Big Wreck returns to rock Edmonton Event Centre with Albatross May 4

It’s about time Big Wreck came back. Everybody else has – plus we still hear a lot of Big Wreck music on the radio. They must’ve done something right.

The melodic rock band whose distinctive riffs are powered by guitar whiz Ian Thornley is back after a 10 year “hiatus” with a bang – a new No. 1 rock single called Albatross, the title track from the album in stores today. Ironic, isn’t it? That hit songs are sometimes referred to as albatrosses around the necks of those who wrote them, Rime of the Ancient Mariner-style? Or maybe not. Big Wreck has a lot more where Albatross came from: That Song, Blown Wide Open, The Oaf and more, which you will can hear live – for the first time in 10 years as Big Wreck – when the band returns to play the Edmonton Event Centre on Friday May 4.

Forming his band in Boston with American musicians the Canadian Thornley met while studying at the famed Berklee College of Music, Big Wreck was a force to be reckoned with throughout a good chunk of the ‘90s. The band broke up in 2002 with Thornley going solo in a band called Thornley. Happenstance – which happens – led to a reunion with fellow guitarist Brian Doherty and Big Wreck was born again. All that’s left to say is is “Hallelujah!” Tickets to the show go on sale Friday.