Interview by Michael Oshust ~ January 26, 2019
As the original founding member, drummer and co-writing force behind Canadian 80’s superstars GLASS TIGER, Michael Hanson garnered 5 JUNO Awards, a Grammy Nomination and multiple Gold & Platinum hit sales worldwide. Michael is now one of Canada’s brightest songwriter/producers having written & recorded with the likes of John Bettis (Madonna, Pointer Sisters), Brad Buxer (Michael Jackson), Susan Pomerantz (Cher, Chicago), and has toured alongside Tina Turner, The Moody Blues and Journey.
What was the most memorable place you have played at?
The old Ontario Place Forum was so memorable, and the other place was an outdoor venue named Cambridge which had amazing audio. When I hit the first crack of the drums it felt like it bounced back from the seats in the back.
Did you ever have any embarrassing moments onstage?
[Laughs] Back when I was part of Tokyo (with Alan Frew, Wayne Parker, and Sam Reid), we were playing high school gymnasiums. I unzipped my pants to be more comfortable and did not notice the tom-tom bracket was not secure. After the first few bars the whole front bracket fell forward and I jumped up with my pants unzipped. Tokyo, later developed into Glass Tiger in 1983 with the addition of Al Connelly.
Whom were your major influences growing up?
The Beatles, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and AC/DC.
Do you have any favorite bands you listen to today?
My Chemical Romance and Blink 182 are great bands.
What advice would you give musicians starting out today?
The music business is no longer what it used to be. Just be prepared for the long haul.
Any plans with Glass Tiger these days?
Both Alan Frew and I are part of a project coming out soon titled #nojoke in a documentary.
Special thank you to Michael Hanson & Marc Belaiche
Photo Source: All photos Michael Hanson