Rick Keene Music Scene; Top Ten Concerts of 2014 – Part One

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It’s that time of year once again.

A time to say, a time to reminisce, an occasion to place memories into a pocket called time. Concerts, just like  shooting stars – come and go …

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Some remain bright for years while others die within minutes of their creation. Some linger for a fleeting moment – others force gazers to look away or write a ‘bad review’. Montreal, is the music capital of Canada and arguably the best place in the world for musicians from ‘around the world’ to come play.

It is impossible to concoct a list of Top Ten Concerts. There are so many quality acts in Montreal every year. Plus – attending all the concerts; physically impossible.

There are favorites however. Shows which etch themselves profoundly inside the soul.

Please listen below to part one of my Top Ten Concerts of 2014. Thank you and enjoy the holidays !

 

 

 

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Christmas Special

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Dave the Bartender – like everyone, almost everyone; takes some time at the holidays. Moments to unwind and reflect on his past year.

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Before he sets off on an island excursion or a pilgrimage to his pillow, Dave the Bartender is taking away time from his customers in Toronto to answer some musical questions.

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Please listen to one of the most intriguing conversations this side of Streetsville, Ontario.

Dave the Bartender? 

 

 

Tune in 6:15pm on k103.7fm Dec. 17th – Gary Moffet will be playing Christmas songs in studio!

 

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Gary Moffet – April Wine

 

 

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David Myles Concert Review; Montreal Dec. 13th 2014

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David Myles made his way into the city of Montreal on Saturday night. Given the ‘snowy fact’ the New Brunswick – born Juno Award winner is on tour promoting a Christmas album; ‘a Miracle on 34  …er … Ste. Catherine Street seemed to take place.

 

 

Myles is not your average looking music star.  Given the horn rimmed glasses, tuxedo and polite neighbor – next – door attitude, David could be Buddy Holly. Wait …  Buddy Holly was a music star … ! Never mind.

‘It’s Christmas’ is Myles’ newest CD and with three more shows to go before ‘It’s Christmas’ – David and his touring mates Kyle Cunjac (acoustic bass)  and Alan Jeffries (acoustic – electric guitar ) were in the giving spirit. What they delivered  was a ‘peaceful easy feeling’  with absolutely no eagles in site. A true Canadian show …

 

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The new Christmas album was almost delivered in it’s entirety. Starting with the song ‘ It’s Christmas’ (an original composition penned by Myles), the evening’s tone was set. The song, a throwback to a different era refreshing in it’s innocent lyrical content, easy going nature and sing-a-long chorus, something Irving Berlin may have been proud of. ‘The Gift’ – another Myles original, definitely would have made Irving do cart wheels. Luscious lyrics which stab deep into the heart of the most ardent of Scrooges. Combined with David’s ‘ I wouldn’t hurt a fly’ vocals, ‘The Gift ‘ a gift which should keep on giving for generations to come.

Added to the festive evening was ‘The Christmas Song ( Mel Torme, Robert Wells), ‘Let it  Snow’ ( Sammy Cahn, Julie Styne ), White Christmas ( Berlin), Blue Christmas Lights ( Buck Owens, Red Simpson) and ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas ( Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ryan ) – some of the most loved holiday songs were ‘present’ and accounted for. Kyle and Adam providing the right amount of volume, talent and know how as a backing band to enhance an …

Incredible voice.

David Myles has two levels in his vocal delivery. The first – a Canadian East Coast boy with a living-room demeanor. A relaxing consultation placing everyone within earshot at ease. No matter the time of year.

Secondly – and perhaps more astonishingly, the man hits a baritone-ish level which sometimes reaches Presley-eque proportions. Seldom does a voice come across with such profoundness. Such velvety levels. Such beauty. Such fluidity.

 

 

L’Astral provided the space, the audience provided the French Canadian ambiance. David Myles embraced the culture by speaking fifty percent of the show in French. As an Englishman from New Brunswick, an English / French – Acadian province, a pretty good idea when attempting to gain a fan base in Quebec. Myles is not only perfectly bilingual with his self depreciating witty and intelligent banter / humor – the co-writer of ‘Inner Ninja ( Rap recording of the year – 2013 with Classified ) can also sing like Charles DeGaulle’s nephew as well.

 

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‘Les Cloches du Hameau’ ( John Keister, Ron Huff, Ric Wake) was performed with perfection. A song which grabbed oohs and ahhhs from the mostly French audience. Quebecers hold French tunes in high esteem and adore it when these songs are embraced by any artists who perform in the province of Quebec. It’s a cultural thing and if Myles did not know this previous to last night’s heartfelt performance – he does now.

Nova Scotians and denizens of New Brunswick have that Cajun connection. The pair of  provinces huge in the Bluegrass music scene. Myles et al captured that feeling with Christmas songs and various other material from past albums. They captured it like a beautiful butterfly in a net. Like a painting on a canvas.

Just like that butterfly, just like that painting  – enjoy it for a moment and let it go. Music, paintings and butterflies are meant to be free. Don’t worry – they come back. Don’t worry …

You may just get that net, that paintbrush and that banjo. David Myles, the self-professed ‘nerd’  did and he will be back bigger than ever in Quebec and Montreal

 

 

Tune in 6:15pm on Wednesday Dec. 17th to k103.7fm

Gary Moffet of April Wine fame will be in studio performing Christmas songs.

 

 

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Joe Louis Walker; Full Interview

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Joe Louis Walker just recently returned from a tour which brought him to Australia. He hooked up with some fellows who were schooled in the Blues. Mick, Keith, Charlie  – along with Joe’s pal Ronnie Wood, love talkin’ about the Blues.

Joe loves talking about the Blues also so a match made in heaven; a gross understatement …

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Please listen as Joe discusses many topics including the present and the future of the Blues along with some very interesting insights.

Joe?

 

 

 

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David Myles; ‘It’s Christmas – Every Day of the Year …’

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David Myles does not appear as your average Pop star. Then again –  neither did Tiny Tim.  CDs cannot be judged by their covers.

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Myles – every bit the accountant in appearance, is on the verge of a career which may place him in the same breath as Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and other iconic Canadian singer / songwriters.

His new found popularity all started with a Rap song.  Go figure.

Please listen as David talks about his new album, his recent charity work for Christmas and what the new year will bring. The news? Not ‘ classified’.

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Junior Wells – Live from Theresa’s; Part Two

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Theresa’s was a legendary Blues club in Chicago ..

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Everyone who was everyone in the Blues scene back in the day – played at Theresa’s. Starting in the 50’s right up until it’s closing in the early eighties; Theresa’s was the spot.

Nobody owned Theresa’s, music-wise like Junior Wells. No other musician, not Buddy Guy, not Howlin’ Wolf and not Willie Dixon – held court at Therea’s like Junior Wells. He was the King of Theresa’s.

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Please listen to a few tracks recorded live at Theresa’s from 1975. Junior Wells as well as a ‘few’ names you may recognize – prove, without a doubt, Theresa’s was the premiere Blues club of it’s time.

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Johnny Beaudine, a Sax player who currently plays at The House of Jazz in Montreal, played his horn on stage with Junior in Theresa’s.

Johnny’s words can be heard describing a bit of Theresa’s and  Junior Wells.

Enjoy!

 

Johnny Beaudine is at The House of Jazz Every Monday!

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‘ Television is Boring Anyway … ‘ – A Tribute to Bobby Keys 1943 – 2014

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Keith Richards does not allow anyone close to his heart who he feels does not have the chops or the strength to play in the Rolling Stones.

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Sax player Bobby Keys not only proved his worth musically to Richards, he proved he may have been the one guy who could sustain the same lifestyle Richards become famous for.

It is probably why the two became best friends. They also shared the same birthday. Dec. 18th 1943 …

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Please listen to some of Bobby Keys most enduring  Sax licks with the Stones and some words about what kind of man Bobby Keys was.

 

Bobby Keys 1943 – 2014

 

 

 

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Jesse Jack – Montreal’s Next ‘Massive Attraction’ …?

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He’s young, he’s talented, he has a great voice and the ladies love him …

What could possibly go wrong?

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In the entertainment business, especially the music business – a lot can derail a career. Bad management, alcohol, drugs – there are many poor decisions which can easily place someone out of work and ( God forbid) on the streets.

It ain’t pretty out there, no matter how hard or talented an artist may be – careers don’t always work out.

Jesse Jack, a native West Islander knows well. Fifteen years in the circuit fronting many bands and genres have taught him the patience and wisdom needed to give himself a shot. An opportunity to finally release a solo career and see what happens.

Timing is everything. Timing is essential within music …

Please listen to a few tracks and hear Jesse’s thoughts on the new EP as well as music in general.

Jesse?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; A Carl Palmer Drum Solo

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Carl Palmer is ahead of his time … literally.

Musically, that’s what it is about. Forget about playing with Greg Lake and Keith Emerson, Carl is too quick  for them …

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Palmer, the man who once sat in for Mick Fleetwood during a Peter-Green era Fleetwood Mac show, is way ahead of his playing days with ELP. Ahead of ELP but not their music.

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Friday night at Le Gesu in Montreal, Palmer – along with Simon Fitzpatrick (Bass) and Paul Bielatowicz (Guitar), delivered a powerhouse two hour set as part of  “Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Rhythm Of Light 2014 Tour. A set  exhausting to watch.

Palmer, at sixty-four years of age, an Energizer Bunny behind the kit. He kept going and going and …

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An amazing percussion – driven display of classic ELP songs done instrumentally. Fanfare for the Common Man was saved for last while anything cutting edge done by ELP, came before. Jerusalem from the Brain Salad Surgery album to Tarkus from the album of the same name.

ELP fans were delighted as was Palmer himself. Fitzpatrick’s bass and electronic bass were simply otherworldly while Paul Bielatowicz’s guitar playing;  years ahead of his young age.

Please watch below – an example of what Carl Palmer can do with a drum set. Keep in mind – he is sixty-four. He kept this pace up all night.

Incredible!

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Eleven

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He is the man of all seasons; Winter, Summer, Spring  and fall down.

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Dave the Bartender is available to listen, to talk and to give advice to the most lost of souls. He is also open for the biggest tips.

Please listen as Dave the Bartender disperses his wisdom as quick as he delivers shots.

Dave? The bartender?

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The Greatest Christmas Concert Extravaganza This Side of ..well , Christmas! Band for Baskets Number Nine .. Number Nine .. Number Nine ..

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What does the average person spend ten dollars on ?

Condoms? Sometimes. Candy? Sometimes. A pack of smokes? Sometimes. Feeding the needy? Seldom …

Seems a trifle selfish doesn’t it?

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This Sunday at Calistoga Grill marks the ninth anniversary of Bands for Baskets. An all day event which provides music for an admission price of ten dollars. This money, 100% goes to help buy food baskets for the unfortunate.

Seems a trifle unselfish doesn’t it?

Please listen as the event is explained with a little help from some friends.

 

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Altered Five Blues Band; The Next Generation of The Blues

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Altered Five Blues Band. 

Remember those words. A bunch of guys who are not only carrying on the tradition of The Blues, a band who are doing it their way.

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Together (as the current formation for ten years), the boys – led by singer J .T.; are starting to reap the awards they have worked so hard for …

Starting with Blues Band of the Year in Winsconsin.

Their home state, honoring the boys with the highest honor possible. A real feather in the Blues cap for a unit focusing on bringing the Blues, their Blues –  a step higher.

That step consists of working with one of the most respected producers in music …

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The band’s new album; Cryin’ Mercywas produced by Tom Hambridge. Tom is best known for producing Buddy Guy’s last three albums, Susan Tedeschi, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Joe Louis Walker, and many more. The tracks were recorded in Madison, WI and mixed by Hambridge and Michael Saint-Leon at the Switchyard in Nashville, TN.

Please listen as J.T explains everything . Hear some great tunes as well!

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Junior Wells – Live from Theresa’s

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Theresa’s was a legendary Blues club in Chicago ..

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Everyone who was everyone in the Blues scene back in the day – played at Theresa’s. Starting in the 50’s right up until it’s closing in the early eighties; Theresa’s was the spot.

Nobody owned Theresa’s, music-wise like Junior Wells. No other musician, not Buddy Guy, not Howlin’ Wolf and not Willie Dixon – held court at Therea’s like Junior Wells. He was the King of Theresa’s.

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Please listen to a few tracks recorded live at Theresa’s from 1975. Junior Wells as well as a ‘few’ names you may recognize – prove, without a doubt, Theresa’s was the premiere Blues club of it’s time.

10393963_10152929716121874_5378953720716623107_nJohnny Beaudine, a Sax player who currently plays at The House of Jazz in Montreal, played his horn on stage with Junior in Theresa’s.

Johnny’s words can be heard describing a bit of Theresa’s and  Junior Wells.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Alex Pangman; Breathing ‘ New ‘ Life Into Life …

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Alex Pangman may have seven lives left …

How else can you describe a young lady who has survived two double lung transplants. How else?

New. That’s how …

Pangman’s lungs were so scarred from lung issues from a young age, young adulthood  has proved harrowing to say the least. One rejected pair of lungs later, Alex is back with a new album and feeling better than ever before. Singing better than ever before …

Please listen as Alex explains the medical problem, her excitement over the greats of Jazz and Swing and … her new album ...

New!

 

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Organ and Tissue Donation – Ontario

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Ten

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He is the only man  who left Montreal for Ontario and is having fun …!

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Answering queries which only he can respond to with his delightful insights into the world of music. Rock? Country? Disco?

Dave the Bartender attempts to respond to any genre, any time and anywhere …

Stump Dave the Bartender! Send questions to

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Bands for Baskets – Coming Faster Than Chevy Chase on a Sleigh!

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Not everyone is okay at Christmas …

Some folks need love, some – need food.  Some folks need both.

That is where Bands for Baskets comes in …

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Dec. 7th at Calistoga Grill

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Music for the Needy in the West Island.

Be There or Be Square. It’s That Simple.

Please listen to a few tracks from some of the bands that will be playing to raise money for food baskets.

Please share the heck out of this!

Thank you.

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Rock for Dimes Montreal Raises $40,000 Plus !

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Montrealers love their music …

How else can an explanation be given for the generous outpouring of love and money last evening at The Virgin Mobile Corona Theater.

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The eight annual Rock for Dimes took place. An event which places  corporate bands against one another to ultimately decide a winning crown. A gilded topping. A notch in the music belt …

However, it is not the bands which win. The real winners are the receivers of the generosity and hard work of March of Dimes Canada. An organization which allocates funds to many categories of people in need.

Nobody’s Business won as the best band of the evening. All the bands put on a great show !

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Last night, over $40,000  was raised to help the organization carry on their tradition of helping the less fortunate. Thank you Montreal. Thanks to all the musicians and …

Thank you March of Dimes!

 

 

Video courtesy of Max Pellerin

Photos by Richard Tremblay Photography

 

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Eric Burdon; The Last of the Mohicans

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As the rain turned to snow amid temperatures ill – suited for anyone living in California, a native Englishman not from New York – took the stage at The Olympia last night.

He was a man who grew up amid shrapnel on the streets.

His life, the music business, an annoying fan, his ‘Mom’ and the frigid climate in Montreal, Qc – mere sand in his shoes on a long walk down the beach of life.eric

Eric Burdon. The survivor. 

Legend has it, the lack of accolades towards him, accolades given to his peers such as McCartney, Jagger and Townshend are his own doing. A generous heart allowed so many ‘executives’ and fellow musicians to offset what should have been a legendary career musically. That and his own sense of what some would call – stubbornness.

Still singing like a much younger man, the ‘hits’ stopped coming around forty years ago for Burdon. Do the math. The hits stopped when the now 73-year-old was in his mid-thirties. The hits stopped when Sid Vicious took the stage without knowing how to play bass …

That’s a long time between ‘ Don’t Bring Me Down’ (the opening song last night – (#6) in the UK pop singles chart  1966) and ‘Water’ ( the second song played from 2012’s Til the River Runs Dry). Last night, Burdon and his backing non- Animals Animals, made the distance acceptable.

imagesIf Burdon behaves physically like an old man on stage – it’s because he is aged. If Burdon sings like a 20-year-old; it’s because his voice is young.

On display last night, the vocals in songs such as ‘ We Gotta Get Out of This Place’, ‘ I Believe to my Soul’, ‘Spill the Wine’ and sporadically in ‘House of the Rising Sun’ – perfect and powerful. Anytime the voice faded, it was mostly because of either his hand-slapping with audience members or his easing up on the gas pedal ( see Stubborness, Burdon).

The highlights of the night musically  contained defining sounds which pay homage to Burdon’s Bluesy roots. Roots which gave rise to The Animals (The British Invasion) and roots which quite possibly led to the original band’s demise. The songs Bo Diddley Special ( 2012) and War’s ‘Spill the Wine ( 1970) providing a pairing of Rhythm and Blues gems which Bo Diddley would have spilled his wine listening to. A perfect injection of Blues, Funk and  just enough soul to allow an insight into Burdon’s true psyche.

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The mostly- way-passed-your-bedtime-grey-haired audience were there for the hits.

The hits they got …

When I Was Young’, Inside Looking Out’, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, ‘Before You Accuse Me’, ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’songs which transported the majority of the audience to a time when things were different.  Each one – defining a first kiss, the loss of a loved one or just the simple joy of hearing a favorite song for the first time on the radio.

Last evening, Burdon and his tribute Animals’band – provided those memories with solid guitars, keyboards and an impeccably-tight battery section. Burdon oft- rapping and ad-libbing with guitarist Billy Watts who provided simple yet brilliant riffs throughout the night.

As the rain turned to snow amid temperatures ill – suited for Eric Burdon (a current resident of California) and a native Englishman not from New York, the journey continues …

His life, the music business, an annoying fan, his ‘Mom’ and the frigid climate in Montreal, Qc – mere sand in his shoes on a long walk down the beach of life.

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The ‘ Genesis ‘ of Steve Hackett …

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Contrary to popular belief, the lamb did not lay down on Broadway.

Au contraire mon frere …

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In like a lion, out like a lion, stay like a lion. A summation of Genesis’ career. Starting with Peter Gabriel and ending with Phil Collins at the helm; Genesis roared loud and long …

From 1970 until 1978 - Steve Hackett was the lead guitarist in the band. Hackett solidified the position, innovating and bridging the gap between keyboards, cartoons and nursery rhymes. ‘Tapping’ his way into Rock history.

Or- is it Prog Rock history … ?

Please listen to the first part of my interview with Steve as he speaks of many things including the dynamics which led to his departure. Part two explores his guitar techniques.

 

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Nine

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Ever had one of those days where nothing goes right?

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Well – the average Joe on the street, heads to the local bar, sits down and orders a drink. Why not? Bartenders all over the world are prepared to be whoever their clients need them to be.

Dave the Bartender is no different. Except …

He knows everything about music. Or - so he says …

Dave the Bartender? What say you sir ..?

Got a Question for Dave the Bartender? Email to Rickkeene2@gmail.com

Don’t Drink and Drive!

 

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