“On the Road” is the theme for the 2022 Pirelli Calendar, which reportedly arrives in an LP record-style slipcase. But that only seems fitting since the photographer for the 2022 edition is Bryan Adams and the subject of his photographs are other music stars.
Noting there was no Pirelli Calendar in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian tire company proclaimed in its announcement, “This is a special return because it coincides with the celebration of Pirelli’s 150th anniversary.”
Pirelli also said Adams had written a song titled On The Road that will be on his next album.
“For over twenty years, while adding to his vast catalogue of musical successes, Bryan Adams has also established his reputation as a photographer and through the photos of On The Road he has captured the artist’s life on tour,” Pirelli added.
“On the Calendar set, the musicians relive moments of life on tour, from the tension before a performance, to the breaks between rehearsals and concerts, through to the long journeys from one city to the next and the solitude of hotel rooms.
“These are experiences that Bryan Adams himself knows well, and for the first time in the history of the Calendar, the photographer is part of the cast.”
Other subjects featured in the 48th edition of “The Cal” include Cher, Jennifer Hudson, Kali Uchis, and Iggy Popp. Photos were taken in Los Angeles at the Palace Theatre and the Chateau Marmont hotel and at the Scalinatella hotel in Capri.
Pirelli says the 2022 calendar spans 160 pages and more than 70 images.
“It would be very, very hard to encapsulate everything that happens on the road in a couple of days,” Adams is quoted. “So what I tried to do was to represent some of the aspects of it… for example, musicians never really see the front of the building, they see the back of the building, we see the stage door, we see the backstage area, we see the basement of a building… you go from the stage door to the car door to the hotel door to the train door to the bus door, so it’s a bunch of doors, but it’s always about traveling…”