ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

WELL IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME

So let’s catch up together.......

Glass Tiger had a very busy 2018. More of you saw us on more dates last year than at anytime since the 80’s and 90’s. We also crossed the border to the “Good Ol’ USA” and did a club date in NYC, and just for good measure, we played The Epcot Stage in Disney, Florida. Add to that, a show in London, England and one in Nottingham, England and you get a busy bunch of pop-rockers.

“Fly me to the moon.......again!”  

“Fly me to the moon.......again!”  

Also, as I write this blog here in a very chilly and very wet, L.A., we have already crossed the border yet again by playing a casino date in New York State AND we will be doing a return date at Epcot once more this coming Saturday, Sunday (March 9 and 10)

“Ladies and Gents.....GLASS TIGER!” 

“Ladies and Gents.....GLASS TIGER!” 

Let’s face it, we love it. We love the adventure of it, trying to build upon these out-of- country dates by touring more and by dipping our toes into the waters of overseas gigs and south-of-border-gigs once again. Many of you write to me from all over the world, especially, from the USA, asking why we just don’t come to your neck-of-the-woods to perform and believe me when I say, “WE WOULD LOVE TO COME!” 

Emails and texts from from as far off as Glasgow, Barcelona or San Diego. Texts from Sweden to Mexico, and from Austin, in Texas to Sydney, Australia...I mean REALLY? Who wouldn’t want to do that? It would be fantastic, Glass Tiger would love to come see all of you, in every corner, of every country possible. So why don’t we you ask?  Why don’t we just hop on a plane, a train or an automobile, and head out to come play for you? Well......it’s all about being realistic. It’s incredibly expensive and a huge effort moving a band and crew from point A to point B even at the best of times and when we do that here in Canada, it all comes together cohesively. Promoters buy the band, they sell the tickets, they promote the show and because the band remains widely popular here in Canada, enough people come out to make it all work for everyone involved. Taking Glass Tiger to Sydney, or Barcelona or Los Angeles however, changes the landscape drastically and although these days it’s not just all about making money, it really becomes more about people not losing vast amounts of money, Glass Tiger included. We of course need to know that there is enough of an audience at the other end to make any of it work. We are also not kids anymore (you may have noticed 😂😂) So the idea of us just jumping in a van and heading off indiscriminately wherever the wind takes us, just ain’t happening anymore. So what to do?

“I’m sure he said, turn LEFT at the Eiffel Tower!” 

“I’m sure he said, turn LEFT at the Eiffel Tower!” 

Well, let’s see...... what we do is this...we baby-step it. We turn the clock back as if we were just starting out all over again (minus the van) by playing smaller venues that are easier to fill or play venues like Epcot that are safeguarded by being able to afford the band and who have a built-in audience that can come see GT, be reminded first-hand of who we are, what we do, what hits we had, and then who can spread the word and help us take a run at crossing the border again and again......and again. It’s a slow process but it works and hey, we have the kind of time that doesn’t put us under pressure to do it immediately. An even better way to do things is to find a tour that is already going out and see if we can land that tour as an opener, go out and reacquaint with much larger audiences while seeing If we can entice a new ones. Again, just like the good-old-days opening for the likes of Journey and Tina Turner.

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So that’s the plan. It’s going to take time, but we are willing to give it the old “college” try. So be patient, stay with us, and let’s see what happens. 

 

 “Knock Knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“New Glass Tiger.”

“New Glass Tiger who?”

“NEW GLASS TIGER MUSIC.”

WELL IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!”

To which is say, “I AGREE!”

Glass Tiger, as a band, has never been the most prolific purveyors of new material. In all of our years together we have only ever released 3 major studio albums and a smidgen of odd things through the years. Now from my defence, it’s certainly not from a lack of writing. Personally, I write all the time and have a shitload of unreleased songs. I have released 3 studio albums, had several songs covered by other artists and continue to write constantly in my studio either with Sean, my full-time engineer and assistant or with tons of other writers from all over North America. Glass Tiger however, is a different kettle of fish. Our various distractions and personal lives were never very conducive to us getting together to write. I know that sounds weird but it’s just the way things were and as a matter-of-fact, I often wonder what it would have been like to put more and more GT albums out because as history proved we are pretty good at it. From just the 3 albums alone we spawned a whack of hits, 5 Juno awards, 5 Classic awards, a Grammy nod, and some 7 odd million albums sold. Not bad for a band that hardly writes together 😂. All joking aside though, this has been so long overdue and it’s an amazing feeling preparing this new CD for you. I think you’re gonna be pleasantly surprised just how solid it is. I know my way around songs and I have been involved in and written great songs and I have been involved in and written shit songs. Every writer experiences that in their professional lives. I know however when it’s great and I couldn’t be happier with the sound and tone, emotion, energy and passion spinning off of these new ones. Now, just for the record, we are going to release it as an EP of six songs, not a full album of ten or twelve, the reason being we have an insanely wacky deadline in which to get it ready for you. We did have time on our side and planned to take our time this spring and summer when all of a sudden we landed the Corey Hart tour and that changed the landscape. If you are a fan of the 80’s, a fan of Glass Tiger’s and/or a fan of Corey, then this double-bill is a MUST SEE! and those of you who attend the concerts will be the first ones to get your hands on the new GT release. Both Corey and GT together for the first time ever! It’s an 80’s no-brainer. The tour however, was responsible for us deciding that it is imperative we MUST deliver you a new CD to coincide with it, hence the crazy deadline. We must deliver Warner Canada a finished product by early April, so an EP it shall be, and, if by chance ya love it and want more, then we will do another one by year’s end to deliver to you by spring of 2020. Exciting stuff huh? We can’t wait to let you hear it. 

THAT GUY AND THIS GUY..,,     

THAT GUY AND THIS GUY..,, 

 

The first of 365? 

The first of 365? 

Those of you who follow me on my socials are well aware of a little something I have been bringing your way called, ”Note To Self.” Little daily mantras and affirmations that began simply on January 1st, what I meant to be, just a little slap on my own arm to say, “Hey, it’s a new year, let’s go!” But then an interesting thing happened. Some of you began writing back to me regarding the fact that you liked the message I was sending out and that asked would I please give you another one. So I did. Then another, and yet, another and again, another. Here I sit now, having just completed number SIXTY FRIGGIN’ SIX!” and they’re still coming and you’re STILL writing to me about how much they touch you, make you think, empower you and make you want to take action in your own life. Now THAT, turns my crank and for the record, if you claim to know me at all, you know that telling me to keep going with this, is like a red-rag-to-a-bull and I cannot help myself but to keep them coming. It’s just my nature. I love communication. I love inspiration. I love hearing from you and I love reading all of your responses. It empowers me, so much, to read your take on how, each and every one of you, like me, face the enormous challenge of playing out this phenomenon and challenge we call life. 

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I get inspired knowing how we all go about facing life’s challenges, and it is our facing up to all of these challenges that bonds us all together, here, faced with the mystery and the majesty, the sorrows and the joys, the failures and the successes of it all, relentlessly coming at us, daily, bonding us for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, ‘til death do us part.

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Personally, I made a pact with the universe many years ago, that basically said, “No matter what you throw at me, no matter how much you try to bring me to my knees, I will never give up...ever.” This mantra, is also especially true, in my career. This “here today, gone tomorrow,” cutthroat industry we call the music business is tough, ruthless and unforgiving and if left to its own devices it can break the toughest of souls, the biggest of hearts and, indeed it does. Very early on in my career I came to the conclusion that the universe and the music business owes me nothing. I started this journey around the age of 21 or so, and here I am, 40yrs later still doing what I love......who gets to say that? I have had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in my life and my career and quite frankly, why wouldn’t I? Of course it’s going to be a roller-coaster of ups and downs, of highs and lows and of love’s and hates. But I would never expect it to be anything more or any less. And so I say this to you......if you are NOT doing what you love, you MUST address that. I am not saying if you hate your job you must quit it (although if that be the case then so be it) but if you are working at something you hate because you need to pay the bills, I TOTALLY get it. I have been there myself, whether, selling shoes, or cutting long steel tubes into short steel tubes, or working in a plastics factory, or delivering milk....I have been there, working and hating it, HOWEVER, you have to at least dabble in your dream, touch on your happy place, remind yourself that it is never too late. I was THIRTY by the time Glass Tiger cracked it. I was so old by pop standards that the record company insisted on lying about my age!! THIRTY.....OLD!! Holy fuck! Hahahahhahaha 

Yes it’s been a LONG time  

Yes it’s been a LONG time  

What a life.... 

What a life.... 

 Be it known that I have tried to honour my no surrender mantra to this day, the one that says, “Bring it on! Whatever I must face, I must face.” and I will continue to do so until, well, we all know how it ends right? But let’s go out on our own terms....agreed? Simply put, when the game ends, you want to know, that at the very least, you were a first-team-player.  

The young immigrant with the funny accent, 

The young immigrant with the funny accent, 

I love life. I love it’s challenges. I love the hunger for what’s next. I don’t like being afraid but I respect and accept it’s role in my endeavours. Fear is a normal part of challenging the unknown. Fear plays a huge role in the concept of change. My mantra for change has and always will be, “Feel the fear, but do it anyway!” It’s incredible how many people turn away from something that could have changed their lives forever in a positive, enriching and lucrative way.... Yet they turned away from it all because of fear. Here’s one for you. Try being a 15 year old immigrant, with a funny accent, on the first day of high school in a new country!! I rest my case 😂.......and so as I leave you, be it known that I just finished and posted “Note To Self” number 66 and ask the question...” Can I really keep going to 365.

“You’re fucking right I can!” 😉

Until that time dear reader....talk soon....

 

Alan