Bryan Adams talks about his music, photography ahead of Tulsa tour stop, book signing Monday
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 06, 2012
12/06/12 at 9:56 AM
Longtime rocker Bryan
Adams brings his soloacoustic
tour to Tulsa for a
Monday concert at the Brady
But before that, he’ll headline
a book signing at Philbrook
of Art that
from all walks
of fame. It
Mick Jagger, Amy Winehouse
and Michael Jackson.
It’s a passion that’s not unlike
making music. But then
again, he said during a recent
interview, the two arts are at
opposite creative poles.
“It’s very different (than
making music), but it requires
as much concentration
and effort. In a way I feel
like one feeds the other, but
that may be only in the way
that a change is as good as a
rest. In other words, when
you get away from something
and come back to it, you see
it with new love,” he said.
Adams has sold more
than 65 million records with
hits including “Cuts Like
a Knife,” “Summer of ’69,”
“Kids Wanna Rock,” “Can’t
Stop This Thing We’ve
Started,” “(Everything I Do)
I Do It for You,” “Open Road”
and most recently “Thought
I’d Seen Everything.”
On Monday, he’ll bring
both his loves to Tulsa and
share them with fans. In a
recent Q&A, the Canadian
rock icon filled us in on his
growing family brood, touring,
another planned book of
photos on disabled British
soldiers and more.
Q: Tulsa will be the first stop
when you resume the North American
leg of your tour. Why start off
A: Cuz I gotta get me back to
Tulsa ASAP. … Seriously.
Q: What is your favorite song to
perform live, and why?
A: After this long, I can answer
that by simply saying I wish I had
the songs I have now 30 years ago, because when I look down
at the set list now all I can do is
Q: What can fans expect on this
tour? Will it be sort of a “storyteller”
format and include greatest
A: It’s a retrospective of 30
years of songs, and of course you
can’t not interject some light on
some of the songs. So yes, I tend
to tell stories.
Q: You’re making your “Bare
Bones Tour” a solo-acoustic show
as a follow-up to your solo-acoustic
live album of the same name. Why
A: I’ve actually been doing this
“Bare Bones Tour” for four years,
and it keeps rolling. It started
out as a summer project and has
ended up becoming as important
as my main shows.
Q: What do you love most about
touring? How many live shows do
you still do a year, on average?
A: I do about 100 shows a
year, and I do it because I love
to sing — what better reason
is there?! This year we played
Japan, Mexico, Europe, America,
Canada and Russia. It’s been a
really amazing year.
Q: Many Americans may not
know this, but you also co-own Zoo
Magazine, an Amsterdam-based art
magazine, founded in 2003. Why is
this magazine important to you?
A: The reason no one knows
about it is it’s not really available
here in the U.S. I started it
in Berlin in 2003, and it’s really
my playground — somewhere to
publish and show my work.
Q: I just read the great news
that your girlfriend Alicia Grimaldi
is pregnant with your second child
together. Congratulations! You also
have another child under 2 years
old. How have children changed the
way you approach touring?
A: I brought my daughter
Bunny out to Japan and a few
other shows this year. She likes
the road. I can see more of that
in the future.
Q: You’re also often cited for
your social activism, including your
Bryan Adams Foundation. Why are
education advancement and learning
opportunities for children such
A: From my perspective, I didn’t
finish “skool” because I wanted to
be a musician instead. That’s not
to say there aren’t a lot of people
out there that would love the
chance to have a better education,
and I try to do things that
help people help people — that is
the motto of my foundation.
When: Doors open 7 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Monday
Where: Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.
Tickets: All ages. Tickets start at $35, plus fees, and are available at Reasor's and Starship Records, tulsaworld.com/protix, tulsaworld.com/brady, and by phone at 918-582-7239 and 866-977-6849.
Original Print Headline: Bryan Adams talks about new tour, photography
'BRYAN ADAMS EXPOSED'
Photography by Bryan Adams, including portraits of Pink, Mick Jagger, Amy Winehouse, Lindsey Lohan, Morrissey and more.
When: 3 p.m. Monday
Where: Patti Johnson Wilson Hall at the Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road
Admission: Free for museum members, $9 for non-members.