The Bears Den came alive to the sounds of Canadian rock band Glass Tiger this past Friday. It marked the band’s first Buffalo/Niagara Area show since 2014 when the band played the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. Vocalist Alan Frew led the band through a 105-minute set which featured many stories as well.
Joining Frew were original members keyboardist Sam Reid and guitarist Al Connelly. Rounding out the rest of the band were drummer Chris McNeill, bassist Tom Lewis, guitarist Russell Gray as well as background vocalist Carmela Long.
The band released a new album entitled 31 last year. It features many of the bands hit reimagined. The band played a few of those versions including “Diamond Sun”, “My Song” and “Animal Heart”. Another song performed the way it was recorded on 31 was “Thin Red Line”. The only problem I felt was that it lacked the power of the original version. Although it wasn’t billed as an acoustic or unplugged show that was almost what It felt like.
The band closed their main set with “Someday” which climbed to #7 on the US Singles chart back in 1986. This was the perfect set up for the encore which helped the band close out the show in rip roaring fashion. A fantastic version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” served as not only a fitting tribute to Bowie but also a song that brought the crowd to its feet. The band saved their best for last in ending the show with “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”. The song is the bands highest charting single as it peaked at #2.
The band has been around for approximately 32 years and surprisingly enough has only recorded three studio albums. They did mention that they are working on another one which will be done sooner rather than later. The band will be supporting Corey Hart this summer as they trek across the Great White North.
The band rarely gets to the Buffalo area much as they’ve only played here a handful of times over the past two decades. This is one band you have to see at least once add it to your bucket list. You’ll be glad you did.
I’m Still Searching
You’re What I Look For
I Am With You Tonight
I Will Be There
All I Ever Wanted
Fire It Up
I Could Never Lie To You
Thin Red Line
Wae Yer Family
Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)