This interview aired on November 21, 2017 on CHUO 89.1FM
On this week’s podcast we talk with Brian Greenway, the Hawkesbury native who is a guitarist and vocalist for Canadian rock pioneers April Wine. April Wine is co-headlining a show with Trooper on November 25th at TD Place.
April Wine first formed in Nova Scotia back in 1969 and enjoyed international success in the 70s and 80s with several hits, like their covers of Hot Chocolate’s “You Could Have Been A Lady” and Elton John’s “Bad Side of the Moon,” plus originals like “Tonight is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love” and “Oowatanite.”
We were one of the first bands to prove that you could tour across Canada, do 40 or 50 different places and come out of it making money.
More than a hit band, April Wine was among the first pioneers in Canadian rock, who proved it was possible to make a living as a band touring in Canada.
Says Greenway, “we were one of the first bands to prove that you could tour across Canada, do 40 or 50 different places and come out of it making money. Touring all the small towns, and proving that there was a market for it.”
We ask him about seeing Jimi Hendrix live, the importance he places on playing guitar regularly, and the unique “Canadianness” of the CFL.
Tickets to see April Wine and Trooper are $45 online and at the TD Place box office.