Tagged: Music

Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, Amsterdam and Canada.

Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, Amsterdam and Canada.

Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, Amsterdam and Canada. 18 October 2017.   Time is really taking my rockstar heroes.  It took Gord Downie today. Downie was from a Canadian band called The Tragically Hip.  There is a small possibility that you have you have heard their name if you are from anywhere else, but if you are from Canada, and under 50, you grew up with them or you grew up listening to them.  Gord Downie was a iconic legendary poetic rockstar.  Brain cancer,...

Guns 'N Roses Concert - Edmonton, Alberta.

Guns ‘N Roses Concert – Edmonton, Alberta.

Guns ‘N Roses Concert – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  30 August 2017. I was up at 09:00 and my 17-year-old cousin Trevor was up and at it by 10:00 so that we could get on the road.  He and I got into his car and headed 5.5 hours north to Edmonton, Alberta… …Guns ‘N Roses. On the drive on the way there, I bought tickets on Stubhub for $145 ($183 CDN) for seats on the bottom of the Commonwealth Stadium, 36...

The Bloodhound Gang are Wankers

“The Bloodhound Gang are Wankers!”

“The Bloodhound Gang are Wankers!” -Live transcript of Mr. Bob Slayer. nyone ever heard of a band called Electric Eel Shock?  There is a reason why you haven’t.  The reason why you haven’t heard of Electric Eel Shock is because I managed them.  And I may have held them back.  But they are a fantastic band, from Japan.  I toured with them from 2003, and I’m still a little bit involved.  I fired myself.  They are too nice to fire...

Iron Maiden, Download Festival.

Iron Maiden, Download Festival – Day 3

Iron Maiden, Download – Day 3. June 12 It was pouring rain when we left Dan and Emma’s house in Nottingham. Sunshine would be unreasonable at Downland Festival anyhow… Whatever… We were ready to get into it again!  We had garbage bags in our pockets for extra-dryness covering.  Dan and I jumped on the bus to take us to the festival.  To say traffic was backed up would be an understatement.  A thirty minute bus ride from Nottingham became two...

Rammstein, Download Festival

Rammstein, Download Festival – Day 1

Day One – Rammstein, Download Festival.   June 10 I was up at 06:35 to get ready for the day.  It has been over a month since I was near a time like that.   I caught my 08:30 bus to Nottingham to meet my friend Dan.  Download Festival.  I have wanted this festival for five years now… Nottingham is free of the shackles and the extortionate prices of my monster, London.  And believe me, I love my London, but it...

The crowd, the stage, and the hair. Wow, I love this place!

Musical Candy – The Camden Monarch

May 1 I had flown across two continents for it, just to be a part of this night… England.  London.  Camden.  The Monarch.  Metalworks. It would be old bag of tricks in a new shirt. *In retrospect, I can say for sure from the evening that my lifestyle does not permit me to own a white shirt. I met Mike just after 18:00 and we went to a small establishment called Spiritual Bar to drink beer and catch up.  Justin...

A South African house party.

Johannesburg: Affluent Rock and Roll Party

March 19 South Africa had quite a history, some of it very dark.  On February 1st 1991, a signing of a national peace accord took place where former president F. W. de Klerk promised to end an apartheid legislation and end the segregation of whites and blacks.  Up until 1991, covering a time frame of about 20 years, South Africa had a dark mark on their name because of the partisan.  This proud sports nation involved in cricket, rugby, football, where...

Livingstone: Zambian Tina Turner

Livingstone: Zambian Tina Turner

            Livingstone: Zambian Tina Turner. March 9. Zambia is a country full of really nice people.  Avoid Lusaka, the capital, if you can though. The other towns and the people I have met on the road have made for a really good experience.  Livingstone is great.  It is a safe city where you can walk anywhere, even at night, even as a foreigner.  They try to keep it safe here so that the reputation stays...

Siavonga: Gifts I Seemed to Need From a Lake Kariba Village

Siavonga: Gifts I Seemed to Need From a Lake Kariba Village

Siavonga: Gifts I Seemed to Need From a Lake Kariba Village. March 3 I had some backpack mechanics to deal with this morning.  The clip for the waist belt on the bottom of the 9.5 year old $14 North Face knock-off Chinese backpack broke on me.  Three nights ago, when it was dark on the bus through Tanzania, I took my jackknife and I cut fabric of a seatbelt that no one ever uses to take the clips.  It was...

Potential country music superstar

Country Music Superstar Hillbilly to London Rock and Roller

Country Music Hillbilly to London Rock and Roller I wish I had learned two languages growing up…. I am not talking spoken word.  I am talking music.… It would be difficult for me to have come from a cooler life and cooler place in the world.  I am super proud to be from Big Beaver, Saskatchewan, population 55.  It made me.  It is so unconventional in comparison to anyone else I have met in my travels that it makes my...

The Camden Monarch

The Camden Monarch

The Camden Monarch The Camden Monarch is musical art.  Unfortunately, not enough of this art is created anymore.  The potential loss of this culture and rock and roll is a sad future. Sunday in Camden, London, England, is the most consistent best night of the week…in the world.  Now, that is a very strong and opinionated statement, but it certainly holds a lot of accuracy.  If you are looking for a good time, any and every Sunday of the year,...

Making Music in a Senior Citizen's Home

Making Music in a Senior Citizen’s Home

Making Music in a Senior Citizen’s Home My father was hanging out with me in the basement, and then he began getting his band equipment together to haul upstairs to load into the car.  He told me that he had a gig to play at the senior citizens’ home in Coronach, the next town over.  My father is a very youthful 78-years-of-age.  I asked him if he needed a roadie for making music.  He was happy to have another set...

Sundre to Penhold: A Cool Trifecta

Sundre to Penhold: A Cool Trifecta

Sundre to Penhold: A Cool Trifecta. September 10.  Maybe I am not supposed to be a writer and maybe my path in life is to bring old friends together…people who have not seen each other in many years.  Today was a trifecta of awesome. Priscilla cooked bacon and hash-brown cuisine for breakfast and we started out day.  A snowy day. This is an absurd amount of snow outside.  It is like January out there and it is just out of...

Big Beaver: The Guy I Was When I Left

Big Beaver: The Guy I Was When I Left

Big Beaver: The Guy I Was When I Left. August 22.   Today I got up to work on a few things and when dad got home from coffee in town we went to work on his truck.  We got under the hood and changed the water-pump on the engine of the truck.  I was once again be the guy I was when I left Canada.  It took us three hours.  It has been many years since I did any...

Steel Panther/Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard

Steel Panther/Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard

Steel Panther/Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard – December 11 and 14, 2011 ell, there are very few things I like to do more than attend rock concerts.  My favourite thing to do in the world involves a girl, but my second favourite thing to do is to rock out at a concert.  So, when a show comes up, I am usually in attendance.  In September, tickets for Steel Panther, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard were released for sale here in London.  It...

Paul McCartney is Amazing

Paul McCartney is Amazing

Paul McCartney, London, England ell, finally it happened, and the day came for me to see Paul McCartney at the o2 Arena in London.  For years, a Paul McCartney concert has been very high on my list of shows that I needed to see.  A former Beatle…, I spent 111 pounds ($172) for my ticket.  The money would not matter in a month, but being at that concert would… There was no opening act.  To keep us at bay while...

Kill ‘Em All

‘Kill ‘Em All’(1983) – Metallica

Kill ‘Em All (1983) – Metallica. James Hetfield – Rhythm Guitar and vocals Kirk Hammett – Lead Guitar Cliff Burton – Bass Lars Ulrich – Drums So, this album will certainly not be for everyone. I was not even for me up until a few months ago when I was really high in Guatemala and hanging out at a rock bar. I was with a Guatemalan, an American and the American’s Guatemalan wife, who co-owned the bar with him, and...

Foo Fighters in a Bar

Foo Fighters in a Bar

Foo Fighters in a Bar. Dingwalls – Camden – London – England – 26/Feb/2011 usic is more than just sounds for me.  It is a noise that consumes my life and my thought patterns.  I have been living in London, and working for the Hard Rock Café for a year and a half now, and my life is all about rock shows and concerts.  In 2011 alone, I attended three of the four best shows I have seen in my life.  In February, I was...

Axl's Roses - Guns 'N Roses

Axl’s Roses

Axl’s Roses  got up early to go to work for that all staff meeting.  I worked in the afternoon as a host at Hard Rock Cafe and after my shift I went with two girl coworkers to their house and got changed to get ready for the Guns ‘N Roses/Axl’s Roses concert.  I wore my plaid party pants, 1970’s shirt, and one of the girls back-combed my hair to give me an afro.  My hair was huge and it looked...