ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

Dear Canada Blog # 28 March 23rd 2018

In the words of William Shakespeare

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“Winter, O’ my winter,

My heart and soul doth take

Looketh I, out of my window

Oh, give me a fucking break!”

  “ Ah, it’s nuthin’.

 “ Ah, it’s nuthin’.

Yes indeed, as predicted, and right on time, the snow comes once again to Saskatoon. But of course Saskatoon and Winnipeg take this shit in their stride and we are told,“This is nuthin, flights will still be rockin’ not to worry.” Went downstairs and had breakfast with Sean before going up to close up my suitcase and head back down for lobby call and the drive to the airport. Sure enough, when we got to the Air Canad check-in we were told, “ This is nuthin, flights will still be rockin’ not to worry😉.”

 80290Rewind. 

80290Rewind. 

Grabbed a tea with the lads at good old Tim Horton’s at the airport as we chatted up coming business and gigs. Must admit there is more going on for GT today than in many years. All good though, wouldn’t have it any other way. Those of you who are also fans of my solo life, know that I released a CD called, 80290Rewind, which is my covering of classic 80’s songs of other artists. The likes of Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, YES, John Waite etc AND I put a killer band together to perform it live. In that live show we have since added songs from artists that are not on the CD such as, Robert Palmer, Midnight Oil, Tina Turner and INXS.

I LOVE this band and I LOVE doing these shows. Those of you who have seen it have written to me many times telling me how much you love it too! It’s a total 80’s party. This Glass Tiger stuff though is eating up all the available scraps on the plate soooooo what to do? Well we will begin at the beginning. I am looking for a window in which to at least record volume number two. What songs would you like to hear? For sure one that I want to do is Wouldn’t It Be Good, by Nik Kershaw.

  .....even if it was for just one day.” 

 .....even if it was for just one day.” 

It’s one of those songs that just transports me back to the 80’s in mind, body & spirit. The hair, the clothes, the music, the clubs.....the eyeliner 😳 oh, yeah, the eyeliner. PacMan, Live Aid, Michael Jackson’s Silver glove, The Breakfast Club, Where’s The Beef?, The Walkman, The Cassette, Stock, Aitken & Waterman, Back To The Future and of course Glass Tiger and a kajillion more......so what’s it to be for volume 2? 

  “The hair, the clothes, the eyeliner, oh, the eyeliner.”

 “The hair, the clothes, the eyeliner, oh, the eyeliner.”

 The flight relatively smooth considering the weather and we touched down just before 6pm. On our walk from the plane to baggage claim we ran into an old buddy of ours, Lanny McDonald.

 The best moustache in town! 

The best moustache in town! 

Lanny travelled with us on at least a couple of the goodwill trips we did to Afghanistan, visiting the men and women of our beloved Canadian Forces and our allies. How appropriate I should be wearing my Toronto Maple Leafs hat and Sweatshirt because even although he won his ring with Calgary, he will always be a Leaf to me.

In a world of never being quite satisfied enough, my brain and body began to wish that we had travelled here yesterday on our day off ( but of course when I had the day and didn’t need to move I loved that). It’s just that by the time we got the rental car and headed to hotel. It was already 6:30pm local time. The rush was on to get there and get ready to head straight to the gig. As I was going into the hotel, Randy Bachman, was exiting. We chatted literally for a few seconds, enough for each of us to find out where the other was performing and say take care. I spent a few days years ago on Salt Spring Island, on the coast of Vancouver, writing with Randy. We never nailed one, but that’s the way writing goes sometimes. Got to the venue around 8:15pm, hitting the stage at 9:05. Small theatre, where the people feel like they are right on top of you. Crowd were fantastic and Johnny and I nailed it in Wae Yer Family. His endorsement of Glass Tiger after we leave the stage was special as always. Thanks pal!

My friend Julian Lennon has been working on some cool video stuff that I am sure he will bring to the public real soon but in the meantime he has been sending me these wacky, hilarious little vignettes of himself goofing around and they are friggin’ hilarious. We sit in our dressing room and howl. I love Julian he is a very special human being and “mad as a hatter” fun.❤️ Had a couple of drinks in lobby bar with band and friends, where I also ran into an old pal Marc LaFrance, who did some back up vocals for us back in the day on Thin Red Line, and who also put a back-up band together that I was lead vocalist for on a military, goodwill, visit to Greenland. Marc and the lads are here backing up Randy Bachman on his gig. Then it was off to bed.

Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow.

                  ~Alan  

The True Mad Hatter. 

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