The Who’s Masterpiece Tommy – In Montreal! Live !

Chances are – a music fan in the 1970’s was profoundly affected by The Who’s album Tommy.

It is simple. Nothing like this came before or after. It was and remains a ‘film’ within a soundtrack. A coffee table to a book in the mind.

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In the Wings Promotions brings Tommy to Montreal in a form which Pete Townsend can be proud. A musical which is truer than the film version which remains bizarre in so many ways

Please listen below as Noelle Hannibal discusses her musical Tommy which takes place on November 19th, 20th and 21st at Rialto Hall.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents – Music To Do the Sunday Crossword …

Get out of bed, rub your eyes, make some coffee and sit down.

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There is nothing like doing the Sunday Crossword puzzle on what is, foremost –  a day of rest. What could be better than coffee and a challenging Crossword Puzzle?

Coffee, Crossword and great tunes!

Please listen below to the best music you will ever hear on a Sunday.

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What’s Happening in Montreal and a Brand New Track from Steve Hackett

As usual, lots happening musically in Montreal.

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Please listen below to some of these events as well as a new tune from former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Steve is coming to Montreal in April and find out when the tickets are going on sale.

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Rocky Dawuni Climbs Closer to Sainthood Through Music and Humanitarian Work.

It is not every day you encounter a Saint …

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Rocky Dawuni is quickly approaching ‘saintdom’ as he continues adding humanity causes to his long list of good deeds. Whether conspiring with the likes of U2’s Bono via The United Nations or ensuring people around the globe ‘cook clean’, Rocky walks the talk of his musical messages.

Please listen below as Rocky explains his messages and his ambitious undertakings. Rocky will be in Montreal at Cafe Campus on the 18th of November.

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Officer to Rocky – What’s Coming in Montreal and A Taste of Ted Tevan

Spring is in the Montreal air in November! Nothing could be better for a series of upcoming shows in and around Montreal.

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Fresh from a stop in his native land of Ghana – a musician who is part of the UN will stop by on Rick Keene Music Scene as well as in concert in Montreal. Just one of many great shows and interviews coming up!

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Please listen below to what’s happening in Montreal in the coming weeks. Courtesy of Dundees in Ste Anne de Bellevue!

 

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Jordan Officer – Nothing but ‘Blue Skies’ Ahead

Jordan Officer has a little tenderness …

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A self discovery the thirty-eight year old guitarist made during the writing and recording of his latest album Blue Skies. His second solo album following a very successful career with Susie Arioli.

Please listen below to Jordan speak of his new album and his long and varied list of musical influences.

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A Review of Glen Campbell’s Documentary; I’ll Be Me

To say that Glen Campbell is an American institution is a vast understatement. So vast, most people would not realize the pit for the forest.

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It is easy to ‘clump’ musicians into a generic concert.

Rock ‘n Roll fans would  pick out Waylon Jennings from a police line-up when asked to choose Kris Kristofferson. Country music fans can easily mistake Steven Tyler for Michael Phillip Jagger. Among thousands of singers, guitarists and songwriters spanning one hundred years in genres as diverse as the globe itself, forgiveness is given for the uneducated music fan.

Glen Campbell, in a nutshell, was the man who brought Country music to the mainstream. 

While Johnny Cash made Johnny Cash – watching fashionable, there was always a ‘taboo’ attached to the man in black. He was dangerous. A pre-cursor to the Rolling Stones in Rock music as  ‘the bad boy’ of Country music. The ‘bad boy’ of music.

Then – along came Glen Campbell.

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The Arkansa born singer / musician / songwriter was clean, crisp and good looking. Everyone has their demons ( which surfaced in later years with Campbell via drug and alcohol abuse)  yet Campbell appeared pure and not prone to paparazzi – driven investigations. Glen Campbell ( along with The Beach Boys) was music’s American Pie. If John Kennedy was the first television President – Campbell was the first television Country music star.

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Glen Campbell released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album.

He has placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, and/or the Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the Top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts.

Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys total, in the country and pop categories and in 2012 Campbell won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award . In 1969 actor John Wayne picked Campbell to play alongside him in the film True Grit, which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell sang the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award.

In 2015, Glen Campbell does not remember any of these accomplishments. Glen Campbell is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

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This is where the 2014 documentary ‘ I’ll Be Me’ comes into play. It chronicles Glen Campbell’s final recording ( I’m Not Gonna Miss You) and subsequent final tour. An opportunity for his family, friends and fans to say goodbye to a man who is sadly, half the man he once was.

Director James Keach and his crew follow Glen, his wife Kim and his three kids Ashley, Shannon and Cal ( part of Campbell’s touring band ) through the trials and tribulations of dealing with Alzheimer’s. A rare glimpse into the disease along with a rare glimpse into a man, a musician and a family dynamic. Director Keach supplies the cameras, Kim Campbell supplies the memories and Glen delivers the music. The one element of Campbell’s psyche which refuses to be locked away in a dwindling section of his brain.

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This absorbing and fascinating film is akin to driving by a car wreck on the side of the highway. In fact, tour manager Bill Maclay informs the viewer of that element being a huge concern  as the family and band planned the farewell tour.  The film may be a curiosity yet the concerts (151)  which take place within the documentary; a pure love – in between artist, fan and family.

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As the film spins it’s tales of reality, images of doctor’s visits, home life, bus life and stage life, it takes the viewer on an interesting journey. Amid Campbell’s vacant memories of recent and past events, lies a loving and supporting family and great songs. Campbell may not remember yesterday’s date yet he belts out thirty-year old tunes just as fresh as daisies in Spring. Just like those flowers, mistakes are made and the petals fall. Just like those flowers – the songs are a gift given to us by way of  an unseen force.

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Aside from a devout ‘who-is-who’ parade of performers  praising Campbell’s influence  (Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, John Carter Cash, Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and U2 guitarist The Edge), it is Campbell’s guitar playing and singing which are most astonishing. The man is sick yet aside from sometimes talking too much during a performance, playing songs twice and once or twice forgetting words, Glen Campbell delivered the goods night after night. With a smile on his face.

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Campbell’s guitar playing alone – wrought with conviction, facility and ease. Men or woman in full health would be hard up to compete with Campbell on the Alzheimer twelve string.

Other poignant moments within the film is what Campbell’s disease may do to help people in the future. Campbell and entourage stop in Washington, D.C. They testify before Congress, lobbying  for more research funding for a cure and meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. Campbell’s daughter explaining the pain as her Father cannot remember her name, a particularly heart-wrenching moment.

Thankfully, despite the upbeat messages of Campbell’s personality and musical abilities within the film, the reality of the disease remains a focal point throughout. The harsh reality of the disease becomes front and center near the end of the tour as everyone becomes aware;

‘Glen can no longer perform .

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Campbell’s final recording, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” won a Grammy for Best Country Song earlier this year. Campbell and the song’s co-writer, Julian Raymond, were also nominated for an Oscar.

Mr. Campbell currently is in a memory care facility in Nashville. He is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and is suffering from aphasia. He can no longer communicate and can only comprehend hugs and certain movements.

The film; ‘I’ll Be Me ‘ – is a must watch experience to reintroduce or discover Glen Campbell’s music, his legacy and his story of hope within despair.

Glen Campbell is an American Institution after all.

 

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