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Chris IsaakChris Isaak is an interesting cat. He grew up listening to Elvis and Roy Orbison but spent most of his time training at a boxing gym and fighting as a light heavyweight. It was only when he was in Japan as an exchange student that he considered a career in music. The audience tonight at Centre in the Square was lucky he did.

What a show.

What a voice.

He started out as a solo act but quickly gave that up and formed a rockabilly group called Silvertone. His breakthrough came with his third album Heart Shaped World when David Lynch used Isaac’s song Wicked Game in the film Wild at Heart.

I saw Chris Isaak tonight at Centre in the Square. I love to see music there. As Chris Isaac said, “It’s a great sounding room”.

He teased the audience a bit about playing in Kitchener, finally. He said, he’d played in New York. He played in Paris. But he had never played in Kitchener. He was working up to it.

I saw Chris Isaak tonight at Centre in the Square. I love to see music there. As Chris Isaac said, “It’s a great sounding room”.  And he put on a great show. He joked with the audience. He came into the audience. He brought a couple of members of the audience up on stage. He sent his lead guitarist into the audience. He wore sequins. his band wore sequins too. He wore a mirrored suit.

Christ Isaak played Two Hearts and Wicked Game. And he played Pretty Women, Ring of Fire and Great Balls of Fire, tributes to his heroes.

Guitars? I don’t know how many he brought – a lot! And two drummers. They sounded wonderful. The band was tight. They looked and sounded like they were having fun.

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