ON THE BEAT By Jim Bucher
Dayton City Paper, July 21, 2015
I didn’t realize it, but rocker Bryan Adams and yours truly have lots in common:
He’s a wonderful singer; I can sing in the shower.
He’s performed with big name musicians; I’ve listened to many of those stars.
OK, he’s a guy, I’m a guy, and we are close to the same age. Does that count?
Well, the Canadian-born rock genius will swing through Fraze Pavilion this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., celebrating the 30th anniversary of his iconic album, Reckless.
I recently chatted with Adams via email. At least, I assume it was him…
I can’t believe it’s been three decades since the album’s release.
“It does seem like a long time ago,” Adams agrees. “I recently listened to the live recording of ‘It’s Only Love’ with Tina (Legend Tina Turner) and I singing together in Birmingham, UK, and I noticed how much my voice has changed since those early tours, you know back before there were decent monitors! My voice sounds thrashed, yet somehow was still in tune. [I] have no idea how I did that.”
Funny how an Adams tune like “Summer of ’69,” “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Heaven” can conjure up memories of a time, a place, or who I was with.
Dick Clark was right: music is the soundtrack of our lives.
Adams’ musical soundtrack began early on.
“There’s not much to it,” he says. “I just always wanted to be a musician and my parents bought me a guitar when I was nine years old. I knew music was it for me from the moment I heard it on the radio.”
His solo career was launched with the release of his self-titled debut album, Bryan Adams, in February of 1980, but it was when he formed a songwriting partnership with drummer Jim Vallance that things started to happen. The rest, they say, is rock and roll history.
Now back to Reckless. It was a no-brainer to celebrate the big milestone with a tour.
“It was designed to celebrate that,” Adams says. “As it approached the 30th anniversary I released a new version of the album with 17 songs, seven of which had never been released before. Then it was all about the tour, and making it an event—which it has been and is one of our most successful tours ever.”
And he can’t wait to see all his fans here at Fraze—but of course Ohio and her unpredictable weather is a factor.
“Everyone likes to be outdoors in the summer, and that leaves you at the mercy of the weather,” Adams says. “Indoor shows are more controlled, you come on in darkness, the light show is working etc. It’s preferable from that standpoint, but not always better. We’ve been touring this newly released repackage of Reckless for nearly a year and we’ve done every kind of show and thankfully it works indoors and outdoors.”
But you can’t rain on this rocker’s parade.
“Hey, Kettering and Dayton people, I look forward to rocking out with you soon!” he says.
How about that for a personalized shout out?
Adams has many proverbial irons in the fire, but one most dear is the Bryan Adams Foundation.
“I started it after the 2004 tsunami in Asia as a way to focus the volume of requests that come in for charity work,” he explains. “It’s been very rewarding seeing the work we do benefit others. We’ve started holding small opera/picnic events in the summer as a way to raise funds. We’re doing our third one next year.”
As with all the musicians I’ve interviewed, I asked Bryan about any advice he would share with up and coming rockers. I was expecting the same tips—you know, work hard, strive for the top, practice, practice, practice… Not this seasoned rock star.
“Get into software development if you want to pay your rent,” he quips.
My final question for a guy who has really done it all from receiving awards, accolades and performing with every major star on the planet: What’s in the cards?
“I have a new album coming out in October produced by Jeff Lynne (Wilburys/ELO/Tom Petty) that could be one of the best records I’ve made,” he says. “We’re getting set to tour the hell out of it starting at the end of this year. I’m quite happy just carrying on.”
That’s what we have in common! I can “carry” a tune.
Cheers and welcome back to Kettering Bryan,
Bryan Adams will perform on Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard in Kettering. For tickets and more information, please visit fraze.com.
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