Went to my first gig in years yesterday. A friend was mixing one of the bands, so I was able to see a show without being among the "great unwashed"(that was the tongue-in-cheek phrase being thrown around backstage re the seating area)
The world has changed and live events are changing with it; a new Outdoor Concert Series bringing Edmontonians and Albertans together.
The two headliners have been well known Canadian artists for decades, but I'd never heard of the Dead South before. Ended up just chilling out behind the stage most of the day, catching up with old friends and smoking a shitload of weed. I was amazed how many people were sharing pipes and doobs.(I politely declined sharing....buncha dirty touring musicians, fuck that )
Met a bunch of new people too and just had a really chill day. TDS's FOH guy, Rhubarb was fun. Ended up shooting the shit for ages. Poor fucker was on his first gig since Covid hit. Their last show had been in England and I guess Rhubarb had a shit-awful night on the board. I don't know all the technical details, but he'd been going crazy for a chance at redeeming himself for a year and a half. Luckily their set went off really well.
Decided to look the band up today and realized how out of touch I am. One of their vids has nearly 260,000,000 views, and the one I linked below is at nearly 26 million. I guess they're doing all right for Saskatchabush boys. Cool style, too.
I'd listened to his stuff for years before I learned Doc Watson was blind. I guess I never needed to know that to appreciate his brilliance. Kind of like with Jeff Healy though, it makes me appreciate the work they put in that much more.
I have nothing against Brian Johnson as a human being. I am happy for ACDC's subsequent success and they deserve their place in the Pantheon.
But in my heart and mind, ACDC ended when this man died. Forever in contention for the ultimate Rock n Roll frontman, the high priest of the party, rest in peace Mr Bon Scott.
Angus with a halo is also one of the best things ever.
I don't think I've ever seen this video before. Watching Randy has given me goosebumps that won't go away. His death was such a horrible loss for the world.
(not meaning to be a downer by posting late legends, it was a coincidence that this followed the Bon Scott post.
While we're talking about legends, I know this video is kind of long, but hearing the guy in the studio say that MC5's sound made him feel like the people in Vietnam on the front lines is one of the best one liner comparisons I can think of for a band like them!