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 …

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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.

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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!

 

 

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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.

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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 ..?

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Saturday Night in Montreal and Win Tickets to See and Meet Carl Palmer

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Bored?

Not a problem. Just a few things to do in this fine city called Montreal tonight along with a few  tunes from the great artists that are playing.

Stump Dave the Bartender and win two tickets to see and meet Carl Palmer from Emerson Lake and Palmer fame.

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John Fogerty Review – Montreal 2014

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What’s with these old guys anyways?

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John Fogerty, he of  Woodstock fame – played at The Bell Center last night. The year was 2014 not the year of our Lord ’69. Good thing music is timeless. Good thing Fogerty is also …

Following a very well put together biography on Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival on the big screen, the audience was well prepared. The young folks - schooled in  the importance of Fogerty. The older folks? Reminded. For those at Woodtsock? Perhaps  seeing and hearing Fogerty for the first time last night.

Yes – Woodtsock was that awesome!

Born on the Bayou, one of CCR’s signature tunes, introduced the th (3)crowd to a unique sound. Fogerty, as head of CCR or on his own – distinct with his vocals and his riffs. One of very few Rockers on the planet who is instantly recognizable. Instantly dirty …

The type of songs and where Fogerty comes from – a big part in the raw, almost ‘out of tune’ sound emitted from this Rock n Roll legend. It’s a swampy thing for sure …

Good Golly Miss Molly ensued. A song rich in early Rock n Roll. A song rich in a combination of a Chuck Berry / Little Richard duet. Feet were tappin’ and relief by the ‘over forty’ age group in the crowd – swept through the Bell Center like a broom on a dusty floor. This was going to be a Rock n Roll showit was, that obvious. In your face as  ‘Up Around the Bend‘ and ‘Down on the Corner‘ testified. Court was now in session. Fogerty – no Jester …

The singer ripped through the songs  with conviction, his vocals, somehow preserved in 1969. Eyes closed - it was ’69. A time void of metal detectors at concerts ( see Montreal, Fogerty, 2014). A time of peace and love.

Fogerty himself, last night,  telling a tale of Woodstock as CCR hit the stage after ‘The Grateful Dead ‘put everyone to sleep.’

GRATEFUL DEAD“It was 2:30 in the morning”. Explained the former frontman of Creedence …” I looked out in the crowd and everyone was the same as me. Except they were naked. Naked and asleep. “

He continued.

“I tried my best to get things Rockin‘. Nothing. The first rows were fast asleep. Then, in the distance, I saw a lighter being held in the air. A voice followed and I heard that voice. It said; We are with you John!’

With that story, that simple tale, John Fogerty circa 2014 set the mood for the Bell Center. The crowd was his. Just like that one guy in 1969.

‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ was written for that guy and it is the song which – once more, either shocked or pleased a Montreal crowd ripe for nostalgia. Some bands arrive in town from the 1960′s and they play songs like it is the new millennium. John Fogerty plays his songs like it is the 60′s and – everything is so right with that.

Just ask Suzie Q …

If Fogerty was ‘born in the Bayou’, Suzie Q gave birth to him.

That riff, that nasty, sweet and messy opening riff.

Injected into a vein th (4)opened by Fogerty’s love of music  which started at the age of eight. Playing piano to Jerry Lee Lewis, an early lesson in life which drove him to the point where he had to ‘put out’ or ‘shut up’. Suzie Q would not allow him to shut up.

Night Time (is the Right Time) ‘- that old Rosevelt Sykes tune made famous by Ray Charles came next. Fogerty and his band, paying homage to the music of the past. Many bands these days include a Sykes’ song in their shows and Night Time is the right time to do so. The only thing missing  in Fogerty’s version? The horns and women back – up singers.  Fogerty and his guitar – more than compensating. 

CCR’s Sweet Hitchhiker, from 1971′s Mardi Gras album was a low point. Not because it was performed poorly. Not because it is a non hit. A low point because it sank into generic rock territory. Fogerty’s vocals need attention. Amid the standard rock fare provided by his band – Sweet Hitchhiker was lost amid the noise .

Next – back on track. 

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Organist, keyboardist and accordionist Bob Malone commenced with an accordion solo. Who does accordion solos anyways? Only guys secure in their musical roots (like Fogerty), hire guys like Malone to merge sounds of the South. Sounds of the swamp. Malone’s intro long enough to heed notice, short enough to appreciate.

‘Looking Out My Backdoor’ – another CCR classic, took center stage. Once more shoving everyone in attendance back to ’69. Guitar chords so raw, a medium rare order at a steakhouse, embarrassing ..

Midnight Special ( Leadbelly), New Orleans ( Gary U.S Bonds) and I Heard It Through the Grapevine ( Smokey Robinson) aside – the rest of the evening was all about CCR. Almost …

unnamed (12)Fogerty’s attempt to mist the eyes of the crowd failed miserably with ‘Joy of my Life‘, a song he wrote for his wife. THE INTENT was there, the soft acoustic guitar was there – the soul was not. A legacy of Rock songs will do that to a guy. Kudos for trying John – don’t give up your day job!

Of the four remaining non – CCR Songs (aka John Fogerty solo), two stood out and the test of time. Centerfield and The Old Man Down the Road, two songs which gave Fogerty a comeback in the 80′s, could well be CCR tunes. The devilish riffs - present and accounted for along with the nasally – tinged vocals which made Fogerty a legend. The other pair of solo songs performed last night; ‘Mystic Highway’ and ‘ Hot Rod Heart’ – sadly clumped into the generic rock group. No hooks, bridges or nuances to make them stand out. Great jam but not for the faint of ‘hits’ …

The stretch run contained CCR at its filthiness …

‘Bad Moon Rising‘, Fortunate Son’, Have You Ever Seen the Rain‘ and ‘Proud Mary’. A Four song home run trot’ ripe in history, ripe in riffs and just plain ripe …

Few bands can pull a foursome of songs which carry their weight almost fifty years later. The longevity reason? Partly due to the songs, partly due to the use of these songs in movie soundtracks – mostly because they posses a haunted, underlying theme. A sound of danger. A sound of changing times.

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A sound fit for every decade and the political themes which cause rebelliousness. A sound known as Rock n Roll …

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Rock for Dimes Montreal; Raising Eyebrows and Money for Great Causes!

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Rock for Dimes Montreal is entering it’s eight year. By the amount of money raised so far – it would appear to be in it’s 20th incarnation.

A lot of money raised in a short time means two things; Montrealers are generous and Montrealers love to Rock n Roll!

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Rock for Dimes is a charity evening which places ‘cover’ bands in direct competition with one another. In a friendly way – of course. The winners get to gloat for one year until they return to defend their crowns and pride.

A year long reign as the Kings of Rock n’ Roll!

Please listen below as Marc Dore; the chairman for Rock of Dimes Montreal - explains everything involved for the evening. He speaks of the origins of the March of Dimes and how Brett ( The Hit Man) Hart and William Shatner are involved …

Marc? Rock me Baby …

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Celebrating the Music of Stephen Schwartz; In Just ‘One’ Corner of the Sky

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Executive producer Noelle Hannibal is on a mission. An excursion to ensure the music of someone is spread about

The person in question is Stephen Schwartz.

schwartz_bwAuthor of such soon-to-be-classic songs such as ‘Day by Day’, ‘No One Mourns The Wicked’, ‘Corner of the Sky’ and ‘Alas for You’ – Schwartz has quickly established himself as one of today’s brightest talents.

Noelle Hannibal wants to make people understand by singing and producing; Corner of the Sky – The Music of Stephen Schwartz. The night this happens? November 13th at The Segal Center Studio. 

*Jeremy James – Carver ‘s name was cut out of audio. My apologies. It is Jeremy whom Noelle is speaking of in terms of lucky it was his week off.

Please listen as Noelle discusses all things Schwartz and maybe some other things as well …

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Eight

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He knows where you’ve been sleeping, he knows who you’ve been sleeping with … He knows if you are naughty. He knows if you are nice.

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There is not much he does not know, hear or see. Then – he goes to work behind the bar

He isDave the Bartender …

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The Wisdom of Emerson, Lake and ‘Carl Palmer’ …

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Carl Palmer has been around for a while …

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The sixty-four year old drummer from England, was born into a musical family. Both parents,his Grandfather and his siblings – all playing instruments around the Palmer homestead.

Beginning with his first professional gig at the age of sixteen, Carl has brushed shoulders or played with some of the legends in the music world. Heck – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards even got involved!

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Reaching incredible heights in not one – two ‘Supergroups’ over the years, Palmer is still going strong. Touring with Asia and for the past little while, his own group, which brings the songs of Emerson, Lake and Palmer to a different level. Carl Palmer will be in Montreal on the 26th November at Le Gesu.

Please listen as Carl explains his influences, including his relationship with ‘the world’s greatest drummer‘ and what Montreal means to him after that fateful August evening in 1977.

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Christmas Songs in November? Relax – It’s for a Good Cause!

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Are you going to have a great big turkey on Christmas day?

Maybe the little rug-rats will be spoiled rotten by Santa Claus. Everyone will sit around, drink eggnog and be more merry than a dog with a red ribbon tied to it’s bone …

For many, this is not reality.

They are people who wish Xmas would go away faster than a P.K Subban slapshot. The very thought of the festive season brings agony, a pain so deep – Tiny Tim would wince.

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In our society, things are not what they seem. Especially in the West Island. A place normally associated with money, possessions and glamorous homes. In between – amid ‘the cracks’ in the carefully manicured lawns, live a segment of the population who suffer.

Mental illness, physical sickness, laid off from work, bad luck – whatever the infliction, this is reality.

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Everyone enjoys a party during the holidays. Why not combine the joyous celebrations with an opportunity to feed the less fortunate? A chance to feel as if you contributed to society. A chance to place a smile on someone’s face?

Please click on the green Bands for Baskets below to donate

Bands for Baskets is that chance! 

December 7th at Calistoga Grill in

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What’s happening there?

Have a listen won’t ya? Oh … and have a Merry Xmas!

 

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Jordan Marchand; The Next Michael Buble’?

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Did Michael Buble ever do a cover of Bon Jovi? Rush? Deep Purple?

Well, Jordan Marchand of Dorval has done Bon Jovi on his first EP and as a former front-man in a heavy metal band; he most certainly did Rush, Purple and maybe even Metallica …

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Jordan, along with several local musicians, will be launching this crooner’s career on Nov. 22nd at Club Lambi on St. Laurent.

Be there or risk missing out on the next Canadian Superstar. Remember, Rick Keene said so …

Mich ..er ..I mean Jordan?

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Pat Metheny; Returning to his Montreal ‘Roots’

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It’s been coming for a while …

The occasion when Montrealers can reflect on a career in Jazz. Not a career from a local boy such as Oscar Peterson or Dr. Oliver Jones, a career which harks back  to the beginnings of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

The career of Pat Metheny.

Twenty Grammy Awards later – Kansas -born Metheny is returning to Montreal on the 13th November in what could very well be labelled a homecoming.

Not since hockey great Guy Lafleur’s return in the colors of the New York Rangers, has an anticipation of a ‘prodigal son’ returning home been – well, so highly anticipated …

Please listen as Pat talks of his new album Kin and his love of the city which gave him a boost. A boost unlike any other in his musical voyage.

Mr. Metheny?

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Seven

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Dave the Bartender deals with all sorts of characters, then, he goes to work.

He toils in the one occupation which is everything rolled into one. Doctor, lawyer, psychologist, nurse … there is not a piece of advice which Dave the Bartender has not relayed to the average working Joe … or, average radio interviewer for the CBC by the name of Gomeshi.

 

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Johnny Beaudine; History of Chicago Blues – Part Two

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How many times has someone brought you to their car and showed you a double barrel shotgun in the trunk?

How many times was it a legendary musician who used it to show strength?

Well – Sax player and Chicago -born Blues player Johnny Beaudine may be one of very few who can answer in the affirmative.

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Please listen to find out who the musician was and many more great tales from the South Side of Chicago …

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Johnny Beaudine; The Blues – ‘Live’ from Chicago ….Part One

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How many times has someone sat down and explained how good Muddy Waters was. On how many occasions did someone tell a captive audience that Howlin’ Wolf was the best …

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How many of these storytellers actually played with and/ or  witnessed these legends first hand?

Not many.

This is where saxophone player Johnny Beaudine comes in.

Born in Chicago and receiving a Blues apprenticeship with men such as Otis Rush, James Cotton and Buddy Guy – allows Beaudine an insight very few have into the legacy of the Blues …

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Johnny Beaudine and his band Deep Blue

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Guy Belanger; His ‘Turn’ at The Blues …

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Quebec city born Guy Belanger knows a little something about The Blues.

Now – he knows a little bit more.

From his humble beginnings with guys like Bob Walsh up until a recent brush with greatness in Chicago, Guy has been schooled.

Now – it’s his turn to teach …

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