Corey Hart with Glass Tiger
31 May 2019
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL
Review and Photos By Celtic Bob
Canadian 80’s giants together once again for a cross Canada tour, their first in years. It has been decades since Corey Hart toured and what better place to start than in Newfoundland? It was on The Rock that he began his first headlining tour so it was only fitting that he return to do it again.
The evening began with fellow Canadian Rockers, Glass Tiger who coincidentally toured with Hart back in the day so it’s only appropriate to team up again for an amazing evening of Rock n’ Roll. The arena set-up was close to full with fans from every demographic imaginable. There were seniors to small kids out to take full advantage of this killer combination. Rockers to suits and everyone in between proved that good music is good music no matter the genre and the tunes that Glass Tiger and Corey Hart have released are timeless. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, singing the songs and many having a cold beverage. It was the perfect night of music.
Glass Tiger started off with a bang by beginning with one of their biggest hits, “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” which had everyone on their feet singing along. From there they just kept cranking them out much to the delight of the fans, even slipping a couple of new songs from the latest E.P., 33 into the set. The new songs, “This Is London” and “This Is Your Life” blended in with the classics flawlessly. They had the GT sound to them, yet were modern and fresh sounding.
The band were tight and sounded fantastic. Singer Alan Frew told the crowd from the start that he suffered a neck injury recently but would not cancel the tour and disappoint the fans. He may have not been running around the stage but from listening to his vocals you would never say there was anything wrong. His vocals were excellent and sounded as good as anytime I have heard him perform. There was no half assed performance.
After a lengthy hiatus, Corey Hart is back with his first tour in decades. He has played the scatter show in the past few years and I was fortunate enough to see him a couple of years ago in my hometown when he played an outdoor festival. That night he put on an unforgettable performance so the bar was high for this show.
Starting off with the title track of his new E.P., “Dreaming Time Again” seemed to have caught the audience off guard a little as I think the may have expected one of his classic hits from the 80’s. This mid-tempo track was an interesting choice to begin with as you’d expect a fast paced song to get everyone up and on their feet. Either way, by the end of the song you could see that people were singing along to the chorus. The song has a sound to it that hints at our Province’s traditional music which added to its appeal. Next up was “Bang!” which is a great tune from back in the day. A full on rocker that was a bit of a hit way back when. It sounds much better live than the record. The single sounds a bit dated but live, not in the least. It has a real kick to it that had everyone up on their feet. The band was incredible and really sounded good. From the guitars, bass, drums to the sax and keys it really added to the overall experience. Third song was another title track, this time it was “Boy In The Box”. Again, fantastic job. He sounded great and really looked like he was enjoying himself up there on the stage.
Now is where he really connected to many of the audience with a cover of local musician, the late Ron Hynes’ “Sonny’s Dream”. He did this a couple years ago when he played the outdoor festival to tremendous applause. Reception was so positive, he recorded it for inclusion on his new E.P. Much the same as that festival show, the reception at Mile One was similar. Everyone loved his rendition of the song.
The entire evening we were treated to an eclectic mix of music, from hits to new songs to covers. At one point in the show he made his way to the middle of the arena to a piano for a cover of “Let It Be”. During this point in the show a Birthday cake was brought out and the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to him. A truly unique show to say the least. After he made his way back to the stage we were treated to a cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” before the infamous “Sunglasses At Night” which made everyone go crazy. This went into a couple of covers before ending with “Never Surrender”.
Corey Hart still sounds great and puts off an excellent show. If he is in your town, do not hesitate…GO! This bill with Glass Tiger opening is this years ‘Must See’ event. It is an evening of timeless Canadian Rock. You do not want to miss it. Hopefully it won’t take this long before they’re back again with new music and shows.