Glass Tiger

Glass Tiger

Infobox musical artist |
Name = Glass Tiger

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Origin = Newmarket, ON, Canada
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Genre = Pop rock
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Years_active = 19801993, 2003-present
Label = Capitol Records
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Current_members = Alan Frew Sam Reid Al Connelly Wayne Parker Chris McNeill
Past_members = Michael Hanson
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Glass Tiger is a Canadian rock band formed in 1983, in Newmarket, Ontario.


Originally named 'Tokyo', the band produced several hit singles in Canada and placed two songs on "Billboard" magazine's top 10: "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" and "Someday," both of which came from their debut album, "The Thin Red Line" (1986), produced by Jim Vallance. Glass Tiger won three Juno Awards in 1986 and two more in 1987. They were also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987. After their third album "Simple Mission" and a brief Canadian tour in early 1993, the band went on a lengthy hiatus. Lead singer Alan Frew released two solo albums before the band reformed and began touring again around 2003.

On 6 November, 2004 Glass Tiger hosted a Saturday night retro show on CIQB-FM in Barrie, Ontario under the direction of station program director Darren Stevens.

In 2005 the band released a new DVD collection "No Turning Back". On June 23, 2005, they appeared on the NBC television show "Hit Me Baby One More Time", performing their classic hit "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" and covering "Everything You Want" (originally recorded by Vertical Horizon). Although they lost the audience voting to Thelma Houston, Glass Tiger were judged the winners by online voters.

In a mid-2006 interview on Entertainment Tonight Canada, Glass Tiger hinted they were back in the studio to record new material. Meanwhile, the band continues to tour throughout Canada. A new DVD titled "Glass Tiger Live in Concert" featuring the band in concert from the 1980s was also released in 2006.


*Alan Frew - (born 8 November 1956, in Scotland) — Vocals
*Sam Reid - (b. Samuel Reid, 1 December 1963, in Canada) — Keyboards
*Al Connelly - (b. 2 October 1960, in Montreal) — Guitars
*Wayne Parker - (b. 13 November 1960) — Electric Bass
*Michael Hanson - (b. 1 January 1963) — Original Drummer; left the band in 1988
*Chris McNeill — Drums from 2000

Facts and figures

*Their single "My Town" features Rod Stewart on lead vocals alongside Alan Frew.
*Their single "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" features Bryan Adams on background vocals. Adams is also featured on their song "I Will Be There."
*Glass Tiger played at the official opening of SkyDome in Toronto.


*"The Thin Red Line" (1986)
*"Diamond Sun" (1988)
*"Simple Mission" (1991)
*"" (1993)
*"No Turning Back: 1995-2005" (2005)
*"" (2006, online exclusive from band's official website)


External links

* [ Glass Tiger Homepage]
* [ Bio at] CanConRox entry
* [ Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia Entry]
* [ The Canadian Encyclopedia]
* [ 2007 Interview with Keyboardist Sam Reid]
* [ Willow Music, Sam Reid's record label]
* [ Alan Connelly's web site]
* [ Alan Frew's official web site]
* [ Alan Frew's business web site]
* [ photos from Alan Frew's mentorship project]
* [ photos from Glass Tiger's performance in Vancouver, 2008]

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