|songwriting / vocals / guitars
Adams was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia in 1963 and moved
to Melbourne in 1978. There, he became part of the embryonic Punk/New
Wave scene, playing with musicians from The Saints, Crime & The
City Solution, and Laughing Clowns.
In 1984 he formed his own band Once Upon A Time. They played
Melbourne's clubs from 1985 to 1988, building a reputation for
apocalyptic live shows with their avant garde psychedelic blues sound.
They moved to Berlin in 1989 and supported Nick Cave & The Bad
Seeds throughout Europe on The Good Son tour of 1990. A European tour
supporting Swans followed in the early 1990's.
Once Upon A Time released three CD's:
"Once Upon A Time" (1990),
"In The Blink Of An Eye" (1992) and
"Don't Look Down" (1994)
Once Upon A Time broke up in 1996. Since then they have done reunion concerts in Berlin and Prague in 2004 and 2005.
After waging a heroic five year battle with cancer, Bruno Adams passed away in Berlin on 18th of April 2009.
In April 2019 Once Upon A Time reformed for a special memorial concert celebrating
the life and music Bruno at the Berlin club Watt. Bruno’s son Conrad
took over his father’s position as lead vocalist, and special guests
included Mick Harvey, Bronwyn Adams, Kateřina Adams, Phil Shoenfelt and
Another memorial concert was organized at FAMU in Prague in November
2019, again with Conrad Adams on lead vocals. Guest performers included
Bronwyn Adams, Kateřina Adams, Kill The Dandies and Phil Shoenfelt,
with a special solo performance by Bruno’s daughter, Natalie-Rose
"So Glad I Did", documentary by Helena Giuffrida