Musicians around the world had to adapt quickly to the restrictions of lockdown, whether it was livestreamed gigs, inviting fans to help make an album, exploring new musical directions or something else entirely.
For Bryan Adams, it was a chance to learn how to play the drums so that he could play every single instrument on his new album, So Happy It Hurts.
The Canadian rocker put those new skills to use in service of his classic upbeat take on freedom-seeking rock’n’roll, one made more acute than ever when movement was restricted. “The pandemic and lockdown really brought home the truth that spontaneity can be taken away,” he said in a statement. “Suddenly all touring stopped, no one could jump in the car and go.”
And so the album – and its title track – consider “freedom, autonomy, spontaneity and the thrill of the open road”, along with “many of the ephemeral things in life that are really the secret to happiness and, most importantly, human connection”
You can ask the well-garlanded rocker about his new record, his vast pantheon of hits – including the UK’s longest-running No 1 single, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You and the all-time great banger When You’re Gone with Melanie C – writing the soundtrack to Pretty Woman: The Musical, his work as an acclaimed photographer (including shooting the Pirelli calendar) and anything else you fancy in the Guardian’s reader interview with Adams.
Post your questions in the comments by 12pm GMT on Thursday 10 March and Adams will answer as many as possible in the 18 March issue of Film & Music, and online.
• Bryan Adams tours the UK from 9 May to 11 July.