The “Summer of ’69” singer Bryan Adams is bringing the heat to Manila, Philippines, on January 18, 2017 for his Get Up World Tour.
The Philippine concert, which will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, will feature songs from his 13th studio album, Get Up.
Music lovers fell in love with Bryan’s raspy voice replete with emotions, when he released his first studio album, Bryan Adams in 1980.
As years went by, fans found out that there’s more to singer-songwriter than his songs. He is also a humanitarian (he runs The Bryan Adams Foundation) and a photographer—he has taken some well-regarded photos of artists, Pink, Billy Idol, Mick Jagger, and Lana del Rey, to name a few.
To add to his long list of artistic achievements, while working touring the world for the promotion of Get Up, Bryan has been penning the score—with co-writer Jim Vallance—for the Broadway adaptation of the hit romantic-comedy film Pretty Woman (1990). The film centered on the love story of a successful businessman, played by Richard Gere, and a young prostitute, played by Julia Roberts. Gary Marshall, who directed the film and was one of the men behind the creation of the musical, unfortunately passed away in July of 2016. But the musical is still set to push through late in 2017.
In an email interview, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a chance to catch up with the rock star.
He shares that he’s looking forward to his visit to the Philippines: “It’s been a long time since I was there, so I’m looking forward to the concert, seeing the people and the changes that have happened since my last visit.”
He adds, “I’ll try and fit in as much as I can, but it all depends on our travel schedule and how much time we will have.”
Considering his success, we ask if he has considered what he’d be doing if he weren’t in this business today. Briefly, he replies, “I’d be trying to get into it.”
As for his music, his inspiration hasn’t changed: “[I still get inspiration from] the same place I always got them, from jamming and putting in the time. You can’t write a song unless you work hard on it.”
He has learned a lot, too: “You need a team to make it, and you can’t do it on your own.”
We ask him about his opinion on social media, and he has this one advice to aspiring musicians: “Social media doesn’t help music. I always tell young musicians to spend less time on social media and more time on the music itself.”
As for his Manila concert on January 18, he only has this to say: “It will certainly be the biggest and best show we’ve ever had there, so come out and let’s rock!”