Everyone knows the lyrics to Bryan Adams’s teenage anthems and love songs. We know he’s a Grammy award-winning artist, that he’s from Canada and that he’s still so popular in India, he’s returning for his fifth concert in the country in October. But did you know he’s also a professional photographer? Here are six lesser-known facts about the rocker.
1. He has acted in TV and film.
Bryan Adams performed cameos on the 1990s TV series ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ (1991) and had a small role in the 1989 flick ‘Pink Cadillac’. He played a gas station attendant in the movie.
2. He’s a professional photographer.
Adams has shot ad campaigns for brands like Guess Jeans and Converse. He has even has had his work published in ‘Vogue’, ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ and ‘Esquire’.
3. One of his photographs was chosen for a Canadian stamp.
In 2002, Adams had the opportunity to do a five-minute portrait session with Queen Elizabeth. He took this candid photograph at Buckingham Palace, and the following year it was on a Canadian 49¢ stamp.
4. He too made it to a stamp.
In 2009, Canada released a set of four 54¢ stamps to pay tribute to artists who had enriched Canada’s music industry. Adams was among four chosen. The others were Édith Butler, Charles Thomas ‘Stompin’ Tom’ Connors and Robert Charlebois.
5. He signed his first label contract in 1978 for $1.
In an interview with ‘Rolling Stone’, Adams said, “Contracts have to have a denomination passed back and forth to make them legal. And because they didn’t want to give me any money, one dollar was the minimum amount to make the contract legally binding. I still have the check somewhere…”
6. He wrote ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ in under an hour.
The song, a wedding staple in the ’90s, was written for the 1991 movie ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’. Adams had to compete with some of the industry’s biggest names for the job.
Adams and Mutt Lange wrote the lyrics in roughly 45 minutes to fit composer Michael Kamen’s orchestration, and the song went on to be one of Adams’s biggest hits. Kids of the 1980s and ’90s grew up slow dancing to ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’, and listening to other Adams favourites such as ‘Summer of ’69’, ’18 til I die’ and ‘Please forgive me’.
Listen to them live as Bryan Adams returns to India for his fifth concert in the country this October.