It’s been almost twenty years since Glass Tiger first topped the charts, and they are still masters of creating, the great song. With the release of their 20th Anniversary DVD “No Turning Back Glass Tiger 1985-2005”, the band shows not only why they are indelibly etched into the annals of Canadian music history but also how their writing style still remains vibrant and meaningful for today’s music scene. Two brand new songs penned by Glass Tiger and original producer /collaborator Jim Vallance have found their way onto what is truly a Greatest Hits package. “Give It Away” and the vividly nostalgic “No Turning Back” seem to pack all that Glass Tiger is known for, strong beautifully crafted melodies and lyrics delivered with power-packed vocals and driving rhythms.
Discovered in the summer of 1984 when a band from Newmarket, Ontario called Tokyo spent two evenings performing before capacity crowds at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens opening for Boy George and Culture Club. Their dynamic original sound captured the moment, and the race to sign them was on. Tokyo, which had become a major force in suburban high schools and the Ontario club circuit, officially became Glass Tiger early the following year when a record deal was finally signed with Capitol Records.
With Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith; Ozzy Osbourne) behind the boards Glass Tiger was immediately introduced to the recording studio to work on their first album. The Thin Red Line set a record for being the fastest selling debut recording in Canadian history, going gold within weeks of its release. To date, this album has received four Platinum records in Canada and went Gold in the United States. One of Glass Tiger’s many hit singles “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” yielded a #2 spot on Billboard that was followed by “Someday” which reached #5. Both songs also made Canadian history when Glass Tiger won successive Juno’s a year apart for Single of the Year from the same album.
With five Juno awards and a Grammy nomination under their belt, Glass Tiger was invited as the “Special Guests” for Tina Turner’s 1987 European tour.
Glass Tiger’s second release Diamond Sun, and third album, Simple Mission, solidified their reputation as being one of Canada’s better song crafters. Diamond Sun sported four charting singles: “Diamond Sun,” “I’m Still Searching,” “My Song,” and “(Watching) Worlds Crumble,” achieving Double Platinum status; while Simple Mission went Platinum, with “Animal Heart”, and the notable Celtic duet classic, “My Town”, which features the legendary Rod Stewart.
With such a colourful past – world tours, hit singles, millions sold, top producers, and sharing stages with some of the biggest acts of all time, one would think that this history could lead to complacency, stagnancy, or perhaps even cynicism in their approach today. Yet, as Alan Frew explains, those adjectives couldn’t be furthest from the truth. “Our writing is as strong as ever, with the same spark and verve that we had back when “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” was crafted. Our performances have never been tighter, and we are playing at the highest level. We are re-ignited, recharged and looking forward to every show.”
‘No Turning Back: 1985-2005’ is a collection of Glass Tiger’s biggest hits! Including all of the radio versions of their biggest hits along with some rarities & alternative versions, this new collection also includes two brand new songs ‘No Turning Back’ and ‘Give It Away’ that were just recorded for this release! Also available ‘No Turning Back’ DVD featuring 13 of the band’s best video performances and tons of bonus footage!