This weekend I’m going to the final day of a three day festival about an hour away from my town to see a couple of pretty popular Canadian acts.
The headliner is Big Wreck. I’ve talked about them before because I’ve seen them before, and I had enough fun at the last show that I’m completely up for seeing them again. Its been a year since I saw them. In the meantime they’ve had a guitarist pass away (they were a 3-piece when I last saw them because their second guitarist was sick) and they’ve got a new album coming out at the end of this month. Ian Thornley, guitarist and singer for the group is the only original member now. Their lead single Locomotive is getting a shitload of airplay here. They’ve won Juno awards (music awards that only Canadians know) and their first album went platinum here. Platinum is only 200,000 copies in Canada though. ….but for the sun is their upcoming sixth album, so I figure its worth going to this show to hear a few new songs.
Opening for them is Trooper, who I’ve never seen before. Trooper is one of the more famous Canadian acts of the seventies. They had a hit in America with Raise a Little Hell, but other than that most of their success has been within Canada. We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time) and The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car are a couple of their bigger songs in Canada. They haven’t released a new album since 1991.