Technologie ist inzwischen fortgeschritten und in fünfzehn Jahren wird sie wieder fortgeschritten sein. Aber man wird sie in den Straßen, in Konzerten, wahrscheinlich auch in den Fitness-Studios sehen, die jungen Männer, die auf mit viel Elektronik aufgeladenen stählernen Stelzen gehen, die Frauen, die wie Corporal Hannah Campbell, 22 Jahre alt, drei Jahre lang im Rollstuhl und auf Krücken zubrachten und sich dann für eine Prothese entschieden. Hannah Campbell sagt: „Ich plane nicht, die Army zu verlassen, aber ich möchte nicht, dass meine Tochter in sie eintritt. Ich habe den Krieg gesehen.“

Liest man die Texte der Soldaten, dann fällt einem auf, wie wichtig ihnen die Kameradschaft ist. Liest man weiter, dann wird einem klar, dass alles andere völlig unverständlich wäre. Sie haben dieser Kameradschaft ihr Leben zu verdanken. Captain Martin Hewitt, 26 Jahre alt – er hat keine Beine mehr –, wurde unter dem Beschuss der Taliban von seinem, wie er sagt, Team in einer halben Stunde mithilfe eines Hubschraubers zu einer medizinischen Versorgungseinheit gebracht, die ihn sofort operierte. Später in seiner Reha, einem Militärkrankenhaus, trifft er auf andere Kriegsversehrte. Unter ihnen hieß es: „Wenn dir nur ein Bein fehlt, bist du nicht wirklich versehrt. Wenn nur der untere Teil fehlt, ist es nur ein Kratzer.“ Und dann setzt er fort: „So ist es und so war es immer in der Army.“

Martin Hewitt hat 21 Operationen hinter sich

Martin Hewitt ist nicht mehr in der Army. Er kauft und verkauft Grundstücke. Er hat 21 Operationen hinter sich und ist froh, dass er ersteinmal keine mehr vor sich hat. Er war mit seinen Prothesen auf einem Fahrrad in Europa unterwegs, er war in Thailand zum Tauchen. Er hat den Verdacht, dass die Leute ihn für einen etwas zu harten Burschen halten, also sagt er, er tue das nur für seine Frau und seinen Sohn.

Spätestens jetzt geht man zurück zum Anfang seiner Geschichte, als er erzählt: „Nach der Explosion klingelt es in meinen Ohren und überall war Staub. Zunächst dachte ich, es hätte meinen Vordermann erwischt. Bis der Staub sich legte und ich merkte, dass ich in einem Krater saß. Da sah ich auch, dass überall Blut war und dass mein linkes Bein fehlte. Das Bein stand aufrecht im Feld, ein paar Meter vor mir. Mein rechtes Bein war Matsch.“

An keiner Stelle fragt sich Martin Hewitt, wofür er seine Beine drangegeben hat. Er fragt sich nicht, ob der Krieg, in dem er eingesetzt wurde, das wert war. Aber kann man von ihm verlangen, dass er auch diesen Schritt tut? Ausgerechnet von ihm?

Man sieht die Aufnahmen, denkt an die Tausenden von schwer Verwundeten, und so richtig es ist, zu zeigen, was ein Krieg selbst die Überlebenden kosten kann, so sehr man über die Aufnahmen erschrickt, so deutlich wird einem, dass, wie man sich beim Betrachten der Bilder an sie gewöhnt, man sich womöglich auch an den Anblick dieser Versehrten gewöhnen wird. Und noch einmal erschrickt man und dann noch mal, als einem der Gedanke durch den Kopf geht, dass diese Aufnahmen einen auch vorbereiten, auf die wirklichen Versehrten, die man noch nicht gesehen hat.

by Sandra Schneider