Bryan Adams' homecoming tour hits Kamloops

Bryan Adams is getting great reviews in the U.K., giving fans a head's up for his first cross-Canada tour in 20 years.

The veteran rocker, who some describe as the greatest rock act Canada has ever produced, arrives in Kamloops on Sunday, June 17 for a performance at Interior Savings Centre.

He kicked off the current tour in the U.K, which has been his home for years, to sold-out crowds.

Unlike his Bare Bones acoustic shows of recent years, he's reassembled his full band for the tour. The band includes guitarist Keith Scott, drummer Mickey Curry, keyboardist Gary Breit and bassist Norm Fisher.

"Bryan Adams has singularly had one of the biggest, most commanding impacts on the Canadian music industry," said Paul Haagenson, president of Live Nation Canada, in announcing the tour Tuesday.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring Bryan and his band to so many cities across Canada to celebrate such a legacy of hits and share them with so many people. They are going to be remarkable nights, each and every one of them."

Adams was a teenager in the '70s when he cut his teeth with Vancouver groups such as Shock and Sweeney Todd. His 1980 self-titled debut set the bar for others to come but it wasn't until 1983's Cuts Like a Knife that his reputation grew beyond Canada. He's reached No. 1 status in more than 40 countries.

Bare Bones, his latest release, is a greatest hits compilation, including numbers such as Run To You, Straight from the Heart and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. He was presented with the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2010, recognizing his 30-year contribution to the arts and as Canada's best-known cultural ambassador.

He recently collaborated with the U.K.'s Loverush, recording what became a No. 1 dance track, Tonight in Babylon. The EP is to be released in March.

Tickets, ranging from $20 to $95, are available at livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or Rogers Wireless Box Office, or they can be charged by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

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