Bryan Adams and Billy Idol are out on the road having kicked off their string of joint dates on Wednesday (August 1st) in Gilford, New Hampshire. The '80s icons will be back in action tomorrow night (August 3) at Uncasville, Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena.
30 years ago, both Adams and Idol were roadhorses, easily logging in three times more time on tour than they ever did at home. Bryan Adams, now a father of two, told us the way he approaches his career has changed over the decades: “I work differently than I used to. I used to go out for three years, and now I go out for a weekend or a week at a time — a week a month, and basically, that's how I do it now. And, y'know, it's kind of fun, 'cause I tell my agent, 'Get a map. I want to go on tour.'”
Billy Idol has come to terms with the fact that the commerce-based aspects of his job are just as important as the creative ones: “We wanted to dream, we wanted to have fun, we wanted something more. More glamorous than my dad’s power tool business that he wanted me to join him in. And he was a great salesman — fantastic, actually — but I always thought to myself, the only weakness he’s got is, he’s selling a product that’s not himself. I’m still a bit of the salesman he is, really.”