Chris 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.
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.