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‘Never Surrender,’ my ass! Corey Hart cancels concert in case Habs force Game 7


Canadian popstar Corey Hart has graciously elected to cancel a concert currently scheduled for Saturday, May 31 at Bell Centre in order to accommodate a possible Game 7 showdown between the hometown Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.

The Habs currently are down 3-2 in its Eastern Conference Finals series with the Rangers, with a must-win Game 6 match-up Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Should the Canadiens prevail, Game 7 would be played Saturday night, the very same evening Hart, best known for his 1980s pop hits “Never Surrender” and “Sunglasses at Night,” planned to perform the final concert of his “illustrious” career.

In other words, in light of some of Hart’s most-famous lyrics, even though you “don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades (oh no),” you can switch the date.

The concert has been rescheduled for June 3, but when the 51-year-old Hart discussed the original show — which would have been held on his 52nd birthday, he seemed to indicate he would take the stage with the same grit and intensity Montreal fans would expect out of their beloved Canadiens.

“One night. Even if it’s 50 songs and I’m bleeding by the time I leave the stage, bloody and battered, that’s (what) makes it special,” Hart said, via the New York Daily News. “To me, it makes it special. I want my fans to have something special. And once is special.”

True, once is special, but a Game 7 with a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals is even more special. It seems to me the folks in charge of booking events at Bell Centre didn’t have much faith in the Habs making it this far in the playoffs, which arguably was a drastic miscalculation given the Canadiens finished the season with 100 points and a No. 3 seed.

I will tell you this about the unplanned rescheduling of Hart’s final show: Had it been a concert by Canadian singer-songwriter royalty Anne Murray, the Canadiens would have been rescheduling their game, not the other way around. Those Canadians worship that woman, man.