Bryan Adams should be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ hitmaker – who released his 15th studio album, ‘So Happy It Hurts’, today (3/11/22) – will be honored alongside his longtime collaborator and writing partner, Jim Vallance, at the ceremony at Massey Hall in Toronto on September 24.
The couple – who recently worked on the music and lyrics for ‘Pretty Woman The Musical’ – created magic on rock legend Bryan’s 1983 album ‘Cuts Like a Knife’ and its follow-up ‘Reckless’ , the last of which spawned hits ‘Summer of ’69’, ‘Run to You’ and ‘Heaven’.
Meanwhile, Bryan’s new album saw the “When You’re Gone” singer challenge himself by playing drums for the first time on his own record.
He said: “One of the things I did on this record that I never did and never imagined I would do was drums. I always dreamed of being the drummer in a band. Just before the lockdown, I had bought a drum kit. It was a perfect opportunity to see if I could make this work – and it worked.”
The 62-year-old musician’s drum idol is late Led Zeppelin stickman John Bonham.
He added: “Well, our mantra – joking of course, because I’m by no means up to this person’s ankles – was always, ‘What would (John) Bonham have done? He couldn’t have done that – you’re right. Let’s go back and start over.’ That was kind of the mantra I had for the tracks. And that might be one of the reasons why it’s so high.”
Bryan also revealed that British comedy legend John Cleese, 82, came to record a spoken word track to the track “Kick Ass” after spotting him in a restaurant.
He told Cleveland.com: “I happened to be having lunch at a place where John was also having lunch. I sat down next to him and asked him if he would be willing to tell a song, because I had did the narration myself and it didn’t work. It needed someone more commanding. I’ll tell you what – we had such a laugh putting this together. Even now, when I think about it, would have- Could you choose a better voice? It’s amazing.”