Bryan Adams launches new single Kick Ass featuring comedian John Cleese

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Bryan Adams has released a new single, Kick Ass. It's taken from the singer's upcoming album So Happy It Hurts, the follow-up to 20219's Shine A Light

Kick Ass was co-written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who previously worked with Adams on 1991's Waking Up The Neighbours and 1996's 18 Til I Die, and has co-written a number of other songs with Adams over the years. It also features an ominous, spoken word introduction from comedian and Monty Python/Fawlty Towers star John Cleese.

"Kick Ass begins with a John Cleese introductory sermon which sums up the song," proclaims Adams. "There’s not enough rock and roll in the world… end of! More guitars, more drums, join hands… let's rock." 

And so say all of us.

Adams launched the title track of the album as a single in October, and late last month he released a video for another song, On The Road, also written with Lange. The latter was released to coincide with the launch of the 2022 Pirelli calendar, which features photographs from Adams. 

The iconic Pirelli calendar launched in 1964, and has been shot by such renowned photographers as Terrence Donovan, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz, while Adams' models for his shoots included Iggy Pop, Rita Ora, Cher, Grimes, Jennifer Hudson and St Vincent.

So Happy It Hurts will be available on standard CD, deluxe CD with a lenticular cover and hardbound book, two shades of vinyl and various bundles. There's also a limited edition box set which includes the deluxe CD, vinyl, hardbound book and signed photo. All variants are available from the Bryan Adams webstore

So Happy It Hurts is released on March 11. Adam tours The UK from May (full dates below).

Bryan Adams UK tour 2022

May 09: London Royal Albert Hall (performing Cuts Like A Knife)
May 10: London Royal Albert Hall (performing Into The Fire)
May 11: London Royal Albert Hall (performing Waking Up The Neighbours)
May 13: Brighton Brighton Centre
May 14: Birmingham Utilita Arena
May 15: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
May 17: Manchester AO Arena
May 18: Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
May 20: Newcastle Utilita Arena
May 23: Glasgow SSE Arena
May 26: London The O2 Arena
May 29: Belfast SSE Arena
Jul 05: Durham Emirates Riverside
Jul 06: Kelso Floors Castle
Jul 08: Norwich Blickling Estate

Tickets are on sale now

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.