Inside Story & The Bryan Adams Connection

Only 2 months ago, I got a call from Germany asking if I was available to open for Bryan Adams. One month ago it was confirmed, and now the concert is in a few days and I’m on my way to Ulm, Germany 🇩🇪 with my bassist and producer Allan Rodger.

Christine Dueholm, the fabulous drummer from Denmark, will fly in one day later. My mama is already there:)! The Bryan Adams connection began in 1982; at least my connection with him:)

1982: My first slow dance (with a boy named Steve) to “Straight from the Heart ❤️”

1985: My mom took me to my first stadium concert, Bryan Adams. She asked me there if I see myself on a stage like that one day, shyly I answered, “yes”.

1986: The Seycove music 🎶 teacher 👨‍🏫, Dan Ramsden, encourages me to sing “Summer of 69” in front of my high school. He builds a band around me. (No phones or video cameras 🎥 rolling then! I think I slay it but it was likely terrible)

1996: I am volunteering part-time as a stroke therapist and Bryan Adams mom comes through VGH.

1998: I’m playing a party in West Vancouver. I’masked to sing 🎶 “Cuts Like A Knife” and two ladies join me at the top of their lungs on the “na na na” part. Afterwards Keith Scott (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Scott_(musician)) comes up to me and says with a 😏 smirk and a smile, “thanks”. Keith grabs his acoustic guitar and jams with me for the rest of the night.

2000: I’m performing a concert in the park inKamloops BC. The radio station invites me and my girlfriend to the Bryan Adams show.  They flub up on the tickets so we don’t get to thier booth (private suite) and are unable to contact Henry Small who’d arranged it. However, we’re graciously led by staff to wicked seats close to the stage (didn’t pout for long). Mid-concert Bryan calls out to the crowd tempting the most enthusiastic girls; he searches out and invites one on stage to sing “When you’re gone”! My girlfriend was flailing extra wildly, shouting and pointing at me, and it caught his eye (thank you LeeAnne), and as fast as lightening a spotlight was on me, and Bryan points and says, “Yes the one that looks like Brittany Spears” (Ha-ha). Security swiftly got me to the stage, and as I passed Keith Scott on the stage I could see he recognized me. Worlds colliding. Meanwhile the radio station folks in their private suite fell over each other grasping for binoculars. “No way!!!” It sounded super sweet and loud up there and…somehow familiar. Super fun!

2017: My former German manager, Thomas Bauer, who runs an excellent renowned restaurant called Einstein’s (http://www.cafeeinstein.de) is friends from way back with a guy named Charlie. Charlie and Thomas were both owners of the same music store, and today thier businesses are by chance side by side. Donau 3 Radio (http://www.donau3fm.de) and Einsteins Cafe are next to each other in Ulm. One day Charlie (a big fan of mine and a friend of Thomas’s) comes in to ask Thomas how he can get Melanie Dekker on the bill with Bryan Adams. Donau 3, Allgäu Concerts, & Live Nation shook virtual hands on it- and here I am!

2 thoughts on “Inside Story & The Bryan Adams Connection

  1. I love the destiny/luck in this story – every story I’ve ever read of musicians landing big-breaks sound just like this one – luck meeting hard work! Thanks for sharing Melanie! 😉

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