The Complete Story of Bryan Adams...
Brian Adams' star dazzled the world stage in the mid-80s. The singer gained worldwide popularity and the warm love of the public (especially the beautiful half of it) thanks to his melodic guitar ballads. In general, the musician is considered one of the brightest performers of rock and roll romantic things of our time. His masterpieces with his trademark hoarseness have not been heard only by the cannibals of the jungle of New Guinea. It's enough to catch the opening motifs of the legendary "Please Forgive Me" and you want to sing along, and not knowing the lyrics doesn't matter at all!
Childhood and early beginnings
The famous rock-n-roller was born on November 5, 1959. The homeland of the musician is the picturesque town of Kingston, the southern province of Canada. Brian's father served as a diplomat, because of which the boy traveled half the world with his family, changing the "location" one after another. Finally, when the young rock genius was 15 years old, the Adams couple decided to finally settle in Vancouver, where, in general, Brian learned the skill of playing the guitar.
From early childhood, only music attracted Brian, but the boy was reputed to be a notorious bad boy and fidget, which is why he abandoned the music school more than once. The father adhered to strict rules and demanded those from his son. He forbade Brian to keep this “terrible sounds” guitar at home, but the mother had other ideas about raising a child. The woman allowed her beloved son everything, including the operation of her father's garage as a personal rehearsal space. Interestingly, already at the age of 12, Brian was almost perfect at playing the piano, but the love of rock and roll took over. At the age of 16, the boy abandoned music school for the seductive role of vocalist in the local rock band Sweeney Todd, which gave a powerful impetus to the young star's further career prosperity. But, as is often the case with bands founded by teenagers, Sweeney Todd soon disbanded. This event prompted the ambitious young Adams to go in search of his place under the hot sun of the musical show business.
Author's tandem with Jim Vallance and the release of "Let me take you dancing"
One day while picking out a new guitar at the local music store, Long & McQuade, the musician met Jim Vallance, drummer for the Vancouver band Prism. Our star may not have known at the time that this acquaintance would later launch a whole era in his musical career. From that moment on, a long and highly successful fruitful business partnership ensued between the guys. The joint efforts of Vallanson and Adams added to the repertoire of such celebrated performers as Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Loverboy and Kiss. Brian's "Let me take you dancing," written during those years, later became a hit song and the young genius' first single.
All in all, persistence and undeniable talent paid off. In 1978, 18-year-old Brian signed his first contract with the A&M record label, though the fee was symbolic - only $1. But the contract went through brilliantly: the release of "Let me take you dancing" became a No. 1 hit in New York. Such success attracted to the young musician the attention of the famous producer Bruce Ellen.
Dazzling beams of glory
The first debut album with the modest title "Bryan Adams" was released in February 1980. However, the work did not sell to the public and actually failed miserably. But Bryan, gifted with tenacity and a wonderful sense of humor, was not the least bit upset by this failure. On the contrary, the musician came up with an original, humorous title for the new album - "Bryan Adams hasn't heard of you either", which means "Bryan Adams hasn't heard of you either". However, the label didn't appreciate the "humorist's" creativity.
The second album did not find fans either, and only the third work titled "Cuts like a knife" gained recognition among listeners. In the summer of 1983, the album became the singer's first "gold" in the States, and by September it had won "platinum" status. At that time he was 24 years old.
The heyday of the 90s is considered to be the apogee of Brian's creative career. During this period, the singer released the more successful work "Waking Up The Neighbors", which scattered from the music shelves in ten million copies! The album rocked the world with such hits as "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", "Do I have to say the words?", "Is your mama gonna miss you" and "Can't stop the thing we started".
In the second half of the decade, the success of the musician began to wane. His most famous hits during this period were recorded in tandem with other musicians: Barbra Streisand ("I Finally Found Someone"), Melanie C of the Spice Girls ("When You're Gone") and dance project Chicane ("Don 't Give Up").
Later the musician slightly calmed down his ardor and began to please the audience with his fresh signature pieces less often. However, concert performances became his mega-story. The singer has visited Moscow several times and also organized and conducted a lot of charity concerts, for which he was awarded the highest award of his country - the Order of Canada. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2007 for his incredible musical accompaniment to the film Bobby.
Success with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
Today, the single "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" set a hitherto unbroken record: the track held the leading line of the UK national hit parade for sixteen weeks in a row!
The song was originally created especially for the Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The main part of the composition is the merit of the famous composer Michael Kamen. The musician only finalized it and made the arrangement. When the work was completely finished, the Hollywood producers didn't really reject it... They didn't like the sound of the track. They wanted it to sound like the era of lutes and mandolins and all that chivalrous stuff. In the end, the film company decided to include the song in the credits, not knowing what musical trump card they were holding in their hands. As a result, the track won a Grammy Award and also won several nominations, including an Academy Award. Curiously enough, Brian's musical masterpieces have been heard in a total of 42 feature films.
Bryan Adams and his love for women
In recent years the musician stopped pampering his fans with his freshly husky ballads and other ear-catching stuff. The latest really pleasant works of the singer are the collection of his hottest tracks "The Best of Me..." and the single, recorded by Brian together with Melanie C, one of the members of Spice Girls. Here's how the musician talked about his collaboration with a girl who is almost half his age:
“We met two years before the recording of the single. It happened at one of the concert performances of the Spice Girls. After the recording of "When You're Gone", Virgin did not dare to put her photo and name next to mine on the cover of the single ... But this is not so important. The main thing is that our efforts with Melanie have borne good fruit!”
In general, Brian can afford to relax and not release anything new for at least 5 years. His legacy is highly appreciated both by the gray-haired Canadian seniors, who remember their younger days to the musician's rock'n'roll tunes in the spirit of "Summer of'69", and by their grandchildren, who play romantic singles like "I Wanna Be Your Underwear" in order to impress the beautiful women. Speaking of the latter, it's impossible not to mention that the charming half of humanity is the rocker's main target audience. But it's not surprising! It is terrible to think how many women's hearts were touched by his famous "Please Forgive Me" or "Everything I Do I Do It For You". And needless to say, "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" - is a rare beauty, if that's what you can say about a piece of music.
Bryan Adams: What does it mean to truly love a woman? Well ... This is to understand her perfectly and know all the flies in her head by name! Well, seriously, I believe that a loving man hears every thought of a woman and does not keep her in chains, but, on the contrary, helps to open her wings for flight. This is what I really understand to love ... ".
Yes, the musician really loves women and understands them without hiding it. While much of the stronger sex scoffs at feminism, Adams says:
“As a person and a musician, I believe that self-expression is one of the most important aspects in a person's life. Everyone not only has the right, he is simply obliged to defend his position and not be shy to show it to others. Otherwise, there can be no talk of any “personality”. And women also have the right to make their own decisions. Moreover, as for me, it is they who are much smarter and more reasonable than men in most matters, and it would be foolish to refute this.
With the same seriousness, the Canadian singer refers to those ladies who are trying to attract more male attention with the help of miraculous plastic surgery:
“I am indifferent to silicone beauties. I am not at all embarrassed by their perhaps vulgar manner of presenting themselves in this way. Of course, I will not say that this is eerily correct, but, again, it is worth respecting the choice of each person. If someone wants to bring such radical changes to their image, then why not ... ".
The life of a Canadian rocker today...
Having played and sung to his heart's content, the musician devoted his last years to photography and art. It should be admitted that the camera in his hands is as burning as the microphone. Not so long ago, the musician revealed his photographic masterpieces called "Made in Canada". The album is filled with a lot of interesting, classic black and white shots of the rocker's famous countrywomen - from Pamela Anderson to Celine Dion.
Brian is also an active breast cancer fighter.
“It all started when one of the popular publications published photos of Linda Evangelista I took. At that time, she and I were just organizing a charity concert, raising funds for a medical center for breast cancer research. At first, this project was considered by us as a one-time action, but the idea of its continuation could not get out of my head.
The magazine suggested further cooperation, and then it turned out that one of my acquaintances, Donna, was suffering from breast cancer. Well, I invited her to shoot for the cover of the publication, to which she agreed. Donna was then 38 years old and undergoing her last round of chemotherapy, which left her so weak that she had to take breaks from work every now and then. On them we usually chatted about this and that, and one day the conversation turned to her family, about her husband and two little sons. Donna believed in a miracle to the last, she hoped that the treatment would at least slightly prolong her life and she would still be able to spend happy moments with her husband and children. In the pictures, she came out full of hope for the best ... "
Curious facts from the life of the singer
It's no secret that Bryan Adams is a hardened vegetarian. Accordingly, the women he pays attention to adhere to a “vegetarian” diet. But it still remains a mystery: was the same Danish model named Cecilia, who inspired Brian to write such soulful things as "I wanna be your underwear" and "Have you ever really loved a woman", a vegetarian or not ...
The musician played himself in Andrei Konchalovsky's film House of Fools (2002), where he appeared in the dreams of the main character, playing a patient in a mental hospital. Adams also did a brilliant job playing himself in the TV series "VIP World", "Tears Are Not Enough", "Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die)" and others.
Among actors, Adams admires Tom Hanks and Sigourney Weaver. But his favorite gem of cinema is Uma Thurman. It is she, in his opinion, one of the sexiest women in the world. However, according to the Canadian rocker himself, he feels absolutely happy not at all when contemplating Uma, but when writing music.