Dear Canada Blog #60!!! April 24th 2018; THE FINAL SHOW!!
Wow! SIXTY blogs!! Can you believe it? I didn’t miss one day. Not one. I am filled with all kinds emotions. So happy that it’s about to be over and yet a little sad because of the very same thing. Wondering if it was all worth it, yet knowing that is HAS INDEED been worth it. It’s just a jumble-sale of emotions. I have been here however, in this place, countless times before in my career. It’s the same when recording an album, you bond with the team. You become a family who gets into a family routine and when the routine ends, you feel a little sense of loss. So now it ends. Just like that. We now all go our separate ways. But of course that’s a good thing too, because now we get to see if performing in front of an audience that really didn’t know us, to begin with, an audience who would never have normally ventured out to see us, will come to see a full Glass Tiger show, when we are in their neck-of-the-woods.
Now if ever I needed a little preview of how they felt about us, breakfast this morning certainly gave me a little taste of perhaps what lies ahead. The restaurant this morning was “jammed” with Johnny fans. All ladies. Perhaps one “token husband.” Now for the record, an interesting phenomenon is that even although Johnny himself is about 17 or so years younger than me, his demographic, his core audience, is about 17 years and UP, older than a normal GT audience is. The core age of our audience is about 46, or thereabouts and up. And of course because so many young people love retro we also get tons of fans still in their twenties and thirties. These ladies who love and come out for Johnny however begin around my age and go much older than even me, so conversations with them in some cases, is like talking with my own mum!! More than often like chatting with my sister and her pals (who also love Johnny AND OF COURSE her wee brother’s band😉). These women are so funny and delightful and they don’t hold back for a second!! They dive right in and tell you what they want, “Come on! Yer taking a photo with us!” But it’s so easy for me to relate to them, for you see, they are not only Johnny’s “people,” they are MY people too! They are everyone I grew up around as a boy. They are like my aunts and uncles, my mum and dad. They are the neighbours I grew up beside, that would “cuff” my ear for being a cheeky wee bugger.
They are the hard-working, salt-of-the-earth folk that carry nations on their shoulders. To sit and “blether” with them is second-nature to me. I spent most of breakfast going from table to table, saying hello, taking pictures, chatting up a storm. They get a hold of me and cuddle-in as the photo is being taken. It’s adorable. So how did they feel about GT? Well they ALL said the magic words, “We loved you guys so much, when are ya coming back? Cuz we’ll be there, when ya do!” And THAT’S why we did this tour. Glass Tiger of course has it’s own loyal and faithful audience. We have been bonded for 31 years with you guys. but these folks are seeing us for the VERY FIRST TIME!! It’s wild. We will all of course, welcome them.❤️
We flew back to St. John’s and re-checked into the Delta Hotel, which was a little weird considering we were just here two nights ago. Routine was as always, except for the fact that I went over about 5 mins before Johnny went on. The reason being, I wanted to take a moment with him alone, to shake his hand and say, “Well pal, this is it! Here we go!”
There was a sense of anticipation among his band and crew, certainly a feeling that things here were rapidly coming to an end. We hit the stage, usual time, and the crowd were fantastic. When Johnny and I did our duet together and it came to the middle-section where we do a “toast” to the crowd and sing Flower of Scotland, I stopped and said a few important words to him, that I truly felt he needed to hear and that his audience needed to hear. My thanking him, for all he has done for Glass Tiger. He is a humble man, who will speak MORE of what he received from this journey with us than what he gave. A journey that began on that “wee wall” on a golf course in Cape Breton, eventually leading to our recording a brilliant album in Nashville, with him at the “helm.”
A journey which led us to this AMAZING tour. I remember sitting with him and Sam in Nashville and him saying, “I have an idea! We’ll tour together.” And that’s before the album was even finished! What an experience. He opened his studio, he opened his home and he opened his heart to a band that I like to think, is a part or the very fabric of Canadian Music. I KNOW he believes that.
Thank you Johnny❤️
After the show we took a bottle of champagne to his dressing room and shared it with him and his wife and a few key players on his team. A hug and another handshake and ........that was it.
Yet another chapter in the book of all of our lives is written and published. There are now new chapters to come.
And so there you have it Dear Canada. Thanks for tuning in, it’s been a blast writing to you these past sixty days. Many of you have told me not to stop. Told me that you have loved my blogs. Please know, that my doing them, has made me feel more connected to all of you and I realize too that although my blog is called, DEAR CANADA, that some of you have been reading these from afar, in corners of the globe. Thanks for travelling with me every step of the way ❤️
Please know, I don’t plan on stopping. I will continue to write to you when I am on the road. It’s ingrained now. I sort of “have to” do it now. They will now be called officially; ROADSTORIES with Alan Frew, and when on the road, I will write to you daily. When not, I will drop in once a week or so. Thank you so much for being there for my words, my thoughts and my feelings. Stay tuned.
I am flying tomorrow to Montreal with Sam, to do a TV performance in English and French with Veronic DiCaire and so I would say that constitutes being on the road......wouldn’t you? 😉
Goodnight Dear Canada, until that time.......~Alan.