Hotel Bonaventure - Montreal, Thursday, March 19, 1998
by Tiiu Shelly

Thursday night's show was a corporate show for The Traffic Club of Montreal, with a rare appearance by the band. Although I have been a fan for many years and have seen the solo show time and time again, I had never seen Larry play with the band. Knowing this, Larry and Bob invited me along. I arrived in Montreal at about 2:45 p.m., grabbed something to eat, and headed off to the hotel to meet the guys. After a slight bit of trouble, I find the hotel (it was right in front of me all along! - I walked around it before finally finding the entrance!) and quickly find the salon where the band is setting up. Larry, Bob and Ian, the only guys I know in this crazy bunch, are nowhere to be seen. I simply find a seat and make myself at home - I know they'll show up eventually. The band is composed of names I recognize from the albums - Kenny Greer, Paul DeLong and Jeff Jones, as well as Kevin (sorry - didn't catch your last name!), who played the piano when Larry didn't. The ! guys soon arrive and sound check begins shortly after. I immediately feel that it's going to be a night to remember.

I was right. At 9:30 p.m. Larry hits the stage, alone, with a beautiful rendition of "Pour un Instant." The band then arrives on stage and, after a rocking intro, they kick into an awesome version of "All The Lover In The World." And so it continued. It was great to hear the songs as they were first recorded. Larry was FULL of energy! On a couple of songs, such as "Guerilla Soldier," Larry turned the piano over to Kevin and simply dealt with the vocals. AMAZING!! Again, he's so full of energy, running and jumping all over the stage. All too soon, the evening is over. The band is packing up and Larry is taking his time, talking to fans and signing autographs. From there, the band heads back to Toronto while Larry, Bob and Ian head for the hotel. The next morning Larry does a radio show before heading off to Trois Rivieres for a String Quartet show. (Wish I could have been there too!)

All in all, it was a great start to a great weekend. While the guys finish the final two shows of the Quebec tour, I enjoy my first visit to the fine city of Montreal. I hope to return some time soon (hopefully on the occasion of another Gowan performance!). For now, I'm back in T.O., anxiously awaiting the next show. No matter how many times you see Mr. G., he gets better and better, and is always entertaining!

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