Bryan Adams performs at Red Deer’s Centrium on Tuesday

Canadian music icon set to share new songs and greatest hits

BY ADVOCATE STAFF

The guy who promised to be 18 ‘Til I Die is coming to Red Deer next week.

Limited tickets are still available to Tuesday’s Bryan Adams concert at the Centrium.

The acclaimed Canadian singer is set to perform his string of global hits — from Cuts Like a Knife, Run to You and Summer of ‘69 to When You’re Gone and I Thought I’d Seen Everything — with a back up band.

The Juno and Grammy Award-winner is on his Get Up Tour of smaller centres across Western Canada, from Penticton, B.C., to Brandon, Man. He’s supporting his 13th studio album, Get Up, which was produced by the renowned Jeff Lynne (The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, Travelling Wilburys).

Adams, who also received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, was born in Kingston, Ont. to parents who had emigrated from Plymouth, England. His father joined the Canadian army, became a peacekeeper and diplomat, moving his family to Portugal, Austria and Israel in the early 1970s.

Adams started out as a 17 year-old playing with various pub bands in Vancouver, including Sweeney Todd (best known for If Wishes Were Horses). A year later he met musician Jim Vallance, formerly of band Prism, and the two began a songwriting partnership that continues to this day.

Straight From the Heart became Adams’ first Top 10 single in 1983. His career continued to blaze right through the ’90s, with songs on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Three Musketeers and other soundtracks. His Grammy Award-winning Waking Up the Neighbours album produced four massive singles: (Everything I Do) I Do it It For You, I Can’t Stop This Thing We Started, Do I Have to Say the Words? and Thought I Died and Gone to Heaven.

The multi-platinum-selling artist has continued to create chart-toppers, selling more than 65-million records, touring six continents and achieving No. 1 status in more than 40 countries. He’s also a well known activist (his foundation donates to educational causes around the globe), an Order of Canada recipient, and Music Hall-of-Famer.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

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