Canadian rocker Bryan to play Belfast

Bryan Adams will play at the SSE Arena on May 11, 2016
Bryan Adams will play at the SSE Arena on May 11, 2016

He remains best known for this enduring number one hit I Do It For You, which dominated the UK charts for weeks in 1991, and for huskily distinctive vocals, and now enduring popstar Bryan Adams is poised to delight Ulster fans with a new tour date at Belfast’s SSE Arena confirmed for May 11, 2016, with tickets on sale from tomorrow.

The Canadian rocker plays Belfast after a night at Dublin’s 3Arena and the tour will mark the release of his 13th studio album, which the singer describes as a “carefree” collection he wished he had written 25 years ago.

Get Up, which was produced by multi-instrumentalist and ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, who has worked with music giants such as The Beatles, Tom Petty and Randy Newman, will be released on October 30, with the first track Brand New Day now available.

Adams’ latest offering features nine new songs and four acoustic versions including instant-grat track You Belong To Me, followed by Brand New Day and Don’t Even Try.

Bryan Adams aficionados can now check out the official music video for Brand New Day featuring actress Helena Bonham Carter and Theo Hutchcraft from synth-pop duo Hurts.

Get Up is filled with elegantly-crafted rock songs from the fast and furious up-tempo pace of tracks like Brand New Day, You Belong To Me and Thunderbolt, to the gentler, more mellow and reflective offerings such as Don’t Even Try and We Did It All, plus the alternative Adams-produced acoustic versions, highlighting the star’s trademark vocals and heart-tugging lyrics.

Describing the mood of the new album the artist said:”There is a carefree feeling about this album and in many ways it is the album I wish I’d been able to make 25 years ago.

“It came together quite organically, song by song, working with Jeff producing over the past couple of years whenever he had time.

“It was a great partnership as it gave me plenty of time to write the songs, most of which are a collaboration with Jim Vallance. We all worked primarily over the internet from Canada, Europe and LA, sending demos and parts of songs until we got it right.”

Jeff Lynne adds: “I’ve always been a big fan of Bryan so getting to work with him was a great pleasure. Bryan would send me a demo across the internet, then I would play most of the instruments to make a finished backing track and send it back to him in England. There he would put the lead vocal on to the song and send it back to me in California. 5,400 miles apart. And it’s turned out to be a rockin’ album!”

Adams continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his critically-acclaimed album Reckless last year, with a sold-out global headlining tour. This summer, he co-headlined the BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park Festival with Rod Stewart.

Bryan Adams performs at the SSE Arena, Belfast on May 11, 2016. Tickets are available from 9am on Friday October 9 via the SSE Arena box office (028 90 739074 or www.ssearenabelfast.com) and through Ticketmaster (0844 277 4455 or www.ticketmaster.ie.