Bryan Adams virtually unveils Pirelli calendar from COVID quarantine in Italy

Associated Press

MILAN – Bryan Adams took a break Monday from his coronavirus quarantine in Milan to virtually unveil the 2022 Pirelli Calendar that he shot featuring fellow musicians including Iggy Pop, Cher and Jennifer Hudson.

Adams tested positive for the virus on Thursday after arriving in Milan for events surrounding the release of the famed Pirelli calendar after a one-year hiatus because of the pandemic. 

“It’s been (an) interesting launch. It wasn’t how I expected it to be. I certainly didn’t expect to have COVID the weekend of the launch. It's just the way it is,” Adams said during a virtual news conference. “Pirelli has been so kind taking care of me at the hotel. I am really looked after. And thanks to everybody for the well-wishes. It is really appreciated.”

The Canadian rock ’n' roller disclosed the positive test in an Instagram post that included a photograph of him in a room after being tested and then sitting in an ambulance, being taken for a more reliable PCR test. “Here I am, just arrived in Milano, and I’ve tested positive for the second time in a month for COVID,” Adams said in the post. “So it’s off to the hospital for me. Thanks for all your support." 

Bryan Adams tested positive for COVID upon arrival at Milan’s Malpensa Airport on Thursday.

Adams, who also enjoys a career as a photographer, shot the 2022 Pirelli calendar after initially being engaged to shoot the 2021 version that was canceled by the pandemic.

The calendar is dubbed “On the Road,’’ referring both to Pirelli’s heritage as a tiremaker about to celebrate 150 years and the life of touring musicians.

Iggy Pop, the 74-year-old punk legend, appears as a molten, painted face and chest in silver, while Cher is photographed in a dressing room, leaning pensively against a mirror.

“All of them are very unique and interesting artists and have their own individual style,’’ said Adams of the calendar's musicians, who also included Jennifer Hudson and Saweetie. “When you get into their world, you are really just there to observe their creating their persona.”

American musician and singer St. Vincent has the honor of being the calendar’s cover, shown with a guitar pick with the Pirelli logo on her tongue.

St. Vincent took to Instagram to share her excitement over being the "cover girl" of Adam's calendar. "Thanks to @pirelli and @bryanadams for including me in the ‘On The Road’ #PirelliCalendar!!" she wrote

“I think the image on the cover will be remembered as one of the iconic Pirelli images,’’ Adams said.

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Normally the unveiling of the Pirelli calendar is a gala event attended by those who appear and other VIPs, but this year was already scaled back because of the ongoing pandemic, with a tight guest list for an evening cocktail event.

In May 2020, Adams was very outspoken about COVID-, writing and performing an expletive-ridden rant on Instagram about the coronavirus canceling his concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Canadian singer shared a video of him playing guitar and singing "Cuts Like a Knife" accompanied with a now-edited caption sarcastically thanking the "bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy (expletives)" for putting the world on hold.

He later issued an apology for his outspoken post. 

"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," Adams wrote. 

Contributing: Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, and Colleen Barry, The Associated Press