The Tea Party brings North American tour home to Windsor with Autumn Kings

Early to bed and early to rise makes a band healthy, wealthy and ready to rock.

Iconic Windsor rock band The Tea Party brings their North American tour back home Thursday night with a show at Caesars Windsor. After 30 years in the game, their road routine is more about morning stretches than all-night parties. But drummer Jeff Burrows promises the music is just as “raw” as ever.

“You think back when you were a kid — ‘that band’s been around for 30 years, how old are they?’” Burrows said Tuesday before a show in Peterborough. “So it does feel a little bit odd like that. But we’re not missing any steps. The more you do it, you know the ins and outs of what you should and shouldn’t do while on the road. It’s not like you’re out partying and drinking every night. Everyone is quite responsible and have kids. You know how to get up in the morning and do your exercises and put on a killer show.”

The Tea Party is in the midst of a massive tour with 17 shows sold out so far in cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Buffalo. The trio — frontman and guitarist Jeff Martin, bassist Stuart Chatwood and Burrows — heads to Australia in June.

The tour is named after The Tea Party’s most recent single, Black River, released in November. It’s the band’s first release in four years.

“You’ll get all the hits, but essentially it’s the Black River Tour,” said Burrows, who still lives in Windsor. “We had a single come out and it’s going to be part of either an EP or an album very soon. It ended up doing really, really well, so we decided to tour it. It’s still sitting in the top five charts in Canada.”

They had planned on releasing the new single independently. But when some Warner Bros. representatives heard it, they scooped it up.

Burrows said it was “a strange feeling” seeing the band’s name still sitting at the top of the charts after three decades.

“It does feel pretty strange,” he said. “It’s our 30th year together next year. In 2021 it’s 30 years after we released our independent album, then in 2023 it will be 30 years after the major label debut. So it seems weird.”

For their first local appearance in a few years The Tea Party invited another Windsor band, Autumn Kings, to open the show.

It’s the latest in a string of successes for the young band, which is getting regular rotation on 89X and 93.9, and released a new album called the Electrified EP a couple weeks ago.

Autumn Kings guitarist and vocalist Jake Diab said the band’s songs have been streamed about 3 million times on Spotify.

“It’s an incredible feeling, especially when you get messages from people in Romania and Poland,” said Diab, 22.

But Thursday’s show will still be the biggest gig they’ve ever played.

“Close to 5,000 people,” said Diab. “It’s Autumn Kings and The Tea Party, both from the same city of Windsor.”

“To see things expanding for The Tea Party, to see them at their age, a legacy act that’s still growing and still gaining momentum is pretty incredible. And Autumn Kings is happy to be a part of that ride and support them in any way we can.”

The show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Caesars Windsor Colosseum. Tickets are still available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster.

Some proceeds from the show will be donated to the Windsor Cancer Research Group.

The band will also hang out for a meet-and-greet fundraiser after the show at Ariius Nightclub. There is a minimum $20 donation. The money raised from that event will go to Champions for Change, which distributes funds to local charities.

Source: The Windsor Star