Canadian rock star Bryan Adams said Egypt should stop what he described as "vandalism" after his entire set of instruments arrived from Cairo International Airport defaced, stressing that he loves the country and would still visit it again.
The world-famous musician, who was in Cairo to play a concert at the Giza Pyramids on 8 March, took to social media Friday to express irritation, posting on his Instagram account a picture of his prized vintage Martin guitar bearing a green-inked scrawl in Arabic.
Adams said late Friday it was not only the guitar, but his entire collection of musical instruments that were marked.
"We got our equipment in the country, but it was all tagged with green pen from the customs agents," the 56-year-old singer told Ahram Online via his Facebook page.
"That system of marking instruments is vandalism! Surely they can come up with a better idea."
A customs official at Cairo International Airport said it was not customs staff who left marker scrawls on the instruments, but rather the shipping company transporting the instruments to and from Cairo.
It is not the first time Adams has had guitar graffiti problems. In July 2015, the Grammy-winning singer of When You Love Someone wrote on Twitter that Air Canada had damaged his guitar, scribbling a serial number in black across part of it.
'I love Egypt'
Despite the trouble, the Academy Award-nominated rocker said he still loves Egypt and enjoyed his recent stay.
"Please understand I love Egypt, I will come back," he said, after writing earlier in a Facebook post, "We had an amazing time there, we felt at home."
"Next time no green markers please," he said in the post, while assuring "Egyptian friends" that the guitar would be fixed.
Several social media users in Egypt, where Adams enjoys a huge fan base, have poked fun at authorities for the incident, with many extending apologies to the star.
Adams is currently on a global tour to promote his new album "Get Up," his first album of all-new material since 2008.
By Ayat al Tawy
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