Our favourite Canadian is returning for another tour – are you ready to hit the road to see him?
WORDS ANNA RAWHITI-CONNELL / PHOTOS SHAUN ROSS + SUPPLIED
For years, I’ve loved Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The tale itself has a little to do with it, but it’s the 1991 film’s timeless theme song, Bryan Adams’ number one hit (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, that has stayed with me from the first viewing – even if for years I thought he was singing “There’s no way, cookie moaner”.
There will be no misunderstandings when Canada’s greatest rock export returns to New Zealand in support of his 14th studio album, Shine A Light. Appropriately, it’s our beautiful islands that will host the gravel-voiced rock icon in March, when the sun’s light is still shining and the edgy heat of summer has given way to gentler weather.
Bryan, who broke into the global mainstream with his 1984 album Reckless, has made a welcome habit of playing in New Zealand in the past decade. With a long list of crowd favourites in his repertoire, including the rock-your-socks-off Summer of ’69 and the tender loving touch of Heaven, he’ll charm audiences in Auckland and Wellington before linking up with Dave Dobbyn and Jordan Luck for his final tour dates in Nelson and Christchurch.
Local fans who loved his show at ASB Baypark Stadium last summer will need to go further afield if they want to see him this time round. Let’s not forget, though, that Bryan stayed at the Mount for an extra day last year after his show was postponed because
of a storm, so a trip north or south could be a great way to thank this legend for his dedication to entertaining his Bay of Plenty devotees.