Bryan Adams


Twenty-five years ago this week Bryan Adams’ fourth album , Reckless , had been out exactly two months & had only just begun spinning off what eventually would be a total of six Top 15 hits , including the #1 “ Heaven” . At the time only Michael Jackson’s Thriller was its equal for sheer mass appeal prolifics . In mid-August 1985 , a month after I had witnessed him & his band from sidestage at Philadelphia’s massive RFK stadium performing to more than a billion people as part of the televised Live Aid charity concert , Reckless was the #1-selling album in America . Some years later , seated at Bryan’s kitchen table late on a Saturday night at his home in Vancouver , we talked about that remarkable year . In his basement studio overlooking the glassy water of the bay , he played early demo versions of “Run to You” with backing vocals  which undermined the taut urgency that the song eventually demanded . Finally , at about 3 a.m. on a clear starry September night , Bryan set up a telescope on a tripod in the middle of his suburban Vancouver  neighborhood street & showed me the rings around Saturn  , seemingly as eager to share this natural wonder as he was displaying the vintage recording consoles in his basement . It was a stunning cap to a memorable day .-Redbeard