ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

Dear Canada Blog #18 March 13th 2018

Good morning, Dear Canada,

We were up and at it, yet again, with a 7a.m. lobby call. Headed to Calgary Airport and had enough time to have a tea in the Air Canada Lounge. Flight was on time and we set off around 8:50am.

   Heading to Regina .   

 Heading to Regina 

Canada’s mid-west, still has a blanket of snow over her and it’s a “crisp” -15 degrees here in Regina, “The Queen City.” So-called in 1882 after the community was given a regal name, Regina, ( Latin for Queen) in honour of the reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. I have always liked coming to Regina. People are friendly, and they enjoy themselves at concerts 

We have been chatting a lot about bringing back some of the songs from our past that we haven’t played live in years,if ever. Here’s a thought. I would love you guys to put your two cents worth in. I can’t guarantee you that we can do them all but IF you were picking them, what songs would you most like to hear from either past Glass Tiger or Frew recordings. Here are some contenders we have been throwing around

  “Hmm..this one? No. That one.” 

 “Hmm..this one? No. That one.” 

  1. This Island Earth
  2. Ancient Evenings
  3. Stand or Fall
  4. Cloud 9
  5. Rhythm Of Your Love
  6. All I Ever Wanted
  7. Give It Away
  8. I Could Never Lie To You
  9. Stand Up And Give Yourself A Hand
  10. Ecstasy


   Hold On.     

 Hold On.   

  Wonderland    

Wonderland  

Perhaps there are others you may think of that you’d like to see us do. Just let us know via, whatever ever social app you follow us on. For those of you who may not be familiar with my solo work, Cloud9, All I Ever Wanted and I Could Never Lie To You, all fall into that category.


Got our vehicle and headed to the hotel. Gotta tell ya, the travel sure makes one feel a little more than just tired. Here is a selfie I took as soon as I hit my room.

  Next time someone interupts your sleep by blurting out; “You sleeping?” Just say,” No, I’m training to die!”    

Next time someone interupts your sleep by blurting out; “You sleeping?” Just say,” No, I’m training to die!”  

Headed out after a catnap and had a bite to eat. Please don’t tell anyone, but I had fish’n’chips. Didn’t eat them for the longest time after my health scare and still don’t eat them often at all.....but I nibbled today 😉


Spoke with GT manager, Andrew Turner after lunch and we brought each other up to speed on some business we are working on.

Glass Tiger is going to take a stab at some things outside of Canada for the first time in years. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not for a lack of desire that we haven’t left our country in years it’s that touring is an expensive business. Touring has to make sense. For example it makes sense to tour Canada because we are still viable here and can put numerous dates together back to back to back and have it all make sense. But to try that in other countries is extremely difficult and very expensive to do.

  Been a long time America.

Been a long time America.

We see your enquiries all the time; “Hey Glass Tiger please come to Chicago! Please come to Orlando, Boston, Philly etc and believe me we would love nothing more. The problem of course is to move a band and a crew and get them to say Boston for just one gig that would most likely have to be in a small club is a tough event to pull off. We are not kids any more just jumping in a van and following our noses.

That said we have made a decision. One thing we know is that if we do nothing, then nothing will happen and so we have decided to come across to the states and baby-step it and see what happens.

Right now we have a couple of Florida dates in the works and a NYC date pending. I would also like to take a stab at an LA date.


We are booked in October to do a show in Nottingham, England and so we have decided to take a stab at a small venue in London while over there. We have also been talking to a German agent about the same possibilities in Germany.

  Been a long time Europe.   

Been a long time Europe. 

As I am sure you are all well aware, there is no such thing as “radio” anymore if you happen to be over the age of 21. So a band like GT releasing a single or recording an album is in an entirely different arena than the one of yesteryear. Years ago radio airplay led to huge album sales which funds a band’s ability to tour.

 Glass Tiger’s latest adventure, 31.

Glass Tiger’s latest adventure, 31.

Now the album becomes basically a merch item and airplay is whatever we can create ourselves. All just a different model from the ones we were all used to in the 80’s. So please understand guys, we WANT to come play for you. It just has to make business sense in order for us to do that. Please know though that we ARE working on it.

 

Tonight’s show was smooth and I really have turned the corner on my cough and chest infection. My voice is rocking.

 Having a fun at work is not a sin it’s a necessity.  

Having a fun at work is not a sin it’s a necessity.  

The audience in Regina were great. Thank you guys.

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I came straight back to my room to finish up this blog and I am so saddened to hear of the death, of the monstrously, phenomenal, Professor Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76. His book, A Brief History Of Time, travelled with me for years in my past road-life. Magnificently written, in non-technical terms, it takes you on a journey which encompasses the structure, origin, development and eventual fate of the universe, In it he talks about the basic concepts of space and time. Bon voyage Professor. Travel well. 

  I have a 7am lobby call as we have radio interviews to do tomorrow. Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow. 

                                     ~ Alan