Big Wreck (Rock) | July 18th | 8pm
Big Wreck was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1994 by lead vocalist Ian Thonley guitarist Brian Doherty, bassist Dave Henning and drummer Forrest Williams while they were students at the Berklee College of Music. After a few years of honing their sound in the Boston area, the band signed to Atlantic Records and released their debut album In Loving Memory Of...which was had instant success. In the US, their single "The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted)" reached the top ten on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart in early 1998. Four months later, their follow-up single "That Song" reached the top 40 on that same chart. The band found larger commercial success in Canada with 4 top 40 hits on the Canadian Singles Chart.
“The Oaf”, “That Song”, and “Blown Wide Open” were all Top 10 hits in Canada, boosted by their intense live shows. The band chose to go their separate ways following the 2001 follow-up album The Pleasure and The Greed, with Thornley quickly forming a new group bearing his surname, which over time brought Dave McMillan and Paulo Neta into the fold. Although Thornley, the band, released two commercially successful albums over a nine-year span, Thornley the musician eventually grew disenchanted with the group’s approach, and a rekindling of his friendship with Doherty sparked the notion of a re-born Big Wreck. It proved to be an wise decision, as the “comeback” album Albatross turned in a Top 5 first-week showing on the Canadian Albums Chart, the highest debut of any previous Big Wreck or Thornley release. It would go on to earn a 2013 Juno nomination for Rock Album of the Year and spawn three Top 10 Canadian Rock Radio singles.
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