Bryan Adams took to Facebook last Thursday to express his anger at the “graffiti”on his instruments, including his prized vintage guitar, when he arrived in Cairo, Egypt. According to Adams, airport customs initially “refused to release the equipment” with “zero” explanation and when the instruments were returned they were all covered with “some sort of customs clearance identification.”

Airport customs graffiti on my 1946 Martin D-18 from Egypt. Back to the luthier… #bryanadamsgetup

Posted by Bryan Adams on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Egyptian airport official Jamal Turki responded: “I followed the big fuss the international artist made on Facebook and these accusations are false. We don’t write on equipment whether arriving or departing and the international artist should specify which department wrote on his guitar.”

Turki speculates that the guitar was written at the hotel, before arriving at the airport. “It may have been his room number or the car number taking him to the airport. The number doesn’t mean anything to us in the airport.”

Adams has accused airport officials of tagging his instruments before. In July 2015 he accused Air Canada for writing on one of his guitars.

The Grammy winning singer of “The Summer of ’69” and “Please Forgive Me” performed near the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. Even capturing some selfies with the ancient structures.

Selfie with Sphinx #Sphinx #egypt #bryanadamsgetup #pyramidsofgiza #loveithere

Posted by Bryan Adams on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Some of the Egyptians mocked the incident. “Doesn’t Adams know that we glued together Tutankhamun with super glue? It’s normal that we write something on a 60-year-old guitar.” But Adams sent his thanks to his Egyptian supporters:

TO ALL MY EGYPTIAN FRIENDS: Thank you for writing about the guitar, I really appreciate it, it will be fixed no problem….

Posted by Bryan Adams on Friday, March 11, 2016

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