Tommy Youngsteen isn’t an ordinary cover band. Formed in 2010 by ex-Stars guitarist Alan Snoddy, Tommy Youngsteen flaunts the talents of members and alumni from some of Canada’s top bands including Broken Social Scene, The Trews, Sam Roberts Band, Stars, The Arkells, Sloan, The Stills, and Grapes of Wrath. With so many touring musicians in the band, it’s always a bit of a surprise to see who will be onstage at a Tommy Youngsteen show.
While their usual set consists of hits from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, Saturday night’s show at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern is a unique one. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s iconic album Born To Run, Tommy Youngsteen will be performing the album from front to back. The Tommy Youngsteen lineup for Saturday’s show is a nine-piece band consisting of members and alumni from Stars, Big Sugar, Sam Roberts Band, Sloan, Grapes of Wrath and The Trews, plus musical guests from Zeus, Great Lake Swimmers, Sam Cash and some surprise guests. The night will begin with a solo set from Edmonton’s stunning country roots artist Jay Sparrow at 10pm. After performing the entirety of Born To Run, Tommy Youngsteen will then play a second set filled with hits by Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, AC/DC and other rock greats.
Tommy Youngsteen is packed with seasoned performers who give their audiences one hell of a show. If their tribute night to Born To Run is anything like their performance on Ward’s Island in June, the Horseshoe will be one huge dance party in no time.
Tommy Youngsteen on Ward’s Island, July 3rd 2015. Photo by Stories Behind The Songs
Tommy Youngsteen founding member Alan Snoddy told Stories Behind The Songs that his love for Bruce Springsteen stems from The Boss’s performance style and his ability to engage the audience. “It’s more the presentation on stage, the showmanship. It’s his attention to detail. A lot of people stand up there and stare at their shoes but he’s going to make sure you have a good time whether you like it or not.”
1975’s Born To Run may have been Springsteen’s third studio album but it was his last chance at success. Under immense make-or-break pressure from label executives at Columbia, Bruce knew his career was on the line. It took him six months just to create the title track “Born To Run”. After months and months of painstaking recording, overdubbing and editing, Born To Run was completed the day before their tour began. Loaded with classics like “Thunder Road“, “Born To Run” , “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Jungleland“, Born To Run became Bruce’s musical masterpiece.
Tickets for the Saturday August 29th show at the Horseshoe Tavern are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Grab some friends, grab some tickets and get ready for a night in rock’n’roll heaven.