Bryan Adams jams with Stephen Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian pop icon Bryan Adams belt out Run to You during the singer's May 2 visit to 24 Sussex Drive.

OTTAWA—Jamming with Bryan Adams, hosting Chad Kroeger at 24 Sussex and getting an authentic Gene Simmons’ bass guitar shaped like a battle axe.

Has Stephen Harper, the buttoned-down economist cum politician, become a closet rock fanatic?

On the list of perks of being Prime Minister — the house, the limo, the Gatineau Hills estate — here’s one more: Getting some high-profile help with the garage band.

Harper’s piano playing got some talented accompaniment earlier this month when Adams, the famed singer-songwriter and Jim Vallance, Adams’ songwriting partner and producer, stopped by 24 Sussex for a visit and a jam session.

Adams was in Ottawa to receive the Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and to pitch his views on copyright legislation. He and Vallance were quietly invited to visit the Prime Minister’s residence.

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