Bryan Adams

Bryan Guy Adams, OC, OBC ( born November 5, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario ) is a Canadian rock singer, composer and photographer. Since 1983, Adams reached number -one rankings in the charts in over 30 countries.

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Private life

Adams was born in 1959 as the son of British parents in Canada. His father, Conrad J. Adams was active in the military diplomatic service, his mother Elizabeth Jane Adams worked as a teacher and librarian. Due to the occupation of the father, the family often had to change their place of residence; so they lived for example in Israel and Austria and from 1967 to 1971 in Portugal. The parents separated in the mid- 1970s. Bryan Adams moved with his mother and younger brother to Ottawa and later to Vancouver. In addition to English, he speaks French.

Adams since the late 1980s, vegetarians and vegans even now. He supported the animal rights organization PETA. In an interview with the magazine Brigitte, he said: "Since I do not eat more meat, I 've never had any more infections, not even a cold. It is. It's real. "

Adams is also active as a photographer. He has been awarded several times for his work in this area. In 2006 he received the Lead Award for a photo gallery. He is co-editor of Zoo Magazine, a journal of Photography, which he founded in Berlin in 2004.

Adams lives with his partner and two daughters together, born in 2011 and 2013, in London's Chelsea. In November 2013 it was announced that Adams will open a studio and a " life and culture " in Berlin's Oberschoeneweide.

Music career

The 1970s

In Vancouver, Adams devoted his very intense music. At the age of 15 he dropped out of high school to perform with bands like Shock and Sweeney Todd at night in the city's clubs. With Sweeny Todd, he took over as lead singer in 1977 on the LP If Wishes Were Horses ... Beggars Would Ride Then, under the name of Bryan Adams - The Early Years was supplemented in 2004 by two more songs from this period, re-published. In 1978 he left the band. In Vancouver, Adams learned in the late 1970s also know the musician Jim Vallance. Both started a collaboration as a songwriter that continues to this day. They composed songs for various Canadian rock musician, for example, Loverboy and Bachman -Turner Overdrive. She also wrote songs for Bonnie Tyler, Ian Lloyd and Kiss.

1978 Adams and Vallance produced some demo tapes and sent them to record labels. Some of these demos appeared over the years on Adams ' studio albums, such as " I'm Ready ", which was released in 1983 on Cuts Like a Knife.

The 1980s

1980 Adams received a recording contract with A & M Records. End of the same year he released his first album Bryan Adams, which was not a commercial success and did not come in the charts. A year later the album You Want It, You Got It, which made ​​it into the U.S. charts appeared. 1982 Adams went on tour with the Kinks, with Loverboy and Foreigner, for whom he played in the opening act.

The commercial breakthrough came in 1983 with the album Adams Cuts Like a Knife, which came in the top ten of the respective album charts in both Canada and the U.S.. The first single was " Straight from the Heart", a ballad. In the same year Bryan Adams made ​​his first appearance in Europe in the television show Rockpalast.

The Hard Rock albums of the first important by the end of 1984 with the album Reckless mostly AOR or mainstream -oriented songs and ballads. Although the single " Run to You " was still very guitar emphasizes Adams established mid-1985 with the single " Heaven" as a " master of radio-friendly rock ballad ". Adams ' rough voice " seems to be made for rock ballads ". " Run to You " was the first single that made ​​it into the top ten of the BBC charts and Adams made ​​known in Europe. A total of five more singles were released from Reckless during the year 1985, which to this day Adams ' most famous songs. These are the already mentioned " Heaven", followed by "Summer of '69 ", " Somebody", "One Night Love Affair" and " It's Only Love ". The latter was a duet with Tina Turner, in 1985 the Adams accompanied on their world tour supporting.

In spring 1987, the album Into the Fire, which on both sides of the Atlantic, reached Top 10, but commercially at this scale not reach enough compared to its predecessor appeared. In 1988 the live album Live! Live! Live!, Which, however, no great commercial success had granted and stayed in the charts only briefly.

The 1990s

In mid-1991, Adams was back with the album Waking Up the Neighbours. The single " ( Everything I Do ) I Do It for You" as the theme song for the film Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves used. From 13 July 1991 to 1 November 1991, the single was no interruption at number one in the UK charts. This had previously done no single before Adams ' publication in the nearly forty year history of the UK charts. Even in the U.S. charts was the song seven weeks at number one on the singles chart and also reached # 1 in Germany, Australia and many other countries. The success of the single brought Adams commercial success back. The accompanying album Waking Up the Neighbours was also a worldwide bestseller and finished in the UK and Germany first place Thereafter, Adams embarked on a world tour that lasted over a year. During this time other singles of Waking up the Neighbours album came about Hits: The guitar rocker " Can not Stop This Thing We Started " peaked at number two on the U.S. charts, the power ballad " Do I Have to Say the Words " came up Rank 11 In the UK, especially the mid-tempo anthem " Thought I Died and Gone to Heaven" (Top 10) was successful.

1993 Adams published the compilation So Far So Good, the number 1 was also around the world. With " Please Forgive Me", the best-of- disk also contained a brand new title as a single decoupled another number 1 hit in Australia and the top 3 success on both sides of the Atlantic was. The song was again a powerful guitar solo backed with power ballad as already " Everything I Do ". He also published along with Sting and Rod Stewart, the single " All for Love " from the movie The Three Musketeers, again a large-scale ballad, which promptly became one another, worldwide No. 1 hit in 1994. With the participation of the Spanish flamenco virtuoso Paco de Lucía Adams played in the fall of 1995, again a film music, which underlaid with Spanish guitar ballad " Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? " For the film Don Juan DeMarco, another U.S. number - one hit and worldwide top 3 success.

In 1996, after five years, a new studio album 18 Til I Die reached the top of the British charts and sent with the rock song " The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You " and the ballad " Let's Make a Night to Remember" two more UK Top 10 singles. In Germany and Australia, the album was a huge success. In the U.S., it was not a commercial success.

Collaborations with other musicians

Adams has worked in his career with many other well-known musicians. He has performed alongside Sting, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner with Barbra Streisand, Ronan Keating, former Spice Girl Mel C, Céline Dion, Stanfour and Others In 1990, Adams, along with many other prominent musicians in Berlin at Potsdamer Platz on. Was organized the concert of Roger Waters, bassist and vocalist of Pink Floyd. Was interpreted The Wall, which was also filmed.

Other musical projects

Adams wrote the songs for the animated film Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron. He also worked on the music for the film in Racing Stripes go with. Adams became involved in a music project of Nick Bracegirdle Chicane on their album Behind the Sun in 2000, he took over the vocals on the hit single Do not Give Up with electronically distorted voice and also happen to be delivered the majority of photographs for the CD booklet. In return Bracegirdle Adams ' Single Cloud Number Nine mixte.

Adams ' album Room Service from 2004 finished in the first week after publication No. 1 on the German album charts. The first single from the album Open Road reached the German Top 20, and the second single, the ballad Flying, was used in ski jumping TV broadcasts as background music. 2005 Adams released his third greatest-hits album Anthology. In March 2008, his album 11 appeared; the first single was I Thought I'd Seen Everything ". For the Disney film Old Dogs, which started in January 2010, Adams contributed the title track You've Been a Friend to Me. At the official music video to Adams mimes all the musicians and directed.

On 12 February 2010 the title of One World, One Flame, the Bryan Adams has written for the ARD and the transfer of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver appeared. At the official opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics Adams appeared along with his Canadian colleague musicians Nelly Furtado. Both sang together the song composed by Adams Bang the Drum, who is also on the album Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Opening Ceremony Commemorative Album has been released.

Bryan Adams ' Band

Since the early 1980s, the band consists of Adam, who also takes on the rhythm guitar in addition to singing, from the lead guitarist Keith Scott and (initially as a studio musician, and later in 1987 also at concerts ) drummer Mickey Curry. Until the late 1990s, also the bassist Dave Taylor was a permanent member of the band. The keyboardist Tommy Mandel belonged from 1981 Studio Cast and played from the late 1980s, even at concerts. As a live musician belonged to, inter alia, John Hanaha ( keyboardist from 1981 to 1988 ) and the drummer Jimmy Wesley ( 1981-1983), Frankie La Rocka ( 1983-1985) and Pat Stewart (1985-1987 ) joined the band. After the departure of Taylor and Mandel, the band 1999-2001 only from Scott on guitar, Curry and Bryan Adams, who took over the bass guitar. Since 2002 include standard Fisher on bass and keyboardist Gary broad band.

Social Commitment

Adams concert revenue benefited among others the His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Prince's Trust, Live Aid and the Concert for Freedom for Nelson Mandela. He played for Greenpeace and Amnesty International, and the services of many other humanitarian campaigns, for example, for the salvation of the rainforest, the liberation of political prisoners, saving the whales, the alleviation of hunger and poverty and disadvantaged and on many other occasions. In 2004, he was with Canada's benefit concert for the victims of the tsunami there.

Since 2007 he is " Ambassador of Good Listening" and has photographed for the magazine free of charge and Hear the World Foundation some well-known stars, including Harry Belafonte, Joss Stone, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger. His paintings were shown in the summer of 2008 in New York and Berlin. In addition, Adams has set up a foundation, the " Bryan Adams Foundation", which takes care of needy people around the world. After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011, he called on the musicians and singers in the world, together to play a benefit concert for Japan.


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