Bryan Adams brings ‘Bare Bones’ acoustic show to St. John’s
Bryan Adams’ appearance in St. John’s was met with controversy from the moment his first Mile One show was announced.
Bryan Adams performs during a recent stop on his “Bare Bones” tour. He will be in
St. John’s performing a collection of his hit songs tonight and Saturday. — Submitted photo
Some residents feel the vegetarian and PETA supporter is being hypocritical by visiting the province while the seal hunt, something about which he has been vocal about opposing, is ongoing. Others have said they’ll take the longtime Canadian rocker’s music over a feed of flippers any day.
Adams says he isn’t interested in debating the seal hunt, and he’s simply here to perform for his fans and nothing else.
Adams will perform the first of two shows at Mile One tonight, as part of an Atlantic Canadian “Bare Bones” tour.
Interspersed between regular stadium gigs — like the one he did at Mile One two years ago — Adams tours with unplugged shows, performing his songs, he says, acoustically, the way they were written. His most recent album, “Bare Bones,” is a collection of live recordings culled from his acoustic shows.
Adams agreed to a written Q & A feature with The Telegram:
Telegram: Why did you choose to do an acoustic tour? What do you hope your audience gets from such a stripped-down performance?
BA: the audience loves it because it takes songs that a very familiar and sets them against the most stark arrangements.
It becomes all about the voice and performance, nothing is over arranged, nothing gets in the way of the song. It’s surprising how well the bare bones arrangements work.
Telegram: Was it challenging to recreate some of your harder rock songs in acoustic format?
BA: there was no trouble because all of the songs were written on a guitar to start with. the difference is there is no percussion or drums, it’s all what happens on the guitar
Telegram: What can fans expect from the show? — Greatest hits? New material?
BA: the show is basically all of the songs you know and love, but performed the way they were written — on acoustic guitar.
There are some newer songs too, some from the “Bare Bones” album, some from the last studio album, some from the MTV unplugged album, some obscure, maybe a cover song, maybe a request … it sometimes depends on the night.
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Telegram: Can we expect a new Bryan Adams album soon?
BA: yes there are three albums in the works right now, one is a covers album with one new song to be released in September, the other is a 30th anniversary issue of “Reckless” with five or six new bonus tracks, and finally I’m doing an album of original songs with Jeff Lynne which will come out next year.
Telegram: Is this acoustic format a new direction for you now?
BA: I’ve been touring like this on and off for six years, and released a “Bare Bones” album a few years ago to support it, since there were many people asking for one.
Now I run two tours concurrently, one with the band the other as an acoustic show with me on acoustic guitar and Gary (Breit) on piano.
Telegram: There have already been a number of comments made and letters to the editor, questioning you coming here while being so tied to PETA and its anti-seal hunt campaign. Some have called you hypocritical. What do you say to that?
BA: Last time I checked, it was OK in this country to have an opinion on what goes on in the world.
Either way, I’m coming to Newfoundland for my fans and to play music, not to get drawn into a debate with the seal killing industry.
However, for the record, I’m a veggie and against the deliberate killing of ALL animals, not just seals, so for those people that want to protest about my coming to play a gig, make sure to get all the chicken farmers, cow farmers and fishermen to march in unity at my presence.