Sat, Nov 24, 2012.
A much-anticipated tour stops in the province this week, sadly just for one day, and even that, a Monday. Still, I'd make every effort to head to Saint John's Sanctuary Theatre on the 26th for Royal Wood. No stranger to the province, the last time he was through, it was solo, as he was prepping the new songs he'd written for an upcoming disc.
It turned out to be called We Were Born To Glory, and has become one of the favourites of the year for many. Lead single I Want Your Love topped the Radio 2 survey, and has been in the Top 20 for 14 straight weeks. It's big, bright, celebratory pop music harkens back to a time when artists put everything into making a hit.
Wood, speaking on a short break from the tour at home in Montreal, says the disc reflects a great mood he found himself in: "It is a fun record. It's because I'd finally got off the road. I was tired and excited to be writing again. It was a flood of energy. I got back to Montreal, and that's a city where you celebrate life. It was super uptempo. I was raised on the glory days of an album, and we said lets just go all-out, and make everything have a hook. The horns, even the drum fills were hooks."
Wood says the songs have also taken off on tour. Instead of solo piano, this time we get to see him with a full band, including horns. "It's been amazing. It's been the dream tour. I'm with my dear friends, and it's been well attended. I'm loving it, I'm so excited to get onstage, these are some of the best players in the country. People will comment that it just looks like we're having so much fun."
Royal Wood performs at Saint John's Sanctuary Theatre Monday night at 8 PM.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).