A flashback to the 80’s occurred Sunday in Niagara Falls, NY when Canadian super groups Glass Tiger and Platinum Blonde invaded Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel for a night of some great musical memories.
Platinum Blonde, currently performing as a trio, took the stage following a video montage of 80’s clips. They then began a highly energetic set of past hits, along with some new features from their latest album “Now & Never”.
Singer Mark Holmes had no problem getting the nearly sold out crowd into the show. Along with guitarist Sergio Galli and drummer Dan Todd, the trio belted out fan favorites such as “Crying Over You” and “Contact”. In addition to their classics, Platinum Blonde treated everyone with “Beautiful” and “Valentine”, two songs off their latest “Now & Never” album.
If Platinum Blonde had Seneca rocking during the first half, Glass Tiger had the place rocking even more during the second. The five-time Juno award winners and one-time Grammy nominees took the stage to a slightly remixed version of “I’m Still Searching”. Just as he always has, lead singer Alan Frew played to the audience with all his Scottish charisma. In between songs Frew entertained the crowd with his tales of working with “Roderick” Stewart and Bryan Adams. He got some chuckles after explaining how after the artists had sung with Glass Tiger on “My Town” and “I Will Be There” respectively, they both became famous and then were never heard from again.
The majority of Glass Tiger’s set was filled with their standard sing-along classics: “Someday”, “You’re What I Look For”, and “My Song”. The group had the audience rocking Scottish style with the fan favorite “Thin Red Line”. The place was jumping again with the guitar-laden lustful “Animal Heart”. Frew gave a heartfelt shout out to all military personnel from both sides of the border before performing a moving rendition of “Diamond Sun”.
Highlights of the show included Frew’s solo hit “Healing Hands” as well as the two latest Glass Tiger songs: the emotion—packed “I Take It Back” and the sexy “Love Is On The Way”. Both tunes can be found on Glass Tiger’s latest album “Then, Now, Next”.
When watching him perform, it’s easy to witness how personable Alan Frew is. At one point in the show he sat on the edge of the stage, making everyone feel he was singing to just them for the moment. One fan offered up their camera and without missing a beat in the song, Frew managed to take pictures of each band member. He took an obligatory selfie with another fan and shook the hands of many.
Before wittingly introducing himself to the audience as “Sean Connery”, Frew acknowledged his band mates. Filling in for bassist Wayne Parker (who could not be with the band for this performance) was Tommy Lewis, a member of Frew’s solo band. Back up vocals were performed by songstress Carmela Long. Chris McNeil, another member of Frew’s solo band, appeared on drums and long-time Glass Tiger members Sam Reid and Al Connelly rounded out the band on keyboards and guitar.
Although he had teasingly said at the start of the show that the band would not be performing their signature hit “Don’ Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”, Frew and crew returned for an encore of the smash pop tune, which had everyone dancing and singing along.
For a band that had not performed a concert in the United States in almost thirty years, it seemed as if Glass Tiger had never left. These talented musicians have a style that is endless. Their music speaks volumes even after all these years. And like the power of Niagara, their popularity still endures.