Old song inspires new: Canadian star Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams
Bangalore, Jan 24: "Old songs are inspirations that push new songs to be better", opines the 51-year-old Canadian Rockstar Bryan Adams who is all set to woo the Indian audience during his day long tour beginning Feb 2011.

Adams, who will kickstart his tour in Mumbai on Feb 12 and later play in Bangalore, New Delhi and Hyderabad, expects his concert to be a "Full band show, with all the songs you know and love, may be a few others for good measure."

Bryan, whose numbers - Summer of 69, Cloud No 9 are still hummed today when talking about pressure to produce new music, said in a statement, "If there is any pressure, it's internal, self-imposed pressure, and it's normal to feel this."

On whether the rockstar whose "'Everything I Do' sold more than 8 million copies worldwide felt the heat of today's competition with so many youngsters in, he said, "It's always been competitive, that will never change thankfully."

"What is different now is there are more musicians than ever all exposed on the internet which is fantastic, however, the record companies are holding on to the old model that people want CDs and most people just don't. This desperate control will eventually take the music business down and with it will go the great songwriters, purely because they will not be able to afford to make music and make a living," he said.

"It could turn around if all the people in the music business got together, that includes the artists and the big corporations that run the music business, but it will never happen sadly, at least I can't imagine it," he added.

The singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, and photographer, who will be back on his fourth tour to India, said, "Ever since we played in India, I've noticed more and more people from India attending and requesting shows. My twitter page for example has requests from all over India and people are excited that we are coming for for a tour."

"My band and I were the first to do a big outdoor concert in Mumbai back in the 1990s and we are proud of this. We have always had such an overwhelming response," he said.

Talking about his latest album Bare Bones he said, "I made that record for the acoustic tour, so people could have something different coming away from the shows. Again, I went to my twitter page and asked the fans to suggest songs and this was the result. Quite a fun record to make." he said.

A music icon himself, the Canadian talking about his own favourites said, "I'm always drawn to voices, so the great blues and R+B singers influenced me, who also influenced the singers I grew up listening to, Robert Plant, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, all influenced by American soul music, they in turn inspired me."

"I'm also drawn to singer songwriters like Jackson Browne, Elton John, Bob Dylan and many more," the rock star added.

On how different he expects this tour to be compared to his previous tours to the country, he said in a lighter vein, "I'm bringing an extra pair of socks this time, one pair wasn't enough for the last tour."


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