He performed to sold out audiences in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and during his recent visit to South Africa, we caught up with the incredibly talented Bryan Adams. The star is in the middle of his ‘Get Up World Tour’ which sees him perform a mix of his massive hit singles and some brand new tracks. Bryan opens up on his recent world tour, his secret to longevity and what exciting new projects he’s working on.
Welcome to South Africa! You have a beautiful love affair with the country. What is your favorite thing about performing here?
The people of course! Every time I perform a show here it’s filled with great crowds. There are also so many good singers coming out of the country at the moment which I enjoy looking up. Oh, and I love that we get to come here while the rest of the world is freezing!
Other than touring, what are some of your favorite things to do when you visit?
Unfortunately, it’s always a tight schedule and our days off are travel days, but we always try to get out to the bush for a few hours. It’s incredibly beautiful!
‘Get Up’ is your 13th studio album. What is your secret to longevity?
Song ideas are not a tap you can just turn off. If you know you have something coming up, you dig down and come up with new ideas. What people need to know about artists presenting new music is it’s what got them there in the first place. At one time no one would play ‘Summer of 69’. 10 years after its release, it was starting to gain some international recognition. Don’t ask me why, other than perhaps it takes time for people to get into music
You’ve mentioned that the album was created all around the world by sending clips and demos around to producers online. What was that experience like for you as a recording artist?
‘Get Up’ was made with Jeff Lynne, and he’s based in LA and I was based predominately in London, so we would send the demos to him and he’d send back a master record. Naturally, there were a few challenges but it was an incredible process and one I am so proud of.
You’re very involved in the songwriting process. What, in your opinion, makes for a great song?
Writing a song is easy but writing a good song is not easy. Songs are quirky things. An idea you have suddenly walking up the stairs could become a huge hit, but you have to put in the work, you have to graft and give it the attention it deserves.
The album still has an organic rock and roll feel. What draws you to the genre?
I don’t really know how to do anything else but rock out. It lives in me and it’s where I feel most comfortable in.
Your live shows are incredible. What do you hope concert goers leave with after watching you on stage?
I hope they’ve had fun and a bit of a sing a long, and perhaps it’s brought back some good memories of times gone by. It’s great to see just how your music has affected people and bringing back that nostalgia is a wonderful feeling.
Why do you think you’re still one of the most popular touring artists in the world right now?
I’ve always prided my band and I as being hard working musicians. You never stop learning, you get to see the world and you make yourself and everyone else pretty happy. I love my job and I don’t even feel like it’s a job which is what makes it so special.
2018 is set to be another big year for you. What does the new year have in store for you?
I’ve just finished writing a musical for Broadway based on the film ‘Pretty Woman’. All the songs were written by myself and Jim Vallance. It opens in July in New York and I’m very excited about it.
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