Bryan Adams stops show to pay respects to Christchurch terror victims

Bryan Adams has taken time at his latest concert to honour the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

Appearing at Nelson's Trafalgar Park on Saturday night, Adams stopped his show to acknowledge the 50 people who lost their lives in the attack.

"I know that there's a massive elephant in the room tonight. And we just want to say how incredibly sorry we are to the people in Christchurch, and the victims, and their families," Adams told the crowd.

"It feels really strange to be coming up here tonight and we're gonna forget about it as much as we can and keep our lives moving forward. We can't let these people hold us back."

"I was trying to think of what I could say, and there are no words really for it. It's's horrific."

Adams had earlier decided to cancel a concert that was scheduled to take place at Hagley Park in Christchurch on Sunday.

"In solidarity with the victims of the mass murder yesterday in Christchurch, NZ, our concert scheduled for Sunday at Hagley Park will not go ahead. Tickets will be refunded in full to the card that they were purchased with," he posted in Twitter.

Adams has a history of activism and humanitarian work. In 2006 he became the first western artist to perform in Pakistan after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US to raise money for childhood education.