Bryan Adams was looking forward to a run of shows at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London beginning this week, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the Canadian pop/rocker‘s plans on the backburner — and as Adams revealed on Instagram in a video on Monday, he’s frustrated about it.
Adams’ full message below — a heads-up about some rather pointed and explicit language, if that sort of thing isn’t your bag:
CUTS LIKE A KNIFE. A song by me. Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than “thanks a fucking lot” is go vegan. To all the people missing out on our shows, I wish I could be there more than you know. It’s been great hanging out in isolation with my children and family, but I miss my other family, my band, my crew and my fans. Take care of yourselves and hope we can get the show on the road again soon. I’ll be performing a snippet from each album we were supposed to perform for the next few days. X❤️
This Instagram post sent the internet ablaze as folks discussed these charged comments from Bryan Adams. His next post on Instagram included a brief apology of sorts for the language:
INTO THE FIRE. Title track from the same album. Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday. No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet-markets being the possible source of the virus, and promote veganism. I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world. Here’s the appropriately titled song that would have been performed tonight at the @royalalberthall .
Adams is a proud vegan (as you can see in these posts), having switched to a vegan diet in 1989.
Paul McCartney, another high-profile vegan who makes it a major point of pride, made some pointed comments of his own back on April 14 in a chat with Howard Stern … albeit in significantly less incendiary manner than Bryan Adams.
The Beatles icon, a proud vegetarian and animal rights proponent, was especially critical of the Chinese wet markets that some circles hold responsible for the spread of COVID-19 — though there is no definitive evidence it originated in those wet markets.
Said McCartney (as detailed by the Guardian):
“I really hope that this will mean the Chinese government says, ‘OK, guys, we have really got to get super hygienic around here.’ Let’s face it, it is a little bit medieval eating bats,” he said.