March 10, 2017
One of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live bands is reuniting to play one of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live venues: Saturday May 13, 2017. One night only.
The Smugglers will play their first hometown show in over 13 years, and their first performance at the Commodore Ballroom in 17 years. The reason for the reunion gig is simple: lead singer, author and broadcaster Grant Lawrence is finally releasing his memoirs of his hard-charging, international touring years, entitled DIRTY WINDSHIELDS: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries (Douglas and McIntyre, May 2017).
“I’ve been working on this book on and off for over ten years. It’s been a huge labour of love. Reading through and shaping my old tour diaries into a book has been both rewarding and embarrassing, much like my career with the Smugglers” Lawrence jokes.
“I hoped we’d do a gig to launch the book, and I was thrilled when Live Nation stepped up and offered the Commodore Ballroom. It’s not only one of our favourite rooms in the world, but also the last venue standing from the Smugglers gigging era, unless you count the Hastings Community Centre.”
Joining Grant Lawrence and the Smugglers is an all-star pop-punk line up of friends, is THE MUFFS from Los Angeles (their first performance in Vancouver in almost 20 years), CHIXDIGGIT from Calgary (celebrating their own 25th anniversary in 2017), and NEEDLES // PINS from Vancouver.
Tickets $25 in advance, on sale now.