Bryan Adams does not want to talk about “Summer of ’69,” especially when he has a new album to promote.
During an interview with Australia’s The Today Show to promote his new album So Happy It Hurts, co-host Belinda Russell asked what the hit song was about, but she was quickly shut down by Adams who said, “I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about the new album. That’s why I’m here.” It was followed up by co-host David Campbell saying in response, “Wow, okay!” (The moment takes place at around the 1:30 mark in the video below.)
While the moment is certainly a bit cringe, Adams still managed to maintain that err of Canadian politeness even while shutting down the question.
He's the man who needs no introduction, Grammy-award winning, platinum-selling recording artist, @bryanadams and his six-string have been rocking us for nearly five decades! Adams is showing no signs of stopping, releasing his fifteenth studio album, So Happy it Hurts #TodayExtra pic.twitter.com/PWqvIvqpVp— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) March 24, 2022
Of course, we’re sure Adams revealing in an interview in July 2020 that “Summer of ’69” has a far dirtier meaning is what inspired the question in the first place. The singer-songwriter told Classic Rock back then, “The song is a bit autobiographical, but it’s really about summer love and, in my, case being a musician. I love the song ‘Night Moves’ by Bob Seger, which is about getting laid in the summer, and I always wanted to write an answer to that. There is a huge misconception that this song is about 1969, but it’s not. The reason I chose 69 is because of the sexual position.”