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Interview:
Being "Reckless" brought a big reward to rocker Bryan Adams
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Thirty-one years ago, Bryan Adams found that being "Reckless" could actually be productive. And positive.

The Canadian rocker had some hits before he released his fourth album, but there's no question "Reckless" vaulted him to another level. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified double-platinum, launching the chart-topping singles "Somebody" and "Run To You" along with the iconic "Summer of '69" and the Tina Turner duet "It's Only Love." It's sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, and last year Adams released a 30th anniversary edition that included previously unreleased outtakes and live material.

"There's no question that ('Reckless') really took things up to a whole other level," Adams, 55, says by phone from London, where he resides with his wife Alicia Grimaldi and their two daughters. "Looking back on 'Reckless,' I kind of consider that album part of a trilogy of songs, that started with (co-writer) Jim Vallance and I writing from 1981-1984. That includes the albums 'You Want It You Got It' and 'Cuts Like A Knife.' They all really work together.

"And we worked really hard back then. We were writing a lot and were really careful and scrutinizing what we were doing. So I don't think that (success) was simply an accident, you know?"

Much of "Reckless'" lore focuses on "Summer of 69," and Adams -- who's finished a new album co-produced by ELO founder Jeff Lynne that's due out in October -- acknowledges that "there are lots of funny stories to do with that song." He recalls, for instance, "a foreign interviewer (who) asked me, 'What does it mean, 'I got my first real sex dream'...?'"

And then there was the visit to a U.S. radio station where Adams described the song as "misunderstood...I said that, 'Even if the song is rich in regret and the broken promise of youth, it's also about discovering sex and that '69' is simply a metaphor for making love. (The DJ's) jaw dropped and at the same time I heard the program director behind me whisper to his colleague 'We won't be playing that song again...'"

Bryan Adams

8 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets are $20-$99.50 pavilion, $20 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.


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