Bryan Adams has just announced seven U.S. dates for May. Adams, who's currently on tour in Europe, will be on the road in support of his new album, Shine A Light, which will be released next Friday, March 1st.

Despite all the success and accolades Bryan Adams has received over the years, he told us he still takes pride in being a working musician: "My schedule -- sort of today -- after all the work I've done is still pretty busy. We go out 10 days a month on tour. I'm basically somewhere. You can always see me somewhere in the world some month if you got a plane ticket. The way I like to work now is like basically 10 days a month. And y'know, that suits me because it's enough time on tour to make it fun and interesting, and it's enough time at home that I want to get back on the road again."

Bryan Adams told us that when performing live, he likes to maintain an intimate connection with his audience, even at larger venues: "I like to make people feel like there isn't a great big wall between us. That really it's just music and we're all having a good time. We've come this great distance to go and sit in this place together. Let's enjoy ourselves. Y'know, many times I've gone to shows and there's always a distance between the artist and the audience. I try to bridge that gap as best I can."

Bryan Adams will next perform on February 25th in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

UPDATED: Bryan Adams North American tour dates (subject to change):

May 4 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 6 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily’s Place
May 7 - St. Petersburgh, FL - Al Lang Live
May 9 - New Orleans, LA - Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
May 10 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheater
May 11 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
May 12 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater

July 2 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 4 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage

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