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WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Clay Center
TICKETS: $29, $35, $45 and $55
INFO:www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For a long while, there were few rockers bigger than Canada's Bryan Adams. In the mid-1980s while he was white hot, songs like "Cuts Like a Knife," "Run to You" and "Heaven" were a staple of Top 40 radio and MTV.
Adams, who performs Tuesday night at the Clay Center said, "My music has always been a collection of hard songs and softer songs."
Adams scored massive hits and even Academy Award nominations, but then suddenly, he seemed to disappear from radio -- at least in America.
"I can't dictate what radio does. What can you do?" He said, "Just keep on rockin'."
Adams kept touring, kept releasing records, but American radio didn't much play them. He was still doing what he'd always done: sing songs that often spoke to a rural sensibility. Tastes in the States didn't really change that much, but where people went to find what they wanted did.
"Right," he laughed. "Country music is what rock n' roll used to be."
Around the time Adams released "18 Till I Die" on A&M records, A&M was sold to Interscope then to Universal.
"Once that happened, I was under Jimmy Iovine."
Iovine is a music producer and the chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M records. He's also a celebrity mentor on this season of "American Idol."
"Once he got a hold of me, he decided not to do anything," Adams said and sighed. "That's when America became difficult. That's when I didn't have any support actively working my records."