Live Nation has just announced that Canadian country-rock band Blue Rodeo will perform Thursday, January 28 at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre, as part of a 29-date tour in support of the band’s new album, 1000 Arms.
The album will be released on Friday, Oct. 28, the group announced on Thursday.
In the mid-80’s, Blue Rodeo was the hottest band on the Toronto club circuit and there was no reason not to believe that their success wouldn’t continue to grow.
Only a few months later, after the album’s initial single flopped, the band was told their future with the label was bleak. And then “Try” was released.
MuchMusic took a chance and put the video into heavy rotation. Radio soon followed their lead and embraced the song, setting Blue Rodeo on a remarkable career path that has led to over 4 million records sold, multiple JUNO Awards, world-wide tours, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and a Star on the Walk of Fame.
In the ensuing years, the band has survived a number of changes, but with the songwriting and voices of Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor at its heart, Blue Rodeo has become one of this country’s most successful bands – both critically and commercially – all the while influencing the evolving sound of Canadian music.
Presale tickets will be available at bluerodeo.com starting Monday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.; a free account needs to be created before purchases can be made. Every ticket bought will come with a digital copy of 1000 Arms.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. The Sadies will open the show.
This will be Blue Rodeo’s first Victoria performance since the recent departure of multi-instrumentalist Bob Egan. Egan played his last show with the Canadian band on Saturday night in Toronto.
After 17 and a half years with the band, Egan is leaving for a job at the Kitchener Public Library.