Saga at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 6:00PM
Tickets $25.00 in advance, $30.00 day of show
One of Canada's most successful progressive rock bands, Saga has built up a loyal audience for its sophisticated music. Originally known as The Pockets, the quintet formed in 1977 from the nucleus of popular Canadian rock band Fludd. In June 1978, the band released its self-titled debut album. A modest success in Canada, it would eventually sell over 30,000 copies in Germany as an import. The band's 1979 follow-up Images at Twilight spawned the group's first hit in Canada with the lead single "It's Time," peaking at No. 84 in the Canadian Charts. Saga's subsequent string of releases throughout the first half of the '80s enjoyed critical acclaim, and the single "On the Loose" from Worlds Apart (1981) saw the band break through into the American music scene. Subsequent American hits included "Wind Him Up" and "The Flyer."
In 1986, drummer Steve Negus and keyboardist Jim Gilmore left the band amicably, leaving Saga with lead vocalist Michael Sadler and the pair of brothers Jim and Ian Crichton, augmented by session musicians. After 1987's Wildest Dreams and 1989's The Beginner's Guide to Throwing Shapes, however, Negus and Gilmour returned to the fold, and the band's supporting tours for its subsequent releases The Security of Illusion (1993) and Steel Umbrellas (1994) helped rekindle some of the band's early popularity. Saga continued to release albums and tour throughout the remainder of the '90s and into the '00s, with discs like Full Circle (1999), House of Cards (2001), and Marathon (2003) enjoying sizeable popularity with their return to the progressive rock of the band's early days.
The last 10 years have seen some shifts in Saga's membership. Negus announced his retirement in 2003, and Brian Doerner took over as drummer, making his debut on the 2006 album Trust. Earlier this year, the drum chair shifted again, with Mike Thorne replacing Doerner. However, although Sadler spent several years away from the group at the end of the '00s, last year saw him make his triumphant return as Saga's lead vocalist, reclaiming his place alongside the Crichton brothers and Gilmore. Throughout all these membership changes, the group has continued to release albums, including 10,000 Days (2007) and The Human Condition (2009). With much of its original lineup now intact, Saga recently released its latest album, 20/20, on July 6th, continuing an over 30-year career that has seen the band sell over eight million albums worldwide.