December 18, 2014

Tickets for Bryan's show in Sandviken, Sweden at the Goransson Arena on March 21st are on sale December 19th at 10am CET online and at usual outlets.


December 17, 2014

Reckless Anniversary Tour returns to Europe in March 2015
Dates have just been confirmed in Scandinavia and eastern Europe.
Tickets on sale starting December 18th. Check the CONCERTS PAGE here for full list of dates & ticketing links. More dates to be announced soon.

17 Frederikshavn, DNK
18 Aarhus, DNK
19 Copenhagen, DNK
20 Oslo, NOR
21 Sandviken, SWE
23 Helsinki, FIN
25 Riga, LAT
27 Kaunas, LITH
28 Gdansk, POL

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December 08, 2014

Reckless Deluxe & Super Deluxe Anniversary Sets now available.
A 4 disc set featuring the 2014 remaster with bonus tracks and a live concert from Hammersmith Odeon concert, a DVD of 1984's mini Reckless Movie and a Hi-Definition Blu ray audio only of the 2014 remaster and bonus tracks with a 5.1 mix of the original album. All housed inside a hardcover book featuring never before seen historical photos from the studio, photos of Bryan, a conversation piece between Bryan and his co-writer Jim Vallance, a technical interview with legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig as well as sleevenotes lyrics, work sheets, paperwork, notes and much more.

CD 1

1. One Night Love Affair
2. She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
3. Run To You
4. Heaven
5. Somebody
6. Summer Of '69
7. Kids Wanna Rock
8. It's Only Love
9. Long Gone
10. Ain't Gonna Cry

Bonus Tracks
11. Let Me Down Easy
12. Teacher Teacher
13. The Boys Night Out
14. Draw The Line
15. Play To Win
16. Too Hot To Handle
17. Reckless

CD2: BBC in concert Hammersmith Odeon April 1985

1. Remember
2. The Only One
3. It’s Only Love
4. Kids Wanna Rock
5. Long Gone
6. Cuts Like a Knife
7. Lonely Nights
8. Tonight
9. This Time
10. The Best Was Yet To Come
11. Heaven
12. Run To You
13. Somebody
14. Straight From The Heart
15. Summer of ‘69

DVD Video

1. Run To You (Intro)
2. This Time (Video)
3. Summer Of '69 (Video)
4. Somebody (Video)
5. Kids Wanna Rock (Video)
6. Heaven (Video)
7. Run To You (Video)
8. One Night Love Affair audio credits
9. Bonus video
10. It's Only Love

Blu- ray

Stereo 2014 Remaster

1. One Night Love Affair
2. She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
3. Run To You
4. Heaven
5. Somebody
6. Summer Of '69
7. Kids Wanna Rock
8. It's Only Love
9. Long Gone
10. Ain't Gonna Cry
11. Let Me Down Easy (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 03:40
12. Teacher, Teacher (Bonus Track, Unreleased) 03:47
13. The Boy’s Night Out (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 03:52
14. Draw The Line (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 03:25
15. Play To Win (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 03:28
16. Too Hot To Handle (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 04:01
17. Reckless (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased) 04:00

5.1 Mix

1. One Night Love Affair
2. She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
3. Run To You
4. Heaven
5. Somebody
6. Summer Of '69
7. Kids Wanna Rock
8. It's Only Love
9. Long Gone
10. Ain't Gonna Cry


November 26, 2014
INTERVIEW: In The Studio With RedBeard
Bryan Adams Recalls Reckless Success On 30th Anniversary

Dallas, TX - November 25, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bryan Adams’ 80s blockbuster Reckless.

In 1984 Bryan Adams found himself perched on the edge of a Rock ‘N’ Roll plateau. His third album Cuts Like A Knife had cracked the American Top 20 in sales and, thanks to MTV, Bryan’s face was as well known as his rough-hewn voice. It was in November of that year when Bryan Adams released Reckless , an album that produced six Top 20 singles, “Run to You”, “Somebody”, the # 1 hit “Heaven”, “Summer of 69”, “One Night Love Affair” and the duet “It’s Only Love” with legendary soul singer Tina Turner. The Reckless album went on to sell more than 12 million copies, making Bryan Adams one of the hottest performers in the world.

InTheStudio host Redbeard asks Bryan how, at age 24, was he able to write and produce such a comprehensive international hit album?
“It was like one big brain. Everyone was thinking the same thing. And that’s what made this record work. Everybody was pulling in the same direction... When you make a record you don’t actually think you’re making a hit record. You wanna hope people like your music. When we were recording Reckless I never thought it would do what it did. It’s just as simple as that.”


November 25, 2014

Bryan on NPR Radio
Check out Bryan's interview on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon which aired Nov 22nd.


November 25, 2014

Bryan has signed a beautiful white Fender Stratocaster Modern Player guitar for chART Children's Hospice to support UK Children's Hospices Charities.

This is a unique item as Bryan rarely signs guitars.

Auction ends December 4th.


November 24, 2014

NPR ONLINE: Bryan celebrate the classics on Tracks of My Years
Bryan Adams' "Summer Of '69" has inspired many a late night in a karaoke bar.

Now, the best-selling Canadian singer and songwriter does a little karaoke, of sorts, of his own. His latest project, an album of mostly covers called Tracks Of My Years, includes his versions of songs by Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan — and a picture of a long-haired 15-year-old Adams, deep into hard rock. Still, he didn't end up covering the rock hits of his youth.

"The idea of doing this album was difficult for me, because a lot of the songs that are out there that were inspiring to me as a youngster are untouchable," Adams tells NPR's Scott Simon. "I couldn't do Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' or Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' or Steppenwolf's 'Born To Be Wild' or [The Beatles'] 'Hey Jude.' You know, there was no way. And so it was trying to find songs that I could do that suited my voice in a particular way.

That's how Adams ended up covering a different iconic song: "God Only Knows," from The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.

"When I thought about doing The Beach Boys, of course, as much as I love 'em, there was no way I was gonna do the harmonies because I've never done records like that," he says. "So I decided that I'd like to do this song, 'God Only Knows,' like Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. It's a really, really incredible record. It's probably my favorite Tony Bennett record, and it just seemed like a nice approach to this song. 'Cause no one has ever done it like that before."

Hear the full conversation at the audio link.


November 21, 2014

Fans Travel to UK Reckless Gigs in Support of MS
Teresa Bowers and her friend Lynn are currently trekking to most of Bryan's UK gigs - and they are doing so in support of the Mercia MS Therapy Centre - of which Lynn is a patient.

You can follow their blog, check out their gallery and read about their concert adventures each day. Follow along on tour and if possible, make a donation to reach their goal of £2000 for Multiple Sclerosis.


November 20, 2014

New Song, 'Too Hot To Handle' Premier on Mashable
Check out the song premier of "Too Hot To Handle" from Bryan Adams' new deluxe re-release of Reckless, as well as his exclusive interview on Mashable now!

You'll find Too Hot To Handle plus 6 more previously unreleased tracks on the brand new Reckless 30th Anniversary available in stores and on Amazon and iTunes now.


November 15, 2014
Interview with The Independent UK
Bryan chats to The Independent about his musical beginnings, vegan diet, his portraits of wounded servicemen, and perhaps one or two things you did not know about Bryan Adams!

Read here:


November 14, 2014

Bryan chats with CNN at Somerset House Exhibition
CNN's Christine Amanpour chatted with Bryan as well as Mark Ormrod - one of the veterans captured in Wounded: The Legacy Of War at the Gallery opening of the Photo Exhibit at Somerset House earlier this week.

Watch the CNN interview now.


November 14, 2014

Bryan kicked off Reckless Anniversary Tour in Nottingham Nov 13th.
Bryan kicked off his Reckless Anniversary Tour in the UK last night. Read the review in today's Nottingham Post by Nick Parkhouse .

Photo by Laura Patterson
Read article and view gallery below.


November 14, 2014

WOUNDED: The Legacy of War Interview for Kaltblut Magazine
Bryan Adams may be best known as the singer, Adams has proved to be the master of visual arts, capturing stunning shots of musicians, actors or models. When he is not plucking guitar strings, you will most probably find him in the studio picking the right lens for the next photo shoot. In his last book “Exposed” Adams photographed everyone from Mickey Rourke to the Queen of England to his most recent book “Wounded – The Legacy of War” dedicated to wounded British soldiers.

He started as a singer-songwriter who has received countless other awards, and 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 harsh and shocking; sometimes whimsical and witty. Wounded: The Legacy of War – Photographs by Bryan Adams! An exhibition from 12 November 2014 – 25 January 2015 at Somerset House, London WC2!

Read rest of article and see images in Kaltblut Magazine


November 12, 2014

Prince Harry attends opening of Wounded Exhibit in London
Prince Harry honored Britains Armistice Day with a visit to Bryan's photo exhibition at London's grand Somerset House November 11th.

The gallery exhibit is open to the public starting today and runs through January 25th.

Read full article as see NBC News slideshow on


November 12, 2014

An exhibition of photographs by Bryan Adams of young British servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries opens today at Somerset House in London. Featuring over 30 portraits on public display for the first time in the UK, the startling series honours the war heroes of today and highlights the plight of wounded personnel. The exhibition is on now through January 25, 2015.

The exhibition will have free entry but proceeds from a coffee table book of the exhibition will go to BLESMA, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress, SSAFA and War Child.


November 11, 2014

WOUNDED: The Legacy of War Exhibit at Somerset House London
Bryan Adams' heart-stopping images of wounded British solders go on show at Somerset House November 12th. Taken over the course of four years, the portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war.

Watch the video as Bryan talks about his military tribute and how his book of young wounded servicemen came about.

Read the article and see the gallery of images, Within the book, each man shares unflinching accounts of their life-changing injuries.


November 07, 2014

Choir! Choir! Choir! sings Summer of 69
Toronto based group Choir! Choir! Choir! did a fantastic tribute of 'Summer of 69' in celebration of Bryan's birthday this past Wednesday. Watch and enjoy!

Summer Of 69 by Choir! Choir! Choir!

November 04, 2014

30th Anniversary of Reckless today!
Today marks the 30th Anniversary of Bryan's Rock Album, 'RECKLESS'. The iconic album spawned six hit singles including Run To You, Somebody, Heaven and Summer of 69.

Reckless will be re-released on November 10th UK/EU & November 24th in USA & Canada with seven previously unreleased tracks including the never-before-heard title track, 'Reckless'. Listen to the World Premier starting 9am PST November 5th on VEVO.


October 31, 2014

One day only flash sale happens this Tuesday! Bryan has donated used guitar strings to Wear Your Music Guitar String Bracelet Charity Project and you can buy a unique guitar string bracelet at 10% off. 24

Hour sale starts at 12:05am ET on Nov. 4th only. Use code BADAMS10 at checkout.

Profits to Nordoff Robbins - Music Transforming Lives. Music meets fashion and charity.

Visit WEAR YOUR MUSIC to check out bracelets now!


October 17, 2014
Exposed Photo Exhibition opens in Portugal
Stars ‘Exposed’ in Bryan Adams photography exhibition in Cascais

Until the first of February next year the Cascais Cultural Centre will be hosting a photography exhibition by renowned Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

Under the title ‘Exposed’ the exhibition features a number of well-known artists that have been snapped by the chart-topping photography enthusiast, among them Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and the late Amy Winehouse.
Adams, who spent part of his childhood in Cascais, is probably best known for his musical hits such as Everything I do (I Do It For You), Summer of 69 and Heaven, but he is also, in fact, an acclaimed photographer.
Organised by the D. Luis I foundation, the exhibition was inaugurated on Tuesday night at 9pm and is open every week, Tuesday through to Sunday, from 10am till 6pm, until next February.


October 16, 2014

Second Show in Montreal Canada added . On sale tomorrow
Tickets on sale at noon October 17th for 2nd show in Montreal February 23rd.


October 16, 2014

Bryan performed on BBC The One Show
Bryan appeared on BBC's The One Show yesterday. Bryan performed Any Time At All and C'mon Everybody and joined fellow guest Graham Norton on the couch.

UK viewers - watch the episode online now.


October 14, 2014
Interview with fan, Inigo Ramirez-Escudero
Bryan chats with long time fan, Inigo Ramirez-Escudero ahead of the Tracks of My Years release.

Part 1
Part 2

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October 09, 2014
Bryan brings his Reckless Anniversary Tour to HALIFAX, N.S.
By popular demand BRYAN is returning to the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax February 18th! Tickets go on sale October 25 at 10am.

An exclusive PREMIUM BA Club Member Pre-sale starts Tuesday Oct 14th at 10am. A Facebook Pre-sale begins at 2pm and runs through Oct 24 at 10pm. Ticket link and Password will be revealed on Bryan Adams Official Facebook page when pre-sale begins.

Don't miss your chance to see the Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour!

Each online transaction will also receive a CD of Bryan’s brand new album, Tracks Of My Years!


October 09, 2014
Second Reckless 30th Anniversary Show added in Montreal Feb 23rd.
Reckless 30th Anniversary Concert in Montreal Feb 27 is SOLD OUT!

Due to overwhelming demand, BRYAN has added a 2nd Montreal Show at the Bell Center on February 23rd! Tickets go on sale October 17th at Noon.

An Exclusive BA Member Presale starts this Saturday Oct. 11th at 10am. Bryan's Facebook Presale starts at 2pm Saturday and runs through Oct 16 at 5pm. Password and ticket link will be revealed on Bryan Adams Official Facebook page when pre-sale begins.

Each online transaction will also receive a CD of Bryan’s brand new album, Tracks Of My Years!


October 08, 2014
Bryan's new album Tracks of My Years debuts at #1 on the Canadian SoundScan Charts!

(Wednesday, 08 October 2014 – Toronto, ON) – Iconic multi-platinum recording-artist Bryan Adams’ first studio album in more than six years, Tracks Of My Years has debuted atop Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Album Chart with near 14,000 sales in its first week of release. A diverse collection of time honoured classics from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Tracks Of My Years was released on September 30 through Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company.

Co-produced by Adams, David Foster and Bob Rock, Tracks Of My Years includes ten cover songs featuring a wide range of influential musical styles, from Chuck Berry’s ‘Rock & Roll Music’, Ray Charles’ ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ to the Beatles’ ‘Any Time At All’. The album also includes a brand new track, ‘She Knows Me’ co-written with his long-time writing partner Jim Vallance.


October 07, 2014
Tracks of My Years Interview - ABC News
Bryan Adams' new album, Tracks of My Years, his first studio effort in six years, is out this week, and it features the Canadian singer/songwriter taking a walk down memory lane to revisit some of the great songs of his youth. He's also revisiting his youth via the album's seriously embarrassing cover photo, which shows a 16-year-old Adams sporting some unbelievably long, pure 1970s hair.

"My hair is way down past my nipples," he laughs. "I was really into hard rock back then. I still am into hard rock, but particularly then, because it was the time, you know. It was 1975. I was into Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and a lot of other hard rock, of course, and I looked like one of the roadies that fell off one of the buses, you know?"

While hard rock may be Bryan's preferred music genre from that era, Tracks of My Years mostly features pop and pop-rock hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s. The concept came from one of the producers, David Foster, and at first, Adams didn't want to do it, because he was afraid he couldn't bring anything new to classics by legends like The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Beach Boys. But his other producer, Bob Rock, talked him into it.

"He said, 'Look, you got a great opportunity to have a record deal in America again, and why don't you just do it and have some fun? If it doesn't work out, don't put it out,'" recalls Bryan. "[And so I said], 'That's a good idea. So, let's just go have some fun.' And that's what happened."

Adams and his producers came up with about 40 songs that they then whittled down to the final track listing, which in addition to songs by the Fab Four, Dylan and The Beach Boys, but also The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Manhattans and Chuck Berry.

"It was just a sort of process of just elimination, and you could tell almost instantly whether a song was working, within the first verse," Bryan says of the process, which took about three months, spread over two years. "And generally what I would do was I'd go out and sit on a microphone...with a guitar, and I would just start playing the song and singing it. And, if within that first few chords it started to sound like something, someone would come...and say, 'OK, that's good. Let's do this!'"

What he's ended up with, Adams says, is an album that isn't actually made up of songs that he was personally connected to. Instead, it features tunes that mimic the genre-blurring that he experienced growing up listening to AM radio, where anything that was a hit was played, no matter what type of music it was.

"AM radio was kind of king," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I used to have a little transistor radio, which was kind of my escape [from] the world. I would wait in anticipation for what the next song was gonna be on the radio. It was really exciting. So, doing this record, I kind of kept thinking about, 'It's OK to do a variety of different things here,' because even if these songs weren't songs that I were necessarily inspired by, they were around at the time when I decided music was what I wanted to do, and it's what AM radio was doing at the time too."

Along with the cover versions, Tracks of My Years features one original new song, called "She Knows Me," which is the album's first single. Why put a brand-new song in among the oldies? Adams says, candidly, "Because, according to my manager and according to the record company, it's very difficult to get cover songs played. So, better to give an original song to kick off the record. And I'm quite happy with that."

Bryan, who'll release a 30th anniversary edition of his breakthrough album, Reckless, later this year, says he's just hoping he doesn't catch too much flak for Tracks of My Years.

"I hope that I've done justice to the tracks, because it was a leap of faith to put myself in this position, 'cause I know I'm opening myself up to rocket fire," he jokes. "So, you know, I'm trying to keep my head down!"

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


October 07, 2014
Bryan Chats to Q104.3 Radio in New York
Bryan chats to Jonathan Clarke on New York's Q104.3 Classic Rock Radio. Watch the interview now.


October 04, 2014
Tune into tonight Germany! Bryan performs his new song, "She Knows Me" on Wetten Dass ..?. Show starts at 8:15 pm. Check your local television listings for station details.

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September 30, 2014

Pre-Order Reckless 30th Anniversary Deluxe Editions now on Amazon and iTunes
Reckless 30th Anniversary Editions are now available to pre-order on iTunes and Amazon. The release will be available in stores Nov. 10th in UK/EU and Nov. 24th in Canada and USA.

Both the Deluxe and Super Deluxe packages will be available to order here at early November at a specially discounted price for BA Club Members.

Amazon – Deluxe 2CD
- includes 2014 remaster, bonus tracks plus Live at Hammersmith Odeon.

Amazon – Super Deluxe
- disc set includes 2014 remaster and bonus tracks, the Hammersmith Odeon live gig and DVD of the Reckless movie.



September 30, 2014

Enter to win tickets and Meet & Greet from Universal Music UK
Fancy meeting Bryan on his upcoming tour in the UK? Universal Music is choosing two lucky fans to meet Bryan in London or Manchester in November. Just drop your details in below and winners will be chosen 6th October, the release date for ‘Tracks Of My Years’.


September 30, 2014

Tracks Of My Years out September 30th
Bryan's new album, Tracks of My Years available on iTunes, Amazon and retail outlets now. Check your local amazon store or order from Bryan's official website: and on iTunes:

Tracks Of My Years is his first studio album in more than six years with a collection of classic songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, includes a brand new track, “She Knows Me” co-written with Jim Vallance.

The new CD is available as an 11 song Standard Version and Deluxe 16 song compilation.

Buy Tracks Deluxe Edition now

September 25, 2014

Check out PINTEREST for lyric cards and song sneak peak
You can find some great lyric cards and a sneak peak of songs for TracksOfMyYears on Pinterest … check this out!


September 25, 2014

Bryan Live at Bush Hall - NEW on Spotify Sessions
Listen to “Run To You”, “She Knows Me” & more from Bryan’s recent Live At Bush Hall performance on Spotify Sessions now. Coming soon in Canada.


September 25, 2014

Bryan Surprise Performance at the Bliss Ball in Toronto last Saturday
Bryan Adams, one of Canada’s most beloved stars, wowed the crowd as he took the stage in a surprise performance at The Dilawri Foundation’s Bliss Ball this past Saturday. The astonished audience—having already been serenaded by jazz-pop sensation Nikki Yanofsky, and given a standing ovation to piano prodigy Daniel Clarke Bouchard—were thrilled when Adams took the stage and started an impressive set with his classic hit “Run to You”.

In a further show of generosity, Adams agreed to personally serenade two members of the audience by singing “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – thereby raising an additional donation of $30,000. The successful evening of fundraising, with all proceeds going to The Patient Amenities Fund at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), ended on a high note when the audience flooded the dance floor to the strains of “Summer of ’69.”

Bryan is pictured above with members of the Dilawri family and Canadian country star Shania Twain. Photo George Pimentel

Full Article HERE

September 24, 2014
Anytime At All live from Bush Hall in London
BRYAN Sings The Beatles' Any Time At All - Live at Bush Hall to celebrate his covers album, Tracks Of My Years.

Watch Bryan's performance of "Any Time At All" from the Times/Spotify Sessions taped in front of a live audience at Bush Hall in London late July.


September 23, 2014

ELMORE MAGAZINE Exclusive: "I Can't Stop Loving You"
Music News September 22, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Adams Shares New Ray Charles Cover from Upcoming Album
Music News | September 22nd, 2014

In recent years, Bryan Adams has devoted more and more of his time to his award-winning photography. However, on September 30, Adams will release Tracks of My Years, his first studio album since 2008. Aside from one new original, the collection is made up of ten covers of songs from decades past that inspired a young Adams. The covers span a wide range of influences, from Smokey Robinson to Bob Dylan to Chuck Berry. “Radio was king when I was a teenager,” Adams said. “You’d hear McCartney’s ‘Admiral Halsey’ straight into ‘Kiss and Say Goodbye’ by the Manhattans. Radio didn’t discriminate back then.” Informing Adams’ soul side, along with the Manhattans and Smokey Robinson, is Ray Charles. Among what was likely stiff competition from other Charles classics during the Tracks of My Years sessions (“Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time,” Adams said), Adams chose to record “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

While you await the album’s September 30 release, check out Elmore’s review, and our exclusive stream of “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.


The youthful, long-haired Bryan Adams that appears on the cover of his latest album seems a total about-face from the spiky-haired, leather-clad incarnation that first lit up American airwaves more than 30 years ago. Yet without the former’s keen sense of rock and soul, you wouldn’t have the latter, the reckless rocker with the dynamite rasp who grabbed our attention in the first place.

Tracks of My Years, Adams’ first studio album in six years, is a scrapbook of musical memories that define the man and his tastes. Here, the Canadian legend’s influences run the gamut from the archetypal Beatles (“Any Time at All”) and Chuck Berry (“Rock And Roll Music”) to the genius of Ray Charles (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”) to the swoon of Smokey Robinson (“The Tracks of My Tears”).
But Adams’ goal here isn’t to duplicate the original recordings; rather, it’s to inject his “18 Til I Die” vigor into tunes that clearly inspired him to pick up his first six-string, play it until his fingers bled and get behind a microphone with the true passion of a rock star. Sure, the rasp may have gone down an octave over the years, but the musical fire inside Adams still burns strong.

Among these 16 tracks, a trio of highlights stands out. The first is Adams’ trippy yet comforting take on Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” a song that shows off the singer’s tender side. Next is the album’s one original, “She Knows Me,” a tune that easily fits into the ’60s world of peppy, three-minute singles. The last is a somber rendition of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” Stripping the song of its original production values, leaving just voice and piano, Adams delivers a performance as lasting as Carl Wilson’s lingering tenor.

Thinking about his younger years has caused Bryan Adams to produce this keeper of an album. Like its cover, you’ll just want to let your hair down and soak up the sounds.

– Ira Kantor


September 23, 2014

Music Radar Interview: Tracks
Music Radar chatted to Bryan recently to talk about Tracks of My Years and how some of the songs came to be.

Bryan Adams is taking a panoptical view of his life and career on a trio of upcoming recordings. For an album of brand-new material, slated for fall of 2015, he's recorded six songs with producer Jeff Lynne, the results of which have the Canadian superstar more than a little stoked. "I say this with great trepidation," he begins, "but if it turns out any better than it already has, it could be the best record I've ever done."

In November, Adams will celebrate the 30 anniversary of his breakthrough 1984 album Reckless by issuing a four-disc deluxe package of the set, complete with a newly remastered version of the original disc, a 1985 BBC concert, Reckless: The Movie, a Blu-ray audio disc and seven previously unreleased tracks.

Before then, however, Adams surveys his teenage years on what is hands-down one of 2014's brightest releases, Tracks Of My Years, due out September 30. Although the album contains one new original, a sterling Adams/Jim Valance composition called She Knows Me, the bulk of the record sees Adams paying homage to classic tunes he heard on the radio while growing up.

“I have this kind of thing where I consider the songs that I grew up with are kind of untouchable."

“AM radio was king in the ‘70s," Adams explains. "Back then, there was no discrimination between genres, so you’d get Ray Charles or a song like Kiss And Say Goodbye into The Beatles – easy. If it was a good song, it was gonna get played. So I just thought, ‘OK, let’s do songs that were on the AM radio and stick a picture of me on the cover from the time when I decided that music was what I was going to do.’”

Adams puts his own stamp on Charles' I Can't Stop Loving You, The Manhattans' Kiss And Say Goodbye and The Beatles' Any Time At All, along with 12 other radio gems (such as Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay, the Beach Boys' God Only Knows and The Association's Never My Love, among others), on Tracks Of My Years, which he produced with fellow Canadian hit makers David Foster and Bob Rock.

“I have this kind of thing where I consider the songs that I grew up with are kind of untouchable," Adams observes. "You wouldn’t even consider doing them because it would be sacrilegious." To that end, in some cases, Adams, Foster and Rock employed a more bare-bones approach to the new versions, with the emphasis on the singer's voice rather than an attempt at re-creating the production of the original recordings.

“What unified everything was my voice and the way I produced it," Adams notes. "The key was to not have anything on it. There’s no reverb, no echo – it’s raw and right in your face, off the microphone. It didn’t matter who produced it; I decided that my voice should have that quality of production throughout the record, and that’s what tied it all together. I'm really pleased with the results."

Tracks Of My Years will be released on September 30 in the US and Canada, and on October 6 in Europe and other territories. Adams discusses six songs from the set at music .


September 23, 2014

Bryan talks to Parade about the upcoming albums, and the truth behind his famous love songs.
Bryan Adams, 54, is channeling some of the best songs in music history with his first new album in more than six years — Tracks of My Years, which will be released Sept. 30.

From Chuck Berry’s “Rock & Roll Music,” Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” to the Beatles’ “Any Time At All,” Adams’ selection of hits is an ode to the songs that have inspired his career.

Adams, who is also an acclaimed photographer, talked to Parade about his new album, famous love songs, and more.

What do you think was the best decade in music?
“The ‘60s. There was so much great music and it was so innovative — there was the Beatles, the Stones, Woodstock, and Zeppelin — I can go on and on. The ‘70s were amazing, too. I actually thought maybe the ‘70s might have been the greatest, but it was only because I was sort of just waking up in the ‘70s to what music was for me.”

Which song on the new album has the most special meaning for you?
“‘God Only Knows.’ It’s a really hard song to sing because it’s such a touching lyric and melody. When I first sang it, you can probably hear it on my voice, I kind of lose it a little bit.”

Your voice sounds fantastic. How have you preserved it after all your years of touring?
“That’s really kind. Honestly, I don’t do anything, I just try to take care of myself. Sleep is a good thing. Eating well, sleeping well, being happy, doing what you love. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to sing. I think everyone can sing — in the car or in the shower or singing to your kids — you can’t help yourself.”

You have two young daughters. How have they influenced your career?
“I surely know more nursery rhymes than I ever did! I can recite them all now, but it’s just all part of the big love.”

What was the first album you owned?
“Probably Rubber Soul by the Beatles.”

When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
“I knew I loved music quite early on — even before I was a teenager. My parents bought me a guitar when I was about 10 instead of a drum set, which was what I really wanted. I wanted to be a drummer and they weren’t going to have that — not in the house! So they gave me the antithesis of that, which was a flamenco classical guitar. Little did they know that it didn’t put me off, I just got into it. The cover of this album is actually a photograph of me when I was 15 and that was the time when I knew that music was what I was going to do by hook or by crook. I was going to get there.”

Your husky voice is one of the most recognizable in the industry. Did you recognize you had a special voice?
“I didn’t. However, I can remember one particular time when my friends and I were all together at a house that had a recording system and we set it up in a room and they said, ‘Ok, who’s going to sing?’ And there was this silence — nobody wanted to put their hand up, so I said, ‘I’ll sing.’ And after the song was recorded there was this other really awkward silence where it was like, did he just do that? And so I just got into it. I enjoyed it and I also figured out if I was going to survive and put stuff in the fridge, being a guitar player was not going to pay the rent because there are 50 guitar players for every singer. By singing I would definitely be able to pay my rent, so I got into it. I practiced and sang wherever I could and got any job to sing that I could. I was doing studio work and I can remember very distinctly one time a check came in for $500 and it was the most money I’d ever seen in my whole life. It was so difficult to fathom that I actually earned some money from doing something that I loved and that I could take my brother and my mom out for dinner and actually pay my rent that month. It was so cool.”

You’ve written some amazing love songs. What’s it like to know that so many couples dance to your songs at their weddings?
“It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? It’s a hell of an honor when someone decides that that’s what they want to do, but it’s not what the songs were written for — a lot of the songs were written for films and particular moments in those films, whether it be ‘Everything I Do’ or ‘Have You Ever Loved a Woman?’ or ‘All for Love.’ They wouldn’t have been written if it weren’t for films. Even ‘Heaven’ was written for a film.”

Tell us about your other passion: photography.
“I’ve worked for Parade actually! I shot one of your covers in 2008 — Mick Jagger.”

That’s incredible. What do you love about that side of your career?
“It’s so simple, all it’s about is starting the day with nothing and at the end of the day having something beautiful. It’s the same thing with music. I love the idea of creating something from nothing.”

The 30th anniversary of your hit album Reckless is next month.
Yes, there’s going to be a big repackage of the album and six unreleased songs on it.”

What would you tell your younger self if you could?
“I think I handled everything OK. I had a laugh. It was great. I had really good people with me and we had a lot of fun — it was an incredibly good time. The pressure was on to deliver, but I think the key to all of it is being able to retain your sense of humor. If you laugh with it and at it, you’ll make it through.”


September 22, 2014

Tickets for Bryan Adams Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour is on sale today through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Each online ticket transaction will receive a CD copy of Bryan's upcoming album, Tracks of My Years in stores September 30th.