Northern transplants in Central Florida remember a band out of Ontario, Canada, that hit it big internationally in the 1980s with Billboard high-risers like “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone),” “Someday,” and “I’m Still Searching.”
Glass Tiger will rekindle those memories when it performs at 7pm Wednesday, March 6, at Savannah Center, 1545 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages. Tickets can be purchased at getoffthebusconcerts.com or thevillagesentertainment.com, or by calling 352.750.5411. The show is in support of Wildwood Food Pantry, a news release states.
In summer 1984, a band called Tokyo spent two evenings opening for Boy George and Culture Club at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. The band’s dynamic, original sound captured the moment of the ’80s, and after signing a record deal with Capitol Records, Tokyo officially became Glass Tiger.
Glass Tiger’s first album, “The Thin Red Line,” set a record for the fastest-selling debut recording in Canadian history, going gold within weeks of its release. Glass Tiger’s next two albums, “Diamond Sun” and “Simple Mission,” solidified its reputation for crafting songs as the band toured with legends like Tina Turner, Journey, and Roxette.
Glass Tiger released its latest album, “31,” in 2018. Today, the band includes original members Alan Frew on vocals and guitar, Sam Reid on keyboards, Al Connelly on guitar, and Wayne Parker on bass, as well as longtime drummer Chris McNeill, who joined in 2000, the release states.
Across “31,” there’s a stronger Celtic influence than on Glass Tiger’s previous albums, though that influence has always been present, Sam says. He also credits Alan’s distinct vocals as one of Glass Tiger’s most consistent threads across multiple decades. Sam believes the new music combines the dazzling pop styles that formed the band’s reputation with more of an acoustic approach.
“We had so much fun doing this album,” Sam says in the release. “I mean, we’re a rock band. Even if we’re getting a little older, we don’t want to mellow out. We still love cranking it up, so I think the records will still have an edge to them, but they’ll always have a tinge of where we’re at right now.