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Canadian soft rocker Bryan Adams is the latest star to grumble at fans for plastering his name and face on unofficial websites. The crinkly Eighties star and sometime number one slot hogger has enlisted the help of Web Sheriff to convince the likes of, and to play nice and agree to …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Give the mana website....

    ....and he thinks he can invade the charts by Christmas!

  2. James Anderson

    Pirate Bryan Adams?

    Surely its more a case of "giving" the Robin Hood theme tune to the poor.

    That will teach "deserving" poor the dire consequences of economic underperformance.

  3. dervheid

    "We're not anti-fan."

    Of course you're not.

    If it weren't for the (lucrative) combination of overly enthusiastic 'fans' and overly protective *artistes* then Web Sheriff would be out of business.

    Lawyers, don'tcha just love 'em.

  4. damon Reynolds

    Pedants corner

    The "Everything I do..." dirge was only partly penned by the great Canadian. The tune was written by film composer Michael Kamen. BA just slapped on some angsty lyrics and the rest is top-pop chart hogging history.

  5. blackworx

    Rickety Rocker

    LMAO nice one! Alliterative reporting at its best. The red-tops could learn a thing or two!

    Bryan Adams, what a twunt. He has a wonderful talent, namely one of being able to sing about his fingers bleeding whilst simultaneously letting my brain know exactly how they felt.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Do you think he would try and shut me down if I said that John Giacobbi is a cu|\|t?

  7. Pete James

    Anything I Do, I Do It For You.....

    Can anyone tell me the difference between an artist wanting to exert some control over their brand and the likes of Easy, Orange, BMW, Coke, Pepsi, Cadbury's, Tesco and any other money-making machine? He's only protecting his ability to make money. Or this this, a bit like his music admittedly, now a crime?

    I'm also having a Roger Moore moment at why you think it surprising these fansites are being so eager to comply. It's a bit obvious really - they think they're talking to their demi-God so if he - or she, or it, whatever - says "can you get shot of those pirate links please as they're robbing me", of course they're going to do it. They'd probably jump in dog poo if he sent them a mail asking so. Such is the power of a global rrrrrrrrrock idol phenomena. And to a rather lesser extent Bryan Adams too.

    Mind you, having just read this back I do realise that calling Bryan Adams an artist is perhaps stretching things here......

  8. Dave
    Paris Hilton

    Rust Sherriffs badge

    Prince made himself look like an arse, Bryan Adams is going a similar way, and Metallica learnt all about this 10 years ago.

    The hardcore fans are what keeps your brand supported when you are out of the limelight recording your "difficult" next album. They are the ones who will buy it even if it is complete excreta.

    Actions like this are self defeating

    Paris 'cos she knows all about publicity

  9. Anonymous Coward


    That tribute band needs some hyphenation on their web domain name pronto...

    Yeah that'll do it!

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    Clash of the Saddos

    Although it's a close call as to which side is the sadder of the two.

  11. jim

    He should be greatful.

    I'm surprised he has any fansites to shut down. There must be an awful lot of bored, unimaginative housewives out there.

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  13. Craig

    Yet another reason to dislike the guy

    I lost all respect for the guy when he appeared at a hockey game as a guest to sing the national anthems of the US and Canada -- and forgot the words to O Canada. "I was nervous" he said. Riiiiight.

    I wouldn't go to a concert of his if someone gave me the tickets, nor would I even bother to TPB a single song.

    I can't stand the guy, and it's obvious he doesn't understand how the WWW can work for him. Anti-fan? Yep!

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    "twunt" - excellent usage

  15. Les

    So he's changed sides?

    Or was he really working with the Sheriff of Nottingham all through those 17 hideous weeks? I suppose it could have been a Baldrick-worthy Cunning Plan to make the general population hate Robin Hood. Certainly put me off....

  16. Anonymous Coward
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    The pension-book stealing scoundrel

    @Master Baker - Those rock star shenanigans were news to me. I was absolutely disgusted, but on the other hand really interested. Please post more details of famous people and their off-stage antics.

  17. Anonymous Coward
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    Lot more than bored housewives...

    ... which is how he manages to still fill arenas that the likes of todays "bands" have to play to 1/4 or 1/2 of and then claim to have "sold out the venue". There's also a lot more to his music than just Everything I Do, especially when performed live.

    Having said that, you'd think he'd of learnt from the problems and bad PR that previous over zealous artists have caused themselves. As someone else said, it's the hardcore fans that buy the 3 copies of an album or single because they have a different track on them - the same kind that run fan sites (and no, they wouldn't just roll over and do exactly as they are told, that's why there's a lot of bad feeling about the fan sites being shut down - even if it does only turn out to be temporary).

    Without the fan sites, a great many fans (especially those who aren't English speakers) would not know about half the concerts etc. that happen, or find out well after tickets have gone on sale, so it's somewhat ungracious to go after them in such a way.

  18. P Saunders
    Paris Hilton

    Bryan Adams? I thought he was dead...

    OK, maybe he just sings like it, but really, who really gives a crap about a has-been like that. The minute the Christmas albums come out, you know they are washed up.

    Paris, 'cause ...'cause...ah fuck it, 'cause she has better tits and ass than Adams.

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  20. Nick


    When will someone challenge the sherrif to a duel? Pistols at dawn should do it.

    Everything I do, I do it for the cash.

  21. Ken Hagan Gold badge

    Re: I thought he was dead...

    "Paris, 'cause ...'cause...ah fuck it, 'cause she has better tits and ass than Adams."

    Can you prove that? Is there some Bryan Adams porn out there that the rest of us need to steer clear of?

  22. Anonymous Coward
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    Please Mr Adams. Will you issue cease & desist orders against those using your tunes as ringtones. Especially people who leave their mobe at their desk so we all have to hear the first part of summer of sixty blood nine about a dozen times a day. Yes, Dawn, you've got a mention on El Reg...

  23. peter


    "happily coexist,” .......They do what we tell them

    "We're not anti-fan."........We're not anti-walking-wallets-waiting-to-be-emptied.

    "nothing we’ve asked for from the fan sites is unreasonable"...from our point of view...and who cares about their point of view. After all they are only fans.

    "using unofficial material".......How dare they use material which we do not control and can therefore charce for.

  24. Sceptical Bastard

    Wotta wanker

    Own goal. Terrible PR. Besides, I'd have thought Adams needs all the help he can get.

    Like so many of these ageing Twatocaster Egofreaks, he just doesn't get the web. (Some might say he doesn't get music either.)

  25. Cameron Colley

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    Strangely Metallica were the first thing I though of too -- well, after "Bryan Adams has fans?!?!?!".

    I know and know of a few fans of Metallica's music who won't buy it on general principal -- I, myself, have been looking for a stolen copy of the black album for years -- I followed James' and Lars' instructions and stole "And Justice For All.." from a friend a decade or so ago.

  26. blackworx


    AC 11.45: "you'd think he'd of learnt"

    That has to be the most awful, pervasive affront to English usage to appear in recent years. Why is it that people everywhere are doing this to the past conditional? Did English teachers suddenly stop correcting kids' phonetic transcription of the "would've" contraction, or were people always doing this and I'm only noticing it now as I grow older and more cantankerous?

    It's not as if it could even be defended by labelling it "modern style" or "part of the natural evolution of the language". Mangled old bollocks is what it is, and it needs to be stopped.

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  28. Mike Crawshaw
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    On behalf of Vancouver

    I'd like to apologise for that song. And most of the other ones, too.

    @ Dave: that's why Metallica haven't seen any of my money for 10 years. Well, that and St Anger *shudder*...

    (Vancouver ex-pat)

  29. Smallbrainfield

    You'll be getting a takedown order from

    the web sheriff for that picture on the front page, just like b3ta did with Ponce.

    This is the man that bought his local pub so he could shut it down because the patrons were too noisy. I hope you're happy, record buying public.

  30. Anonymous Coward
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    @ Mike Cranshaw

    My Canadian brother (in a musical sense 'cos we're both oldish classic rockers) apologised to me on behalf of his nation for Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. Stumped for something to apologise for (such a noble gesture deserves returning, you know?) I apologised on behalf of my nation for the Teletubbies.

    Anyone enlisting Web Sheriff's assistance is not going to do their reputation any good. As has already been said Prince showed what a prize specimen he is when he went crying to them. Has he done anything decent lately? As for Metallica, I gave all my Metallica stuff to a local charity shop after Lars Ulrich whinged like a Premiership manager. Not one penny of my cash goes to anything involving them.

    Piss the fans off if you like Bryan but they're the ones who still go to shows when you haven't been heard of for years and will decide not to now you've gone to Web Sheriff.

    BTW, "Summer of 69" means something very different to me and probably NSFW. And there ain't no way anyone's going to stop my using that to describe a very happy time of my life.

    We need an "asshole" icon...

  31. Anonymous Coward
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    @Captain Jamie

    What do you think Summer of '69 was actually written about? It wasn't the summer of the year 1969 :) Well, so he tells fans every time he sings it, in a very scripted and repetitive fashion.

  32. Mark
    Paris Hilton

    re: AAAAAARGH!

    One of my favourites that always pisses off one of my mates is "That'll learn 'em".

    It's called "colloquialism".

    Local language.

    Note: "twunt" will not be found in any english dictionary...

  33. Mike Flugennock

    Bryan Adams, Bryan Adams...(scratches chin)

    ...Bryan Adams.... oh, yeah! He was some flash-in-the-pan from the Empty Eighties, wasn't he? As I recall -- loud, crash-bangy, songwriting about as deep as the crust on Wonder Bread.

    With all respect to the Canadians on this thread, I haven't heard a decent band out of there since the second Rush album.

    Shit, man, where's the Guess Who when we need them?

  34. Mike Flugennock

    Also, at the risk of eye-rolling among certain readers...

    ...may I suggest BA search for "Grateful Dead".

    They were taped by their audience for years; I should know as I'm one of them. They were doing "viral marketing" decades before some Silicon Valley dipshit coined the term. In the mid-80s they allowed it "officially", and it continued until Garcia died. Tons and tons -- or, should I say, tonnes and tonnes -- of free publicity. No wonder outfits like Phish, et al, followed the Dead's lead and started selling "taper seats" in the sonic "sweet spot" of a hall and allowing people to do "field recordings" from there. Their attitude was: what the hell; they've got our thirty bucks for the ticket, why not let us spread the word to our friends who ask "what do they sound like live" by simply slipping them a cassette (or, from about '92 onward, a home-burned CD-R). Worked like a champ for 'em.

    Deadhead since '78, bootleg recordist since '86. Arrrr-rrr.

    You may commence the eye-rolling now.

  35. blackworx

    @ Mark

    Colloquialisms are fine. Some of my best friends are colloquialisms. "That'll learn 'em" is a cracker.

    What I was ranting about is emphatically not a colloquialism. It is a mistake in written English caused by not understanding the contraction "would've" and writing it down as a phoneticisation.

    Colloquialisms are words and phrases which arise from the spoken word (not solely "local language"). How can "would of" be a colloquialism when the only difference it has with "would've" is the way it is written down?

    Duly noted about "twunt", but I don't see your point. Were you trying to tell me I'd been hoist by my own petard? If so, then sorry guv', I never said you can't go around using made up words. Like colloquialism, neologism produces some of the funniest and most succinctly descriptive language we have, vis. "twunt".

  36. Jay
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    Yep that one didn't get publicised much in the press.

    Moves into a place by Cheyne Walk SW3 and the pub next door upset him so much he bought the place. Last time I was there which was a few years ago it was still boarded up.

  37. Anonymous Coward

    Gawd I just love it

    When the comments section of a fluff article in El Reg becomes and grammatical pissing contest. Gives me a tingly feeling all over. Oh yeah conjugate that verb, correct that dangling past participle. Mmm yeah that's the way I like it.

  38. Anonymous Coward
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    I wish I had dozens of adoring fans that I could sue the piss out of and still have them crawling back for moar.

    "We're not anti-fan" LOLWUT

  39. blackworx

    @ Iam Me

    Ooh stop it you're making me wet!

  40. b166er

    Title ss

    Adams has successfully reclaimed his name on the video site.

    Meanwhile, the real Bryan Adams just lost his name :(

  41. Anonymous Coward

    Back off!

    Bryan has carefully crafted his "crustless white bread soaked in lukewarm water" image and he has every right to protect it. It only takes one thoughtless fansite, 'shopping in some warm milk to generate some notoriety, to spoil decades of focused, intensive, blandbranding.

    If you get yourself off on warm milk, go Rickroll yourself. If you reckon your bent is a little "crust-on" action then a sick little outfit called The Spin Doctors sounds a little more your kind of perversion. If you think you want to go all the way - milk, full-crust, and even the odd floating currant - then, my twisted friend, you are looking for The Corrs. Just google "Three Girls, One Muppet" and keep browsing till you find yourself wanting to poop and puke at the same time.

    Bry-Bry don't play that. In fact, he don't play anything unless its meant to make Kevin Costner look like a plausible romantic lead, or blue jeans look like something your nanna could buy you for your 8th birthday without fear of you taking up the reefer or the jazz music.

    Aren't you a big boy now? Long pants and all...

  42. scottishlass
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    Not impressed!

    What gives you people the right to mock Bryan Adams and his music? I am not surprised in the slightest that he doesn't want people illegally downloading his stuff - no artist does! However, this artist is definitely NOT washed up - his gig last night at the SECC was phenomenal. The guy (and his band) are legends in their own right. It's time you started respecting real talent when you see and hear it, rather than listening to manufactured rubbish these days.

    I believe what Bryan Adams did in this situation is 100% right.

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Cheyne Walk

    I live round the corner from Mr Adams and that pub is still no more. What's really irritating is that a little bit further along is what's now called the 'Cheyne Brassiere' which used to be a fine traditional drinking establishment called 'The Eight Bells' but is now a poncy French restaurant that regularly catches fire (then all the patrons hang about outside with their glasses of merlot laughing at the firemen and ann neighbours oying the with their braying).

    Then there's the Phene Arms (in Phene St), frequented as it was by George Best, sadly fallen victim to 'Gastropub Disease' and has been vacant for over eighteen months. The Chelsea Surprise in Tite St is another victim of this debilitating condition and has been shut for a year. Thank goodness for the Pigs Ear on Old Church St.

    Now where was I ... Ah yes, Bryan Adams. I've been in his house. He's very anal and demands that everyone remove their shoes before walking on his white painted floor boards. He likes to get lots of invitations to posh events too. What a twunt.

    /Paris because Everything I Do, I Do it All Over Her.

  44. Steve B

    Tribute! that's where music has gone wrong.

    In my day the bands learned the songs and then put their own interpretation on them, often better than the real thing. A big let down once I could afford the records and found they were not as good as the local interpretations.

    Nowadays it has to be note perfect - why?! There is an MP3 for that which is cheaper.

    Two Passable Bands that did better re-interpretations spring to mind - Who, Hendrix

    Jimi stopped a TV performance of his single to play a Cream song, but he did not do it note perfect, he did it his way! And would he have been so famous as a Bob Dylan Tribute act.

    Come on lads if you are that good stop the tributes and then you can have your web sites back.

  45. Anonymous Coward
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    Who cares

    He is a narcassistic egotist devoid of talent, aside from marketing sterile blandness. Could it be that he is trying to suppress the circulation of early images that show him in his true colors, and hurt his ego/image or is he only greedy for more money?

  46. scottishlass

    So what

    Annonymous coward, what the hell does his living arrangements have to do with this news article? Sure, if you had the money and a pub annoyed you, you would buy it just to get peace and quiet....

    BUT the thing is that he can afford to do all this and getmore power because he has earned his money through hard work, devotion and extreme talent. There is no law against what he can and can't buy in that context!

    To the other anonymous coward, Bryan Adams does NOT market sterile blandness.... maybe in your eyes, but alot of people will disagree with you.... namely the SOLD OUT gig he did last night in Glasgow. SO put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    Oh ALSO, Bryan Adams is an international star..... he is known and has a huge fan base ALL OVER the world. Not many artists these days can say that!

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    "Scottishlass", his ability to pull a crown is not being questioned, what is under question is his motive for internet-censorship control freak type behaviour, r.e. the content of the news article.

    The size of a crowd is not a measure of talent or quality, only popularity. Next you'll be TELLING US that fast food chains sell really excellent food, the evidence being that they sell huge quantities all over the world.

    The post by Peter says it all:

    By peter Posted Monday 27th October 2008 13:12 GMT

    "happily coexist,” .......They do what we tell them

    "We're not anti-fan."........We're not anti-walking-wallets-waiting-to-be-emptied.

    "nothing we’ve asked for from the fan sites is unreasonable"...from our point of view...and who cares about their point of view. After all they are only fans.

    "using unofficial material".......How dare they use material which we do not control and can therefore charge for.

  49. Anonymous Coward
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    Which is worse?

    Not sure which is worse, the article itself or the pathetic comments which I've speed read.

    It's virtually impossible to get a ticket to see Bryan Adams in concert - and he tours almost ALL of the year all around the World. He's a MAJOR talented singer/songwriter who I have the greatest respect for - just a shame there aren't more artists like him around these days.

    Try getting a ticket to see him at the 02 venue on 5th Nov! His concerts are second to none!

    I don't really agree with this web sherrif stuff but at least Bryan had the decency to spend an hour in chat on his website explaining to the fans why it was all happening - he took time to reply to all questions, and that was on the eve of his UK tour opening - he also replied on the forum to individual fans posts. (Most artists can't be bothered with their fans) Bryans fans understand and also want the best for him. It was U Tube that started all this, due to someone stealing his name. So would you be happy with that, if it happened to you??

    Your comments on here would be more believable if they were constructive criticism rather than pathetic arrogant and rude comments from people who clearly have never attended a BA concert, but would rather sit on the side and insult the guy.

  50. scottishlass
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    Finally, someone speaking some sense at long last! I thought I was out-numbered!

  51. Anonymous Coward
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    There really is no accounting for taste

    Wooh! Yeah! Bryan Adams fans of the world unite! We must fight anti-Bryan Adams prejudice wherever it rears its ugly head! Educate the unenlightened ones! Today The Register comments, tomorrow the world! ONWARD!

    THUDTHUDTHUDTHUDTHUDTHUDTHUDTHUD (that's the sound of me hitting my head off the desk)

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