Bryan Adams has mixed feelings about his short swing opening for Rod Stewart this summer.
On one hand, they’re big shows and the two are friends, having collaborated (with Sting) on the chart-topping single “All For Love” from the 1993 film “The Three Musketeers.”
“I’m sure it’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to it,” Adams notes, but he adds that, “it’s always a bit strange going back and doing opening slots.”
Adams, of course, is a headliner in his own right — has been since the Canadian rocker shot “Straight From the Heart” into the Top 10 in 1983, followed by 21 more Top 40 hits that include “Run to You,” “Heaven,” “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” This year’s entry is a new album, “11,” that came out in May and is sold exclusively through Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club outlets.
Adams, 48, says he initially intended to make the album, his 11th studio set, an acoustic set and still describes it as “an acoustic rock record.” However, he explains, “as the songs developed, I kinda thought, ‘I think I miss the band on this one. It would be nice to have them ... and the next thing you know it became another Bryan Adams album.”
And like 2004’s “Room Service,” Adams recorded the bulk of “11” while on the road, turning his hotel rooms into makeshift recording studios.
“It’s an interesting process,” says Adams, who also maintains a second career as a photographer for high-end fashion and culture magazines. “There were a number of times where we’d be set up in a hotel somewhere, and someone would come in to bring lunch and they’d just look at the room in complete chaos, with mattresses against the wall and microphone leads going into the toilet and guitars everywhere and us sitting in the middle of the room recording ...
“They’d just look at us like, ‘What’s going on here?’ Other than that, it’s not too much different from recording anywhere else.”
Bryan Adams opens for Rod Stewart at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 6) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $150 and $85 pavilion, $35 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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