Blue Rodeo not afraid to freeze their fingers in Sask.

Greg Keelor and Glenn Milchem say winter tours are invigorating.

Greg Keelor and Glenn Milchem say winter tours are invigorating

Greg Keelor (left) and Glenn Milchem, from Blue Rodeo, say winter tours are invigorating. (Eric Anderson/CBC)

They are one of the longest touring bands in Canada and although they may have slowed down a little, Blue Rodeo has no plans to stop.

With 60 to 90 live shows a year, Greg Keelor and Glenn Milchem say they actually enjoy hitting the road during winter months.

"We've been touring in the winter for a long time," Keelor told CBC Radio Host Eric Anderson prior to a Saturday night show in Saskatoon.

When the band was starting out, Keelor remembers, they were the only ones on the road in the snow.

"We sort of had the country to ourselves."

He said the cold has a lot of benefits including clearing the sinuses, which is especially important for the singer.

"Myself I really enjoy it, I find it quite invigorating. I love going for a walk on a day like today. You have to bundle up," he said.

"I really enjoy breathing in that cold air, I call it snow-caine."

Drummer Glenn Milchem said he can remember winter tours going back to 1995.

"This kind of weather always reminds me of previous tours, it's like adventures in a cold land," he said.

"I just love our northern landscape. I really have grown to love it; it's something you get to see a lot of in this band. You either are going to grow to appreciate it or hate it, and luckily I've grown to appreciate it."

With the tour continuing until the end of February, both said they are always reminded that it's a privilege to play music for a living.  

"I can't think of a better way for a bunch of middle-aged men to make a living. It's a pretty blessed experience really; it's a lot of fun," Milchem said.


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