Danny Tenaglia – The Long Goodbye
On this very brisk January night, we find ourselves out on the town, only this is no ordinary night. The Legendary Danny Tenaglia is in our city and his performance is imminent. He will be gracing the stage to entertain the masses and bid adieu to the Guvernment. With years of performances at the venue, we can only imagine DT’s fond memories of the place.
If you’ve never been to a Danny Tenaglia show, its a lot like boarding a cruise ship; you’re in for one hell of trip with a few brief stops during a very adventurous voyage. Most Dj’s usually play one to three hour sets and in that time they try to cram as much as they can into that small window. Not DT, three to four hours in, he’s just getting warmed up.
You see, DT comes from a rare breed of Dj-one who typically spins for 8-10 hours. On multiple occasions DT has done sets twice that long. You can almost expect it anytime he performs in Canada. His longest to date to our knowledge is a famed 20+ hour set to close Industry nightclub. More recently, DT has done 15+ at Stereo and Ryze. The astonishment factor is as impressive as his ridiculously amazing long sets,all who are in attendance for these Herculean feats, have the endurance to keep up with him, and always want more.
To open the night resident mainstay, Fab Strong of Manzone & Strong got the crowd primed and ready to set sail aboard the Techno Cruise ship piloted by none other then the legendary admiral Danny Tenaglia. The moment he took over on the 1’s and 2’s to embark on his trademark long adventurous musical voyage, it was sheer melodic magic from beginning to end.
About four hours in, he takes to the mic to address the crowd and ask how everyone is doing- the crowd responds with loud applause. He then takes a moment to reflect and let’s the crowd know that “since this is the last time we will all be together here, lets party like there is no tomorrow”. DT then proceeds to curate tracks that wove through the decades of some of the finest techno, progressive and hard house that any house lover could ask for. From obscure tracks in his catalog to mainstream hits, his mix was like a fine tapestry.
The doors off to the side of the main room that lead to a patio were open and you could notice them start to glow as the sun began to rise. Once that occurred, you began to see the weary faithful, slowly find their way to the coat check. The music wafting down the hallway as you prepared to make your exit.
We walked away knowing Danny Tenaglia gave it his all, spinning for 8+ hours to start the beginning of the end. His was the first of three farewell parties celebrating the closing of the Guvernment Entertainment Complex, which has affectionately been dubbed GuvFinale.
“TORONTO! Thank U for last night The Guvernment I forgot what an amazing room this was! So sad to see it go, but we know they’ll build a new 1 quick! Had a great time playing 1:30-9:30 AM wink emoticon Could’ve “easily kept on” but they had to close to give staff a break! Got to play my best and newest Tech & Techno bombs and LOVED the whistling n hollering and the entire room DANCING!! I thrive off this Pulsation as I’m basically up there dancing with you! Also a great way to close it out with some proper classics as well. Thanks again DJ’s Fab Strong & Mark Oliver and to Ink Entertainment for your excellence in hospitality. I will never forget this honor! Peace, God bless and stay warm! I F-ing LOVE Canada”!
Story By Tee Onek, Photos by Ftfphotography