It’s hard to imagine that 25 years have gone by since the release of Mad Mad World, the ground-breaking album from Tom Cochrane that sold more than two million copies, becoming the Canadian Music Hall of Famer’s biggest album.
On Wednesday night, Cochrane and his longtime bandmates, Red Rider, brought the Mad Mad World Anniversary tour to the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, performing the entire album before launching into a parade of their biggest hits spanning their 40-year career.
The show launched with local country breakout star Meghan Patrick, who energized the crowd with a series of twangy, upbeat tunes that had the crowd dancing in the aisles. Patrick, born and raised in nearby Bowmanville, has taken the Canadian Country charts by storm since winning the KX96 Superstar Search in 2013.
Performing recent hits such as “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”, for which she was nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award in 2016, as well as “I Believe In Beer” and a stirring rendition of the Dolly Parton classic “Jolene”, Patrick delivered a set that brought the crowd to life and prepared them for the main event.
— Meghan Patrick (@MegPatrickMusic) March 30, 2017
Next up, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider hit the stage, bringing their extensive catalog of hits to the raucous dancing crowd at the TCC. Cochrane seemed to enjoy taking his time between songs, striking up conversations with fans in attendance and bandmates as he spoke of his love for Canada, and told a number of humorous anecdotes collected throughout his career.
After performing hits from the Mad Mad World album such as “Sinking Like A Sunset” and “Washed Away”, Cochrane and company kicked it into high gear during the second half of their set, rolling out hit after hit that brought the entire crowd in Oshawa to their feet.
From mega-hits such as “No Regrets” and “Life Is A Highway”, Tom and the boys launched into some of their older hits from the Red Rider days, playing fan favourites like “Lunatic Fringe” and “Big League”. You don’t have a career as successful or as long as Cochrane has without knowing how to play to your audience, and Tom showed on Wednesday night that he knows how to bring exactly what his fans want to see.
- Mad Mad World
- Brave And Crazy
- Sinking Like A Sunset
- Bigger Man
- All The King’s Men
- The Secret Is To Know When To Stop
- Washed Away
- Everything Comes Around
- Emotional Turth
- Get Back Up
- No Regrets
- Life Is A Highway
- Light In The Tunnel
- Big League
- Lunatic Fringe
- White Hot
- Good Times (acoustic) (Encore)
- Boy Inside The Man (Encore)
Fans took to social media throughout the night, showing their excitement.
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FEATURED PHOTO: Tom Cochrane (with Red Rider) brought the house down at the Tribute Communities Centre on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (Photo: William Balfour/Tribute Communities Centre)