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Behind the music


From Brian D. Johnson’s profile of Bryan Adams, an anecdote about the rock star’s visit to 24 Sussex.

Two years ago, Adams went to lunch at 24 Sussex Dr. on a mission to reform Canada’s “archaic” copyright laws and protect songwriters from file-sharing. “I remember him saying, ‘Well, you can still play live, can’t you?’ ” Adams recalls. “I said, ‘That’s missing the point. It’s all right for me, but what about the youngsters?’ The next thing you know, we’re playing music in his living room and I realize it’s a photo op. The only publicity the story got is that Bryan Adams got to play with Stephen Harper.”

“More like Stephen Harper got to play with Bryan Adams,” I suggest. He shrugs. “It was quite disturbing.”

The result of said photo op is here.


Behind the music

  1. Did he even get the complimentary t-shirt that says, “I showed up for my private audience with the Prime Minister, and all I got was a lousy photo op”?

    • He’s lucky he didn’t catch pseudologia fantastica – one look at the front bench and you’ve got to think that stuff is highly contagious

  2. Seems to me Adams can prevent his image from being used for this purpose if he presses it. Many rock bands have intervened to prevent political parties from using their songs as partisan anthems. I think Adams can insist on this in relation to his image being used for partisan purposes also.