Bryan Adams honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
WHO: Bryan Adams
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speaker: Wayne Gretzky
2,435th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of RECORDING
6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Musician’s Institute
Monday, March 21 , 2011
Fans and press braved the elements as the rain “Cut like a Knife,” on them as they waited for Canadian rock star Bryan Adams. Wayne Gretsky was on hand to say a few words on behalf of Adams.
Adams addressed his fans, “Thanks for getting here so early. It is excellent being here in front of Musician’s Institute, who picked this location? I came here at the age of 16,and I marveled at the sight of these stars. I am humbled by my induction onto this pavement. So come over here and visit my star!"
Singer, songwriter Bryan Adams, was born November 5, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada to English parents. As Adams' father was a diplomat, he grew up traveling around the world with his parents. Subsequently, most of his youth was spent in England, Israel, Portugal, and Austria. In 1973, the family returned to Canada. In his early teens Adams worked as a dishwasher to earn enough money to buy a Fender guitar. It wasn’t long after, that he quit school to pursue his music full time.
In 1978, at the age of 18, Adams sent a few demo recordings to A&M Records in Toronto, he signed with them for the sum of one dollar. It was his third album, Cuts Like a Knife in 1983 that broke his career open, followed a year later by Reckless and his first #1 single Heaven. The ensuing releases for the next two and half decades further established Adams, a place in rock and roll history.
The hits just kept on coming: Summer of ’69, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Heaven, Run to You, Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?, Cuts Like a Knife,Somebody, Let’s Make It A Night To Remember, 18 Til I Die and It’s Only Love to mention just a few.
His most recent album Bryan Adams: Bare Bones is an inspired collection of minimally arranged hits culled from Adams’ impressive body of work spanning three decades. The disc captures a raw Adams, featuring his distinctive voice and guitar.
Adams continues to tour somewhere in the world ten days every month intertwining stadium concerts with special, intimate solo acoustic dates. His live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers of our time. In February, Adams played to sold-out crowds in India, he just finished concerts in the eastern U.S. and on April 9, he will perform at the prestigious Royce Hall, here in Los Angeles.
Bryan has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries. He is the holder of the record for the longest running #1 hit in the history of the British charts, has more than a dozen #1 singles as well as an impressive array of Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy Award, American Music Awards, Juno Awards and ASCAP Film and Television Awards. He has received the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Canadian Juno Hall of Fame as well as Canada's Walkway of Stars. In 2007 Adams was inducted in Wembley's Square of Fame, and in April, 2010 he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his part in numerous charitable concerts and campaigns. A month later he was given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.
In February of last year, Adams took part in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He, along with Nelly Furtado performed "Bang The Drum", a song co-written with long time writing partner Jim Vallance.
This past February 19th, Adams and his band played in Kathmandu, Nepal making him the first ever international artist to rock Nepal, and he performed at the opening ceremony of ICC World Cup Cricket 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Adams was also one of the first western artists to perform in Vietnam and more recently, Pakistan.
Most of Adams' philanthropic activity is currently dedicated to his foundation. The Bryan Adams Foundation aims to advance education and learning opportunities for children and young people worldwide. The Foundation’s area of support is broad and far-reaching, enabling grants to be given for projects supporting the elderly, victims of war and natural disasters, and those suffering from mental or physical illness.
His charitable work however dates back to 1985 when he appeared at Live Aid from Philadelphia. He participated in the two-week Amnesty International "A Conspiracy of Hope" tour alongside Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel. His next appearance for Amnesty was in 1987 on Rock For Amnesty with Paul McCartney, Sting and Dire Straits, among others. His live performances have benefited His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales Prince's Trust, The Concert for Freedom for Nelson Mandela, Greenpeace, Breast Cancer as well as campaigns that have helped save the rainforests, provided food and comfort for the needy and created whale sanctuaries.
Adams helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall when, in 1990, he joined many other guests for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin, Germany.
Adams has had his photographs published in British Vogue, L'uomo Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Interview Magazine among others. He founded Zoo Magazine, the fashion/art magazine based in Berlin, Germany. Adams is also a regular photographer for Zoomer Magazine, a Canadian periodical focused on topics relevant to the baby boomer generation. In 2005, he published his first book of photos in the United States with Calvin Klein called American Women; with proceeds from this book going to breast cancer research.
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