If there is one place in the world where you’d most like to see a Honeymoon Suite concert, it would be Niagara Falls. Like watching the Beatles play Liverpool or Springsteen in New Jersey – OK, almost on that scale – the Falls is the home turf for the Suite, one of Canada’s top rock bands for much of the 1980s. New Girl Now. Wave Babies. Stay In The Light. Feel It Again. Those were all great songs that were part of the soundtrack of our lives back then, and they resonate today. Honeymoon Suite is still rocking, and they’ll play before their hometown audience on April 9 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls.
Founding member Johnnie Dee, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, still leads the band, which was formed in 1981. Their debut album, titled simply Honeymoon Suite, was a smash in 1984 and featured several big radio hits. They toured the world and have released more than a half-dozen albums since. They performed the title track for the Mel Gibson mega-hit Lethal Weapon, and their song What Does It Take was included on the soundtrack for the John Cusack movie One Crazy Summer. Another of their numbers, Bad Attitude, was featured in the final episode of the iconic 1980s TV show Miami Vice. There is something special about seeing a band play in its hometown, especially one that’s road-tested like Honeymoon Suite. They know how to put on a show.
The band chose the perfect name for a group from the Falls – there are plenty of honeymoon suites in this tourist mecca – and their 2009 album, Clifton Hill, paid tribute to the iconic ‘Street of Fun’ in the heart of the city’s tourist district. The band laid low for a few years after that, but in 2017 went back into the studio to release Hands Up, their latest album. The April 9 show on the Fallsview Theatre stage at the convention centre in Niagara Falls is set for 7:30 p.m. with hot Niagara act Revive The Rose slated to open the show. When the show is over, remember you are in the Fallsview tourist district, home to dozens of great restaurants, grills, bars and hotels. Just because you loved rock in the 1980s doesn’t mean you have to get to bed early – make a night of it.
Before or after the show and a meal, pop into the Fallsview Casino to try your luck. Then head back into the night and party like it’s 1985!