kreator

 

VOGUE THEATRE – VANCOUVER

German thrash metal superstars Kreator, brought their power sound to the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver on Wednesday night.  The band, which originally formed in 1982 showed no sign of slowing down anytime soon. They blazed through a set the contained hits from many of their 14 studio albums. Opening with more recent tracks such as Phantom Antichrist and Hail to the Hordes, they soon had the crowd in their hands, and kept them their right through the night, directing the moshing, and pitching one side of the crowd against to the other, there was no let up right through to the encores – Violent Revolution and Pleasure to Kill. Continue reading “Kreator – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver”

 

sabaton

 

VOGUE THEATRE – vancouver

Over the years Swedish power metal band Sabaton have carved out niche for themselves, and have become famous for their songs of war and heroism.  After almost 20 years in the business, founding members Joakim Brodén (vocals) and Pär Sundström (bass) continue to bring their unique blend of storytelling and raw power to a legion of adoring fans.

The band rolled into Vancouver on Valentine’s Day, and did not disappoint. As soon as the opening bars of In the Army Now started up on the PA the audience was ready for action. It was clear from the start of the show when the band hit the stage for Ghost Division that tonight was going to be a whole lotta fun. Continue reading “Sabaton – Vogue Theatre Vancouver”

Booker T Jones

KAY MEEK CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Booker T Jones, and his talented band played a sold-out show at the Kay Meek Centre on Friday night.  With more than 5 decades of hits to his name, as writer, performer and producer, Jones has an embarrassment of riches to choose from.

After greeting the audience with an infectious smile, he took his place behind the iconic Hammond organ, and started the evening with the MG’s Hang Em High. More hits from the back catalogue of Booker T and the MG’s followed including Soul Dressing, and perhaps the most famous tune form the band, Green Onions.

Jones mixed it up with a couple of tracks from Albert King and Muddy Waters, before stepping out from behind they keys, to join his son on guitar.  Whilst Jones is most strongly associated with the Hammond, he is a great guitarist as well. After a brief prelude while he entertained the audience with a humourous back story about the Monterey Pop Festival, he launched into a laid-back version of the Hendrix classic Hey Joe. Continue reading “Booker T Jones at the Kay Meek Theatre”

Booker T JONES at the Kay Meek Centre

At a young 73 years of age, Jones is still proving to be a musical innovator, something he has done from a very young age. Recognized as a musical child prodigy, Jones playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, bass, and piano at school and organ at church.  By the time, he was in high school Jones was already a semi-professional musician, and proved to be the backbone of many events at his school.

Outside of school a paper route which happened to include the Satellite record store proved to be jumping board for his professional career.  It was a career that would start before he was even out of school.  Along with a clerk at the store, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr. and Lewie Steinberg, Jones formed one of the pre-eminent soul bands of the 1960’s The MG’s. While still in high school Jones wrote one of the bands most successful tunes “Green Onions”.

 

 

Whilst Jones we proficient in many instruments it was the Hammond Organ that was to become his signature sound, and it is for this that he is still sought after as a musician to this day.

Over a career that has included performance as well as producing Jones has amassed a number of honours from his peers, critics and fans.  A Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, he is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.

On 1 September 2017, age 72, Booker T performed live at the Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra in a tribute concert to 50 years of Stax Records alongside Steve Cropper, Sam Moore, William Bell and British artists Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner, James Morrison and Tom Jones.

Booker T Jones is performing at the Grosvenor Theatre at the Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver on 2nd of February


I was extremely fortunate to live around the corner from a recording studio and to be chosen to have a paper route to make enough money to pay for the music lessons. I was one of the chosen few to have a job and to walk through the curtain at Stax Records was just an amazing thing for me to do at age 14.

 

PERIPHERY

 

LIVE AT THE COMMODORE BALLROOM

Periphery performed for a packed house at the Commodore Ballroom on Tuesday, as they, and Animals as Leaders, brought the Convergence Tour to Vancouver.

Periphery, and specifically Misha Mansoor are credited with being one of the pioneers of the djent progressive metal genre. Formed in 2005 in Washington DC, their first, self-titled album was released to critical acclaim in 2010, and their latest Periphery III: Select Difficulty in the summer of 2016. Popular in the US the band also have a strong following in Europe and Japan.

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ANIMALS AS LEADERS

 

LIVE AT THE COMMODORE BALLROOM

Progressive metal titans Periphery and Animals as Leaders brought the Convergence Tour into Vancouver on Tuesday, performing to a packed house at the Commodore Ballroom.

Animals as Leaders comprises guitarist Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes, and drummer Matt Gartska. Formed in 2007 they have four albums to their name, the latest being The Madness of Many, released in November 2016, which released the No. 1 spot of the US Hard Rock charts.

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PAUL WELLER

 

RETURN OF THE MODFATHER

Vancouver was the latest stop musical legend Paul Weller’s A Kind Revolution tour. Monday night saw the first of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom for the “Modfather”, and the performance did not disappoint.

Weller, whose back catalog covers a huge swath of musical genres as diverse as punk, new-wave, mod and soul, called on it all in a show that had something for all his fans, no matter at what time in his career they recognized his genius. (Side Note: For me, it was Eton Rifles with The Jam in 1979, although as a teenage fan of heavy metal, you had drag it out of me at the time.)

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LUCY ROSE

 

LIVE AT THE COMMODORE BALLROOM

Lucy Rose opened for Paul Weller on the first of a two-night stand at the Commodore Ballroom on Monday night. Lucy is an English singer/songwriter, with three albums to her name.  Her latest album “Something’s Changing”, follows on from 2012’s Like I Used To, and 2015’s Work It Out. Continue reading “Lucy Rose – Commodore Ballroom – October 16th, 2017”

 

CASSANDRA MAZE

 

LIVE AT THE ROXY

The final act of the night at the Roxy Launch Project Finale was Cassandra Maze, and it was in interesting entrance to the stage, with Maze being carried over the shoulders of a security guard with a black bag over her head, and placed on seat under a single lamp ready for interrogation. It was an inspired start to the show, during with Maze and her band performed an energetic set, and were greatly appreciated by the crowd.

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