Adams wrote “Don’t Even Try” with longtime collaborator Jim Vallance and, as he shares in the video, they had originally written a guitar riff for the song that wasn’t working. “We sent the demo to Jeff Lynne [and] when it came back, he had sorted out the guitar riff … the thing that I couldn’t quite get right,” Adams remembers. “One of the great things about working with another musician who is a producer, someone as talented as Jeff is, is that when those little hiccups come up, they’re able to iron them out.”
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Here he explains the tune.