Sometimes it's pretty hard to tell whether alternative country singer Ryan Adams hates or loves Canadian soft-rock hitmaker Bryan Adams. He famously once threw a fan out of one of his shows for jokingly requesting Bryan Adams' 1984 hit "Summer of '69," but as Stereogum points out, he's actually covered the song a few times since then. At a concert last night in California, Ryan Adams added yet another layer to this mystery by covering a different Bryan Adams' song: "Run To You," which you can check out below:
It honestly doesn't sound at all out of place, since Ryan's' latest album (which is great, by the way) takes plenty of cues from '80s pop-rock giants such as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and yes, Bryan Adams. Either he's finally come around to legitimately enjoying his Canadian almost-namesake's music, or he's just very committed to ironically enjoying it.
Back in 2008, Ryan Adams admitted to not being a fan of Bryan Adams at all, saying in a blog post, "In my opinion he is not a serious artist. His songs have 'implied target audience' written all over them and in fact he is quite embarrassing in general. Also a piss poor photographer."
In contrast to this, however, he recently told The Globe and Mail, "Bryan Adams was a totally huge part of everything that I am musically...I challenge anyone to put on "Run To You" and let that wash over you in a pair of headphones, in your normal listening zone. That stuff is fire-hot." Again, that could just be some Grade-A sarcasm.