It’s been 40 years since Bryan Adams’ breakout album “Cuts Like a Knife” was released, and to honor its anniversary, Adams delivered a 40th Anniversary edition with 10 re-recorded tracks live from London’s Royal Albert Hall. Believe it or not, this isn’t the biggest news from Adams in the past few days.
Adams also announced dates for his 2023 So Happy It Hurts tour with the oh-so-iconic Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The 26-city tour kicks off in Baltimore on June 6th and will end in Seattle. The tour makes stops across the US in St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Cleveland, Nashville, Fort Worth, and Tampa. SoCal residents can see him on July 29th at the Kia Forum in the City of Angels. Other stops in sunny California include San Diego on July 26th, and Palm Springs on July 28th.
The tour is in support of his latest album, “So Happy It Hurts,” which was released in March 2022. His 15th studio album depicts some of his ‘80s sounds, which many of us have grown to love, plus a bit of a modern twist for new fans. The album reminds us that we have the power and tools to make our own happiness in life.
Adams is wrapping up a Las Vegas residency, then will head to Asia for a handful of shows before kicking off this tour. We can expect to hear some of our favorites when he rolls through town: “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Run to You,” “Heaven,” “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” “Summer of ’69,” “Lonely Nights,” and “Straight From the Heart” have been set regulars.
His tour mate, former Runaway Joan Jett, is best known for her hit cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and just killed it on the Stadium Tour with Motley Crue and Def Leppard. Jett and her Blackhearts recently released their first ever acoustic album, “Changeup,” which has garnered acclaimed from fans and critics alike.
Jett rocked harder than the guys on the Stadium Tour and we know she will hold her own with Adams. She brings an impressive catalogue; her Tommy James cover of “Crimson and Clover,” and other era-defining songs, “Do You Wanna Touch Me,” “(I’m Gonna) Run Away,” “Make Believe,” “Bad Reputation,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
This power couple will surely put on a show you don’t want to miss. If you’ve never seen Bryan Adams in concert, now is the time. His stage presence and vocals are inspiring, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are true rock legends. Together they will bring down the house.