A dull rainy night, kind of like typical east coast weather, so what better way to spend it then heading east down the 401 to Center in the Square in Kitchener to catch one of the biggest music stars to come from Canada’s eastern shore. Alan Doyle swung his, “So Lets Go” Tour, into town to a capacity crowd with drinks in their hands and Newfoundland flags waving.
The show started off with Adam Baldwin, just him and his acoustic guitar, on a stool. He made some jokes about never playing a venue so big before and had some comments about feeling like he was on the stage with the Muppets because of the private boxes along both sides of the main theatre at Center in the Square. But the boy could sing and there would be no need for heckling from those boxes. He had the crowd captivated for 40 minutes while he rolled through a set of all originals.
Alan took the stage after a short intermission where the fans got a chance to refill some drinks and stretch as they knew they wouldn’t be sitting in the soft cushy seats much longer. Alan hit the stage with no band, just himself, a drink in his hand, and let it all go. Pure singing is how he opened the show, and his voice is so powerful and incredible that it was a spectacular way to kick off the show.
It didn’t take long for the crowd to get into the show! The minute he announced it was going to be a party and promised some new stuff, some old stuff, some traditional east coast stuff and, of course, some Great Big Sea stuff, the crowd went nuts and it was right into the music and fun.
Alan is big on interacting with his fans. He mentioned a lady who had a broken foot that he saw post on Twitter that it wasn’t going to slow her down. He mentioned some other folks in the front row from small towns in Newfoundland, and of course, paused the show for a few moments while someone brought them a tray of drinks.
Throughout the show, it was hit after hit and, as promised, a few new tunes thrown in among the traditional Alan Doyle songs. One particular moment that stuck with me was during one song where Alan and his guitar player Corey went back to back and shredded a guitar solo. After the song ended he took a few moments to apologize to the crowd for living out his rock and roll fantasy for a few moments. The crowd just wanted more. And more they got. Alan pumped out the music for a full 90 minutes giving the fans what they came for.
We have to thank Center in the Square for the hospitality as well as Universal Music Canada and Alan Doyle for allowing us to step into the east coast for an evening. Make sure if the, “So Let’s Go” Tour, swings by your area, you grab a ticket and go have some fun with one of the best kept Canadian Secrets.
Bill Woodcock / @BillWoodcock