Tom Cochrane announces stop in Abbotsford for Mad Mad World tour

Canadian Hall of Famer celebrates re-issue of landmark album

  • Oct. 31, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Tom Cochrane brings his 25th anniversary Mad Mad World tour to Abbotsford on March 2.

Singer Tom Cochrane has announced a cross-Canada tour that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Mad Mad World.

The tour includes a stop at Abbotsford Centre on March 2 at 8 p.m.

Mad Mad World celebrates a deluxe re-issue in stores and on streaming services today (Monday).

The remastered two-CD includes the previously unreleased original demo recording of Love is a Highway, from which grew the career-defining Life is a Highway. It also includes a 1992 concert performance from Chicago which features key tracks from Mad Mad World alongside Red Rider classics.

On stage with Cochrane will be his reunited Red Rider bandmates Kenny Greer and Jeff Jones.

Cochrane will perform Mad Mad World in its entirety with additional fan favourites in the set.

Joining the tour will be Meghan Patrick, a country singer-songwriter from Ontario.

Mad Mad World remains among the top-selling albums in Canadian music history, achieving rare diamond-certified status on the strengths of such hit singles as the title track, No Regrets, Washed Away, Sinking Like A Sunset, and, of course, Life Is A Highway, which reigned at number one for six weeks in Canada, reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and went on to become recognized the world over.

Cochrane is recipient of eight Juno Awards plus multiple songwriter awards. He is also a Grammy nominee, and a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame.

He holds an honorary doctorate, has a place on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and has been honoured with both the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada.

He is a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a former honorary air force colonel in the 409 squadron.

Cochrane has also been tireless in his philanthropic works for decades with organizations such as War Child, Waterkeeper Alliance, Amnesty International, Make Poverty History and the United Way.

Last week, Cochrane was honoured by World Vision Canada for his years of service to their philanthropic initiatives.

Tickets for the Abbotsford concert go on sale starting Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. They are available online at ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

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