Filipinos will always be special to Canadian superstar Bryan Adams who is coming to the Philippines once again for the Asian leg of "So Happy It Hurts Tour" which will be held at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on March 15.
During an exclusive virtual conference last Saturday, Bryan said he made sure that the Philippines would be part of his Asian tour.
“I meet Filipino people all over the world and they always remind me that they love the songs. So when the opportunity came to play in Asia again, I said to my agents 'make sure the Philippines is in there,' " the Grammy-winning rocker revealed. The show is presented by Wilbros Live.
Bryan also said that he's aware of his ballads - "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)," "Heaven," "Straight From The Heart," "When You Love Someone," I Finally Found Someone," "All For Love," "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman," "Please Forgive Me" - are very popular among Pinoy music fans.
"I love it. It's very, very sweet. I have to say it's unlike any other countries in the world how much they love a love song there. So I'm excited to sing them all for you," said Bryan when asked how he felt about Filipinos who embrace his love songs.
Bryan promised his Pinoy fans that his band will play the songs they know and love.
"We'll be playing songs that you know and love, like the Philippine national anthem 'Please Forgive Me.' We'll also be playing a couple of songs from the new album. We have a new live show. It's a whole new look the last time we were in the Philippines," he also said.
Bryan's influence extends four decades, over which he has released 16 studio albums. This year alone, he has released two new studio albums - So Happy It Hurts and Pretty Woman - The Musical.
He has also re-recorded some of his classic hits – Classic PT I and II were released digitally with Platoon and are available physically with BMG.
"To re-record the original songs, is to give all the songs a breath of fresh air. It's like opening up to a new audience. That's what makes exciting about music is that you can re-introduce your music once again," he said.
During the pandemic, Bryan also said that he got busy and productive by writing a lot of songs.
Asked about his secrets to career longevity, Bryan answered: "Looking after yourself is number 1. Making sure you're fit and healthy. Second of all, always remember where you came from. Where you come from is one of the biggest sources of inspiration. I come from nothing so I've been able to work my way to the top in my field. And I am extremely grateful for the fact that even after so many decades, we're still able to tour, record and make new music. It's amazing."
Bryan revealed that he also tried karaoke once. "I did try karaoke once. I'm okay with it but I think I'm better doing my own thing."
At 63, Bryan is a solid health buff - he doesn't smoke, drink and loves veggies.
“I protect my voice like I protect everything in myself. I eat well, I exercise. I don’t smoke and drink. Quite boring really.
"I spend a lot of time thinking about music and my family. Keeping yourself happy and healthy is the way to a healthy voice.
“I’m a vegan and that’s one step beyond vegetarianism. I don’t eat fish, meat, chicken, or eggs. I’ve been vegan for almost 35 years,” Bryan revealed.
His classic hits include Summer of 69, Heaven, Straight from the Heart, Cuts Like a Knife, Run To You, Please Forgive Me, All For Love, Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman, I Finally Found Someone, and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.
His song writing has garnered him numerous awards and accolades including three Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy award, an American Music Award, ASCAP Film and Television Music Award, and multiple Juno Awards among others.
Bryan is a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his charitable concerts as well as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Canada. He is also set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this fall.
"See you in the Philippines! Can't wait for the mango season," added Bryan.