The 20th anniversary tour has begun! Yes, it’s been 20 years since the birth of the Arrogant Worms and we started the tour where it all began–in Kingston, Ontario.
Spirits were high as we got ready to celebrate our dubious accomplishment and, even with a snowstorm outside, the people came. As part of the 20th anniversary tour we’ve decided to perform songs that dropped off the set list years ago. The ones we played that night were “History is Made by Stupid People” and “Carfull of Pain”. Both went off without a hitch, except for Trevor savoring his harmonica solo in Carfull perhaps a bit too much.
But the highlight of the show was the appearance of the original line-up back on stage for the first time in… in… well, we don’t know exactly, but it’s been a while. Yes, John Whytock and Steve Wood, members of the original four (the trading cards from this year are very valuable now) jumped up on stage and magic ensued. It was as if time had stood still (except for the whole “looking old” thing) as John sang “Don’t Go Into Politics” while Steve thwapped joyfully on the bass. Curiously, neither of them asked to re-join the group afterwards.
Where does the tour go next? Good question. First we’re taking a couple of weeks off to recover from all the excitement of the Kingston show, but then we’re playing almost all of Western Canada, starting in Winnipeg and going all the way to Vancouver Island. Also, our new album Hindsight 20/20 (well, not exactly “new” it is a Best Of, after all–although it does have a funky re-mix of the Last Saskatchewan Pirate) is now in stores. If you can find a music store, that is. If not, it’s also on iTunes and Maplemusic.com.
We hope to see you on the road!
Oh, here’s a picture of the Arrogant Worms 20 years ago!