Rocker opens for John Mellencamp on Canadian tour
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He’s played Toronto many times over the years, but Tom Cochrane has never stepped on the stage at the Air Canada Centre.
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That will all change tonight when the Canadian rock legend opens for American rock legend John Mellencamp.
Cochrane, a resident of Oakville, told Metro he is excited to play in Toronto again.
“Yeah, of course I am. It’s always great to play in Toronto, it’s a great city,” Cochrane said. “I don’t think I’ve ever played the ACC before so it’s going to be a great new experience.”
Mellencamp completed a major tour in the U.S. last month and is now crossing Canada with Cochrane and Red Rider in the opening slot.
“I think we’re kindred spirits in a lot of ways. He’s fairly outspoken and honest in his music, and obviously he’s had a ton of hits, and I think a lot of the sensibility in the music is similar,” he said. “I think a lot of his fans are my fans and vice versa. So he’s a good dude and we’re going to rock the country from one end to the other.”
Cochrane fans can expect to hear all their favourites including Life Is A Highway and Big League — those are tunes Cochrane just couldn’t leave out.
“I can’t play as long as I usually like to but I think I have to play (Life Is A Highway) don’t you?” Cochrane asked. “A lot of the songs that are near and dear to Canadian hearts are going to be in there, so it’s going to be a power packed set I guess.”
Cochrane set the table for a career in music when, at age 11, he traded in a toy train set for his first guitar.
After years of struggling, travelling and driving a taxi, Cochrane joined Canadian band Red Rider as lead singer/songwriter and together they released four acclaimed studio albums.
Later, Cochrane set out on his own, and when Mad Mad World — which included megahit Life Is A Highway —was released, it helped Cochrane ensure a long-lasting career.
So what’s the key to longevity?
“I think a big part of it is naivety. If I knew some of the things I know now when I started out I don’t know if I would have the gumption to carry on,” he said. “But you really have to have a steadfast belief in what you do, you do need to have faith in music.”