OTD: Bryan Adams headlines Amnesty International

On today’s date in 1986, Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams performed in front of a crowd of 14,000 people at the first of six Amnesty International concerts held in San Francisco, Calif.

In 2009, Canada Post featured Adams on a 54-cent multi-coloured stamp (Scott # 2333d) as part of its Canadian Recording Artists issue (SC #2333). Printed by the Lowe-Martin Group on Tullis Russell coated paper using nine-colour lithography and varnish, the stamp has general tagging along each side, each with 13.5 serpentine die cut perforations. Measuring 32 mm x 32 mm, the stamps were issued in booklets of eight stamps and souvenir sheets of four stamps. The official first-day cover was cancelled in Paquetville, N.B.

Bryan Adams has been one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed musicians since he launched his career more than three decades ago. He achieved number one status in more than 40 countries and recorded many chart-topping singles. He’s also an accomplished photographer, using the proceeds of his photographic projects to finance his namesake foundation. Awards and accolades to Adams’ name include Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy Award and many American Music Awards and Juno Awards. He has also been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.

The Canadian Recording

The Canadian Recording Artists issue also features Stompin’ Tom Connors, Robert Charlebois and Edith Butler.

“It is a wonderful honour to be amongst the great men and women who have graced our Canadian stamps,” said Bryan Adams, of the postal tribute. “I am humbled by the recognition.”

The Amnesty International tour – dubbed A Conspiracy of Hope – was a short tour of six benefit concerts that took place across the U.S. in June 1986. The purpose of the tour was not to raise funds but rather to increase awareness of human rights and the charity’s work on its 25th anniversary.

The shows were headlined by Adams, U2 and Sting but also featured Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers. The last three shows featured a reunion of The Police. The six concerts were the first of what became known collectively as the Human Rights Concerts – a series of events and tours organized by Amnesty International USA from 1986-98.

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