with The Muffs, Chixdiggit! and Needles//Pins
From the Promoter
One of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live bands is reuniting to play one of Vancouver’s all-time legendary live venues: Saturday, May 13, 2017. One night only.
THE SMUGGLERS will play their first hometown show in over 13 years, and their first performance at the Commodore Ballroom in 17 years. The reason for the reunion gig is simple: lead singer, author and broadcaster Grant Lawrence is finally releasing his memoirs of his hard-charging, international touring years, entitled DIRTY WINDSHIELDS: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries (Douglas and McIntyre, May 2017).
“I’ve been working on this book on and off for over ten years. It’s been a huge labour of love. Reading through and shaping my old tour diaries into a book has been both rewarding and embarrassing, much like my career with the Smugglers” Lawrence jokes.
“I hoped we’d do a gig to launch the book, and I was thrilled when Live Nation stepped up and offered the Commodore Ballroom. It’s not only one of our favourite rooms in the world, but also the last venue standing from the Smugglers gigging era, unless you count the Hastings Community Centre.”
Joining Grant Lawrence and the Smugglers is an all-star pop-punk line up of friends, including THE MUFFS from Los Angeles (their first performance in Vancouver in almost 20 years), CHIXDIGGIT from Calgary (celebrating their own 25th anniversary in 2017), and NEEDLES // PINS from Vancouver.
Early praise for Dirty Windshields:
“Told with equal parts pride and shame, this uproarious chronicle is the perfect companion to the band’s mega-fun music.” - Ira Robbins, NYC rock writer (Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Creem, Trouser Press)
“Dirty Windshields should come with a disclaimer: ‘WARNING: may induce feelings of wanderlust and the itching desire to throw a guitar case into a van and hit the road.” - Will Ferguson, Giller Prize winner
“I can’t imagine a more perfect rock ‘n’ roll book.” – Tyler Bancroft, Said the Whale
“An epic tale told by one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest storytellers.” – Lisa Marr, cub
“Fucking hilarious and a joy to read.” – Allison Robertson, the Donnas
“Pure teenagerawk angst!” – Nardwuar