Old school Canadian rocker Bryan Adams has sold over 65 million records with hits like ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ and sing-along classic ‘Summer of ‘69’, making him a star across the globe. New Zealand loves Bryan Adams, and the feeling is clearly mutual. Adams came here on tour for the first time in 1984 supporting The Police, in 1992 headlining his ‘Waking Up the World’ tour, then returned in 1997, 2003, 2013 on his ‘Bare Bones’ acoustic tour, and most recently in January 2018 with his ‘Ultimate Tour’ performing his hits across our Summery outdoor locations. Now the Canadian musical icon is coming back, announcing his 2019 Shine a Light tour to celebrate his forthcoming album.
Adams found fame in the United States and Canada after the breakthrough success of his third album, 1983’s Cuts Like a Knife. His follow up album in 1984, Reckless, took him to the worldwide stage, starring some of his most successful songs such as ‘Summer of ‘69’ and ‘Run to You’. This is his best selling album in the United States, going five times Platinum. Adams continued to thrive in the 1980’s, and spent his time touring, working on his music, releasing new albums, and collaborating with other artists.
Another stand out album was 1991’s Waking Up the Neighbours. The album took over the charts, and also featured the longest running number one single to date in the UK – ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ from the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack. This wasn’t the last time he worked on a movie soundtrack – in the nineties alone he recorded ‘All for Love’ with Rod Stewart, for 1993’s The Three Musketeers. Later on in 1995, he recorded the track ‘Have You Ever Really Loved a Women’ for the Don Juan DeMarco soundtrack.
It’s hardly surprising to hear Adams has won an array of awards over the course of his career. Kicking off in 1992 where he earned three Academy Award and three Golden Globe nominations for ‘(Everything I Do) I Do it For You’, he’s since won eighteen Juno awards, a Grammy, an Ivor Novello and an MTV Video Music award. On top of these awards, he’s also been inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bryan Adams has certified himself as one of the most successful artists in the world.
Starting out in music at fifteen as a back up vocalist and having forty-two years of music industry experience under his belt, Adams continues to thrive. He’s continued to expand his repertoire, writing the music for 2009 Broadway spectacular Pretty Women, performing in unique locations like the Nepal (the first international artist to do so), and working on the Bryan Adams Foundation that focuses on making education accessible universally. His fourteenth studio album, Shine a Light is set to arrive in 2019, serving as the follow up to 2015’s come back Get Up that starred hit single ‘You Belong to Me’.
Touring has been an essential part of Bryan Adams’ career, performing around 120 shows a year. To promote one of his most successful albums, Reckless, he did a two-year long world tour, taking him as far away from home as Japan and Australia. He’s also graced London’s Wembley arena more than once, performing to a sold out crowd of 70,000. After thirty-years of touring, he sure knows how to put on a show.
Bryan Adams returns to New Zealand for his Shine A Light tour in March 2019, on the following dates:
• March 12 – Auckland – Spark Arena
• March 14 – Wellington – TSB Bank Arena
• March 16 – Nelson – Trafalgar Park
• March 17 – Hagley Park – Christchurch
Tickets are available for purchase here.