Dear Canada Blog #43 April 7th 2018.
Had a good sleep and got the chance to have one more swim before heading out yet again. Sam picked up the rental vehicle in his hometown, grabbed Al, and then picked me up at 4:30pm before us all nabbing Sean further west at 5pm.
Sent a tweet out on behalf of myself and Glass Tiger to all of those affected by the devasting tragedy in Saskatchewan. The young hockey team, THE HUMBOLDT BRONCOS, were involved in a devasting and fatal accident on the highway, killing at the time of my writing this, 14 of them. No words can express such loss and pain. Love & Strength to them all😢❤️
Got into my hotel and watched the tail-end of the Masters Golf Tournament. Readied for an 8pm lobby call and then it was only a ten minute drive to the arena. Johnny’s show, as usual, had already begun by the time we arrived. He was on fire tonight and by the time we did our duet together the place was rockin’. After our show we had a full dressing room of friends, including our beloved sound tech/ road manager Joe and beloved and fabulous, backup 💃🏻 vocalist Carmela. It felt a little strange, their being at our show and not being up there with us, but they came out to support us and we loved seeing them. We will be with them both plus the rest of the band soon enough.
When we came out of the stage door and walked towards our vehicle, there was a woman and a young girl standing beside it, as if they knew it was ours and when they saw us the woman went a little “girly-gaga” Lol. As I approached, I said, “Don’t tell me you have been standing here, all this time, have you?” Well of course they had, and the woman could hardly talk, she was beside herself, it was so cute. I looked at the young girl,“Your mom?” “Yup!” she said. It was such a role reversal. I mean this young girl should have been the one behaving like that for her favourite boy-band or the likes, but here she was, allowing her mom this little moment in time, whatever that might be for her. It was very special. It was harmless and lovely. Her 15 or 16 year old self was having a moment and she was loving it. She tried her best to tell me, but she couldn’t quite get it out. We took photo’s with her and I tried my best to chat but she was too excited and it was WAY TOO COLD. I looked at the young girl and said, “Take care of her.” And we laughed. We then got in our vehicle and set off for the hotel. Those moments are never lost on me. I NEVER, EVER, take them for granted. It’s special that someone would take the time to stand out in the cold just because they want to meet you, say hello, perhaps tell you what your music, your band, and you, has meant to them, and nab a photo or two. It’s lovely. I treasure it. And for that young girl to allow her mum to be a young girl again, if only for ten minutes? Well that was very special too❤️.
Back to hotel and posted this....
These photo’s are sort of, simultaneous moments in time. I say “sort of” because one is about 12 hours ahead of the other. Yet here we are, just Canadian lads doing what we love to do, “rockin’ out.” Monkey Majik is a band from Japan, featuring two Canadian brothers , Maynard & Blaise Plant. They live Japanese lives, fully immersed in the culture and language, with families and friends, and they are “stars” over there. I met them at an airport here in Canada when they recognized me from their younger days here and we chatted and took photos. I am so proud of what they have achieved over there. Music is of course a “fraternity” no matter who you are or where you’re from. We gig.
To quote Pye Dubois; “ We’re just musicians, here to thin the thickness of your skin.”
Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow~Alan.