Happy Birthday, Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams!

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

There's obviously some irony in the fact that two artists with such similar names -- namely Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams -- should also share the same birthday of November 5, which is Saturday.

We were curious to see what other things the two men hold in common, but we didn't find much. For one, there's a pretty wide age divide -- Bryan is 16 years older than Ryan -- he turns 52 -- and Ryan hits 37. Still, we were determined to find some basis for similarity, so we stretched our imagination and, with it, our logic. Here, then, is a side-by-side comparison of Bryan and Ryan...

8. They both live in places that start with "Ca." Bryan resides in Canada. Ryan calls Carolina home. 

7. Bryan's big hit, "Summer of '69," found him extolling the virtues of regression. Ryan's early efforts found him instigating a movement that was dubbed No Depression. Regression, depression... there's some kind of connection there. Maybe.

6. Given his insurgent stance, Ryan rocks. And being that he leans toward big ballads, Bryan ruminates. 

5. Both men started out in bands that had questionable handles. Bryan's early outfit was named Sweeney Todd. Ryan's first group was called the Patty Duke Syndrome. Lame on both counts. 

4. Throughout much of the previous decade, Ryan was highly visible, putting out an album a year and sometimes even more. Bryan's career slowed down considerably during that same period. He released only one new album, and he practically faded from view. 

3. Bryan had a chart topper called "Cuts Like a Knife." Ryan's music has always been termed "cutting edge."

2. Ryan's second solo album was called Gold. Early in his career, Bryan had numerous gold albums. 

1. Ryan's latest album, Ashes and Fire, features the contributions of such notables as Norah Jones, legendary producer Glyn Johns, and Tom Petty keyboard player Benmont Tench. Bryan recorded the song "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" and teamed with Rod Stewart and Sting. 

And that's about it in terms of similarities. Although if you remove the B from Bryan, you get Ryan... and that would be damned confusing indeed.

Follow County Grind on Facebook and Twitter: @CountyGrind.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.