Members of rock band Par Four, Stuart Smith, David Smith, John Bradly, and Steve Coupland have reunited to put on a special concert in Oshawa on January 28. The event will raise money for St. Vincent's Kitchen.
By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express
Stuart Smith grabs his guitar and begins to play.
He starts to sing the lyrics to his favourite tune that Par Four covers, “Let your love flow.”
“It’s just a great song. I love to sing it,” he says.
On January 28 Smith will get a chance to sing this tune in front of a sold out crowd at the Jubilee Pavilion during an event that will raise money for St. Vincent’s kitchen in the city.
Par Four has reunited for a “Relive the Magic” concert after years of not playing together.
“I’m the most surprised person in the world,” Smith says of the event’s success, as tickets sold out after only two weeks of advertising it. “We couldn’t believe it. I’m humble. I’m floored.”
A commercial rock band, Par Four has been in existence for almost 50 years, says Smith, adding he just had to ask former band mates to reunite for this event.
“We got together and it was just like we never quit,” he says. “It was just a matter of rehearsing and getting together.”
Members of the band include Smith as lead vocals and rhythm guitar, John Bradly on lead guitar, David Smith on drums, Steve Coupland on keyboard and vocals, and Bob Perkins on bass.
Smith says he would be remiss if he didn’t mention the sound and light crew who also help put the show together and make it a success. They are Brett Piekarz on sound and Darren Judd on lights.
“They are the best in the business,” he says.
Smith says the band is deeply rooted in local history and he was flattered when he saw how many people remember Par Four.
“We started in 1968 in the Central Hotel,” he says. “We packed that place. Again I was the most floored person in the world.”
Throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s they played in places across Oshawa including the Red Barn and the Civic but also in Toronto at places like the Royal York. They made there way across Ontario gathering fans wherever they went.
Now those who want a chance to see the band play together again are going to get their wish, explains Smith, adding it will be a fun-filled evening with plenty of surprises.
“It’s special that people are coming,” he says.
He says one woman told him she just had to get tickets to see them perform.
“We just simply have to have a couple of tickets,” he says she told him.
“My husband and I met at the Red Barn while you were playing.”