The Happy Pear Podcast


Bryan Adams on Veganism and Community on the Road

Season 3, Ep. 6

Prepare yourself, we are the ULTIMATE fans of our latest guest… 

Steve even claims that in his teenage years he dreamt of being married to one of his songs. If you are over the age of 30 you probably “made out” to at least one of his many hits. The song “Everything I do”, still holding the longest consecutive reign for the Number 1 hit single in chart history!

We are thrilled to announce that this week's podcast is with fellow vegan and animal lover, the wonderful, amazing, and magical - Bryan Adams! Yes THAT Bryan!

Bryan has been a long-term health enthusiastic and vegan for over 30 years. Back when the word vegan was such a rarity that even Bryan didn’t know the term!

We chat in length about food, health and life on the road, and what community really means to Bryan having lived most of his life in the limelight.

“The loyalty I have had with my band members and my manager; I have been with the same manager since I was 18, same road crew since I was 21, so I guess that’s my community, it’s my little circus” 

Aside from his vibrant musical and photography career, Bryan has an amazing outlook on health; 

“I have this philosophy, that what you do today, and how you run your life, whether it be with exercise or diet, you are building the building block for what you are going to be in 10 years. So whatever you do now, if you are caning it now, you are going to feel it in 10 years. So just think about that when you are planning your life. Everything that I have done in the past 30 years has lead me to the health I have today.”

We had such a wonderful chat, we really feel like we made a new friend and look forward to hosting Bryan here in Greystones someday soon. 

So sit back, grab a piece of fruit or celery stick, relax and enjoy!

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