The Life Of Bryan
Bryan Adams föddesi Kingston, Ontario i November 5,1959. han var en son åt en kanadensiisk diplomat, han
medger att att flytta runt i erupa med sina föräldrar i brittiska och amerikanska skolar har gjjort honom tuff .
när han var 14 bodde han i vancouver, han spelade gitarr and growing
disillusioned with the slackness of North American schools. His report card read: ” Bryan is a very attentive
student – when he attends”. But, he had discovered Rock ‘n’ Roll and there was no turning back……
1976: vid 16 års ålder, Bryan går med i ett band och går omkring på gatorna i canada.
1977: Adams träffer Jim Vallance, och de börjar skrina låtar. deras material blir
snart sjungna av många artsiter.
1979: A&M Canada lyssnar på några av adams’ demos, inklusive sången ‘Let me take you dancing’och ger hanom ett inspelnings kontrakt.
Dec 1979: Bryan signs with manager Bruce Allen of Loverboy and Bachman Turner Overdrive success.
Feb 1980: “Bryan Adams”, hans förats cd, spelas in i toronto på A&M Records. Adams gör en club
och skol turne genom canada i fyra månader.
Spring 1981: Bryan spelar in sitt andra album with engineer, Bob Clearmountain (Stones, Roxy
June 1981: hans andra album släpps ; fösta iden för titeln är‘ Bryan Adams Hasn’t Heard Of You
Either’,innan det blev ‘ You Want It, You Got It’. producerad av Adams and Clearmountain, albumet
inhåller fyra framgångsrika singlar – ‘Lonely nights’, ‘Coming home’,'one good reason’ och ‘Fits ya good’.
Sept 1981: First ground-breaking U.S. dates include Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City & Dallas.
Oct 1981: västra canada turnen startar.
Jan- May 1982: Bryan spends months on the road, opening for the Kinks and Foreigner and perfects material
for his next album.Introduces himself to Kinks guitarist, Dave Davies, who thinks that Adams is a roadie.
Aug 1982: inspelningen av hans tredje album böjar i Vancouver’s Little Mountain Sound Studios.
Oct 1982: Bryan uppträder med Jim Vallance på trummor på Yamaha Music Festival i Japan.
Dec 1982: det är nyårs afton, Bryan Adams and Loverboy rockar i Los Angeles Forum in California.
Jan 1983: albumet, ‘Cuts Like A Knife’ släpps. Produserat av Adams and Clearmountain, den fösta
singeln är ‘Straight from the heart’. Den når 10 plats # 10 on the Billboard Singles Chart. Videon för den andra singeln , ‘Cuts like a knife’ is shot in a Los Angeles swimming pool by Steve Barron. Music Express
Magazine’s national popular opinion poll votes him Canada’s top male vocalist for 1982.
Jan- Feb 1983: Bryan turnerar genom östra och Centrala Canada.
Mar 1983: Bryan hits the road in America, opening for Journey and performing over 100 dates in five
months. Bryan is featured on ‘American Bandstand’!
Apr 1983: A breather in the schedule is used to shoot a video for the third single, ‘This Time’at Edwards Air
Force base in California. The video is directed by Steve Barron with cinematography by Lazlo Kovacs.
May 1983: He briefly interrupts the Journey tour to headline The Bottom Line club in New York City. In the
audience are Mick Jagger, Nils Lofgren, Rick Nielson (Cheap Trick), Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley(Kiss) and
John McEnroe. Paul Dean(Loverboy), John Waite and Rick Derringer join him on stage.
June 1983: ‘Cuts Like A Knife’ blir Bryan’s första USa. guld album. Den andra singeln når #15 på
Aug 1983: The Journey/Adams tour winds down.
Sept 1983: ‘Cuts Like A Knife’ blir platinum i U.Sa., passing the one million mark in sales and entering
the Billboard Top 10. The third single ‘This Time’ reaches #24. Bryan plays with Supertramp to 30,000
Vancouver fans at the new B.C. Place domed stadium. he performs in eleven countries on a six-week solo
tour of Europe. While in Germany, he tapes the popular rock TV show, ‘Rockpalast’.
Nov 1983: Bryan tours Japan. By year’s end, he’s been on the road 283 days. A&M releases the movie
soundtrack album for ‘A Night In Heaven’, featuring the song ‘Heaven’. This becomes a top 10 AOR
airplay hit. He headlines a ‘SOR’ tour of Western Canada.
Dec 1983: Bryan’s numerous music industry awards for the year include Best Selling New Artist (The
National Association of Record Merchandisers), #2 Male AOR Artist (The Album Network) and #3 most
played AOR Album (Radio & Records), as well as the Juno Award for Top Male Vocalist.
Jan 1984: Adams and Vallance start writing for the upcoming album.
Feb 1984: Adams tours Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii with the Police.
Mar 1984: Recording for ‘Reckless’ begins in Vancouver, B.C.
June 1984: Unhappy with the project, he takes an unexpected month off.
Aug 1984: While on tour and performing in Vancouver one night , Tina Turner joins Bryan in studio to cut a
duet of ‘It’s Only Love’. He returns to the studio refreshed with more new songs and re-records some tracks
with new drummer Pat Steward.
Sept 1984: The Capital Records soundtrack for the movie ‘Teachers’ includes two Adams/Vallance songs,
performed by 38 Special (Teacher Teacher) and Joe Cocker (Edge of a dream) heads to the Top 10.
Oct 1984: The single ‘Run To You’ is released and the video is shot in England and Los Angeles. Bryan
gives a free concert in Vancouver to log footage for the rest of the video package. A 6:00 am ticket
giveaway draws an overwhelming number of fans, causes a huge downtown traffic jam and a near riot.
Bryan and manager Bruce Allen buy pizzas and coffee for the thousands camped overnight at the ticket
Nov 1984: ‘Reckless’ is released by A&M Records on November 5th, Bryan’s birthday. The fourth album
again produced by Adams and Clearmountain includes ‘Heaven’, ‘It’s Only Love’ and the energetic ‘Kids
Wanna Rock’. “Reckless” is simultaneously released as an album, chrome cassette, compact disc and a 30-
minute home video package; directed by Steve Barron. Songs on the video include ‘Run To
You’,'Somebody’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Kids Wanna Rock’,'Summer Of 69′, along with an unedited version of ‘This
Time’. He embarks on a ten day press tour of Europe which includes an appearance on Germany’s ‘Rock
Pop In Concert’ with an audience of 20 million viewers.
Dec 1984: Adams and his band: Keith Scott (guitar), Dave Taylor (bass), Pat Steward (drums) and Johnny
Blitz (keyboards) play select dates the last week of the year in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Philadelphia.
The new year begins with Adams guest starring on MTV’s New Years Eve Party Spectacular and sees him
perform throughout the U.S., Australia, Japan, Europe and Canada. Bryan wins four Junos, including Best
Male Vocalist, Album and Producer of the year for ‘ Cuts Like A Knife’ and shares the Composer of the
Year Award with Vallance.
Jan 1985: Bryan tours major cities across Canada then heads south through the American West Coast,
culminating with two dates at the star- studded Paladium in Los Angeles.
Feb 1985: The Mayor of Los Angeles proclaims February 1st Bryan Adams Day. Adams and Vallance co-
write ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ along with David Foster, and record the song in Toronto with Canada’s top
performers. All proceeds from the tune go to aid famine relief in Ethiopia. Bryan and the band head back to
Europe for a fifty-city concert tour with Tina Turner, culminating in April with his return to London to
headline three sold-out shows at the Hammersmith Odeon.
Mar 1985: Bryan shoots a video for ‘Heaven’ in London, England.
May 1985: Bryan begins the first leg of his “World Wide in 85′ tour of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It lasts
June 1985: Bryan makes a near fatal attempt at skydiving in Memphis, Tennessee. He appeared later that
week on ‘Late Night With David Letterman’. ‘Heaven’ hits #1 in Billboard Magazine.
July 1985: Bryan performs at the giant Live Aid Concert in Philadelphia on the 13th. He records the single
‘Christmas Time’ before resuming his American tour.
Aug 1985: Reckless hits #1 in the Top 100 albums chart as his U.S. tour was coming full circle.
Sept 1985: Bryan’s homecoming shows in Vancouver sell out in record breaking time. The tour returns to
the American East to play two sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Oct 1985: Attends the film premier of the movie ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ and accepts the William Harold
Moon Award from PRO Canada in Toronto. He records background vocal on ‘Don’t Forget Me’ for Glass
Nov 1985: Bryan makes a clean sweep of the Juno Awards, winning Best Album (Reckless), Male Vocalist
and Composer of the year with Jim Vallance.Bryan returns to London to make a guest appearance in the
video shoot for Roger Daltrey’s ‘Let Me Down Easy’, which Bryan and Jim co-wrote.
Dec 1985: Bryan accepts the prestigious Diamond Award at a ceremony in Vancouver commemorating the
sales of one million copies of ‘Reckless’ across Canada. By year’s end, six singles from ‘Reckless’ reached
Top 10 status; a feat accomplished by only two other artists.
Feb 1986: Bryan is nominated for two Grammy Awards. Writing and recording demos for a new album
May 1986: Bryan performs for the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Expo Opening Gala in Vancouver.
Bryan and Jim write a song for Tina Turner’s new album,and Bryan produces two cuts for her in New York;
the flies to London to record ‘Back Where You Started’ with her.
June 1986: Bryan performs at Amnesty International’s ‘Conspiracy of Hope’ tour. He also performs at the
Prince’s Trust charity concerts at Wembley Stadium in London on the 20th .
Aug 1986: Bryan and Bob Clearmountain begin recording of the fifth album at Cliffhanger Studios, Bryan’s
home recording studio.
Sept 1986: Bryan and Tina Turner win the MTV Award for Best Live Performance for ‘It’s Only Love’.
Bryan and Jim Vallance take top honors for ‘ Edge Of A Dream’, ‘Somebody’ and ‘Summer of 69′ at the
18th Annual PRO Canada Awards in Toronto.
Nov 1986: Bryan once again accepts Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Junos. He is also voted by
the National Express Magazine’s reader poll as Top Male Vocalist for the fourth year in a row.
Jan 1987: The new album titled, ‘Into The Fire’ is mixed in England. Bryan does a live remote at the Tower
Records in Picadilly Square for KMEL Radio in San Francisco.
Feb 1987: Bryan is awarded with the Bob Geldof Humanitarian Award for his work with Northern Lights,
Amnesty and other charity projects. Bryan produces ‘It Should Have Been Me’ for Carly Simon in New
York. Bryan meets with Japanese radio and magazine press in Hawaii. Interviews include Music Life, Pop
Gear and Rockin’ On.
Mar 1987: Bryan embarks on a European Press Tour. Countries include England, Italy, Holland and
Germany. The first album single, ‘Heat Of The Night’ is released; the video is shot in Los Angeles, directed
by Wayne Isham of The Company, followed by the releases of ‘Into The Fire’. He wins the International
Achievement Award at the Tribute to West Coast Music in Vancouver. A&M releases one of the first-ever
“cassingles” with ‘Heat Of The Night’ and ‘Another Day’ as the B-side.
April 1987: Rehearsals begin for the upcoming World Tour. A Japanese Satellite broadcast is simulcast from
86 Street Music Hall in Vancouver for ‘Night Hit Studio’ and Bryan guests the first ever Vancouver based
broadcast of ‘Rockline’.
May 1987: Bryan kicks off the tour from Shreveport, Louisianna with his band of Keith Scott, Dave Taylor,
Mickey Curry and Johnny Blitz. A live video performance is filmed in Lakeland, Florida for the second
single, ‘Hearts On Fire’.
June 1987: Bryan performs two shows at the Prince’s Trust charity concert at Wembley Stadium in London.
He records a surprise gig at the 400 seat Marquee Club which sees over 1500 fans line the streets of
London. The tour resumes in the U.S. and Bryan appears on the David Letterman Show. Sells out two
nights at Madison Square Garden in New York and is visited backstage by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
Canadian hockey star, Wayne Gretsky comes to ‘hang out’ with Bryan backstage at his sold out show in
July 1987: ‘Into The Fire’ is certified platinum in the U.S. He does an exclusive interview with London’s
“Q” Magazine. Bryan hosts winners of a radio contest aboard a cruise ship prior to the Duluth, Minnesota
show. He wraps up the last of the three Canadian dates in Ottawa, Ontario – the nation’s capital on July 1st
to commemorate Canada Day. Bryan mixes the London Marquee show in New York out of which comes a
recording of Chuck Berry’s ‘Run Rudolph Run’ to be released on A&M Records ‘ A Very Special
Christmas Album’. He appears on ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘The Today show’.
Aug 1987: The tour continues through the Western United States . Despite a heavy concert schedule, Bryan
shoots a video on the 14th for his third single, ‘Victim Of Love’ in Los Angeles which is directed by
Dominic Sena of Propaganda Films.
Sept 1987: The U.S. leg of the World Tour is completed in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Bryan performs at the
MTV Awards show on the 11th and ‘Top Of The Pops’ American Premier on the 16th.
Oct 1987: Bryan and the band head to Paris, France to do pre-tour press. The first UK date begins on the
13th in Newcastle, England with special guests, T’Pau. Sells out four nights at Wembley Arena in London.
Dave Edmunds joins Bryan on stage for the final show.
Nov 1987: As the European tour continues, Bryan wins two Juno Awards on the 2nd. One is for Male
Vocalist Of The Year, the other Entertainer Of The Year – a first time category and an honor for Bryan as
the votes come directly from the public. ‘Reckless’ achieves gold status in Sweden and ‘Into The Fire’
reaches gold in Switzerland.
Dec 1987: The European leg of ‘Into The Fire’ finishes in Dublin, Ireland. Having performed in a dozen
countries in less than ten weeks time,the tour has been a complete success with almost every show sold
out.The band is home in time for Christmas. ‘A Very Special Christmas Album’ is released in aid of Special
Jan 1988: Bryan and the band are once again on the road. Beginning in Alaska on the 22nd, then heads to
Japan to play 10 sold out concerts – 5 of which are at Tokyo’s Budokan. Bryan is presented with yet another
platinum award for 100,000 copies of ‘Into The Fire’ in Japan.
Feb 1988: Japanese tour is completed. Bryan performs a special show at the 1988 Winter Olympics in
Calgary, Alberta on the 20th for athletes and dignitaries of the games.
Mar/Apr 1988: Bryan and Jim begin writing on the sixth album. Bryan was once again honored with awards
for Male Vocalist and Single Of The Year for ‘Victim Of Love’ at the Rock Express Music Awards in
May 1988: Tommy Mandel joins the Adams band as new keyboardist. A last-minute hometown gig is
scheduled for 86 Street Music Hall on the 24th and tickets sell out within 7 minutes of going on sale. Jon
Bon Jovi joins in on stage. Bryan donates entire proceeds to Leukemia research at a presentation at B.C.’s
Children’s Hospital. Bryan returns to Europe for another 2 months of touring. Never before dates include
Isreal, East Germany and Belgium. Bryan becomes the fastest North American artist ever to sell out in
June 1988: Sets attendance records in Portugal and all three shows are SRO in Isreal. Bryan performs in
front of 120,000 fans in East Berlin; three days later he plays West Berlin. Bryan participates in Freedomfest
to honor Nelson Mandela at Wembley Stadium in London to more than 70,000 fans. He wins Crystal Award
from PRO Canada to commemorate radio airplay of over 100,000 times for ‘Straight From The Heart’.
Bryan donates song, ‘Remembrance Day’ to a government-sponsored video in honor of the Victory Cross
medal awarded during wartime.
July 1988: The final leg of the ‘Into The Fire’ tour is now completed, wrapping up in Locarno, Switzerland;
Bryan returns to London for 10 days of album production before returning home.
Aug 1988: Bryan meets with environmental group , Greenpeace in the Vancouver harbour to help promote
anti-nuclear campaign. Producer, Steve Lillywhite arrives in Vancouver. Lillywhite is famed for his
production with U2, Talking Heads, Rolling Stones & The Pretenders. Recording for the next album begins
and anticipated release date is April 1989.
Sept/Oct 1988: Bryan isn’t completely satisfied with 4 of the 8 tunes recorded, so he resumes writing more
album material. This unexpected turn of events pushes projected album release to Fall ‘89.
Nov 1988: Bryan makes acting appearance in the Clint Eastwood film, “Pink Cadillac”. Filming takes place
in Reno, Nevada. Bryan records back up vocals for Charlie Sexton’s song, ‘Don’t Look Back’ in his home
studio. The Canadian Department of National Defence releases ‘Remembrance Day’ video to thousands of
schools across the country.
Dec 1988: Bryan joins Joe Cocker in New York to record the Adams/Vallance tune, ‘When The Night
Comes’ for Joe’s upcoming lp.
Jan 1989: Bryan receives Juno nomination for ‘Canadian Entertainer Of The Year’ which takes place in
March. A first-ever one hour television special ” Bryan Adams: Live in Belgium” is aired across the country,
which was filmed in Werchter, July 88. Bryan writes letters to both of Vancouver’s daily newspapers
disproving of the demolition of one of the cities’older landmarks – The Georgia Medical Building. This
signifies the beginning of Bryan’s heritage and environmentally concious campaign.
Feb 1989: Bryan flies to Los Angeles A&M Recording Studios to add guitar tracks to yet another
Adams/Vallance tune, ‘Drive All Night’ for Hall Of Fame inductee, Dion.
Mar 1989: Bryan’s song ‘Somebody’ is included on the two record set, Rainbow Warriors: the exclusive
Russian release by the environmental group, Greenpeace.
Apr 1989: Bryan and Keith fly to Moscow to perform live on the satellite televised World Music Video
Awards. Accompanied by a Soviet back-up band, they perform ‘Kids wanna Rock’ to an estimated 750
million viewers. Bryan contributes backing vocals on a new Motley Crue track titled ‘Sticky Sweet’ with
fellow rockers Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Vince Neil at Vancouver’s Little
May 1989: Bryan presents a cheque on behalf of Northern Lights For Africa – from album sales to Mayor
Campbell in Vancouver for Mayor’s Walk For Famine Relief. Appears in Joe Cocker’s video, ‘When The
June 1989: Teams up with famed producer/composer Mutt Lange (The Cars, Def Leppard) at London’s
Olympic Studios to write more material for the upcoming lp. Bryan attends a press conference on the 8th to
launch the North American release of Rainbow Warriors. Also joins world reknown artists to re-record the
classic Deep Purple hit, ‘Smoke On The Water’ in aid of Armenian earthquake victims.
July 1989: Returns to Vancouver’s Little Mountain Sound to record more songs for the lp with Bob
Clearmountain. Bryan and Keith attend the David Foster celebrity softball tournament banquet in Victoria,
B.C. – an annual fund raiser for kidney research.
Aug1989: Records back up vocals for Belinda Carlisle’s song, ‘Whatever It Takes’.
Oct 1989: Bryan performs two benefit club concerts at 86 Street Music Hall in Vancouver on the 18th &
19th. ‘A Night For The Environment’ raised $ 40,000.00 for four local environmental groups. Bryan is
nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance (music) for CBC’s ‘Live In Belgium’ television
Nov 1989: Bryan flies to London, England on the 18th for press interviews for upcoming New Year’s shows
in Japan. Resumes writing album material with Mutt Lange and attends Tina Turner’s 50th birthday party at
London’s prestigious Reform Club.
Dec 1989: A long awaited first-ever live lp is released in Japan. Titled ‘Live Live Live’, recordings are from
the Live In Belgium performance. Bryan returns to the Little Mountain Sound Studios mid month to record
yet more material for the upcoming album. Release date is tentatively projected for April 1990. Bryan and
entourage head for Japan on the 27th.
Jan 1990: Bryan, along with Don Henley, Heuy Lewis, Michael Monroe and Loudness kick off the 1990′s
with two New Years shows Dec. 31st & Jan 1st at Japan’s 70,000 seat Tokyo Dome. He promptly heads
back to the London studios for continued album production and optimistically anticipates a very busy new
Feb 1990: Bryan and Keith Scott fly to Los Angeles on the 21st to take part in Grammy Week Live – a
gathering of 15 top radio stations broadcasting live from the Roosevelt Hotel. On the 23rd, Bryan performed
a special show at the A&M Charlie Chapman sound stage for the Pollack Media Convention radio
Mar 1990: Bryan presents ‘Album Of The Year’ to Alannah Myles at the Canadian Juno Awards in Toronto
on the 18th. He adds vocal tracks as the voice of “Hoodwink” for an upcoming animated film titled ‘The Ice
Queen’s Mittens’, which is later re-titled, ‘The Real Story Of The Three Little Kittens’.
Apr 1990: Bryan returns to London and joins Eric Carmen in the studio to record backing vocals to the
Adams-penned tune, ‘Feels Like Forever’ for Eric’s upcoming lp. Bryan’s own project production continues
with Mutt in England for the next two months.
June 1990: Bryan is honored with the prestigious “Order Of British Columbia Award” at a ceremony in
Victoria on the 21st. He headlines two European festivals in Midfyns & Rosskilde, Denmark, June 29th &
30th. Other top performers include fellow Canadian, Jeff Healey, Little Feat and Bob Dylan. Bryan adds
vocal tracks to the David Foster tune, ‘River Of Love’ at his home studio in Vancouver.
July 1990: Bryan takes part in the elaborate musical production of ‘The Wall’. The rock opera is staged by
ex-Pink Floyd guitarist , Roger Waters at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany- and is broadcast to over 30
countries in front of a live outdoor audience of 200,000 fans. Bryan’s rendition of ‘Young Lust’ receives
critical acclaim and quickly climbs Billboard AOR charts.
Aug 1990: Bryan headlines ‘Live At The Park’- an outdoor festival in Calgary, Alberta on the 17th. Also on
the bill are The Pursuit Of Happiness and Vancouver’s Paul Laine. Attendance exceeds 27,000. Tour
photographer, Andrew Catlin is in town for photo sessions with Bryan and the band for the upcoming album
and Much Music interviews him for an Artist of the Decade special. On the international front, the 1985 lp,
‘Reckless’, and the single ‘Summer Of 69′ are climbing the charts in Holland to the #10 and #4 spots
Sept 1990: Bryan sings the National Anthem to officially start Vancouver’s first-ever Molson Indy Car Race
held September 2nd. He receives the Humanitarian Of The Year Award by local Maple Ridge Hospital
Foundation, but is unable to attend the awards gala on the 29th, as Bryan and band are enroute to South
America for a three day Freedom-fest. They perform at the huge 55,000 seat Estadio Chile in Santiago,
Chile on the 28th, then head to Buenos Aries, Argentina the following day to perform alongside David
Bowie and Mick Taylor at the Estadio Rio Plat. Local press hails his performance as a hard-hitting classic
rock & roll show. He has conquered a relatively unknown market.
Oct 1990: In recognition of his achievements as a Canadian citizen, Bryan is honored with the “Honor Of
Canada Award” at a ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario on the 24th.
Nov 1990: The Canadian Recording Industry Association choses Bryan as the Best Male Artist of the 80′s.
An Awards Gala & Charity Dinner is held in Toronto on the 20th.
Dec 1990: Recording continues in England throughout most of the month. Bryan returns home for the
holidays with family & friends. ‘LIVE LIVE LIVE’ is certified gold in Japan, commemorating the sale of
over 50,000 units.
Jan 1991: He returns to London on the 6th to begin mixing with Mutt Lange. Anticipated release date for
‘Waking Up The Neighbors’ is slated for late April. European festival dates with ZZ Top are announced for
Feb/Mar 1991: Recording and mixing continues in London. The Law ( Paul Rodgers/ Kenney Jones) record
‘Nature Of The Beast’- a tune written by Adams and Lange. Bryan joins them in the studio to lend vocals
and guitar tracks.
Apr 1991: Bryan and Mutt Lange write and record ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ for the movie
soundtrack of Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. Bryan returns home for a break, and to take a brief ski
holiday in Whistler – a village retreat outside Vancouver.
May 1991: Directed by Julien Temple, a video for the song is shot in Sheffield, England May 17th & 18th.
Rehearsals begin for the upcoming European Tour with ZZ Top.
June 1991: Between June 3rd & 6th, a video is shot for the first album single.‘Can’t Stop This Thing We
Started’ is directed by Kevin Godley (ex 10cc) at Pinewood Studios in London. On the 8th, Bryan kicks off
the tour by headlining the Jubeck Festival in Germany. On the 17th, he performs a private show for service
personel recently returned from the Persian Gulf War at the Canadian Armed Forces Base in Baden Baden,
Germany. On the 12th, ‘Everything I Do’ is released internationally – days following the movie premier. The
initial shipping of 385,000 copies to record outlets across the country was the largest single shipment in
A&M Records history. While the film registered 8th best debut weekend in film history, the single debuted
at #1 in all radio formats – from Rock to Contemporary Hit Radio.
July 1991: By the first week of July, ‘Everything I Do’ races to the #1 chart position in Ireland, followed
shortly by England. It has become Bryan’s second #1 Billboard single, and first-ever #1 hit in the U.K. The
Adams/ZZ Top Tour wraps up on the 6th at Milton Keynes in London. An amazing 70,000 fans are in
attendance. On the 10th, Bryan and the band perform ‘Everything I Do’ on Britain’s TOP OF THE POPS
television program. Bryan remains in London for album completion. A firm release date is slated for late
Aug 1991: Bryan meets with Japanese Press for POP GEAR and MUSIC LIFE magazines in London on the
5th. He returns to Vancouver and a concert is planned on the 10th in Revelstoke, B.C.- a small community
on the B.C. Alberta border. Over 12,000 tickets are sold for the outdoor show. On the 19th, Bryan and the
band return to London to shoot two more videos for the upcoming album. ‘Thought I’d Died And Gone To
Heaven’ and ‘All I Want Is You’ is filmed once again by Kevin Godley at Pinewood Studios. ‘Can’t Stop
This Thing We Started’ is released internationally on August 27th – climbing quickly on the singles chart.
Meanwhile, still in London, Bryan met with European & U.K. media people from dozens of magazine
publications and television programs.
Sept 1991: On the 1st, Bryan and band fly to Paris, France to tape two television shows; Tous A La Une and
Stars 90. The boys return home in preparation for the pending album release. The long awaited album,
‘Waking Up The Neighbors’ is released internationally on the 24th. The morning of the 23rd, doors of A&B
Sound in Vancouver open at 6:00 am for advance sales. Over 400 people crowd the store. Bryan and Keith
make a surprise appearance to sign autographs for an hour. Album ENTERS the British charts at an
Oct 1991: Bryan performs a Benefit Concert at Vancouver’s 86 Street Music Hall on the 6th. Alongside
Bryan – Colin James, Chrissy Steele, Loverboy and Bill Henderson join together to raise over $ 50,000 for
Brian MacLeod – a local musician undergoing cancer treatment at a Houston medical clinic. On the 14th,
Bryan appears on the nationally syndicated call-in radio program, ROCKLINE – broadcast live from CFOX
Radio Station in Vancouver. On the 24th, the World Tour kicks off in Belfast, Ireland. The entire tour is a
complete sell-out and Bryan will perform in over 16 countries throughout the U.K. and Europe. He wins
Smash Hit reader’s poll for Best Male Artist.
Nov 1991: A video is shot for yet another single. ‘There Will Never Be Another Tonight’ is filmed during
the Sheffield, England shows on the 1st & 2nd. The song is released as the third single on the 11th. Bryan
takes London by storm – performing three back-to-back shows at Wembley Arena. Celebrities attending
include Roger Daltry, Paul Young, Belinda Carlisle and Chrissie Hynde. Slim Whitman joins Bryan on stage
to sing his chart-topping hit, ‘Rose Marie’-which held the #1 position for twelve weeks in 1954. Backstage,
Bryan is presented with a plaque from the British Guinness Book Of Records – for the record-breaking 16
weeks at the #1 chart position with ‘Everything I Do’. An estimated 1500 fans pack the giant HMV Record
Store at an autograph signing session on the 7th. That same evening, Bryan is interviewed live on Wogan
Television and performs ‘There Will Never Be Another Tonight’. At Vancouver’s West Coast Music
Awards, manager Bruce Allen accepts on Bryan’s behalf, the International Achievement Award. Keith Scott
also wins for Best Guitarist. Other honors include Best Male Vocalist 1991 by three German magazines:
Popcorn, Bravo and Pop Rocky. On the 23rd, Bryan sweeps the Australian Music Awards- winning Most
Popular International Male, Most Popular International Song and Most Popular International Album.
Bryan’s acceptance was pre-taped from Europe two days earlier.
Dec 1991: On the 9th, Bryan receives Billboard Magazine’s ‘Hot 100 Single’,‘Hot AC Single’ and ‘#1
World Single’ Awards. ‘Waking Up The Neighbors’ has sold more than 5.5 million copies. It has dominated
charts in 10 countries, including 9 weeks and still counting at #1 in Canada. ‘Everything I Do’ achieved #1
status in 19 countries with sales of over 8 million units. It now ranks second only to ‘We Are The World’ as
the top-selling single of all-time in America. ‘Can’t Stop This Thing We Started’ was #1 in Canada for four
weeks and has also charted around the world. Tour continues through Europe – wrapping up on the 18th
with 2 first-ever shows in Reykjavik, Iceland. Bryan and band receive gold and platinum achievement awards
in every country on the tour!
Jan 1992: Bryan takes a much deserved week- long New Years sailing vacation. He attends a press
conference in New York to announce the nominees for the 34th Annual Grammy Awards: himself being
nominated in 6 categories ( a record for a Canadian Artist)! He does interviews with VH-1 and MTV’s
‘Rockline’ on the 9th- speaking with callers live across the country. A concert is scheduled at the 2500-seat
Ritz Theatre on the 10th. It’s a sell-out in less than 20 minutes. In attendance is music legend Ben E. King
and Nona Hendrix. He records vocals at New York’s Power Station for ‘Everything I Do’ in Spanish. The
tune is released Valentines Day in Spanish-speaking countries. The Canadian leg of the ‘Waking Up The
World’ Tour kicks off in Sydney, Nova Scotia January 13th, wrapping up with an SRO concert in
Vancouver on the 31st. Bryan tapes an interview with Much Music’s Terry Dave Mulligan in Calgary,
Alberta. Air date is scheduled for mid-March.
Feb 1992: The tour continues to New Zealand & Australia for 7 dates- kicking off with a press conference in
Sydney. In Melbourne, the Irish group, The Commitments join Bryan on stage to perform ‘Mustang Sally’ &
‘Midnight Hour’. Bryan does interviews for “Hey Hey It’s Saturday”, MTV and the “Homefree” radio
show. The fourth single, ‘Thought I’d Died And Gone To Heaven’ is released internationally on the 14th.
On the 21st the tour heads to Japan for close to a dozen shows in 6 cities. Bryan, Mutt Lange & Michael
Kamen receive a Grammy Award on the 25th for “Best Song Written Specifically For Motion Picture or
Television” for ‘Everything I Do’. Manager Bruce Allen accepts on Bryan’s behalf.
Mar 1992: The Japanese tour is completed with 4 shows in Tokyo on the 6th. Back home on the 12th,
Bryan does an exclusive Album Network interview and live concert set. 18 Radio station contest winners
from across the U.S. are flown in for the event, which is broadcast live across North America from
Vancouver’s Little Mountain Sound Studios. The U.S. tour kicks off in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 15th, with
former Journey members, The Storm as backup. Nominated for an unprecidented SEVEN JUNO Awards,
Bryan attends the ceremonies in Toronto, Ontario on the 29th. Bryan and the band open the show with
‘Can’t Stop This Thing We Started’, and by night’s end he has received JUNOS for ‘Producer Of The
Year’, ‘Canadian Entertainer Of The Year’ and a first ever ‘Special Achievement Award’. The following
night, Bryan performs ‘Everything I Do’ with co-writer Michael Kamen accompanying on piano, at the 64th
Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California. He is nominated for an Oscar for ‘Best Achievement in
Music (Original Song)’. To date, ‘Waking Up The Neighbors’ has sold more than 8 million units worldwide.
Apr 1992: The U.S. tour continues, playing nearly 40 dates in total. Live concert footage is filmed in Miami,
Florida for the forthcoming single, ‘Touch The Hand’. Bryan does an MTV update interview in Dallas on
May 1992: Don Henley and hockey star, Wayne Gretzsky catch Bryan’s show in Los Angeles. The U.S.
tour wraps up in San Francisco on the 16th. On the 23rd, Bryan performs a special concert at a hotel in
Vermont for the U.S. MTV contest winner and 50 friends. Following a brief rest, the band embarks to
Greece for the start of the European/UK Festival Tour on the 30th. Other artists on the bill include Extreme,
Crowded House, Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Cowboy Junkies. Reaching the one
million mark in sales, ‘Waking Up The Neighbors’ is certified Diamond Status in Canada.
June 1992: The tour continues through several countries, including Italy, Germany, Holland and
Scandinavia. While in France, Bryan and the band appear on STARS 90; in Holland he was interviewed and
perfomed three tunes on ‘Veronica’s Countdown’.
July 1992: On the 8th, Bryan performs on the England’s Top Of The Pops television program, and Wembley
Stadium sees the largest attendance of the tour with an estimated 80,000 fans! Roger Daltry of the WHO
attends the show and joins Extreme on stage. Bryan joins Little Angels in the studio to do backing vocals
on ‘Too Much Too Young’ and appears briefly in their video. Bryan performs first-ever shows in Hungary
and Turkey. The latest single ‘Do I Have To Say The Words’ is released and the video is shot by Anton
Coribijn in Istanbul & Iceland on the 28th.
Aug 1992: This leg of the tour wraps up in Thurles, Ireland on the 2nd. Bryan has performed over 30 shows
in close to two dozen countries. He spends a few days seeing the Irish countryside before flying to New
York City to take part in the Stop The Violence Benefit concert alongside Richard Marx & Def Leppard on
the 10th. A Canadian Festival tour kicks off on the 14th in St.John’s, Nfld. Extreme returns as warm up act,
along with Steve Miller and Sass Jordan. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has filmed much of the
tour for an upcoming CBC documentary.
Sept 1992: The ‘Waking’ Festival tour wraps up in Alberta on the 7th. Flying straight to Los Angeles to
perform at the 9th Annual MTV Awards, the band performs the newly-released hit single, ‘Do I Have To
Say The Words’. Bryan is presented with his Diamond Award at a private presentation in Vancouver by
A&M Records’ President, Joe Summers on the 21st. On the 24th, Bryan and Keith record an impromptu
rendition of ‘There Will Never Be Another Tonight’ in front of his Gastown Management offices for Much
Music’s Canadian Music Video Awards show airing later that week; Bryan receives the Special
Oct 1992: Bryan returns to U.S. for further dates with support act, Arc Angels. Following the West Coast
southward with several shows in California, two sold-out shows are performed in Mexico City on the 23rd
& 24th. Bryan’s Spanish version of ‘Everything I Do’ sat at the top of the Pop Charts for weeks. ‘Waking
Up The Neighbors’ is certified Triple Platinum in the U.S. and has gone gold in India!
Nov 1992: Bryan celebrates his 33rd birthday in England, spending the rest of the week penning new
material with co-writer and producer, Mutt Lange. The tour starts up again on the 12th in Wisconsin with
dates throughout the northeastern States. Support act Mr. Big join this portion of the tour. International
sales of ‘Waking Up The Neighbors’ hits the 10 million mark.
Dec 1992: The U.S. dates wrap up on the 6th in Pennsylvania. Bryan heads to England to spend Christmas
holidays with family & friends. The American music Awards nominates Bryan for Favorite Pop Rock Male
Artist. Waking Up The Neighbors video package is released to retail, and a five-song LIVE CD is released
in Japan & Asia on the 21st. A New Years Eve show is scheduled in Honolulu, Hawaii. He spends a few
brief days in the sun before returning home to Vancouver.
Jan 1993: The video package debuts at #2 on video charts in the U.K. The Grammy nominations are
announced: Bryan is nominated for Male Vocalist for ‘There Will Never Be Another Tonight’. He receives a
Juno nomination for Canadian Entertainer of the Year. With the month off, Bryan spends time at home in
Vancouver. The South East Asian tour kicks off on the 29th with three spectacular shows in Taiwan.
Feb 1993: The Asian tour heads to Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and ending up on the 14th in
Mar/Apr 1993: Bryan performs at the Save The Rainforest Benefit at Carnegie Hall in New York. Artists on
the billing include Sting, Tina Turner and several others. Plans are tentatively underway for further American
dates through April, winding down with an appearance at Farm Aid scheduled in Iowa on the 24th.
Following the completion of these dates, Bryan plans to resume writing the next album with Mutt Lange. No
speculations on the release date. In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Bryan
was honored with a Commemorative Medal in acknowledgment for his significant contribution to
Canada,his community and to his fellow Canadians. Bryan participated in the huge FARM AID VI benefit in
Ames, Iowa. Nearly four dozen acts performed during the 1 hour marathon event in front of 40,000 people.
May 1993: After two years on the road, The ‘Waking Up The World’ tour officially came to a close in
Raleigh, North Carolina on May 2nd. Bryan then headed to Europe and spent time in Paris checking into
possible recording studios. He spent majority of his time in England gearing for the Greatest Hits lp.
June 1993: Aside from writing tunes with Mutt Lange in London, Bryan and Mutt attended the annual five-
day country music Fan Fare extravaganza held in Nashville, Tennessee each year. Bryan was invited on stage
by Billy Ray Cyrus and says he was extremely embarrassed due mostly to the fact that he didn’t know his
toon, ‘Achy Breaky Heart’! Had a laugh all the same.
July 1993: Bryan headlined two huge outdoor shows in Imst, Austria on the 9th and Zurich, Switzerland on
the 10th. Support acts in Zurich included Mr. Big, The Beach Boys, the Kinks plus fellow Canadians Jeff
Healey and Saga. Other huge-name artists during this three day festival included Lenny Kravitz & Faith No
More, Midnight Oil, Sting and Robert Plant. While in Zurich, PolyGram presented him with a four times
platinum album award for Waking Up The Neighbours. On the 16th, Bryan taped an interview in London to
be included in the Fender Stratocaster Guitar 40th Anniversary television documentary. Other artists
including Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) & Keith
Richards (Rolling Stones) also took part in the special.
Oct 1993: In early October ‘Please Forgive Me’, tune written by Bryan Adams and Mutt Lange enters the
charts worldwide! It debuted at #2 in singles charts in Italy and England, #3 on MTV in the U.K., #2 in
Spain by Christmas. Entered the Aussie charts at #6 and #1 two weeks later. Mid October saw the recording
of the mighty “The Three Musketeers” movie soundtrack song ‘All For Love’ at AIR Studios in London.
Sting and Bryan did their bit and then two days later, Bryan flew to Los Angeles to record at Cherokee
Studios with Rod Stewart. By this time ‘Please Forgive Me’ was #2 in Britain.
Nov 1993: November rocked! Bryan, Rod and Sting were officially brought together for the first time on the
4th to shoot a video for ‘All For Love’ at the ratty old Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This was the
first time that Rod and Sting had ever met. ‘All For Love’ debuted at #9 on the national charts. Bryan spent
his birthday on the 5th “LOUDLY” with manager Bruce in New York rocking out in a few bars. The
greatest hits lp,‘So Far So Good’ including the brand new single, ‘Please Forgive Me’ was released on the
9th, entering the U.K. charts at #3. The album cover featured four different colorized versions of “the tire”-
and a special lyric book mail order offer which contains exclusive portrait and live photos taken by Andrew
Catlin. It has reached the #1 chart position worldwide. Canada, U.K., India , Belgium (11 weeks), Sweden
(7 weeks & counting), Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy(It has
sold more copies there than in Canada). Both ‘Please Forgive Me’ and ‘So Far So Good’ ended the year at
#1 in OZ. The Tonight Show was filmed in Los Angeles on the 10th and ‘All For Love’ hit North American
radio the same day. The long awaited CBC documentary ” Waking Up The Nation” aired in Canada on the
14th. Bryan Adams Day was celebrated on MTV Europe on the 18th- an appearance on “Ray Cokes Most
Dec 1993: Bryan was in New York on the 2nd for press interviews and a rear appearance on MTV’s John
Stewart Show singing the ‘Summer Of 69′ !!! and then off to do The David Letterman Show on the 3rd
with another rare live recording of ‘Run To You’. He went back to London for the remaining two weeks
before embarking on the beginning of the ‘So Far So Good World Tour’! At the end of December, Bryan
landed in Jakarta, Indonesia to begin the eight week long tour of S.E. Asia. One of the highlights of the tour
was the show in Vietnam-where Bryan was the FIRST WESTERN ARTIST to ever perform. Concerts
continued throughout several countries including India, Bahrain,Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand
and Japan before wrapping up in Korea on the 22nd of February,1994. All in all over 100,000 fans saw the
tour in Asia alone!!!
Jan 1994: In January, ARIA the BEST OF Charts had ‘Please Forgive Me’ as the 10th best single and ‘So
Far So Good’ the #6 best album for 1993.’So far So Good’ was the #1 album in the country and was
Bryan’s third #1 single in Canada.YEAH!
Feb 1994: During the tour in Australia, Bryan performed at a late-added benefit concert on the 11th in
Sydney. Alongside Sting ( Yes! they performed ‘All For Love’ together), and Jimmy Barnes, they played to
over 25,000 people and raised over 600,000 Aussie Dollars for victims of the Bushfires which devastated the
environment, wildlife and homes in New South Wales. The day after the benefit concert, Bryan appeared on
‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’ Aussie television program with Molly Meldrum. The Video package “So Far So
Good and more!” was released in Europe early February and debuted at #2 on the U.K. video charts. The
rest of the world would see a release by the end of March. The 90 minute compilation features a mix of old
and new videos: including a special Ken Russell video of “Diana” and live version of ‘When The Night
Comes’ recorded in Vancouver; live concert footage and more.
March 1994: Tour dates were being added around the globe! A single U.S. date was scheduled at Madison
Square Garden in New York for the 6th. The show was a phenomena and a surprise finale ended the evening
when Sting (who was performing downstairs at the same complex) joined Bryan on stage to sing ‘All For
Love’…and the crowd went wild! Tickets for the three Vancouver booked for March 18th,19th and 20th
were sold out quickly. The first concert in an incredible 54 minutes.
May 1994: Bryan received the World Music Video Award for ‘Best Selling Canadian Artist’. Polygram
presented Bryan with custom made platinum Fender guitar to commemorate worldwide album sales of over
40 million. The mayor of Cleveland, Ohio dedicated May 21st as Bryan Adams Day in recognition of his
work with Amnesty International, Greenpeace and his contribution to the world as a humanitarian and
Aug 1994: SDR3, a southern German station, joined by nine other radio stations across Europe, conducted
their public poll of the TOP 1000 XL charts. NINE Adams songs were listed, with ‘Summer Of 69′ at #7.
Sept 1994:Bryan received the award for ‘Best Foreign Video By A Canadian Artist’, the song that
catapulted this significant win was ‘All For Love’ with Rod Stewart and Sting. All this happened on the 29th
in Toronto, Ontario while performing live at the Much Music Video Awards.Bryan was special guest to
World famous classical tenor, Luciano Pavarotti at his annual television special from Modena, Italy on the
13th broadcast live in Italy, South America and a few other countries including Germany.
Nov 1994:Much to Bryan’s surprise, he was awarded the honor of Best Male Vocalist by Tracy Ullman at
the first ever MTV Awards on the 24th in Europe. Other nominees included Prince, Springsteen,Seal and
MC Solaar. He also gave out the award for Best Group to British Pop Group “Take That”.
Dec 1994:Bryan received ‘International Artist Of The Year’ by the Australian Music Association.
Also In 1994: Music & Media Magazine in Europe awarded him with the #1 Selling Album Male Artist.
1995 So Far: Bryan was nominated for ‘Favorite Male Artist’ at the American Music Awards in January.In
February the “Brits” have nominated him for ‘Best International Male Solo Artist’. The “Echo Awards” in
Germany have nominated him for ‘Most Successful International Artist’. The Grammy’s nominated him for
Best Pop Vocal Collaboration (“All For Love”) March 1st, with Sting and Rod. Bryan completed recording
a single for the Motion Picture Soundtrack, ‘Don Juan DeMarco’.'Have You Ever Really Loved A
Woman?’ was lyrically composed by Bryan Adams, Mutt Lange and Michael Kamen.The song was recorded
in Jamaica with genius flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. The movie stars Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp and
Faye Dunaway. Bryan recorded the song in Jamaica in late February. The single hit the radio internationally
in the third week of March and became available in stores worldwide in April. The B-side features another
brand new Adams tune titled ‘Low Life’. Bryan opened the brand new MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE in
Toronto, Ontario May 18th & 20th. Bryan Adams has topped the North American charts once again with his
song ‘Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?’ from the movie soundtrack ‘Don Juan DeMarco’. The song
reached the #1 position on the Billboard charts in the USA the last week of May and remains #1 on the
Canadian charts. This is Bryan’s third #1 soundtrack hit, the other two being ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For
You’ from the movie soundtrack of “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves” and ‘All For Love’ from the movie
soundtrack of “The Three Musketeers”