PUBLISHED IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 , 1998, ADVANCING ST. CATHARINES GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION BENEFIT CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 15

 

BRYAN ADAMS' LIFE-SAVING VALENTINE

 

 

BY NICK KREWEN

 

 

TORONTO:

 

BRYAN ADAMS has decided to unofficially extend Valentine's Day by 24 hours.

His generous gift to supermodel pal LINDA EVANGELISTA and the women of the Niagara Region is a benefit concert this Sunday at the JACK GATECLIFF Memorial Arena in St. Catharines to help finance a local breast screening and research clinic to the tune of $150,000 - $250,000.

According to MARGARET CYR, director of The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation, the $1 million clinic is the first community hospital -- and one of only four in Canada -- to own a digital clock system that enables medical staff to perform immediate and accurate biopsies.

"Hopefully the clinic will do for breast cancer what the pap smear did for vaginal cancer -- reduce the death rate by 40 percent," says Cyr.

This isn't the first time the Kingston-born Adams has rallied to a charitable cause, as the "Tears Are Not Enough" campaign he spearheaded raised millions of dollars to battle African famine in the mid-80s.

Nor is it the first time he helped raise funds for breast screening and breast cancer research, he recalled last December during an informal, intimate press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

"We did a record this year where all the proceeds went to breast cancer research," recalled Adams, referring to a compilation he contributed to called Man To Woman  that was distributed through Self Magazine. The 38-year-old singer and songwriter recorded an exclusive version of his chart-topping `Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman' that featured Evangelista on accordion.

"I also did a concert in L.A. last year for breast cancer research," he adds.

"I'm really excited because I wanted to bring it to Canada. I'm happy to help out."

Adams says he wanted to contribute because people in his circles have suffered from breast cancer.

"I've had friends that have been stricken by it, and people that have worked for me have been afflicted by it," says Adams, who now makes his home in London, England.

"It's just horrible. So I wanted to do something about it."

Benevolence aside, Adams is also in the midst of a cross-Canada tour to promote his new album Unplugged, the latest in a series of acoustically-dominated superstar recordings generated by the highly acclaimed MusicTelevision Series of the same name.

With sales already past the 200,000 mark in Canada, the collection of refitted hits and new songs is proving itself to be the latest chapter of Adams' successful 22-year run, a career that began as temporary lead vocalist of SWEENEY TODD.

Since dropping his disco-flavored single "Let Me Take You Dancing" in the late '70s, Adams has cultivated a global following en route to becoming one of Canada's most successful self-sufficient pop stars. He's sold over 50 million records, propelled by such #1 hits as "Run To You", "Heaven", "All For Love" and "Can't Stop This Thing We Started".

Successful songwriting partnerships with JIM VALLANCE, ROBERT "MUTT" LANGE, MICHAEL KAMEN and GRETCHEN PETERS have yielded Oscar-nominated, Juno and Grammy-winning tunes, and Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was only recently ousted as the U.K. champion for most weeks at #1 by ELTON JOHN's remake of "Candle In The Wind."

Despite a career that could easily encourage early retirement, Adams says he's never been more pumped about writing music.

"I'm more excited about making music now than I've ever been," says Adams, attired in a black sweater and slacks as he perches on the hood of a couch.

"This record feels like the beginning of a new chapter."

Adams says he's already recorded nine tracks towards his next studio album, and will be finishing up at the conclusion of the Canadian tour.

"People ask me what's your favorite album. It's always the one I haven't written," he says. "It's the demo tape that's sitting up in my bag upstairs. That's what I'm excited about. Anytime I have something new I can play."

Adams says he recorded Unplugged  after striking up the courage to perform acoustic guitar in front of an audience.

"I came to the conclusion that going out and playing some acoustic songs off our last record (18 Til I Die ) gave me the confidence to play live. As a result, I felt better about going into the unplugged arena."

Adams said he didn't want Unplugged  to be a "greatest hits live."

"The only reason there are songs on it like the `Summer Of '69' is that it was a TV show that was turned into a record," he confesses. "I wanted the TV show to be a little retrospective, a little obscure and a little bit about the future. I think I achieved that."

As an entertainer, Adams sees himself as a diplomat.

"I kind of view myself as an ambassador to this country," he says. "I want to make people proud. I do want people to think of me as someone as they can say, `You're Canadian, and that's all right.'"

 

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DISCOGRAPHY

1980 -- Let Me Take You Dancing -- A&M

1981 -- You Want It, You Got It

1981 -- You Want It, You Got It Live  (promo only)

1983 -- Cuts Like A Knife

1984 -- Reckless*

1987 -- Into The Fire

1988 -- Live! Live! Live! **

1991 -- Waking Up The Neighbours

1993 -- So Far...So Good

1996 -- 18 Til I Die

1997 -- Unplugged

1998 -- On A Day Like Today

1999 -- Best Of Me

 

* -- first Canadian album to sell one million copies domestically and achieve       Diamond Award status.

** -- recorded in Belgium in '88, released in North America in '95

 

#1 HITS

1985 (U.S.) -- "Heaven" -- 2 weels

1991 (U.S.) -- "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" - 7 weeks

1993 (U.S.) -- "All For Love" (with Rod Stewart, Sting) -- 3 weeks

1995 (U.S.) -- "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" -- 5 weeks

 

AS COLLABORATOR

 

1985 -- Northern Lights, "Tears Are Not Enough"

1987 -- Various Artists, A Very Special Christmas

1988 -- Various Artists, Prince's Trust: Rock Gala

1990 -- Roger Waters, The Wall

1994 -- Various Artists, It's Now Or Never

1996 -- Various Artists, Oh...What A Feeling!

1997 -- Various Artists, Man To Woman: Men Of Note Sing For A Cause (with             Linda Evangelista)

1997 -- Various Artists, A&M/Motown/Island Christmas Sampler

1998 -- Various Artists, Hope Floats

 

AS CONTRIBUTOR

1984 -- Tina Turner, "It's Only Love"

1986 -- Glass Tiger, "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone"

1988 -- Charlie Sexton, "Don't Look Back"

1989 -- Belinda Carlisle, "Whatever It Takes"

1989 -- Dion, "Drive All Night"

1989 -- Motley Crue, "Sticky Sweet"

1991 -- The Law, "Nature's Beast"

1991 -- Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves

1992 -- Little Angels, "Too Much Too Young"

1993 -- Tina Turner, "Why Must We Wait Until Tonight"

1993 -- The Three Musketeers

1995 -- Don Juan DeMarco

1995 -- Various Artists, Pavarotti & Friends 2

1995 -- Bonnie Raitt, "Rock Steady"

1996 -- Anne Murray, "What Would It Take"

1996 -- Barbara Streisand, "I Finally Found Someone"

1999 -- Cindy Bullens, Somewhere Between Heaven And Earth

1999 -- Tina Turner, Twenty Four Seven

 

 

 

AS COMPOSER

1979 -- Ian Lloyd, "I'm Ready" (with Jim Vallance)

1979 -- Prism, "Jealousy"

1979 -- Prism, "Take It Or Leave It" (with Jim Vallance)

1979 -- Prism, "You Walked Away Again"

1980 -- Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "Wasting Time"

1980 -- Ian Lloyd, "Lonely Nights" (with Jim Vallance, Eric Kagna)

1980 -- Ian Lloyd, "Straight From The Heart" (with Jim Vallance)

1980 -- Dara Sedaka, "Try To See It My Way" (with Jim Vallance)

1981 -- Tim Bogart, "Try To See It My Way" ( with Jim Vallance)

1981 -- Lisa DalBello,"Never Get To Heaven" ( with Lisa DalBello)

1981 -- Lisa DalBello, "She Wants To Know" (with Lisa DalBello)

1981 -- Lisa DalBello, "You Could Be Good For Me" (with Lisa DalBello)

1981 -- Jon English, "Straight From The Heart" (with Eric Kagna)

1981 -- Loverboy, "Get Lucky" (with Jim Vallance, Paul Dean, Mike Reno, Matt            Frennette)

1981 -- Randy Meisner, "Tonight" (with Jim Vallance)

1981 -- Prism, "Cover Girl" (with Jim Vallance, Lindsay Mitchell)

1981 -- Rosetta Stone, "Hidin' From Love" (with Jim Vallance)

1981 -- Florence Warner, "Another Hot Night" (with Jim Vallance)

1982 -- Lisa Hartman, "Hidin' From Love" (with Jim Vallance)

1982 -- KISS, "Down On Your Knees" (with Paul Stanley, M. Jopp)

1982 -- KISS, "Rock 'N Roll Hell" (with Jim Vallance, Gene Simmons)

1982 -- KISS, "War Machine" (with Jim Vallance, Gene Simmons)

1982 -- Prism, "Don't Let Him Know" (with Jim Vallance)

1982 -- Prism, "Stay" (with Jim Vallance)

1983 -- Tim Bogart, "Let Him Know" (with Jim Vallance)

1983 -- Nantucket, "Hidin' From Love" (with Jim Vallance, Eric Kagna)

1983 -- Bjorn Skifs, "Lonely Nights" (with Jim Vallance)

1983 -- Patty Smyth & Scandal, "Win Some, Lose Some" (with Jim Vallance,            Paul Dean)

1983 -- Bonnie Tyler, "Straight From The Heart" (with Eric Kagna)

1983 -- Uriah Heep, "Lonely Nights" (with Jim Vallance)

1984 -- April Wine, "Open Soul Surgery" (with Jim Vallance. Holly Knight)

1984 -- Fast Forward, "Tonight" (with Jim Vallance)

1984 -- Krokus, "Boys Nite Out" (with Jim Vallance, M. Storace, F.V. Arb)

1984 -- The Law, "Nature Of The Beast" (with Jim Vallance)

1984 -- Ian Lloyd, "Play To Win" (with Jim Vallance)

1984 -- Ian Lloyd, "Where Did The Time Go" (with Jim Vallance)

1984 -- Ian Lloyd, "Where Do You Draw The Line?" (with Jim Vallance)

1984 -- Juice Newton, "Can't Wait All Night" (with Jim Vallance, Eric Kagna)

1984 -- Ted Nugent, "Where Do You Draw The Line?" (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- .38 Special, "Teacher Teacher" (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- Carola, "Can't Wait All Night" (with Jim Vallance, Eric Kagna)

1985 -- Joe Cocker, "Edge Of A Dream" (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- Roger Daltrey, "Let Me Down Easy" (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- Roger Daltrey, "Rebel" (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- Hanover Fist, "Fits Ya Good" (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- Paul Hyde & The Payolas, "It Won't Be You" (with Jim Vallance, David            Foster, Paul Hyde, Bob Rock)

1985 -- Loverboy, "Dangerous" (with Jim Vallance)

1986 -- Bonnie Raitt, "No Way To Treat A Lady" (with Jim Vallance)

1986 -- Rod Stewart, "Another Heartache" (with Jim Vallance, Rod Stewart,             Randy Wayne)

1986 -- Tina Turner, "Back Where You Started" (with Jim Vallance)

1986 -- Bonnie Tyler, "No Way To Treat A Lady" (with Jim Vallance)

1987 -- .38 Special, "Back To Paradise" (with Jim Vallance, P. Girald)

1987 -- .38 Special, "Teacher Teacher" (with Jim Vallance)

1987 -- Loverboy, "Wildside" (with Paul Dean, T. Corney, Tom Rhodes)

1987 -- Carly Simon, "It Should Have Been Me" (with Jim Vallance)

1988 -- Elisabeth Andreasson, "No Way To Treat A Lady" (with Jim Vallance)

1988 -- Elkie Brooks, "Can't Wait All Night" (with Jim Vallance, Eric Kagna)

1988 -- Prism, "Cover Girl" (with Jim Vallance)

1988 -- Prism, "Good To Be Back" (with Jim Vallance, Al Harlow)

1989 -- Dion, "Drive All Night" (with Jim Vallance)

1989 -- The Rovers, "All Sing Together" (with Jim Vallance)

1990 -- Laura Branigan, "The Best Was Yet To Come" (with Jim Vallance)

1990 -- Joe Cocker, "When The Night Comes" (with Jim Vallance, Diane            Warren)

1991 -- Manic Street Preachers, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (with            Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen)

1991 -- Sodom, "Kids Wanna Rock" (with Jim Vallance)

1992 -- Joe Cocker, "Feels Like Forever" (with Diane Warren)

1992 -- Fatima Mansions, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"            (with Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen)

1992 -- Englebert Humperdinck, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (with            Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen)

1992 -- Hank Marvin, "(Everything I Do ) I Do It For You" (with Robert            John "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen)

1993 -- Helen Hoffner, "Edge Of A Dream" (with Jim Vallance)

1993 -- Rage, "Run To You" (with Jim Vallance)

1994 -- Johnny Hallyday, "Rough Town" (with Jim Vallance)

1994 -- Julia Migenes, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (with Robert John            "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen)

1994 -- Tina Turner, "Why Must We Wait Until Tonight) (with Robert             John "Mutt" Lange)

1994 -- Roger Whittaker, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (with Robert            John"Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen)

1995 -- Bert Heerink, "Heaven" (with Jim Vallance)

1995 -- Stevie Vann, "Prove It" (with Robert John "Mutt" Lange)

1996 -- Lonestar, "You Walked In" (with Robert John "Mutt" Lange)

1996 -- Anne Murray, "What Would It Take" (with Gretchen Peters)

1997 -- Celine Dion, "Let's Talk About Love" (with J.J. Goldman, Eliot             Kennedy)

1997 -- Motley Crue, "Glitter" (with Nikki Sixx, Steven Humphrey)

1998 -- Brandy, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (with Robert John            "Mutt" Lange, Michael Kamen)

1999 -- Bryan White, "Love Is Beautiful" (with Robert John "Mutt" Lange)

        -- Lisa Bade, "No Way To Treat A Lady" (with Jim Vallance)

        -- Brandy, Faith Hill, "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)"

        -- Paul Dean, "Where Do You Draw The Line?" (with Jim Vallance)

        -- Neil Diamond, "It Should Have Been Me" -- (with Jim Vallance)

        -- Louise Mandrell, "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady" (with Jim Vallance)

        -- Peter Pringle, "Stay" (with Jim Vallance)

          -- Bob Welch "Remember" (with Jim Vallance)

 

 

AUTHOR./PHOTOGRAPHER

 

1995 -- Bryan Adams

1999 -- Made In Canada

 

FILMS

1984 -- A Night In Heaven

1988 -- Pink Cadillac

1996 -- Jack - -"Star"

1996 -- The Mirror Has Two Faces

 

SELECTED AWARDS

1982 -- Juno, Male Vocalist

1983/84 -- Juno, Album Of The Year -- Cuts Like A Knife

1983/84 -- Juno, Male Vocalist

1983/84 -- Juno, Producer Of The Year

1985 -- Diamond Award, Reckless

1985 -- Juno, Album Of The Year -- Reckless

1985 -- Juno, Male Vocalist

1985 -- Juno, Songwriter Of The Year (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- Juno, Composer Of The Year (with Jim Vallance)

1985 -- William Harold Moon Award, SOCAN

1985 -- Bryan Adams Day, Los Angeles, California February 1

1985 -- Top Male Pop Singles Artist, Billboard

1986 -- Bob Geldof Humanitarian Award

1986 -- Juno, Male Vocalist

1987 -- Juno, Entertainer Of The Year

1987 -- Juno, Male Vocalist

1987 -- Rock Song Of The Year, Canadian Music Publishers Association, "In            The Heat Of The Night"

1990 -- Order Of British Columbia

1990 -- Order Of Canada

1990 -- Artist Of The Decade, Canadian Recording Industry Association

1991 -- International Achievement, Canadian Arts And Recording Sciences

1991 -- Grammy, Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For             Television -- "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"(with Robert             John"Mutt" Lange and Michael Kamen)

1991 -- #1 Worldwide Single, Billboard -- "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"

1991 -- Guinness World Book Of Records, Longest #1 single in history of            British music, 16 weeks -- "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"

1992 -- Juno, Entertainer Of The Year

1992 -- Juno, Producer Of The Year

1992 -- Ivor Novello Award, British Songwriting Award -- "(Everything I Do) I            Do It For You)

1992 -- CARAS Award, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"

1992 -- International Achievement Award, Billboard

1992 -- Medal, 125th Anniversary Of The Confederation Of Canada

1993 -- Juno, Best Selling Album, Foreign Or Domestic -- So Far...So Good

1993--  Best Selling Canadian Artist, World Music Awards

1994 -- Songwriter Of The Decade, Shure Microphone Award

1994 -- Best Selling Canadian Artist, World Music Awards

1995 -- Most Performed Song From A Motion Picture, ASCAP Award -- "All             For Love"

1995 -- Nordoff Robbins, HMV International Music Therapy Award

1996 -- Most Performed Song From A Motion Picture, ASCAP AWARD --            "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?"

1996 -- Ivor Novello Award -- Best Song Included In A Film Or Television             Program -- "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?"

1997 -- Juno Award, Best Male Vocalist

BACKGROUNDER

Arguably the most prolific Canadian hitmaker of the '80s and '90s, Bryan Adams has always focused on universal themes as the basis for his melodic pop rock.

Born May 11, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Bryan Adams got his professional break in 1976 as lead singer with Sweeney Todd, replacing Nick "Roxy Roller, Hot Child In The City" Gilder.

A year later, he formed a lucrative songwriting partnership with former Prism drummer Jim Vallance.

He signed with A&M Records in 1978, and his first single was a disco offering called "Let Me Take You Dancing." Needless to say, Adams found himself more comfortable in mainstream pop rock, and his big U.S. breakthrough album, 1983's Cuts Like A Knife, bears that out.

A bonafide international superstar who has sold more than 50 million albums, Adams -- presently residing in London, England -- has done his bit for charity.

Most notable was the Canadian answer to Band-Aid. The star-studded "Tears Are Not Enough" teamed Adams with Vallance, his wife, former CANO singer Rachel Paiement, and super producer David Foster to raise millions of dollars for African hunger relief.

In 1990, Adams and Vallance dissolved their partnership, and Bryan hooked up with the meticulous Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Ironically, it was Adams who inadvertently played Cupid at Nashville's Fan Fair in '93, when he insisted Lange join him to check out the Festival. Lange finally snared a face to face meeting with another potential client, Shania Twain, and the rest is history. For Adams, it was an opportunity to start another songwriting partnership, this one with Gretchen Peters, who wrote the stirring Martina McBride anthem "Independence Day."

In 1993, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" earned a berth in the Guinness World Book Of Records as the longest charting #1 in U.K. pop music history at 16 weeks, one that it held until Elton John's requiem for Princess Diana Spencer, "Candle In The Wind '97" replaced it.

More recently, Adams has joined St. Catharines-born supermodel Linda Evangelista in the battle against breast cancer. In 1997, Adams played a special benefit concert to raise money for St. Catharines breast-screening centre.

And in 1999, he used his superlative skills as a photographer to assemble Made In Canada, a collection of portraits of Canadian women to profit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

THANKS: Elana Rabinovitch, Kim Blake, Jill Morison, Glen Nott

©1998, 1999 Nick Krewen, Octopus Media Ink

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