The Unbreakable Alan Frew Releases New Album
Award-winning singer/songwriter Alan Frew releases his new album 80290 on Nov. 6. Listen to this exclusive preview, plus we chat with Frew about his new release!
In August, award-winning singer/songwriter Alan Frew – frontman for the classic 80s Canadian rock band Glass Tiger – laid down the final vocals for his latest solo album, 80290, in which he strips down and covers a number of the greatest rock standards of the 1980s.
As most of us do after a long day at work, the 58-year-old headed home from the studio, relaxed and went to bed. As he slept, he suffered a stroke – right-side trauma from which the recovery, he noted on social media, will prove “the fight of my life.”
Still, Frew is determined to make a triumphant comeback, setting Christmas as his goal to return to the stage. And today, the release of 80290 marks a major step toward that goal.
Frew recently spoke with Zoomer magazine.
MIKE CRISOLAGO: It was noted that this album was inspired partly by Rod Stewart’s work with the Great American Songbook. As time and generations go by, do you envision classic songs like these from the 1980s becoming engrained and revered in the musical lexicon like those works from the Great American Songbook?
MC: You also reinterpreted your own work on 80290 with a new version of the Glass Tiger hit “Someday.” How did that feel, revisiting one of your biggest hits and re-tuning it, so to speak, and re-introducing it to fans?
AF: It was a blast. It was living proof that a great song is indeed just that; a GREAT song. [They] pass the test regardless of the format or the tempo or the production.
MC: You suffered your stroke literally hours after finishing your vocals for the album. Obviously the songs on this album hold a certain meaning for you but, since your stroke, have there been certain songs or specific music that has helped propel and inspire your recovery?
AF: Not a certain song per se but rather the need to recover and get back to being the vocalist who performed these songs at this level is helping propel and inspire my recovery. I have set the bar high and I won’t settle for anything less so now the challenge is set and the mountain has to be climbed.
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