After 50 years in the music biz, Forbes has the memories — and a K-tel record — to prove it
Where: Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver
Tickets: $35 at FirstImpressionsTheatre.com and 604-929-9456
Fifty years ago this November, Roy Forbes walked out on the stage of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to open for singer Rita Coolidge. The big-league show wasn’t quite the first live performance by the Dawson Creek native, but it was close.
A: From when I was three years old I knew that I wanted to play music. It was just something that was in me. I had a band in Dawson Creek, the Crystal Ship. As the band dissolved I became a singer/songwriter guy. I was galvanized by a Neil Young concert at the Queen E. in, I think, January 1971. When I saw him, just by himself with a guitar and piano, telling funny stories and playing his tunes, I thought, “Wow I can do this too.” Luckily, I’d met a band called Spring when they came through Dawson Creek in February ’71, and their manager, Roger Schiffer, gave me his number. When I came down here in July ’71 I called him and we worked together for the first year-and-a-half of my career. He got me that Queen Elizabeth gig. We went down to L.A. to try to get me a record deal when I was 19. He really did give me a kickstart. He’s passed on now.