The thousands of fans that filled the Stampede Grandstand nearly to capacity Saturday night came with one thing in mind — a rocking good time.
When Canadian music legend Tom Cochrane stepped out onto the stage, the audience was about to receive exactly what they bargained for.
From the very first strum of his guitar, the audience cheered the acclaimed singer/songwriter into the first song and didn’t stop until the lights went out.

Whether it was The Untouchable One, Avenue A or Big League, the audience responded enthusiastically to Cochrane taking them down his musical highway.

Jay Forbes has been a fan since 1982. Saturday night’s concert marked the 10th time he had seen Cochrane live. “He’s a Canadian classic . . . when you put on his CD and you see him live he sounds the same. He’s incredible.” “He’s got the crowd pumped,” said Ellie Loos, a fan who took in the concert in the pit below the stage.
“The band here tonight was very, very good, the acoustics are great and . . . he’s got good, serious subjects that we should all be thinking about.”

Throughout his performance, Cochrane interacted with not only the rows of fans filling the area in front of the stage but those in the grandstand. The audience took to clapping and singing along during his rendition of Hit the Road Jack. Not letting the energy subside for even a minute, the time had come to hit the crowd with his biggest hit to date. Working the harmonica and guitar Cochrane went into Life is a Highway and the crowd responded with thunderous screams and applause.
A little girl on her father’s shoulders showed off this song’s ability to get any age excited over the rocking lyrics and melody.
Following the final chords of the song, the lights went out and the patriotic rocker exited the stage but soon reappeared for an encore donning a shirt that marked Canada’s gold medal hockey wins at the 2002 Olympic Games.
“The concert was great,” said Blaine Kelm, whose wife Sabrina quickly added, “I thought it was awesome.” During his final song, Boy Inside the Man, Cochrane shook the hands of fans below the stage. He finally left amidst loud screams and applause but not before the approximately 2,400 audience members graced him with a standing ovation. Upon his departure, the Grandstand lights dimmed and another year of Exhibition and Stampede Nightshows drew to a close, at least for this year anyway.