Big Wreck has spent a lot of time in Sault Ste. Marie. A lot of time, just hanging out in parking lots and not playing, as the band travelled to other cities to perform.
So said frontman Ian Thornley Tuesday night at The Machine Shop a few songs into Big Wreck’s powerful set.
Thankfully this time around and while on tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album, Thornley along with bandmates Brian Doherty, Dave McMillan and Chuck Keeping, found time to perform to a very appreciative crowd.
"Look at this packed house on a school night," Thornley said. "The Sault knows how to party!"
Commemorating the release of In Loving Memory Of… Big Wreck played the album in its entirety with a few b-side gems thrown in for good measure. A few technical issues aside, the band was on point and Thornley’s vocal prowess was as remarkable as it was two decades ago.
On their last date of this leg of the tour, Winnipeg’s Attica Riots primed the Sault audience with a short but sweet (and energetic) opening set.
Big Wreck’s In Loving Memory Of… tour continues across Canada with stops in Winnipeg, Regina, Red Deer, Vancouver and more. Learn more here.