It’s been nine years since Tom Cochrane’s last album. Feb. 10, 2015 was the release day of his latest outing, Take It Home, which has a bit of a country flavour to it. Banjo, pedal steel guitar and harmonica feature prominently on the new tracks. The band played 6 of 11 songs from the new album.
The man seems to have a flair for songwriting and indeed he is a great storyteller through these songs. Inspiration for one of the new songs, The Ones That I Never Knew, came from civil rights activist Rosa Parks and Terry Fox. He shared a story of how he saw Terry Fox on the highway during his run across Canada.
Speaking of highways, Mr. Cochrane wrote one of his biggest hits, Life Is a Highway, after returning from Africa to “get me out of a funk.”
He kicked off the show with Boy Inside The Man and The Untouchable One. During the second song he paid tribute to another great songwriter, Joe South, by singing a couple lines of Games People Play.
The Lynn Lake native seemed to be in good spirits as he said it’s good to be back home. He got into a little small talk asking how the Jets were doing before playing Big League.
New song, Pink Time, was written about a long distance truck driver coming to terms with his wife’s Alzheimer’s. A very touching song which stirred up emotions in the singer who, after singing the song commented, “Not very professional when your own song chokes you up.”
There was a nice little acoustic section of the show where the whole band gathered around the front of the stage for Ocean Blue, Wish You Well, Citizen Cane and The Ones That I Never Knew.
After this, there was a big BOOM which seemed to startle many in the audience. Backup vocalist Jessica Mitchell helped out drummer Davide DiRenzo with a few drums of her own as they launched into Light In The Tunnel/ Human Race. After these two songs the drummer did a nice little segue into No Regrets.
Original Red Rider’s, bass player Jeff Jones and Ken Greer, who played guitar, pedal steel and keyboards were also joined by Nicky G playing banjo and guitar.
The band ended off the main 90 minute set with Life Is A Highway adding a nice little bluesy vibe to the end of the song after which the band left the stage.
For the encore, they played Lunatic Fringe and White Hot. It looked like the show was over, but as the band left the stage, Tom sat down at the keyboards and played Another Year.
There is a reason why Tom Cochrane has won 8 Junos over the years. His songwriting skill and delivery of the songs makes even the new unfamiliar songs seem like old favourites.
At the merchandise table beside where the t-shirts, posters and CD’s (first 25 CD’s were autographed) were, World Vision (www.worldvision.ca) was set up to assist people in sponsoring children from third world countries.
All photos by Doug Kretchmer
Boy Inside The Man (1986)
The Untouchable One (1986)
Can’t Stay Here (2015)
Sunday Afternoon Hang (2015)
Sinking Like A Sunset (1992)
Big League (1988)
Country Girls Never Get Old (2015)
Pink Time (2015)
Good Times (1988)
Ocean Blues (Emotion Blue) (1986)
Wish You Well (1995)
Citizen Cane (1986)
The Ones That I’ve Never Known (2015)
The Light In The Tunnel (1983)
Human Race (1983)
No Regrets (1991)
Victory Day (1989)
Life Is A Highway (1991)
White Hot (1980)
Lunatic Fringe (1981)
Another Year (2015)