Published Feb 17, 2017While long-gone Vancouver outfit the Smugglers reunited back in 2016, they've yet to announce a reunion show on home turf — or at least until now.
This morning (February 17), Grant Lawrence and co. revealed that they will play Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on May 13. The concert will mark their first hometown show in more than 13 years and is promised to be "one night only."
The show also doubles as a book launch for Lawrence's memoirs, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, which is described as a "tell-all account of his wild rock and roll touring days." The book is set to arrive in May via Douglas and McIntyre.
"I've been working on this book on and off for over 10 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 said in a statement.
"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 the Smugglers for the show on May 13 are also L.A. unit the Muffs, Calgary heroes Chixdiggit and gruff Vancouver punkers Needles//Pins.
Tickets are $25 and go on sale on February 24 at 10 a.m. PST online via Live Nation and IRL at Red Cat Records.