As an ironic coronavirus joke, the celebrated Pirelli Calendar not only had to suspend its 2021 edition due to the pandemic, but also the launch of the 2022 edition, which had to be done virtually because Bryan Adams got infected and had to stay at his hotel.
The famous hit author Summer of 69 was summoned to give a press conference on Monday at noon in Italy, but plans had to be modified and eventually participated since his quarantine in a hotel. He chatted with the host of the event who was seen privately by the world press, and told more details than he anticipated in some reports he gave in August.
For the first time in the history of Pirelli Calendars, for example, the photographer is also portrayed. “On the day of the sessions,” he said, “we fell short and a person was missing who covered one of the months, so I decided to appear myself and we took some photos in the parking lot ”.
For the first time the author of the photos of the Pirelli Calendar appears portrayed in one of its months. Photo Courtesy of 2022 Pirelli Calendar / Bryan Adams / Handout via REUTERS
Another novelty is that he composed a song that bears the same title as the concept of this 2022 Calendar: On the road, that is In the routeas all photos show details of the musicians’ lives when they are on tour.
A back cover that Charly García anticipated 20 years ago
The start in January shows details of the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel, in Hollywood, where most of the takes were done. It takes the time of 7:45 AM, marking the beginning of a supposed series of photos taken throughout a day, although in reality there were two long days and an additional trip to Italy for one more session.
Thus, February is titled 10:13, Room 29, Chateau Marmont, and appears the great singer-songwriter St. Vincent looking out of her bedroom window. It should be added that she herself, in a powerful close-up and with a guitar pick on her tongue, illustrates the cover of the Calendar, which is the size and format of a vinyl.
The day continues at 10:42 with the singer Kali Uchis enjoying a free moment in the hotel pool. For the April photo the production appears on the island of Capri, with rapper saweetie, at 11:38.
Throughout the calendar and the supposed imaginary day, there are photos of Cher entering the dressing rooms, Normani posing next to a tour bus, Jennifer Hudson arriving at The Palace theater in her limousine, and the great Iggy Pop reclining on a green sofa with a naked torso.
The rapper Saweetie is the April model of the new edition of the classic calendar. Photo EFE / EPA / PIRELLI PRESS OFFICE
And it is precisely the ex-Stooges who illustrates the back cover of the calendar, with a photo where he appears completely painted in silver, without knowing that that look was anticipated by Charly García almost two decades ago in an iconic photo of Andy Cherniavsky.
The list, or rather the months of the year, is completed by the Canadian producer Grimes, the Chinese-American rapper Bohan Phoenix and English singer Rita Ora.
Iggy Pop poses silver; like Charly, but two decades later. Photo Courtesy of 2022 Pirelli Calendar / Bryan Adams / Handout via REUTERS
The tours: glamor and loneliness
Bryan Adams, who has a great career as a photographer and his works were exhibited in important museums during the last five years, said that his idea was to capture “not only the glamor of life on the road but alson the feeling of loneliness that usually exists”.
And immediately he added: “I didn’t want to be too literal either and I let there be a good dose of fantasy, which is always important when something is being created.”
In another moment of the talk joined by St. Vincent, who joked with Adams about the best and worst of touring. (“The worst? Room service food in some hotels,” he complained). Pirelli’s president Marco Tronchetti Provera also joined in, praising the Canadian’s idea for this calendar.
Bryan Adams and St. Vincent face off during the 2022 Pirelli Calendar photo shoot. Photo: Alessando Scotti / Pirelli
A calendar with its own weight
Since 1964, the Pirelli Calendar has grown in aesthetic and artistic value, to the point that the photographers invited constitute a kind of dream-team from the world of photography: Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Herb Ritts and more.
As for those portrayed, models and actresses such as Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sophia Loren, Uma Thurman, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet posed for its pages.
Now, with this 2022 edition, a good and varied selection of musicians is added.
Reference from clarin