This past Monday at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, multiplatinum Canadian rocker Bryan Adams took the stage for an interview, audience Q&A and intimate 4 song concert in front of a small but jam packed audience of diehard fans.
Bryan looked fit in a black t-shirt and jean combo that perfectly matched his demeanor for the evening which was laid back and cool. The focus of the evening was to promote Adams’ upcoming album called “Get Up” which was produced by Jeff Lynne (ELO, The Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison) as well as discussing his 35 year career in the music business.
The interview session was conducted by Vice President of the Grammy Foundation Scott Goldman. I have seen a few of these Q&A events at the Grammy Museum and every time Goldman is the weak link. His interview technique is that of a nervous fanboy who is desperately trying to act cool and become friends with the artist. Goldman never fully had command of the room and his questions ran to the obvious or pedestrian. If you are a fan of Bryan Adams then you already know the basic information about the man so why are those the only type of questions Goldman always asks? As Vice President one of Goldman’s duties should be to hand off the interview duties to someone who is more capable of giving the paying audience every cent of their ticket dollar.
The Grammy Organization should also reconsider the event format itself because turning questions over to the audience is never a good idea. A perfect example of this was when one attendee asked Adams a question about working with Clint Eastwood. This nitwit’s awkward questioning style and irrelevant question nearly brought the night’s festivities to a halt and quite honestly made the audience and this reviewer uncomfortable.
If you want to take questions from the audience then have them written down beforehand so the staff can pick and choose which questions the moderator will ask while still giving credit to the person who wrote it.
After the less than enthusiastic interview session the real highlight of the night was watching Adams, backed by his four piece band, rip through a 4 song set list that included 2 classics from his iconic “Reckless” album and 2 songs from his upcoming release “Get Up.”
Bryan Adams LIVE performance… 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
Bryan Adams Interview with Scott Goldman… 4 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.