Bryan Adams on learning to deal with fame

Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:30am EDT
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By Shirley Halperin

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It was a little more than 30 years ago when Bryan Adams set out from his native Canada to make a name for himself as a musician and songwriter.

He hoped for a foot in the door. What he got, and didn't necessarily bargain for, was success on a global scale, boasting record sales of tens of millions.

The 51-year-old dad-to-be (he's expecting his first child with personal assistant Alicia Grimaldi) continues to tour, bringing his treasure trove of hits (his biggest came during the 1990s) to some of the world's more remote markets such as India and Nepal.

On March 21 he received a permanent home in Los Angeles with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's a long way from being "just a spotty kid from North Van," as Adams describes his pimply self in the early days. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the Grammy-winning rocker.

THR: Canada has long been hailed for supporting the arts by providing grants to musicians and mandating that 35 percent of songs played on the radio be by Canadian artists. Do you think this helped at all as you were starting a career in music?

Adams: "I never took a grant or borrowed a penny from anybody. It was partially because I didn't really know how to do that, but secondly, my pride would never have allowed me to. In the beginning, it was about doing it the right way, on the merits of the music."

THR: You famously signed with A&M Records in 1979 for one dollar. Can you explain the circumstances of that deal?

Adams: "They were cheap as chits and didn't want to invest any money in me, and it was the time when I needed it most. But in those days, the idea of getting your foot in the door was everything, and let's see where it goes from there. All they really wanted were the songs, but we made an agreement -- and this is probably the one redeeming thing about the deal -- where they could have a few of my songs under the condition that I get to record some myself. So I got a shot   Continued...

<p>Canadian musician Bryan Adams performs during a concert in Beirut December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Cynthia Karam</p>