"Alt/Metal" Tag For New Bryan Adams?

It's anybody's guess what the next Bryan Adams album will sound like, but it's a fair bet it will reflect more than one influence. Sources at the singer's management company confirm that Adams is currently recording with both modern rock guru Phil Thornalley and metalhead Bob Rock. A spokesperson for that company told press sources that the respective producers were working on a couple of tracks each.

Thornalley toured and recorded with The Cure in the mid-80s, and launched a successful studio career producing and/or engineering such artists as XTC, the Thompson Twins, PreFab Sprout, the Psychedelic Furs and most recently, Natalie Imbruglia. Rock's recent projects have included Motley Crue, Metallica and Verucca Salt.

The new Adams album is due this fall. A Thornalley/Adams collaboration, to be released at the end of the summer, will be the record's first single.

Adams' last studio effort was 1996's "18 Til I Die," a straight ahead rocker that ran counter

to his image as ballad singer and soundtrack king. Adams' last album was the pop-ish "MTV Unplugged" album released last year.