Even with star on Hollywood Blvd., fame cuts like a knife for Bryan Adams
Canadian singer and '80s chart-topper Bryan Adams finally has his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Sure, it's not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but then again, does that musical institution really has any cred anymore? Take the star, Bryan, and be happy with it. And next time you tour through Tampa Bay, tell your publicity managers you want to talk to Stuck in the '80s.
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter has a nice Q&A with Adams, focusing on the singer's uncomfortable relationship with fame. Here are some highlights.
WHY HE SIGNED IN 1979 WITH A&M FOR ONE DOLLAR: "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. ... I did say to the label, 'Could I have that dollar, please?' And they sent me a check, which I still have."
HIS RELUCTANCE TO EMBRACE HIS CELEBRITY STATUS: "I didn't understand what that meant because I really wanted to be a working musician. The craft was everything to me. To be a celebrity, I couldn't think of anything more cringe-worthy."
HIS MEMORIES OF PERFORMING AT LIVE AID: "I had two gigs that day. I opened Live Aid, got blown away by that, and then we got in a plane and flew to the next town, where we had to play a gig that night. So I didn't even get to see the show and hardly got to participate. I had to slot it in among many other things we were doing at the time."