By Summer 1985 Bryan Adams’ fourth album , Reckless , had only just begun spinning off what eventually would be a total of six Top 15 hits, including “Run to You”,”One Night Love Affair”, “Somebody”, “Summer of ’69”, “It’s Only Love” with superstar Tina Turner, and 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.
Seated at Bryan’s kitchen table late on a Saturday night at his home in Vancouver, we talked about that remarkable year. Then 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. –Redbeard