Venue: Kingswood Music Theatre, Toronto ON
Date: August 19, 1985
Tour: Strange Animal
Members Of The Band
Larry Gowan (Vocals and Keyboards)
Peter Nunn (Keyboards)
Bob McAlpine (Guitar and Vocals)
Terry Gowan (Bass and Vocals)
Phil Michaels (Drums)
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Comments: The first concert that Rhonda and I attended together. As it happens, Much Music was taping this concert for a live broadcast. All the videos from this show are from the actual gig we attended. This was just over three weeks after we were married. I had already bought tickets to the show. Thing was, Gowan is a local boy and Rhonda had really never heard anything by him before. To try and mitigate this situation, I brought the tape of Strange Animal on our honeymoon and played it frequently. At first she was kind of non committal but after a few times through the old tape deck she started to sing along. By the fourth play she already had a favorite song (Guerrilla Soldier). When I told her we were going to see Gowan after we got back home she was thrilled.
You see, when we had been “dating” we frequently went to see the same bands on the same tours just in different cities at different venues. So, after doing this for so many years I was looking for a concert the two of us could attend as soon after we were married as possible. This one fit the bill nicely. It was at the Kingswood Music Theatre, a wonderful outdoor venue at Canada’s Wonderland and featured a local boy who’s star was on the rise. I wanted it to be special and part of that was going to involve Rhonda knowing the songs she was going to hear in advance.
As far as first concerts went, we could certainly have gone bigger. I doubt we could have gone much better.
A side note here. While on our honeymoon we discovered that a local Boston band, The Fools, were playing at a club in Hyannis. I had picked up their then current LP, World Dance Party, on the advice of Mike at Star Records and was thrilled to hear that Rhonda was familiar with them. They had a number of “hit’s” from the album which were doing quite well in New England. Songs like Life Sucks… Then You Die, She Makes Me Feel Big and a great cover of the Manfred Mann’s Do Wah Diddy. When we arrived the place was pretty busy but there was one table completely empty pretty near the stage. We made a beeline.
After sitting there for a while we came to realize why the table was empty. An overhead air conditioning vent was dumping gallons of cold air directly on the table. That combed with the fact the band were over an hour late coming on forced us to leave.
So, that was almost our first live show together.
(You’re A) Strange Animal
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Keep the Tension On
City of the Angels
Keep Up the Fight
Keep Up the Fight (part 2)
A Criminal Mind
(You’re A) Strange Animal