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Bryan Adams negotiated the shifting tides of the '80s so well that it never seemed like he was changing his music to fit the times. A veteran of the '70s studio arena rock game, Adams struck out on his own in the early '80s, turning into a star in his native Canada and making headway with his 1983 album, Cuts Like a Knife. All of this was a prelude to Reckless, the 1984 album that turned him into an international superstar, selling by the truckloads in North America, Europe, and Asia thanks to the hits "Run to You," "Heaven," and "Summer of '69." From that point on, Adams was the most unassuming of rock stars, riding high on the charts and selling out arenas, even breaking Billboard records with his power ballad "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)," but never quite dominating the public imagination (or earning the critical respect) as such peers as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. Nevertheless, Adams remained a formidable presence on the American charts into the mid-'90s, and while the popularity of his new records started to slip after that, he retained his audience in Canada and the U.K. and his '80s hits remained radio staples as he began a career as a photographer.
The son of an English diplomat, Bryan Adams was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1959 and spent much of his childhood traveling Europe. His family set down roots in North Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1973, around which time he began seriously pursuing music, quickly getting into the thick of Vancouver's scene. Adams quit school and wound up as a replacement for Nick Gilder in the glam rock band Sweeney Todd, singing lead on the band's second album, If Wishes Were Horses..., when he was just 15. Not long after its 1977 release, Adams left the group and began his long, fruitful collaboration with Jim Vallance, then currently the drummer of Prism but looking to move into songwriting. The pair clicked and they soon assembled a demo tape for Adams, a tape that earned the singer a contract with A&M Records in 1978. Two years later, Adams' eponymous debut appeared in Canada, where it did respectably. A year later, his second album, the Bob Clearmountain-produced You Want It, You Got It, started to get Adams some play on album rock radio stations, a development that led to Adams and Vallance co-writing two songs with Gene Simmons for Kiss' 1982 LP, Creatures of the Night.
Things started to break wide open for Adams in 1983 thanks to Cuts Like a Knife, an album that had a big, powerful album rock sound and the pop hooks that would later turn him into a star. The former could be heard on the singles "Cuts Like a Knife" and "This Time," while the latter was in bloom on the ballad "Straight from the Heart," the song that became Adams' first American Top Ten hit. It all paved the way for Reckless, the 1984 album that turned Adams into a superstar. Reckless had the right songs -- particularly the brooding minor-key "Run to You," the skyscraping power ballad "Heaven," and the nostalgic heartland rocker "Summer of '69," but also the Tina Turner duet "It's Only Love," "Somebody," and "One Night Love Affair," all released as singles, meaning that over half the album was released as singles in true Thriller fashion -- at the right time, all given videos that earned heavy rotation on MTV. As Adams supported the album with an international tour that lasted nearly two years, he surfaced in other ways: opening the American concert in Live Aid; co-writing Canada's Ethiopian famine relief charity single "Tears Are Not Enough"; and working steadily with Vallance on tunes for a number of other artists, including Loverboy, Roger Daltrey, Neil Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, and Glass Tiger, whose Adams/Vallance-written song "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" featured Adams on backing vocals.
Adams succeeded Reckless in 1987 with Into the Fire, a bigger streamlined record that ironically didn't produce a huge hit; "Heat of the Night" and "Hearts on Fire" reached the Top Ten, but they didn't cut into public consciousness the way the singles from its predecessor did, and the album plateaued at platinum. In the wake of this lukewarm reception, Adams parted ways with Vallance -- their last notable collaboration was Joe Cocker's 1989 hit "When the Night Comes," co-written with Diane Warren -- and teamed with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who had recently helmed Def Leppard's 1987 blockbuster Hysteria, for his next album, Waking Up the Neighbours. In spite of its rabble-rousing title, Waking Up the Neighbours wasn't a big rock & roll album, something its smash hit "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" made plain. Written as the theme for the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the power ballad -- co-written by Adams, Lange, and the film's composer, Michael Kamen -- was Adams' biggest hit, spending seven weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard charts, an impressive stretch overshadowed only by its astonishing 16-week run at the top of the British charts, a feat that smashed all U.K. records. In the wake of this remarkable success, Waking Up the Neighbours appeared in September 1991, soon turning into Adams' second-biggest hit album, spawning the Top Ten hit "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" in addition to three other singles, "There Will Never Be Another Tonight," "Do I Have to Say the Words," and "Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven." For as successful as the album was in America, it performed better in Europe, beginning a pattern that would only increase over the course of the '90s.
Upon the conclusion of the two-year supporting tour for Waking Up the Neighbours, Adams released his first hits collection, So Far So Good, in time for the 1993 Christmas season; its new song, a power ballad called "Please Forgive Me," was another Top Ten hit. Not on the album was "All for Love," a song Adams co-wrote with Lange and Kamen and sang with Rod Stewart and Sting for the film The Three Musketeers; like "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" before it, the song turned into a massive international hit, topping the U.S. charts in early 1994. As Adams worked on his next album with Lange, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" -- another Adams/Lange/Kamen movie tie-in power ballad, this time from the Marlon Brando/Johnny Depp romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco -- went to number one in the U.S. during the summer of 1995. His next album, 18 Til I Die, finally appeared in the summer of 1996, and while it performed very well in England, Canada, and Europe, thanks to the singles "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You" and "Let's Make a Night to Remember," it stalled in the U.S., failing to reach the Top Ten even though it did manage to go platinum. Toward the end of his tour for the album, Adams performed on MTV's Unplugged in September 1997, releasing an album of the occasion in December.
Adams parted ways with Mutt Lange for 1998's On a Day Like Today. The decision turned out to be somewhat ironic, as the album was his hardest-rocking effort in years, something that would seem to have fit Lange's specialty. The record continued Adams' downward trend in the U.S., peaking at a mere 102, but performed respectably in the U.K., thanks in part to his duet with the Spice Girls' Melanie C on "When You're Gone." Another hits compilation, The Best of Me, appeared internationally in 1999, and Adams spent the first years of the new millennium rather quietly, working steadily as a photographer and landing spreads in such major publications as Vanity Fair and Esquire. He published his first collection of photos, Made in Canada, in 1999, followed by Haven in 2000. Another collection, American Women, appeared in 2005.
Musically, he resurfaced on Chicane's 2000 dance hit "Don't Give Up" and collaborated with Hans Zimmer for the score to the 2002 animated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron; from that soundtrack, Adams had a minor adult contemporary hit in "Here I Am." Adams finally released Room Service, his first new album of the decade, in 2005; it, like its predecessor, didn't have much an impact in the U.S. but did fine overseas. A double-disc hits collection called Anthology also appeared that year, peaking at number 65 in Billboard. In 2006, Adams received a Golden Globe nomination for "Never Gonna Break My Faith," the song he wrote -- and Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin performed -- for Emilio Estevez's film Bobby. Two years later, he released his 11th album, aptly titled 11, which initially appeared in the U.S. under an exclusive license with Wal-Mart. It was his best-charting studio album in America since 1996, peaking at number 80, and it paved the way for another North American tour, this one featuring stripped-down, acoustic renditions of Adams' biggest hits. The shows stretched into 2010, during which time Adams continued to make additional headlines for his work as a celebrity photographer. Later that year, he released Bare Bones, a live album taken from his acoustic tour.
Wikipedia:This article is about Canadian singer/songwriter and photographer. For other uses, see Bryan Adams (disambiguation).
Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during last three decades. He's known for his strong husky vocals and energetic live performances, and he has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists and the best-selling Canadian rock artist of all time.
Adams rose to fame in North America with his album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless. In 1991, he released his popular Waking Up the Neighbours album which included "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", one of the best-selling singles of all time.
For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, two Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated five times for Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.
Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.
Adams was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2011 and Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998, and in April 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada's Juno Awards. In 2008, Bryan was ranked 38 on the list of All-Time top artists by the Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts. On 13 January 2010, he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his part in numerous charitable concerts and campaigns during his career, and on 1 May 2010 was given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts."Pop Entertainment Interview with Bryan Adams". Popentertainment.com. 2005-08-10. Retrieved 2014-01-24. Armstrong, Denis (1 December 2004). "Bryan Adams not slowing down". Ottawa Sun (Jam!). Retrieved 15 August 2010. Freitas, Rafaela (2012-07-28). "Waking up the Neighbours". The Budapest Times. Retrieved 2013-01-06. Vallance, Jim. "Reckless". jimvallance.com. Retrieved 18 September 2010. "Bryan Adams to play Ipswich Regent". Ipswich Borough Council. 24 March 2010. "Bryan Adams tickets to go on sale". Londonderry Sentinel. 13 October 2009. "BRYAN ADAMS – 1998 INDUCTEE". Canada's Walk of Fame. "1.7 Million Viewers For The 2006 JUNO Awards on CTV". broadcastermagazine.com. 2006-04-03. Retrieved 10 November 2014. "Bryan Adams Receives the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award". CARAS. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010. "Performing Arts Awards Ceremony". Gg.ca. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
Adams was born in Kingston, Ontario, to British parents Capt. Conrad J. Adams and Elizabeth Jane Adams (née Watson) who had immigrated from England in the 1950s to Canada. Adams's father, a Sandhurst officer, joined the Canadian Army and later spent time as a United Nations peacekeeping observer, which led to him becoming a Canadian foreign service diplomat. Adams traveled with his parents to diplomatic postings in Portugal and Vienna, Austria during the 1960s and to Israel during the early 1970s. Adams has a brother, Bruce.David Jenkins (30 March 2008). "The charmed life of Bryan Adams". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
ContentsMusic career1.1 Early career1.2 1980s1.3 1990s1.4 2000s1.5 2010s
At the age of 14, Adams worked as a dish washer to save money for a proper guitar. He started auditioning as a guitarist while rehearsing his own band in his mother's rented basement in North Vancouver. Adams elected to sing until they found a singer, but they never found one, and his auditioning landed him a few jobs, with bands like Shock and Sweeney Todd, who in 1976 released If Wishes Were Horses with the 17-year-old Adams as the singer. He quit school to play nightclubs and go on the road and upon his return he settled into the Vancouver studio scene, working as a background vocalist for the CBC and working with keyboardist Robbie King, whom Adams attributes as having given him his first paying session.
In 1978, at the age of 18, Adams met Jim Vallance introduced by a mutual friend in a Vancouver music store. Vallance was the former drummer and principal songwriter for Vancouver based rock band Prism and had recently quit that band to focus on a career as a studio musician and songwriter. They agreed to meet at Vallance's home studio a few days later, which proved to be the beginning of a partnership which still exists today. Later in 1978, Adams signed to A&M records for the paltry sum of one dollar. Some of the first demos written in 1978 have surfaced over the years, most notably "I'm Ready" (recorded for both the album Cuts Like a Knife and later his release for MTV Unplugged) and "Remember," which was recorded on his first album. Both songs were covered by other artists even before his first album was released. Also recorded during this time was the disco song "Let Me Take You Dancing," which made the Canadian RPM chart in March 1979 and its B-Side "Don't Turn Me Away". "Straight From The Heart" was also written during this period. The song was later recorded for Adams's third album "Cuts Like A Knife" in 1983 and released as a single, becoming Adams's first top ten record in the U.S. in 1983.
Adams's self-titled debut album was released in February 1980, and marked the beginning of what was to become a long songwriting partnership between Adams and co-writer Jim Vallance. With the exception of "Remember" and "Wastin' Time", most of the album was recorded from 29 October up until 29 November 1979 at Manta Studios in Toronto and co-produced by Adams and Vallance. The album was certified gold in Canada in 1986.
Adams's second album, You Want It You Got It, was recorded in New York City in two weeks and it marked Adams's first album co-produced by Bob Clearmountain. It was released in 1981 and contained the FM radio hit "Lonely Nights," but it was not until his third album that he achieved international recognition, popularity and sales.
Adams also co-wrote songs for other bands during this time including Billboard charted songs like "No Way to Treat a Lady" for Bonnie Raitt, "Don't Let Him Know" for Prism, "Teacher Teacher" for 38 Special, "Edge Of A Dream" for Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Kiss, and many more.
Cuts Like a Knife, which was released in January 1983, was Adams's breakout album due mainly to the lead singles. "Straight from the Heart" was the most successful song, reaching number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Another single, "Cuts Like a Knife" charted at number 15. "This Time" also placed on the Hot 100. Music videos were released for four of the singles from the album. "Cuts Like a Knife" arguably became Adams's most recognizable and popular song from the album. Its music video received heavy airplay on music television channels. The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 album chart and achieved three times platinum status in Canada, platinum in the United States and gold in Australia.
Adams's album, Reckless, co-produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200. The album was released in November 1984 and featured the singles, "Run to You", "Summer of '69", "Heaven", "One Night Love Affair", "Somebody", and "It's Only Love", a duet with Tina Turner. All the singles had accompanying music videos and all charted on the Billboard Hot 100 but only "Run to You", "Summer of '69", and "Heaven" peaked in the top ten. "Heaven" became the most successful single from Reckless at the time of its release on the pop charts, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the mainstream rock chart. "It's Only Love" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1986, the song won an MTV award for Best Stage Performance. After the release of the album, Adams was nominated for Best Male Rock Performance. The album is Adams's best-selling album in the United States and was certified five times platinum.
In December 1984, Adams embarked on a massive 2-year world tour to launch the album starting in Canada and United States, then into Japan, Australia, back to the UK and again to Canada. After winning four Juno Awards, he headed south towards the American West Coast, culminating with 2 dates at the studded Paladium in Los Angeles.
After the tour in the United States, Adams took part of a grand ensemble of Canadian artists named Northern Lights, who recorded the song "Tears Are Not Enough" for the African famine relief effort. Adams later headed back to Europe for a fifty-city concert tour with rock singer Tina Turner, culminating in April with his return to London to headline three sold-out shows at the Hammersmith Odeon. Adams began the first leg of his tour entitled "World Wide in '85" which started in Oklahoma and ended in October 1985. Adams later visited Vancouver, Canada, and afterward returned to the American East Coast to play 2 sold-out concerts in New York.
In 1985 Adams worked on Roger Daltrey's sixth solo album Under a Raging Moon, which was a tribute album to The Who's former drummer Keith Moon who died in 1978. Adams co wrote two tracks for the album those being: "Let Me Down Easy" and "Rebel" the track "Let Me Down Easy" was a Top 15 Hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks and featured Adams playing guitar and singing backing vocals aside Roger Daltrey also with Robbie McIntosh playing guitar in the music video.
The follow-up album to Reckless was Into the Fire which was released in 1987. The album was recorded at Cliffhanger Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia and mixed at AIR Studios in London and Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. This album contained the hit songs "Heat of the Night" and "Hearts on Fire" and hit the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 1989 Adams did backup singing on Mötley Crüe's album Dr. Feelgood and also on Belinda Carlisle's song "Whatever It Takes" which appeared on her Album Runaway Horses.
In 1990, Adams voiced the evil rat henchman Hoodwink in the Canadian children's animated television special The Real Story of the Three Little Kittens which was created and produced for The Real Story of... (a.k.a. Favorite Songs) anthology series. It was first broadcast on CTV Television Network in Canada and later on HBO in USA.
Adams's next album, Waking Up the Neighbours, co-produced by Adams and Mutt Lange, peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. It was even more successful on the other side of the Atlantic, reaching number 1 on both big European markets, the UK and Germany. The album was released in September 1991 and featured "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", his second #1 hit single in the Billboard Hot 100. This song was featured on the album and in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. The single topped the charts in numerous countries around the world including big markets such as the US, the UK, France, Australia and Germany. "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" spent 16 consecutive weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, breaking a record previously held by Slim Whitman with Rose Marie since 1955. It also achieved record-breaking sales in the US. Canadian content regulations were revised in 1991 to allow radio stations to credit airplay of this album towards their legal requirements to play Canadian music. Adams won a Grammy Award in 1991 for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television.
Adams further supported the album with his tour, Waking Up the World which started on 4 October 1991, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On 18 December 1991, Adams played two first-ever shows in Reykjavík, Iceland and then performed in the U.S. with a concert at the Ritz Theatre in New York City on 10 January. It was a sell-out in less than twenty minutes. In attendance were music legends Ben E. King and Nona Hendryx. The Canadian leg of the Waking Up The World Tour kicked off in Sydney, Nova Scotia on 13 January 1992, and wrapped up with a standing room only concert in Vancouver, Canada, on 31 January. In February 1992, he started touring in New Zealand and Australia for seven dates—kicking off with a press conference in Sydney. On 21 February, the tour headed to Japan for approximately a dozen shows in six cities. The tour continued through several European countries in June 1992, including Italy, Germany, Holland and Scandinavia, and in July 1992, Bryan performed for the first time in Hungary and Turkey (where he filmed his video for "Do I Have To Say The Words?"). During the long tour, further singles from the Waking Up the Neighbours album were released: In the US, the rocky "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" peaked at number 2, and "Do I Have to Say the Words?" reached number 11. In the UK, "Thought I Died and Gone to Heaven" was the most successful single behind "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You" by reaching the Top 10. In September through December 1993, the tour took place in the US. The Asian tour headed to Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong in February 1993, before returning to the US during March through May.
In 1993 he collaborated with Rod Stewart and Sting for the single "All for Love" written for the Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie Three Musketeers. The single topped the charts worldwide. In November 1993 Adams released a compilation album entitled So Far So Good, that again topped the Charts in numerous countries such as the UK, Germany and Australia. It included a brand new song called "Please Forgive Me", that became another number 1 single in Australia as well as reaching the Top 3 in the US, the UK and Germany. It was followed in 1995 by, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" (song released with the Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie Don Juan DeMarco). It became another number 1 in the US and Australia as well as a Top 5 hit in the UK and Germany. Released in June 1996, the album 18 til I Die contained the UK Top 10 singles "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me" and "Lets Make a Night to Remember". The album peaked at number thirty-one on the Billboard 200 in the United States and held that position for three weeks. It was more successful in Europe and Australia and reached the top spot on the UK charts for Adams's third number 1 in a row. The album has been certified platinum in the United States and is Adams last studio effort which has been certified by the RIAA. 18 til I Die was certified three times platinum in Canada and Australia and two times platinum in the UK. On 27 July Adams performed at the Wembley Stadium in London in front of a crowd of about 70,000. It was his second sold-out concert there and it is often considered as his biggest concert ever as it went out live to 25 countries and fans from all over the world came up to watch the performance.It also received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. In December 1997, Adams released MTV Unplugged with three new tracks: "Back to You", "A Little Love" and "When You Love Someone". "Back to You" was the first single, followed by "I'm Ready", an acoustic version of the Cut's Like A Knife track. The album was a top 10 success in Germany while both singles reached the top 20 in the UK.
In 1996, Adams joined good friend & idol Don Henley on stage with a Duet at Live at Honors, Everybody Knows.
On a Day Like Today was released in 1998 and was the first studio album since 1981's You Want It You Got It which wasn't certified by the RIAA. This release coincided with his contract being sold to Interscope Records. Despite Interscope's involvement or lack of, On a Day Like Today enjoyed tremendous success internationally, entering the Top 5 in Germany and was certified platinum in the UK. It generated two British Top 10 singles: "Cloud Number Nine" and "When You're Gone", which featured Melanie C of The Spice Girls.
To commemorate the millennium, Adams released The Best of Me, his most comprehensive collection of songs at that time, which also included two new songs, the title track "The Best of Me" and the UK number 1 track "Don't Give Up". The album reached the Top 10 in Germany and was certified three times platinum in Canada and Platinum in the UK. The single from the album, "The Best of Me" was a very successful hit with the exception of the US, where neither the single or the album were released by Interscope Records.
In 2000, Adams wrote and sang on a song for Chicane's album Behind the Sun called "Don't Give Up". Even though his voice is somewhat altered electronically, it is still recognisable. An official music video was made of the song, in which Adams also appears.
In 2002, Adams wrote and performed the songs for the DreamWorks animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. The songs were included on the film's soundtrack. The most successful single from the soundtrack was "Here I Am", a British Top 5 and German Top 20 hit. The song also gave him his fourth Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Song from a Motion Picture.
In 2004, ARC Weekly released its chart of top pop artists since the last 25 years and Adams came up at number 13 in the chart with four number-one singles, ten top five hits and 17 top ten hits. Six years after the release of On a Day Like Today, Room Service was released in September 2004. It topped the charts in Germany and Switzerland and peaked at number four in the UK, selling 440,000 copies in its first week in Europe and thus debuted at number one on Billboard's European album chart. The single, "Open Road", was the most successful single from the album and peaked at number one in Canada and number twenty-one in the UK. In May 2008, the album was also released in the US but charted only at number 134 on the Billboard 200.
In 2005, Anthology, the first 2-disc compilation was released, containing two new tracks. The US release features a new version of "When You're Gone", a duet with Melanie C. Also in 2005, Adams re-recorded the theme song for the second season of Pamela's Fox sitcom Stacked.
In 2006, Adams wrote and performed the theme song "Never Let Go" which was featured in the closing credits of the film The Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Adams also co-wrote the song "Never Gonna Break My Faith" for the film Bobby. The song was performed by the R&B singers Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige and earned him a Golden Globe Nomination in 2007.
Adams released his eleventh album internationally on 17 March 2008. It was appropriately called 11. The album was released in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail stores on 13 May 2008. The first single released from the album was "I Thought I'd Seen Everything". Adams did an 11-day, 11-country European acoustic promotional tour to kick off the release of the album. The album debuted at number one in Canada (making it his first album to reach that position since Waking Up the Neighbours in 1991) as well as reaching number two in Germany. In the United States, the album charted at number 80. In May 2009, Bryan Adams announced on his Twitter account that he has started writing and recording a new album in Paris.
Adams was one of the four musicians who were pictured on the second series of the Canadian Recording Artist Series to be issued by Canada Post stamps on 2 July 2009. The total estimated number of Bryan Adams stamps that were printed is one and one-half million.
In December 2009, he wrote, produced and performed the song "You've Been a Friend to Me" for the Disney film Old Dogs.
In February 2010, Adams released "One World, One Flame" – a track used as a theme song by the German TV Station ARD for their Olympic coverage of Olympic Games in Vancouver.
On 12 February 2010, Adams performed a duet with Nelly Furtado. The song was called "Bang the Drum" and was co-written with Jim Vallance for the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The ceremony was held indoors at BC Place Stadium.
Adams performed at a party that Wayne Gretzky and Jaromír Jágr attended during Olympics, this brought all three together once again, following Gretzky's final game in 1999 at Madison Square Garden, when Gretzky then played for the New York Rangers and Jagr was with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Adams then sang the Canadian national anthem and ad-libbed a line to acknowledge Gretzky's departure, singing, "We're gonna miss you Wayne Gretzky."
Adams was one of several well-known Canadian musicians to visit Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his official residence. Originally the visit was meant to be Adams's plea to the Prime Minister to change the archaic copyright laws, instead Harper turned it into a photo op for himself and an informal "jam session".
In November 2010, Adams released the acoustic album Bare Bones. It was recorded live at various locations on his "Bare Bones Tour" earlier in the year. It was certified gold in India a year later, and he thanked all his Indian fans for supporting him.
On 19 February 2011, Bryan Adams and his band played in Kathmandu, Nepal making him the first ever international artist to perform in Nepal which was organized by ODC Network (P) LTD. Bryan Adams performed at the opening ceremony of the International Cricket Council's World Cup tournament on 17 February 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and also performed in a solo concert in the next day.
On 19 November 2011, Adams wrote and recorded the dance music single/video for the Loverush UK! single "Tonight in Babylon" in Southwark, London.
On 20 November 2011, Adams performed "When You're Gone" on the TV show The X Factor in the UK with the remaining acts in the competition.
On 31 January 2012, Adams announced a 20-date concert tour across Canada between April and June to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the "Waking Up the Nation Tour".
In July 2012, Adams was featured as the voice of the lead character of a dog called Jock, in the animated South African film Jock of the Bushveld. He also wrote and sang two of the main songs: "Way Oh" and "By Your Side". The American released of the film was retitled "Jock the Hero dog".
In 2012, he wrote and sang on the dance song "Tonight In Babylon", by London duo Loverush UK!. This song was also recorded/released on his Bare Bones Sydney Opera House video.
In 2013, he wrote and sang on "After All" with Michael Bublé from his album To Be Loved. Also in 2013, the Bare Bones acoustic show, "Live at the Sydney Opera House" recorded in 2011, is released on DVD and CD.
In an interview on 18 March 2014, Adams revealed that he has signed a three album contract with Verve Records in the U.S.A. With one album celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Reckless, a new album of covers, and another one with new songs produced by Jeff Lynne.
On 24 May 2014 Adams announced via Twitter that a new album titled Tracks of My Years will be released in September 2014. The album was released on 30 September 2014 and reached #1 on the Canadian album chart. The album contains cover songs and one original song written with Jim Vallance.
On 13 July 2014, Adams presented a live concert on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, Canada. Adams was moved by the crowd and mentioned: "Quebec City is the Capital of music and artists."Sorelle Saidman Bryan Adams Everything He Does, Random House, Toronto, 1993 ISBN 0-394-22300-4 Chapter 3: Sweeney Todd: In the Nick of Time p. 23 and ff Saidman, page 47 "CRIA Certifications". Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Artist Chart History – Bryan Adams". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2013. "ARIA Certifications". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Bryan Adams – June 20" (in Danish). Newmarket Racecourses. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "RIAA Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "The Life of Bryan" (in Danish). skolarbete.nu. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Everything I Do". I Love 1991. BBC Cult. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Bryan Adams not Canadian?". Ruling the Airwaves: The CRTC and Canadian Content. 14 January 1992. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Bryan Adams". Live Daily. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Australian Chart". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Austrian Chart". austriancharts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Finnish Chart". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "French Chart". lescharts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Chartverfolgung / BRYAN ADAMS / Longplay" (in German). musicline.de. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Irish Album Chart". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Dutch Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Norwegian Chart". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Swiss Chart". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Belgian Chart (WAL)". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 20 June 2008. "BPI Certifications". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008. "Discogs music database". Discogs.com. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 2011-11-01. YouTube "64th Golden Globe Awards Nominations". Golden Globe. 14 December 2006. Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. "Wal-Mart secures album exclusive". Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. Breznican, Anthony; Gundersen, Edna; Keveney, Bill (20 March 2008). "Coming attractions: Bryan Adams is down to the '11' hour". USA Today. Retrieved 24 June 2008. Canada Post Stamp Details, July to September 2009, Volume XVIII, No. 3, p. 6 Vancouver Sun (12 January 2009). "Bryan Adams gets the stamp of approval". StampNews.com. Bryan Adams – IMDb "Bryan Adams still sings straight from the heart". MacLeans Magazine. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-19. "Bryan Adams jams with Stephen Harper". Toronto Star. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. "Straight from the heart". Deccan Chronicle. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-01. "Bryan Adams cuts history like a knife in Nepal – Detail News : Nepal News Portal". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 2011-11-01. Bhattacharya, Pallab (9 February 2011). "Bryan Adams to Perform at ICC World Cup Opening in Dhaka". Daily Star.net. Retrieved 26 February 2011. Sadique, Kazim Ibn (21 February 2011). "Bryan Adams Romances Dhaka". Daily Star.net. Retrieved 26 February 2011. "Adams books big Canadian tour". Toronto Sun. 31 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012. "Connect with Bryan Adams as 'Bare Bones' heads for The Dow in Saginaw". MLive.com. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. "Bryan Adams: Sous le signe du rock". Le Soleil. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
Most of Adams's philanthropic activity is dedicated to his foundation "The Bryan Adams Foundation", which aims to advance education and learning opportunities for children and young people worldwide, believing that an education is the best gift that a child can be given. The foundation is mostly funded by Adams himself.
Since the 1980s, Adams has participated in concerts and other activities to help raise money and awareness for a variety of causes. His first high profile charity appearance came in 1985 when he opened the US transmission of Live Aid from Philadelphia. In June of the next year, Adams participated in the two-week Amnesty International "A Conspiracy of Hope" tour alongside Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel. In 1986 Adams performed at The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert in Wembley Arena to celebrate first 10 years of the Trust and again in June 1987 at the 5th Annual Prince's Trust Rock Gala along with Elton John, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others. The following year Adams performed at the Nelson Mandela birthday party concert at Wembley Stadium.
Adams helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall when, in 1990, he joined many other guests (including his songwriting partner Michael Kamen) for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin, Germany. He performed the Pink Floyd songs "What Shall We Do Now?" and "Young Lust" during the performance of The Wall, and then joined Waters, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison, Paul Carrack and others to perform Waters' "The Tide Is Turning" to close the concert. His version of "Young Lust" peaked at number 7 at Mainstream Rock Tracks.
On 29 January 2005, Adams joined the CBC benefit concert in Toronto for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Twenty years after performing at Live Aid in the USA, Adams played at Canada's Live 8 show in Barrie, Ontario. Later that year, he performed in Qatar and raised £1.5M ($2,617,000) from the concert. He also auctioned a white Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by many of the world's prominent guitarists. The guitar raised a total of 3.7 million US dollars for charity and thus set a record as the world's costliest guitar. The money went to Qatar's "Reach Out to Asia" campaign to help the underprivileged across the continent. Money raised also went to some of his own projects like rebuilding a school in Thailand and building a new sports center in Sri Lanka, both of which had been devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
On 29 January 2006, Adams became the first Western artist to perform in Karachi, Pakistan after 11 September attacks, in conjunction with a benefit concert by Shehzad Roy to raise money for underprivileged children to go to school. Some of the proceeds of that concert also went to victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
On 18 October 2007, Adams was billed to perform in Tel Aviv and Jericho as part of the OneVoice Movement concerts, hoping to aid in solving the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The peace concert for supporters of a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel was called off because of security concerns.
On 25 May 2005, Adams raised £1.3M with cousin Johnny Armitage, from a concert and auction entitled Rock by the River for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. On 15 May 2006, Adams returned to London to attend the Hope Foundation's event (hosted by designer Bella Freud), helping to raise a portion of the £250,000 to support the Palestinian refugee children. The following June, he offered individuals from the public the chance to bid to sing with him live in concert at three different charity auctions in London. Over £50,000 was raised with money going to the NSPCC, Children in Need, and the University College Hospital. On 28 February 2008 he appeared in One Night Live at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada with Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden and RyanDan in aid of the Sunnybrook Hospital Women and Babies Program.
To support the peace in Georgia, Adams played a special outdoor concert in Tbilisi, on 19 September 2008.
He played at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Born Free Foundation at "Wild and Live" on 14 November 2009. His foundation raised £170,000 for Kids Company, a UK-based charity that helps underprivileged and abused children in London, England.
During his tours of 1992–1994, Adams successfully campaigned for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Greenpeace Chairman David McTaggart. The two of them distributed over 500,000 postcards at concerts around the world encouraging people to write to politicians of countries blocking the vote, encouraging them to vote "yes" for the creation of the sanctuary at the meetings of the International Whaling Commission. IWC officially created the sanctuary on 26 May 1994.
On 24 April 1993, Adams joined Farm Aid VI alongside Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Ringo Starr.
Adams supports the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) by shooting photos for them and writing letters. He wrote to the CEO of KFC restaurants in Canada in November 2007, asking them to become leaders in using more modern and more humane methods of killing chickens. Adams has been a vegan since 1989 and was also a nominee for PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarians of the Year."
On 14 September 2014, Adams was the first artist to sing at the Invictus Games organised by Prince Harry in East London."1985: Was Live Aid the best rock concert ever?". BBC News. 13 July 1985. Retrieved 29 January 2006. "Pink Floyd – The Wall". h4g2. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2006. "Reach Out to Asia". Qatar Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 February 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2006. "Gilmour signed guitar in charity auction". Brain Damage. 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2011. "Bryan Adams performs to Karachi". BBC News. 29 January 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2006. "Adams's peace concerts called off". BBC News. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2007. "Bryan Adams rocks by the river". Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 29 January 2006. "Ronnie Scotts" (PDF). Hoping Foundation. Retrieved 29 January 2006. "One Night Live". Sunnybrook. Retrieved 29 January 2006. "I was there: how the Southern Ocean Sanctuary came to be – Ocean Defenders – the weblog". Weblog.greenpeace.org. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 2011-11-01. "Bryan Adams Takes On KFC Canada". PETA. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
Adams works as a photographer as well as musician, aside from being published in British Vogue, L'uomo Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Interview magazine and i-D, among others, he has also shot advertising campaigns for Guess Jeans, Sand, Converse, Montblanc, John Richmond, Fred Perry, Escada, Gaastra, Zeiss and more recently for OPEL cars in Germany.
He has won Lead Awards twice in Germany for his fashion work, most recently June 2012 and previously in 2006. Other photographic endeavours include founding the art fashion Zoo Magazine, based in Berlin, Germany for which he shoots regularly.
His first book of photos was released by Steidl in October 2012 titled Exposed. Previous published collaborations include; American Women June 2005, for Calvin Klein in the United States; proceeds from this book went to Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for their breast cancer research for programs, and Made in Canada December 1999 for Flare Magazine in Canada; proceeds went to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Both books were dedicated to his friend Donna, who died of the disease.
As a photographer, Adams has worked with many of his musical peers, including Lana Del Rey, The Who, Sting, Shania Twain, Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Take That, Joss Stone, Plácido Domingo, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, Billy Idol, Moby, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Lenny Kravitz, Die Antwoord, Boy George, John Newman, Vanessa Paradis, Michael Buble and Morrissey to name a few. Ray Charles is his "favorite singer of all time." On 27 November 2000 Adams played onstage with The Who at the Royal Albert Hall. A DVD of the concert was issued. Adams photographed the band and his photos appear in the DVD booklet.
In 2002, Adams was invited, along with other photographers from the Commonwealth, to photograph Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee; one of the photographs from this session was used as a Canadian postage stamp in 2004 and again in 2005 (see Queen Elizabeth II definitive stamp (Canada)), another portrait of both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is now in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Adams supports the Hear the World initiative as a photographer in its aim to raise global awareness for the topic of hearing and hearing loss.
He photographed Michael J. Fox and Tatjana Patitz in the 2011 Carl Zeiss AG company calendar in New York City in the summer of 2010. The focus was about the size difference of the subjects in a comedic presentation. In 2011, Adams provided the cover art for Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a posthumous release by Amy Winehouse.
Adams released a photographic book entitled Wounded – The Legacy of War, to highlight the real human consequences of war in November 2013. Adams has also recorded songs critical of warfare on past albums.
His photographic exhibitions include:Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto 1999McCord Museum, Montreal 2000Saatchi Gallery, London 2000Photokina, Köln (Cologne), Germany 2001ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 2004Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto 2004Calvin Klein, NYC, Dallas, Paris 2005Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London 2005–06Il Tempio Di Adriano, Rome, Italy, July 2006Photokina, Köln (Cologne), Germany, September 2006Leica Gallery, Vienna, Austria, November 2006Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 2006H.Stern exhibition, São Paulo, Brazil, March 2007PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain, Fotografos Insospechados (Unsuspected Photographers) Mickey Rourke photographs, May–July 2007Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire, England, May–June 2007401 Projects, New York City, September–November 2007The Hospital, Covent Garden, London, England, November 2007 (Modern Muses)The National Portrait Gallery, London, England, February–May 2008 (Modern Muses)Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany, May 2008 (Photos of the German National Football Team)14th Street Gallery, New York City, May 2008 (Hear The World) (plus other exhibitions in Berlin and Zurich with the same show)Saatchi Gallery, London, July 2009 (Hear The World)Calvin Klein American Women 2010, New York City, September 2010Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, July 2012 (Exposed)NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany. "Bryan Adams – Exposed" February – May 2013Westlicht Gallery, Vienna, Austria. "Bryan Adams – Exposed" Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, May – July 2013City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, February – May 2013Goss-Michael Gallery, Dallas, Texas, December 2012 – February 2013Glenbow Gallery, Calgary, Canada, March – June 2014Stadtgalerie, Klagenfurt, Austria, 3 July – 5 Oct. 2014: "Bryan Adams – Exposed" ]Stadthaus Ulm, Germany, June – September 2014 Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal October, 2014 until 1 February, 2015Somerset House, London, England November, 2014 until 31 January, 2015 Jenkins, David (30 March 2008). "The charmed life of Bryan Adams". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2010. Richard Melville Hall (20 March 2007). "you want to hear a funny story?". Moby's journal. Moby. Retrieved 20 March 2007. Cite error: The named reference charles was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Press Releases – Bryan Adams attends the official unveiling of the new Queen stamp". Canada Post. 20 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2007. "Interview with Bryan Adams". Hear the World. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2011. Michael J. Fox proves he's still laughing in the face of Parkinson's disease as he hams it up for new calendar Mail Online, 18 September 2010 Luke Blackall (2013-11-14). "Bryan Adams' book 'Wounded: The Legacy of War' shows the silent legacy of conflict – Features – Books". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-12-15. "Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow | Exhibitions | "Bryan Adams – Exposed"". Mamm-mdf.ru. Retrieved 2013-02-22. McLachlan, Sean (2013-02-05). "Bryan Adams Opens Photography Exhibition In Düsseldorf". Gadling.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. derStandard.at (2013-06-20). ""Exposed": Fotos von Bryan Adams [Seite 1] – Ostlicht & Westlicht – derStandard.at " Kultur". Derstandard.at. Retrieved 2013-12-15. "events.at". events.at. Retrieved 22 September 2014. http://www.stadthaus.ulm.de. "Gesichter des Krieges". Stadthaus Ulm. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
Adams and Alicia Grimaldi, who is also a trustee and co-founder of his namesake foundation, had their first daughter, Mirabella Bunny Grimaldi Adams on 22 April 2011. They announced the birth of their second daughter Lula Rosylea Grimaldi Adams, via People Magazine on 15 February 2013.
Adams has been vegan since the age of 29, originally for health reasons, but is also an advocate for animal rights.
Adams has homes in Chelsea, London and Paris."The Adams are all smiles as their tiny baby Mirabella Bunny Grimaldi Adams makes her public debut". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 June 2012. "Bryan Adams still sings straight from the heart". Macleans.ca. Retrieved 18 June 2012. "Bryan Adams on Animal Rights and Being Vegan". Briffa, John (26 January 2008). "What's In Your Basket?: Bryan Ada,s 48, Singer". The Guardian (London). Cite error: The named reference Telg3672213 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Celebrity Home Photos – Inside Luxury Celebrity Houses". Elle Decor. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
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In addition to his success at the Junos and Grammys and other music awards, Adams was also nominated for his fifth Golden Globe in 2007 for songwriting on the film Bobby which was sung by Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige, and has been nominated three times for Academy Awards for writing music in film.
In 1990, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia."TheGoldenGlobes.com". TheGoldenGlobes.com. 5 September 1986. "Bryan Adams: Honours". thecanadianencyclopedia. Retrieved 13 April 2007. "1990 Recipient: Bryan Adams – Vancouver". Order of British Columbia. Retrieved 28 June 2014.