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Q+A: Bryan Adams celebrates 30 years of being ‘Reckless’

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Bryan Adams performs during his current “30th Anniversary Reckless Tour.”

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Bryan Adams is at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Warning: This revelation tips on the yearbook-y side and reveals this journalist’s highly secret real age — my public age is 33 — but whatever.

Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, rocker, balladeer and “The Soundtrack King” Bryan Adams has a special place in my heart.

I slow danced to “Heaven” at homecoming and/or prom my freshman and/or sophomore year at Helena High School in Helena, Mont. — it’s been a while, a long while, and who hasn’t? — and, when it was a No. 1 hit a few years later, “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” at my senior prom.

Memories like these are indelible.

Adams answered questions via email ahead of his tour stop tonight at Mandalay Bay Events Center celebrating 30 years of his “Reckless” album that includes the hits “Heaven” (his first No. 1), “Run to You,” “Somebody” and “Summer of ’69.”

Adams’ long list of hits also includes “Straight From the Heart,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” “One Night Love Affair,” “It’s Only Love” with Tina Turner, “Heat of the Night,” “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started,” “Please Forgive Me,” “All for Love,” “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” and “I Finally Found Someone” with Barbra Streisand.

Congratulations on 30 years of success with “Reckless.” How does it feel after all these years?

Great! Better than ever, to be honest. Touring back then, I had no idea that the album would have such an impact for so many years on so many people.

This year alone, I’ve seen major American bands and singers performing some of the songs like “Heaven” and “Summer of ’69.” Those songs are just living their own lives.

What is your favorite song from the album?

I like them all, and especially the seven hidden bonus tracks of songs written at the time of the album, including a title track called “Reckless” that was never included.

You had a long streak of soundtrack hits. Your first No. 1, “Heaven,” was from “A Night in Heaven.” Then the hits from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Three Musketeers,” “Don Juan DeMarco” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” Did you dislike being labeled “The Soundtrack King,” and what do you think of the label/title now?

Brilliant! It was an interesting time, the ’90s. I got to work with some of the greatest composers in film, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Kamen and later with Hans Zimmer.

It was kind of a surprise to me as I’m just a songwriter who occasionally got it right thanks to a little help from my friends, namely Jim Vallance and Mutt Lange.

I like what you did with the concert poster — updating the “Reckless” album cover with a current photo. You still look youthful at 55.

Thanks very much, and luckily I have my hair, which is more than I can say for some of my friends!

A highlight from the 30th anniversary tour before heading to the U.S.?

Touring the U.S. started a couple of months ago, and it’s been going well. Before that, the “Reckless Tour” was in the U.K. and other parts of Europe. The highlight was probably in London at O2 Arena.

Do you enjoy touring?

Yes, I do, but not all the time! There has to be time for other things. There is only so much a guy can take being cooped up in a beige-walled hotel room.

What advice would you give someone entering the music industry today?

Make sure you can program computer software just so you can pay your rent.

What do you like to do for fun in Las Vegas when you’re not working?

Going to the Mexican restaurants and partying — isn’t that what everyone does?

What’s next for you after the tour ends?

I have a new album coming out in October, which I’m very excited about, so basically the tour never ends.

Bryan Adams’ “30th Anniversary Reckless Tour” stops at Mandalay Bay Events Center tonight at 8.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s arts and entertainment senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous fame” has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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