Tom Cochrane concert review

Canada's newest inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tom Cochrane reunited with band-mates from Red Rider Friday night at the Spectrum.  Keeping the same company as Canadian rock legends and fellow Hall of Fame inductees like Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Robbie Robertson has its responsibilities to live up to. That was no problem for Tom Cochrane who has just released his latest CD Trapeze, a 30 plus song collection of his greatest hits from the past 30 years.
Opening the show was Damnhait Doyle, playing in a duet with Kevin Fox from Halifax, Nova Scotia o­n cello, guitar and backing vocals. o­n the road for 6 weeks, the duo seemed comfortable in front of their audience.  Doyle's comical stories introduced each song, even when some of the subjects of the songs were not so funny, like  "Now When the Rain Falls" which is about an abusive relationship. The set may have started off with a laid back feeling, but was passionate and the performance was heart felt. Although the set was a short o­ne, the audience got a great opportunity to discover the many facets of Damnhait Doyle and her musical styles. A special treat was a soulful version of Ben Harper's "Shall Not Walk Alone". Closing the set was "Another California Song". After a glorious introduction, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider hit the stage and promised us a long show. Opening the set with "This is the World". Next were the two big hits "Victory Day" and the high energy "Sinking Like a Sunset" into his newest radio hit "Pictures From the Edge" with Kevin Fox o­n cello. It was apparent that this evening was turning into a distinctively Canadian cultural experience when "Big League", the song about a young hockey player who died in a car accident, was introduced by praising Montreal and the Canadiens. Not o­nly does Canadian identity run through the songs, but it also runs through your veins when you're hearing them live. Performing a song from another Canadian artist, Leonard Cohen's "Bird o­n a Wire" was done in true Tom Cochrane style, gritty and from the heart.  "Good Times" was performed with o­nly an acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar and lots of audience participation. The band could be mellow and they could also be powerful in songs like "Knock Me Down".  After cranking out hit after hit, there was still more to come. Joining Cochrane o­n stage was Montreal's   Sam Roberts who lent guitar and vocals to "White Hot". Like most of us, he probably sang along to that song dozens of times o­n the radio, and even though he was the o­nly o­ne invited o­n stage to join the band, the back up singers known as the audience lent their singing skills as well. Ending off the evening were the encores "Lunatic Fringe", a powerhouse of a performance and "Boy Inside the Man." The theme of the night was music with honesty and  meaning. Tom Cochrane's distinctive voice and the rapport he enjoys with the audience are always appreciated. When an artist joins the ranks of other Canadian legends, people take notice.

SET LIST:
This is the World
Victory Day
Sinking Like a Sunset
Pictures From the Edge
Paper Tiger
Big League
I Wish You Well
Avenue "A"
Bird o­n a Wire
Good Times
Just Like Ali
Light in the Tunnel
Human Race
Ocean Blue
White Hot
No Regrets
Life is a Highway

Encore:
Lunatic Fringe
Boy Inside the Man

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