Bryan Adams going bare bones in Auckland

ON THE ROAD: Bryan Adams gears up for The Bare Bones Tour in Auckland next year.
ON THE ROAD: Bryan Adams gears up for The Bare Bones Tour in Auckland next year.

Bryan Adams loves being on the road. But then again, he has never really stopped to see any other side of life.

"I guess the tour's been about 30 years now, so it's going well," he said on the phone from Mexico, just hours before yet another show.

And 15 years since his last trip to New Zealand, the Canadian icon is set to play two acoustic shows here early next year.

Adams will bring his Bare Bones Tour to Auckland and Wellington in April. A special solo show with just him, a guitar and his keyboardist, the tour started in 2008, but was never meant to last this long.

"It was an instinctual thing. Because I had done so many tours with the band, it was just time to do, and give everybody, something different. "So four years ago I started with the idea that it would only be for a summer. Then here we are, it's 2012 and it's still going strong."

Going strong is one way to describe it. Adams has spent the past three decades in the charts - he's topped them in more than 40 countries, selling over 65 million records worldwide.His songs are equally considered anthems for boozy nights out (Summer of '69) and weddings (Everything I Do) I Do It For You).

And the man plays them at more than 100 shows a year. When Adams started out with his debut album in 1980, he said the plan (if there was one) was simple.

"I think just to pay my rent; it was as simple as that. Luckily I'm still able to pay it. I never really had a maser plan, I always just followed my gut - 'let's go out and do it. There's no point in sitting around here'."

And that attitude seems to have stuck around. Not only is he considered a great songwriter, but Adams has also cemented his place as a top professional photographer, shooting everyone from Amy Winehouse to the Queen for fashion magazines, album covers and postage stamps. He insists he doesn't favour one art form over another; it's all just part of keeping things interesting.

"I really just like to be busy. I'm a gun for hire - 'let's go and do it'. I like doing different things and I like creating a team. I like the danger of pushing myself into places I wouldn't normally go."

One of those places - recently anyway - has been the recording studio. But talk of touring with a full band again (because of "logistics" New Zealand won't get the stadium production) has pulled the singer back to creating new music. 

He said he recently recorded about 30 different songs.

"Oh, don't get excited, they are probably all crap. But I'm still writing so it's whether or not they'll amount to anything. There's some fishing to be done still."While fans are always asking for another Waking Up The Neighbours, Adams said by its general nature, time changes things.

"People ask me, 'why don't you do an album like THAT one' and I say 'well, I can't, that's what I was like when I was 23 and I'm 53 now' - almost. You write about different things and you feel different things. You just do what you can. "However, from what I've put down so far, the stuff is pretty rocking."

Bryan Adams - The Bare Bones Tour

April 22 - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - Tickets from Ticketek
April 23 - Civic Theatre, Auckland - Tickets from Buy Tickets
Tickets on sale November 8. Frontier Touring pre-sale starts November 1

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