Life is sweet for Big Sugar - Cape Breton Post
Festival shows, including the Harvest Jazz & Blues, prompt rock reggae band to reform
Article by Victoria Handysides
They're reborn, but don't call them refined - this Big Sugar is as raw as ever.
"It's the continuation of the story," Big Sugar frontman Gordie Johnson drawled, sitting in the back of a tour bus crossing the Prairies last week in the middle of the band's first big tour in nearly a decade.
His voice is raspy and his throat is coated with Vicks Vapo Rub. Last night's Lethbridge show - and all the shows, so far - have been long and loud, the 47-year-old told us.
The Toronto-born blues rock reggae band dominated Canadian airwaves in the '90s and charged into the new millennium with five studio albums (two platinum). With a massive catalogue filled with hits (including Hey Mr. Fantasy, Diggin' a Hole and Turn the Lights On), the band shocked the rock world when they decided to split following a NYE show in 2003.