Article by Alastair McLean
The Kingston concert (18th Nov 1995).
Report from the concert with Larry Norman on the 18th November 1995 in KCVI Auditorium, Kingston, Ontario
I only caught 2 songs in the second set but he was on great form. He was playing solo with a nylon strung acoustic guitar. He was very relaxed (some say the happiest they have seen him) and he appeared to be in good health. The KCVI auditorium was full with maybe 450-500 people and Larry really seemed to enjoy playing to the audience. He introduced most songs with monologues which were both funny and moving. He talked about Elvis stealing the church's music and how as a nine year old he decided he would steal it back. He referred to Elvis' songs about dogs and shoes. Work that one out. He started off playing older songs and then moved on to some recent songs which have not yet been recorded. I walked in to find him talking about his heart attack. See if I can remember this...(remember all memory is edited to some extent)
"So I actually died for a short time and after I recovered I started reading other peoples accounts of near death, out-of-the-body experiences. Many people report they see a small bright light and as they move towards it they find themselves in a tunnel. As they walk along the tunnel, they see some people at the end. People they know from way back, you know uncles and aunts and grandfathers. They say things like COME OVER HERE (waving). But I did not experience anything like that. So if you find yourself (pausing to find the right word) DEAD ! and you find yourself looking at some people that you do not recognize as christians at the end of a tunnel saying COME OVER HERE, OVER HERE ! then DON'T GO ! WAIT UNTIL THE LORD TO COMES TO GET YOU."
After this he sang Goodbye Farewell. A song that he wrote when he thought he only had a few days/hours to live. At this point unfortunately my wife, who had last seen Larry at Greenbelt festival in the UK in the early 80s, and I had to leave. I found out next day that Larry was later joined by THE POOL band, and they played until 12.30 pm. So Larry was on stage for about 2-2.5 hours. Larry also played the next night at THE POOL, a local christian coffee house in downtown Kingston. As far as I know this was not scheduled. So he must have been having a good time. He also played at Port Parry the night before he played in Kingston. I think this was his second time in Kingston. He played at a local church (Bethel) in the fall last year.