Canada’s King of Rock

The SRO Show – Bryan Adams
Canada’s King of Rock
Produced by Lawrence Standifer Stevens
Written by Joseph E. Casanova

Canadian rocker, Bryan Adams, has an edge and urgency to his voice that have propelled him into a career of acclaim and awards.

With three Oscar nods, five Golden Globe nominations and one Grammy win, rocker Bryan Adams is one of Canada’s greatest musical exports, selling over 65 million records worldwide.

Late last year, Adams released his 13th studio album, Get Up, with the opening single, Brand New Day. The international tour hits Texas in April with stints in Dallas, Houston and Austin.

The Ontario native scored his first FM hit with Lonely Nights in 1981. Only a handful knew who this guy was, catching his opening slot performance for Foreigner in San Antonio.

Those in the know definitely changed their tune as he hit paydirt with his first platinum effort called Cuts Like the Knife featuring the smash title track and the power ballad Straight from the Heart.

However, it was 1984’s Reckless that elevated Adams to superstar status with six hit singles, including Run to You, Summer of ‘69 and his first #1 song, Heaven.

After 1987’s platinum Into the Fire, it would be four years until he scored the biggest song of his career. He earned his first Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and Grammy win for the theme to Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves. . . Everything I Do (I Do It for You).

Adams nabbed two more Oscar nods for Best Song for Have You Ever Loved a Woman? from Johnny Depp’s Don Juan DeMarco and from Barbara Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces. . . I Finally Found Someone.

The latter track marked the first time he had recorded with the icon, but it also would be the last time he’d appear in Billboard’s top ten.

On the global front, the Canadian rocker attained greater chart success and definitely sold more records in Europe and Asia than in the US.

In 2000, he traded in his guitar riffs for a more esoteric, trance sound with Don’t Give Up with British composer Chicane.

Don’t Give Up gave Adams his second UK #1 in nine years. Later CD’s, including 2004’s Room Service and 2008’s 11 only earned gold status in Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and of course, his homeland.

Time to strike up O Canada — and hail that nation’s King of Rock.