New Bryan Adams Music Video Features “Divine” Monologue From Monty Python Star John Cleese
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams collaborates with Monty Python star John Cleese for his new "Kick Ass" music video. Photo: Bryan Adams
After releasing four albums this year alone, and recently embarking on a cross-Canada tour, music fans will forgive Bryan Adams for gloating a little, especially when it’s done with a heavy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour.
Building on a year that the 62-year-old Canadian rockstar told Zoomer was his “most productive time ever,” Adams released a new music video for his song “Kick Ass” on Tuesday, featuring an epic opening monologue from John Cleese dressed as a biblical prophet.
In the video, directed by Adams himself, the 82-year-old Monty Python legend — sporting an obvious fake beard with a white robe — tells the story of creation, with a musical twist.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth, then he created the waters, and the land, and then he created man. But man degenerated and descended into the black hole of making bad music,” Cleese says before presenting Adams as the angel — dressed in boots, blue jeans and a baseball cap — who came down from the heavens to save a world without rock ‘n’ roll.
“Then all the world went silent and they looked up cuz they all wanted to hear what he had to say,” he says before setting up the opening line of the song. “And after a moments silence, he said. …”
At which point Adams appears and screams, “Let there be guitar!”
Talk about the life of Bryan.
The lively tune is off his latest studio album, So Happy It Hurts, which is getting a super deluxe re-release on Oct. 28, that includes a second CD featuring 12 of his re-recorded classic hits.
Adams’ other releases from this year alone include the soundtrack to Pretty Woman: The Musical, which he wrote alongside his songwriting partner Jim Vallance, 70, and Classic and Classic Pt. II, which saw him re-record iconic hits from his extensive catalogue.
In addition to the barrage of new music, he’s in the midst of a cross-Canada tour, with plans to hit stages in Europe and the U.S. in the new year.
Adams hasn’t been camera shy either, creating new music videos for his newest hits and even some of his classic tunes, including “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?”
Meanwhile, outside of music, the Canadian icon took on a pair of planet-saving business ventures, with Vancouver plant-based milk producer Bettermoo(d), and a collection with the Toronto-based animal-free clothing brand Wuxly.