Bryan Adams: “My most prized guitar is a D-18 Martin acoustic that once belonged to Johnny Cash”

Bryan Adams
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Just a few moments into our conversation and the reason for the pure unbridled joy relating to the new record becomes perfectly clear. Having been off the road for the longest time since he turned professional, Bryan Adams’ time in the solitary confinement imposed by the pandemic is drawing to a close and a world tour is in the offing once again.

In fact, it was when an easing of restrictions looked imminent that he immersed himself in songwriting and took to the studio – practically single-handed, as it turns out – to record an album that positively shines with the bright light of optimism. It’s a fun, back-to-basics rock ’n’ roll affair that is bound to set pulses racing in stadiums across the globe when the tour kicks off later this year.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.