Aug 17 2013 – On Saturday Aug 17 2013, I made my first trip to the annual Weir Rockin event. The concert is now in it’s 7th year and it takes place at Weir field in Upper Sackville, Nova Scotia. This somewhat isolated location proved to be an excellent place to hold a concert. Parking close to the concert site is very limited, so event organizers arranged for you to park your vehicle at the transit terminal in Sackville where they will shuttle you to and from the venue. At first I thought this may be a pain in the butt however it was a fantastic idea. After parking I just jumped on a bus and 10 minutes later I exited the bus at the gates to the venue.
The lineup for Weir 2013 consisted of two of Canada’s most popular recording artists from the 80’s (Streetheart & Glass Tiger) and Lou Gramm, the original vocalist from Foreigner. The first act of the day, Streetheart, was one of my favorites from back in the day. The current roster consists of vocalist Kenny Shields, guitarist Jeff Neill, keyboard player Daryl Gutheil, drummer Tim Sutton and Halifax’s own Jake Jacobs playing bass. I’m not so sure I would want to try and fill the void left by bass player Spider Sinnaeve, but Jake Jacobs now fills that role.
Streetheart played an energetic set including hit songs like Under My Thumb, Miss Plazza Suite, What Kind of love is This, and Hollywood before exiting the stage. Since this was a festival show that adheres to strict time limits, we thought they were finished for the night. Much to our surprise the enthusiastic audience was able to get them back on stage for an encore. Shields and company did not disappoint wowing the crowd with a version of The Stones classic Angie and my all time favorite Streetheart song Action.
Glass Tiger was the second act to hit the stage and the crowd was with them right from the start of their set. The band consists of Alan Frew on guitar and vocals, Alan Connelly on guitar, Wayne Parker on Bass, Chris McNeill on drums and Sam Reid on keyboards. The band is fronted by the charismatic Alan Frew who is also the face that many people associate with when they think of Glass Tiger. Frew showed that his vocals have remained strong over time as he led his band mates through a string of hit songs like Thin Red Line, Someday, Don’t Forget Me(When I’m Gone) and my personal favorite My Town. The song touches close to the heart of life in Nova Scotia. This Glass Tiger video of My Town was shot by a friend of mine Lisa Davis. My camera battery died during Glass Tiger and Lisa was kind enough to allow me to use her video in this review.
Once again I want thank Lisa for allowing me to use her wonderful image of Lou Gramm.
Lou Gramm was the headliner and he rocked the house. For the first time at Weir Rockin they had an act not from Canada headline the show. Gramm and his band brought the energy and kept it going through their entire set. The classic songs like Cold As Ice, That Was Yesterday and Dirty White Boy had everyone singing right along until the final note of the encore.
Ok I’m hooked, Weir Rockin has to rank among the best local outdoor concert venues for an audience up to 4000 people. I can’t remember the last time a concert was as solid from start to finish as Weir Rockin 2013. The entire show, from the the first Streetheart song, through Glass Tiger’s hit filled set, and right until the end of Lou Gramm was excellent. All three bands delivered the goods for what turned out to be a fantastic night of live music.