Tom Petty Concert Review; Rock n’ Roll is Alive and Well …

Tom Petty is the real deal …

In an age where ageing Rock stars more often than not mail in performances, Petty with his band of Heartbreakers – as refreshing as a sea breeze on a hot and humid day.


The sixty-three year old Petty, on tour with his latest album Hypnotic Eye – took the stage at 9pm with a statement which set the stage ( so to speak) for an evening void of pretentiousness.

” We are going to give you a Rock ‘ Roll show …” Claimed Tom. ” It may be long. Better call the babysitter …”

Starting with a cover of the Byrds’ tune; So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – Petty and his mates were powerful. A garage band with all amplifiers cranked to the max. A garage band one phone call away from a late night police visit. A garage band with smoke emerging through the cracks.

Petty himself, a throwback to the seventies. In speak, in appearance and most importantly – in attitude. Think of ‘The Dude’ in the film The Big Lebowski. Now – think of ‘The Dude’ with a guitar in his hands and a  Dylan-esque voice. The sum of all parts becomes Tom Petty. A Rock singer who appears ‘surprised’ and ‘at ease’  in front of a large crowd. A songwriter who may be the ‘last guitar man standing’.

Petty__isn__t_it_As Petty swash-buckled his way through ‘ Mary Janes Last Dance’, American Dream Plan B’ ( from his recent album Hypnotic Eye) and the foot tapping (stomping) cover of Big Joe Williams’ ‘Baby Please Don’t Go'; thoughts of Springsteen, Dylan and Neil Young circled the Bell Center in Montreal. Tom Petty a combination of all three yet so unique and legendary. A survivor from the 1970’s with a smoke-filled bong intact. 

‘Into the Great Wide Open’ book-ended ‘Mary Jane’ with a sneer of nostalgia while ‘Forgotten Man’ (off Hypnotic Eye) reeked of a Bo Diddley nostalgic rhythm. Refreshing since ‘American Dream Plan B’ was dull and ineffective and signaled the demise of Petty’s recent songwriting ability. ‘Forgotten Man’ allowed a sigh of relief into the room as did ‘You Get Me High” ( the latest single)  later on. Petty’s songwriting intact.

‘I Won’t Back Down’ was the evening’s anthem. A biographical statement on the part of Petty and more so as the years pass by. A finger to authority if there ever was one; the audience ‘au Centre Bell’ agreed. On their feet, singing, waving and embracing it as their own personal scripture. The former ‘Wilbury’, perhaps sensing a ‘capturing’ of the crowd; traveled once more into his vast catalog. The opening chords of ‘Free Fallin’ sealed the deal and pushed everyone who may have been ‘on the fence’ – into the waiting arms of Tom, The Heartbreakers and ‘Mary Jane’.

The beauty of Petty’s songwriting is just that. Songwriting.071708petty425

Much like the Stones, Dylan and The Beatles – Petty’s compositions are all about the songs. No drum solos, lengthy guitar ego-boosters and not a lot of banter. A man, his buddies and some tunes gather, sing and maybe loot and pillage. The only thing raped? Society and it’s hideous mask of rules and regulations.

A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me),’You Get Me High‘, ‘Rebels‘ and ‘Yer So Bad‘ – settled everyone in the seriousness and respect Petty has earned. For those only aware of ‘the hits’, a foursome complete with the gamete of balladry and rockers. Four songs which led into the homestretch. A home-run trot led by anthem number two …

‘Learning to Fly’ is the type of song identifiable by all ages. Everyone has endured, is enduring or yearns to endure the coming -of-age rite. The time where parents and / or their rules are shredded for independence. Petty sings the song with an underlying melancholy. A subterranean message of hope sets the audience’s heart adroit with nods of approval amid primal instincts. 

Shadow people, will sing their heads
In the corner next to you
When the light is red

‘Shadow People”s words rang true. At the beginning, in the middle and near the end of the show. Everyone – singing their heads into submission. A ‘choir’ leading into ‘I Should Have Known It’, ‘Refugee’ and  the show stopper; ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’. The latter? As perfect as a Rock song could be. A Menacing riff with a hard pounding drum beat, complimented by Petty’s uncanny vocal ability. A ‘gift’ to sound urgent and mellow at the same time and place. A feature saved for few.


Even the most jaded forty-and-up partisans at The Bell Center overcame their fear of the demise of Rock n Roll last night. 

The exclusion of mega-hits ‘ Don’t Come Around Here No More’, ‘Breakdown’, ‘Here Comes My Girl’ and ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ ( among many others) did not dampen ‘the spirits’ of young and old alike. Petty and The Heartbreakers continued the ‘lesson’ in Rock n Roll with ‘ You Wreck Me’ and a perfect cover of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone. A duo fit for the evening’s finale.

American Girl was and is – the quintessential rock song. Complete with a theme on the mind of every boy (man?) on the planet. A rough guitar complimented by Petty’s non-threatening vocal style. Petty’s coup? Maybe or maybe not. Does it really matter …?


Stay tuned for Part two of my interview with Grand Fatilla!


Friday night at The Dome in Kirkland! 3000 rue Emond

Friday night at The Dome in Kirkland! 3000 rue Emond

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The Global Sound of Global Shuffle – Grand Fatilla Album launch

Boston -based world Jazz ensemble Grand Fatilla have been entertaining audiences for six years.  It’s about time for an album.

Due to popular demand – the foursome recorded their album ‘Global Shuffle’. A disc containing all styles with the utmost respect given to the original genre.

Please listen to Mike, Roberto and Fabio discuss the new album and what they are all about …



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Stay tuned for part two …








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with Sean Mckeogh and Rick Keene



Robert Stefan; To Afghanistan with Love …

Ste. Anne de Bellevue resident Robert Stefan is no stranger to success …



Having five top ten French singles on the charts from his debut album to working with former April Wine guitarist Gary Moffet – Robert has seen a lot.

Nothing  prepared him for a rendez-vous with a soldier.



Please listen below as Robert talks of many things including working with the Moffet brothers.



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Come and join Robert  for a fun night of music this Friday (29th Aug) evening-Show starts 7pm at the Golf Dome West Island-3000 Rue Edmond
Kirkland, Quebec, Canada
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What’s Coming on Rick Keene Music Scene …

Wuz up? What’s happening? What’s going on?

A good question – especially if you are a music lover …



I have some interviews coming with two new artists and the singer of a great new Jazz outfit out of Massachusetts. All in all – something for everyone.

Thanks for listening, have a great week and remember – keep your headphones on unless you are driving or walking across a busy road.

Talk soon …






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The Slacks; Montreal’s Oldest / Newest Rock Band

Once upon a time …

Men like Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley were dominating the musical landscape. They were the ‘kings’ of Rock n Roll.


Teenagers were screaming, crying and tossing various items of clothes toward stages filled with energy. Parents were appalled. Priests tossed their hands into the air to combat the ‘devil music’ which possessed so many teenagers.

Fast forward a couple of decades …


The Stone Doctors raised $9,000 last night at Chez Maurice in Ste Lazare for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Unit.

Way to go Boys!


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House of Jazz - Opening in Laval Sept. 6th

House of Jazz – Opening in Laval Sept. 6th


Moist – New Album and Tour!

Universal Music Canada recently announced the signing of multi-platinum rockers, Moistto its roster of Canadian talent and confirm the release of their new album, Glory Under Dangerous Skies,on October 7th, to be followed by a national tour commencing November 7th.

Mechanical, the first single, has been a top-five rock radio hit all summer, and their follow-up track, Black Roses is set for release in September.

 Moist’s triumphant return kicked off last Fall with a series of exclusive sold-out shows and continues with the forthcoming release of their long-awaited new album, which was recorded in Toronto this past winter and produced by Moist guitarist and Juno-nominated producer, Mark Makoway.

 “The new album and the shows we’ve played this summer have reminded us all of how much fun it is writing music and performing together” says lead vocalist David Usher. “It feels very natural doing this with the band again and everything has just fallen into place. We’re really excited about the new music and the amazing reception we’ve had.”

 Since the release of Moist’s multi-platinum debu album, Silver (1994), the band has chalked up a long list of impressive accolades that includes, the three-time platinum sophomorerelease, Creature (1996) and the double-platinum Mercedes Five & Dime (1999).

The band has been nominated for ten Juno awards, winning Best New Group in1995 and Best Video for Gasoline in 1997.Moist has sold 1.3 million albums worldwide.


Saturday, November 15th – 8 p.m. at Metropolis

with special guest to be announced


Tickets: $41.50 (taxes & service charge included) at Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine East),

at 1-855-790-1245, and

(Additional charges apply for telephone & internet)


50 VIP Fan Experience packages per show will include exclusive tour merchandise, a copy of their new album, access to their sound check and a photo opportunity with the band.

These packages will go on sale this Thursday (Aug. 21) exclusively

Gary Moffet – Former April Wine Guitarist … The Future is Bright!

Gary Moffet Joins April Wine!

In 1971, Gary was developing a band for AQUARIUS RECORDS called ALLISON GROSS.
He  had been working with the band as their producer for about a year and a half. Working  on their arrangements with them in their rehearsal space and  using his portable recording rig to cut the band track. Then he would work on the vocals with the singer and finally do a rough mix. In 18 months – the band  had assembled over 25 songs in demo form.
The group was about to sign with Aquarius and cut their first record, when APRIL WINE suddenly needed a new member to replace original member Jim Henman. They quickly snapped up the lead singer from ALLISON GROSS, who was also the main writer and bassist of the group. His name was JIM CLENCH.
Without Jim in the band, ALLISON GROSS was rejected by Aquarius and subsequently broke up.

Jim Clench

Eighteen months after JIM CLENCH joined AW, with a strong vote from both JIM and AQUARIUS,  Gary was brought in  along with legendary drummer JERRY MERCER, as one of the new members.

After AW broke up in 1984,  Gary  returned to full time producing, which he did until his  retirement in the year 2000.

The Present and The Future


Bianca and Gary were introduced by their  mutual friend ROB HEANEY. He thought they would go well together.

ROB is the CO-PRODUCER and ENGINEER for the project

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10632739_10152780924666874_3058557863778490500_n“The  idea was to create MINIMALIST arrangements behind Bianca’s voice …” Says Moffet; ” One acoustic guitar, drums and bass.
Our intention in doing that was to be able to play all our songs as a DUO, TRIO or QUARTET line up and also leave the door wide open, with lots of space, for a musical guest.”
On the album, all the songs except for one have a guest on the track.
The name ALTO CANTINA reflects the  concept of a virtual PLACE, a small cantina, where musicians can go to create with others.
Two examples of these musicians guests would be JIM ZELLER and NANCY MARTINEZ
The great JIM ZELLER appears on a BOB DYLAN track using Dylan’s original zellerinstrumentation (acoustic. harmonica, bass, drums and voice) but with an radically up dated arrangement.
This is a virtuoso piece for JIM on the HARMONICA and he guests on vocal as well.
Gary and Rob are still beaming from the guest shot put in by NANCY MARTINEZ on the song CRYING IN THE RAIN
This is a full VOCAL duet featuring Bianca and Nancy. Our new arrangement reflects how the song might have sounded if the writer CAROLE KING had recorded her own version.
The final touches of Alto Cantina are being created …. Visit Gary for all the updated information …

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Thanks for Listening !


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Katrina Leskanich; ‘Ridin’ the Wave’

Katrina Leskanich has a new album out …

Most music lovers – specifically 1980’s music lovers, remember her as Katrina of  Katrina and the Waves. It’s a shame. This talented singer and songwriter deserves better than selective memory.




On the eve of a North American tour, a jaunt which begins in New York City – Katrina speaks of her new album Blisland as well as her love for music. There is also a Canadian connection with her big hit from the 1980’s.

Walkin’ on … something …




Please Visit Katrina Here!


Join me and Sean Mckeogh Thursday at 6:15pm on k103.7fm

We welcome former April Wine guitarist Gary Moffet into the studio for a live performance and some chat …


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This Week on Rick Keene Music Scene …

Just like a household with nineteen children …

There is a lot going on Rick Keene Music Scene.

Kick off your shoes, disconnect the telephone wire and discover a whole bunch of stuff including a couple of new songs and some words from Jerry Mercer of April Wine fame.

Join Sean Mckeogh and myself live on k103.7fm this Thursday @ 6:15pm

We welcome Gary Moffet – formerly of April Wine as he is joined by a special guest to play some tracks off his latest album.

Thanks for listening … talk soon!

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 Play 4 Keeps will be at Annies this Friday @ 8Pm!

The Stone Doctors ( Rolling Stones Tribute) are at Chez Maurice Saturday Night

All Proceeds go to Palliative Care – Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

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The Damn Truth are at Cafe Campus Thursday Night

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Maurice Raymond; Montreal’s Mick Jagger – Complete Three Part Interview

Michael Phillip Jagger has been fronting The Rolling Stones for fifty years. Fifty … and counting …

Maurice Raymond has been fronting a Rolling Stones’ cover band for thirty-four years. Thirty-four … and counting …





Please listen as Maurice speaks of his legacy as one ( if not the best ) of the Mick Jaggers of the world.

It did not start out that way …







The Blushing Brides Are Here!





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This week - my interview with Don Felder

This week – my interview with Don Felder




The Mother Jones Band – Live!

The Mother Jones Band fly under the radar …

For the group, a rag tag bunch cut from the cloth of  B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Junior Wells, ‘under the radar’ may be fitting. After all – the old Blues guys didn’t exactly look for fame. They played from the heart and they played for the right reasons.

The Mother Jones Band is the same.

Led by the Father and Son tandem of Derek and Tommy Falls ( lead, rhythm guitar and vocals respectively) the five piece unit – as tight as blanket on a cold winter’s eve.

Manu Pele, the African bass player who studies music ‘ just for fun’, rivals the greats such as Victor Wooten and Daryl Jones. Pele witnessed Jones ( the bassist for the Stones) as he commenced his career with the late, great Miles Davis. Jones ( according to Manu) is greater in his Jazz element and one of Pele’s mentors.

The band is completed by Joey the Saxman (Alto, Baritone and Tenor Saxophone) and Danick Tardif on  drums. Two members who do not complicate. A pair whose professional skills enhance the pureness of the Blues.

Combined with Tommy’s smooth guitar rhythms, Derek’s piercing leads and Kravitz-like vocals, The Mother Jones Band is unique.

In an old school type of way …


The Mother Jones Band can be seen on Friday at

The Brass Door
2171 Crescent
514 808 9596

The Mother Jones Band is available for any type of event.

Joey the Saxman is available solo or as part of a duo or trio for weddings and corporate events.

Please contact for more information. On Booking.

Sydney Delong; Up, Up and Away …

For Oakville, Ontario native Sydney Delong – it’s not a very ‘delong’ trip to Toronto.

That is where the singer / songwriter is headed to live so she has more opportunities to grow. As a singer,  songwriter and as a person.

Please listen as Sydney discusses her plans …

Miss Delong?


Visit Sydney Right Here Folks !

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Need a Painkiller to Kill the Blues? Call Tommy Castro …

Tommy Castro was born in San Jose, California. Perfect for a music fan because he was a hop, skip and jump away from the San Francisco Bay area.

A melting pot for not just the Blues, every other genre possible.

Tommy Castro


Please listen as Tommy explains his past, his love for music and his new album with The Painkillers. A Bluesy outfit complete with a couple of very special guests …



Stay tuned for Part Two !


Visit Tommy and The Painkillers Here !


Come together – Robin Williams & Bobby McFerrin:

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What’s Coming on Rick Keene Music Scene ?

It’s a new week …

That means a couple of more interviews and some more songs. Wake the hamsters and call the sheep!

Please listen to what is coming up this week on …

Rick Keene Music Scene



Check out archives and hear many more interviews – including Buddy Guy, Mitch Ryder, Lee Rocker and so much more!

The Best of Last Week Right Here!


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Don Felder; You Can Check Out Anytime You Like – You Can Never Leave. Three Part Interview.

Don Felder just finished a tour with Styx and Foreigner.


don2For the former member of The Eagles – that means a small pause then right back on the road doing what he loves. Playing guitar.

It has been a long and winding road for Felder, beginning with playing in a band with Stephen Stills and ending up many years later as the co-writer of one of the most famous songs in Rock history.

Please listen to my interview with this legendary performer. An insight into the present, the past and the future.






 Please Visit Don Here

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Play 4 Keeps; Playing for Keeps – Funk Wise!

Play 4 Keeps are a Montreal-based band who are deep in a funk. That is a good thing …

Much has been said (too much), of the music from past generations being better than today.  Now – with a band such as Play 4 Keeps, it is nice to see a new (er) generation being influenced by  a new (er) generation.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a huge influence on bassist Dimitri Lappos, guitarist Phil Boucher and drummer Chris Butz. The young teaching the young.

Please listen as Chris and Dimitri talk about their influences, the albums and ‘monkies in their bedsheets’ …

Say what?


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Aug. 22nd at Annies! 5pm

Come and Have a blast!


This week - my interview with Don Felder

This week – my interview with Don Felder

There is No Taboo with Bad Taboo; Carolyn Fe Blues Collective Delivers Another Great Album!

Two and a half albums into a career does not a career make. For Carolyn Fe and her ‘Collective’ – the journey has begun along the grand pathway known as The Blues.



Please listen below as Carolyn discusses the new album, the Blues and in particular Big Mama Thornton. A great chat with one of Montreal’s great Blues’ singers …




Visit Carolyn Fe Here!




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This week - my interview with Don Felder

This week – my interview with Don Felder of Eagles’ Fame !

Rick Keene Music Scene; What’s Going On?

Music never sleeps …



Aside from the big name events taking place such as Osheaga, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Tremblant Blues Festival – there are concerts, cd launches and Festivals taking place everywhere …

Such as …


 CD Launches


August 25 – Willows (By Geneviève Toupin) – release date (Roads)
August 26 – Willows – Launch Glass Bottle
September 9 – Megan Bonnell – Out album (Hunt and Chase)
September 12 – The Block Party MRCY
September 30 – Elizabeth Shepherd – album release (The Signal)
September 30 – MO Kenney – release date (In My Dreams)

Merrickville Jazz Festival

Oct. 17th – 20th


Some new tracks and more info on what is happening on Rick Keene Music Scene this week …





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Later this week …
My interview with Don Felder of The Eagles. Co -writer of Hotel California

Jill Barber; Up Close …

Jill Barber is hard to pin down …

Is she Jazz? Pop? A little of both?


Judge for yourself with some songs off her latest album; Fool’s Gold. A melting pot with a sound purposely copied via The Dap Kings – Amy Winehouse’s backing group.

It is no surprise Jill sounds a little like Winehouse.

Please listen as Jill discusses the above topics moments before her performance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival.



Visit Jill Here!




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Leeward Fate; No Ordinary Band …

Fate has it …

Or – ‘Leeward Fate’ has it, sometimes things happen for a reason. Such is the case for a trio of musicians who are now based in North Carolina. A menage-a-musicians who, fate has it – met in Leeward. The math is there yet math and grids are far removed from the way their latest album was recorded. Digital bah – humbug for the boys …

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‘No Ordinary Kind’ is the group’s third album and – as is the case many times; the third time is a charm.

Listen to the band’s drummer – Tom Miller, speak of all things Leeward and if fate is not cruel; Leeward Fate will soon be a household name.



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