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Bryan Adams' '11' heaven

Friday, July 11th 2008, 3:35 PM

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Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams isn't the most forthcoming person when it comes to answering questions about his music, his life or his beliefs. They roll out of his mouth in a staccato monotone that seems to say: Why the hell do I have to do this?

It isn't that he is rude. On the contrary, Adams is pleasant enough and somebody you would really like to get know if he'd only let you. But there's the rub.

The one time he opens up - although briefly - is when asked about his absence from last year's concert commemorating the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. "I was not asked to participate," explains Adams, who was one of Di's great friends. But he quickly adds that he wouldn't have attended even if invited. "I've never done anything after her death. I think everything surrounding Diana has been so commercialized."

Does he include the Wembley Stadium concert that was hosted by her sons for charity?

"I do. She has had way too much publicity. Absolutely. People should just let her rest."

And that is that. So what we have left is his music.

After a couple of disappointing albums, Adams has produced a well-crafted CD called "11," a collection of 11 new tracks on his 11th studio album that he is performing in 11 cities this summer. He plays the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Wednesday in a bill with Foreigner.

"I'm not on tour," Adams says with a bit of exasperation in his voice. "I'm always performing. It is neverending. I've done at least 10 days a month for the past 10 years."

Doesn't he enjoy some rest?

"I love to work."

So, this thing with Foreigner is not a summer tour?

"No."

How long will it last then?

"Only about 10 days."

Will the two perform together on stage?

"No. Maybe we'll get together for dinner."

It's hard to believe that Adams, who looks more like 30 than 48, cut his first CD 28 years ago. But it wasn't until the Canadian rocker popped out "Cuts Like a Knife" in '83 that he hit the charts with four solid singles.

With "11," which is being sold under a deal with Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, the singer returns to his roots. "This album is about searching for something," he says, although for what exactly not even the artist seems to know for sure. Despite some ordinary love songs such as "Tonight We Have the Stars" and "I Thought I'd Seen Everything," the album has some bite to it.

The meaning behind "Oxygen," for example, is "simply that we need it in order to survive. The person you are with is giving you the air you breathe. [In other words], we need each other 100%."

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