Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks and Show Listings

Sometimes you never hear the songs that are coming to a town near you .

Most of the great tunes are released to no fanfare from anyone – let alone to the common man.

Have a listen below to some new tracks, a couple of familiar tracks and some shows coming soon to Montreal !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Marillion Drummer Ian Mosley; The Beat Goes On. Part Two

What is the process of recording Marillion songs?

Marillion drummer Ian Mosley invites punters into the world of Marillion in Part Two and also discusses his feelings about Steve Hackett of Genesis fame.

Ian’s thoughts on retirement also come up along with advice to up and coming drummers.

Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Ian about his life as a drummer and his new book. Keep in mind – if Ian owes you money, he won’t respond.

Ian? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Marillion Drummer Ian Mosley; The Beat Goes On …

What kid does not bang on things?

Marillion drummer Ian Mosley was one of those kids and unlike many – the now sixty-five year old Brit has not stopped.

Banging the skins with Marillion since 1984, Ian’s musical education commenced long before that. Privy to up close and personal performances by the likes of Buddy Rich, Ian is schooled in drumming.

Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Ian about his life as a drummer and his new book. Keep in mind – if Ian owes you money, he won’t respond.

Ian? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tracks

Stop what you are doing and listen. Won’t ya?

T Nile 2014 @ Rebecca Blissett Photography All Rights Reserved

Not all great tunes are at your disposal when in the car or on your preferred listening platform. That is why you visit Rick Keene Music Scene – to receive the chats, the info and the tunes from artists you may not know exist .

Have a listen below to some great songs, some shows coming up and what to expect this week on Rick Keene Music Scene.com

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Essential Tunes

A lot of music goes under the radar thanks to advertising via record companies and corporations.

Mainstream media only play what they are told. Listeners only listen to what they are told.

For every ‘hit song’ on radio – there lurks fifty better ones in a program director’s garbage bin.

Please listen Below to Ten Really Great Songs

Rick Keene Music Scene – Evenko Concert Week !

For the second year, evenko announces that it will be joining Live Nation Canada in National Concert Week celebrations!

Concert Week will take place from May 1st through May 7th and give fans the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets for just $20 (all-in including fees). The offer will include tickets to many in-demand shows, like; Eros Ramazzotti, Florence + The Machine, Pentatonix, Heart, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, The Chainsmokers, Corey Hart, Marie-Mai, Loud, Patrick Bruel, Jay Du Temple, Rufus Wainwright, Alessia Cara, David Foster and more!

For one week only, fans can get their hands on these $20 all-in tickets beginning Wednesday, May 1st at 9am at evenko.ca, through Tuesday, May 7 at 11:59pm.

Produced by evenko, Concert Week is a time for artists and fans to celebrate their love of live music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Gino Vannelli Is Still Here and Better Than Ever …

Soul Train, the television show which featured Gino Vannelli as it’s first ‘white’ performer is long gone. Gino, on the other hand, is improving with age.

The sixty-six year old native Montrealer returned home this past weekend on the heels of his first album of new material in over a decade. Wilderness Road is the name of Gino’s twentieth album and it may rank as one of his best.

On Friday and Saturday night at Place des Arts, Montrealers got a taste of the new album along with Vannelli’s greatest hits. They also received a profound example of what made Gino famous in the first place.

Sure Gino had the looks for the seventies. The sex appeal of John Travolta long before Travolta exited his T.V Barbarino character and emerged as Danny in Grease and Tony in Saturday Night Fever. Travolta should be thanking Gino with a regular paycheck.

Aside from the image, what separated Gino from the pack of both Italians and non Italians, was his attention to detail and his inner belief system. Those two elements (and persistence) made Herb Alpert of A&M Records pay attention. Much the same way the crowd at Place des Arts did on Saturday night. Rarely does an artist gather such focus between songs. Five hundred pins dropping would not be heard as each ear hung onto every word Gino spoke.

The reasons for the attention span is simple. Gino’s voice and his band’s precision. Aside from a couple of songs in Vannelli’s arsenal ( I Just Wanna Stop, Living Inside Myself, Wild Horses), Gino’s songwriting has not been easy to classify. His songs are diverse, complex and simple. His arrangements are unique and lean towards perfection. The audiences at a Gino show are given musical gifts before he opens his mouth.

People I Belong To, Nightwalker, Feel like Flying, Apaloosa, Black Cars, NightDrive (along with the songs mentioned above) contain vocals by Gino which are that of a much younger man. Some people are blessed with a singing ability and then there are ‘those’ blessed to hear it.

Two of the songs from the new disc showcased both Vannelli’s vocals and his songwriting brilliance. Yet Something Beautiful and Older N’ Wiser.

Both songs inspired on two fronts. Musically, Older N’Wiser displays Vannelli’s Jazzy versatility while Yet Something Beautiful is pure Dicken-esque in it’s brilliant storytelling. Gino’s vocals on the latter reaching depths not heard from anyone half his age. The vocals alone leaving the audience speechless in awe.

Like most ‘classic’ artists – the unfortunate part of Gino Vannelli 2019 is commercial radio’s unwillingness to play the new tunes and a hunger for the old tunes from those only wanting to live in the past. Fortunately for Gino, his band is not a ‘cover’ band and are talented enough to play the new album in it’s entirety if the demand is there. Fortunately for Gino, his band can also play the complex rhythms and arrangements of the past.

In short – Gino and his mates are ready for Soul Train 2.0

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