Reckless changed everything, vaulting the Vancouver musician to international stardom.
Adams is celebrating the anniversary of his first major hit record with a 15-date Canadian stadium tour. He plays Rogers Arena Wednesday night.
Vancouver drummer Pat Steward was a major contributor to Reckless. He performed on the tracks One Night Love Affair, Kids Wanna Rock, and most famously Summer of '69, which charted around the world.
"I don't think you really know how much reach a song has at the time. We made the record, then we were in a bus and we hit the road, you're doing what you do," he said.
"But after not too long, after a while on that tour, Bryan would stop and let the people sing and we would look at each other and go 'wow, this is happening'."
30 years later, Steward still remembers the song, the recording process and the tour fondly whenever he hears his famous single snare-shot that opens the song.
"I'll be somewhere and I hear it go off and I go 'that's awesome'. I'll be at a sporting event and you hear it in the background and I just kind of giggle," he said.
Steward is now a respected studio session drummer, and member of Vancouver band The Odds.
"It contributed to my career in that it taught me a lot, it taught me to become solid. It was awesome."