Bryan Adams has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 51-year-old rocker’s tribute was unveiled yesterday (21 March) in front of the Musician’s Institute on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Summer of ’69 singer is thrilled to get the honour, and admitted he would often admire the Walk of Fame in his younger days but never dreamed that one day his own name would be on it. At the ceremony, the Canadian star said: “I remember being in Hollywood at the age of 16 and marvelling at the stars. “The idea of being part of it never entered my mind. It was too far-fetched. Today, I’m humbled at the induction of my name. It’s fantastic.” The Grammy Award-winning musician – who is expecting his first child with his partner, his personal assistant Alicia Grimaldi, in May – was watched by fellow Canadian and champion hockey player Wayne Gretzky as he was presented with the 2,435th star. Wayne was delighted to see his friend receive the accolade but he was less than impressed with the rainy weather on the day. The sportsman said: “This is typical. I’ve been to an outdoor concert of Bryan’s where it was pouring rain and watched him perform his magic. “[Bryan is] a very humble Canadian. I’m very proud to say he’s Canadian.” However, the (Everything I Do) I Do It for You hitmaker was prepared for the wet weather. On Sunday (20 March), he tweeted: “Gonna bring my surf board to the ceremony tomorrow just in case the rain continues.”
One of the nicest people whom I have worked with other than Israel Houghton is bryan adams. He was so involved and took such an interest in the shoot. His entire band is down to earth and so much fun. What was not such fun was living in Cape Town, editing in Johannesburg (Gauteng) and sending rough cuts to London for bryan to view. Luckily there were only 2 changes in the edit, but it did mean flying up to Johannesburg just to make 2 changes. His music was a dream to direct and edit. For those of you that don’t know, he always spells his name in lower case!
U2 live at the Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town was the most amazing experience to watch – they have taken music concerts to another level. What I would have done to just workshadow on something on this scale – The “claw” as they call it was brilliantly utilized with 8 follow spot operators within the claw so neatly hidden, so effective..the screens were something else. Have never seen anything like it….I have directed many music concerts for broadcast as well as screen direction, to name but a few bryan adams, Luther Vandross, Sting, Smashing Pumpkins, Brian Mcknight, Jamiroquai, Kanye West, Macy Gray, Israel Houghton and the New Breed, Yellow Jackets, and so much more . Each and everyone was an amazing experience and journey including Luther Vandross who brought me to tears demanding to hand over his multi-track as he was not happy with his singing and I had 3 days to sweeten in edit for broadcast. ..The good news is I still managed to get a good product on air…thanks to the brilliant live mixing of the audio.
It”s been a long day, but finally launched my twitter and facebook account, still more to do but apparently now official!!!!!!
Must confess I find this very daunting, as I am a private person and do not like talking about myself….but the universe is changing so dramatically and at such a pace, I decided it was time to climb aboard and start travelling and getting to know all the aliens out there, or better still, giving them a chance to get to know me.
On a very serious note, I find myself in another new space.
After a year of major setbacks, namely being diagnosed with breast cancer, which thank goodness I have overcome, and losing my mom, and very little work due to the state of the TV industry I find myself asking “Who am I?” After 30 years in the industry as a producer and director, for the first time, I have more time to spare than I have had in my entire life ….and that is quite awhile after being a big fish in a small pond, having so much work that I had no time for myself – working almost 24/7. But being the passionate person I am, I loved it.
So here I am re-looking at my life, my goals, my dreams, my aspirations and my logo and my website…time for a change.
How many of you out there are travelling in the same rocket as me?