David Henman – You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

David Henman worked with Myles Goodwyn. One of the greatest Canadian songwriters in history. David Henman is no slouch himself.

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Beginning with April Wine – David Henman has been a part of the music landscape in Canada since the 1960’s. The Wackers, The Dudes. The Debutantes and Prism. To name a few.

There is no question, David Henman has left a mark on Canadian music.

Please listen below to part two of my chat with David and hear the reasons (in song) why David Henman is quite possibly, the most overlooked figure in this country’s cultural heritage.

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A Spooky Chat with The Record Breakers!

Hallowe’en isn’t always scary.

Well – ok, it is always scary but some things on that evening are also fun.

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On October 30th – join two bands for an evening of music and dance from two very different musical acts. A pair of entertainment entities very different in the phases of their careers.

Please listen below to Hayden Rabinovitch speak of his band The Record Breakers and what can be expected on Oct. 30th st Dundees.

Thanks for listening!

Talk soon.

 

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Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge – Part Two

The Province of Quebec is filled with the blues. Luckily, it is also filled with The Blues.

Music – that is …

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Come down to Bistro a Jo Jo on October 6th, 12th and 20th to cheer your favorite Blues’ singers as they compete to represent Quebec in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Three nights of some of the greatest artists in this Province laying their hearts out to win big. No one is a loser on nights like these.

Please listen below to some of the artists tunes as well as other …

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What’s Happening in Montreal and On Rick Keene Music Scene – Spooky!

So much is going on – even the Pope is gay!

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As usual – Montreal has a lot to offer in the music field. Concerts, shows – if it has a groove, this city adores it !

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Please listen below to what is coming music-wise and find out how to buy tickets online for most of the shows taking place in Montreal and beyond.

Thanks for listening! Talk soon …

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Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge at Bistro a Jo Jo – Oct. 6th

 Blues! Blues! Blues!

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It is all about the Blues. 

Especially the next couple of weeks at Bistro a Jo Jo on St. Denis in Montreal.

It is the Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge. The winner of the eleven artists competing receive an opportunity to go to Memphis, Tennessee to test their skills there as well.

Some of the best Blues artists in Quebec will give their all starting on Oct. 6th.  Head on down to Bistro a Jo Jo and cheer your favorite artist on!

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Please listen below to some of the artists performing !

 

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Jerry Mercer; As the Years Have Gone By …

To say that ex – April Wine drummer Jerry Mercer has been around is a gross understatement.

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Starting from scratch and working his way up from Trevor Payne and The Triangle to the wondrous  sounds of the Cuban rhythms – Jerry Mercer has played a lot of percussion.

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He ain’t done yet …

Please listen below to my chat with this legendary Canadian musician.

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Ria Reece is Out All Night ! That’s a Good Thing !

Ria Reece is new on the scene of music. Professionally – that is.

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Out All Night is her and her band’s take on Ria’s musical experiences growing up. A little bit of Etta James, a lit bit of this and a whole lotta R and B, Blues and Soul.

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It is the band’s first album of original material, Judging by the sound of it – there will be a whole bunch more to come.

Please listen below to my interview with Ria !

 

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What’s Happening in Montreal and Rick Keene Music Scene

As usual – a lot going on …

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Please listen below to a few events coming up ! Click on Jazz Festival and Evenko logos to buy tickets to many great shows !

Thanks for listening! Talk soon.

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Kensico and The Joshua Tree; Just the Beginning …

It is not everyday someone completes their first full length album. Recording it in the Mojave Desert at the Joshua Tree?

In the words of Robert DeNiro; ” Forget about it …”

Kensico, a native of France who is currently residing in Montreal, has done all the above. The finished product is named ‘White Sage’. A collection of personal messages placed elegantly and hauntingly into song.

Please listen below as Kensico explains her messages and ‘ letters’.

Please listen to …

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All You Need is Police Protection! Fifty Years Since The Beatles Played in Montreal; Part Two

How time flies …

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The Beatles took the world by storm. Creating a sensation which – to this day; remains unmatched. What was it about these four lads from Liverpool? Their hair? Their suits? Their silly English accents combined with even sillier humor?

All of the above for sure yet without an amazing ability to create timeless tunes, sing-a-long melodies and poignant love tales; the imagery meant nothing. Face it – even cute puppies grow up!

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Please listen as John Oriettas and I discuss The Beatles as well as John’s upcoming performance on Sunday September 7th at Oscar Peterson Hall. An occasion for his group; REPLAY – to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ only two shows in Montreal. An occasion to mark history …

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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.

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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’.

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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. 

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‘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.

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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 …?

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

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Melissa Bel – A Voice To Be Reckoned with …

Melissa Bel is an up and coming artist who loves playing in Quebec!

A Toronto native, the young ‘starlet’ has musical roots based in musical  soul. She will be performing at The Rialto Theater on Nov. 23rd. Her night will contain all original music with maybe one cover thrown in …

Which one and who is her favorite performer of all time?

No – it is not her Father although he may rank a close second …

Please listen to Melissa’s thoughts and stick around to watch and listen to one of her latest songs afterwards. A real Canadian to watch out for … ( yes that’s her as a little girl in the video).

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Angel Forrest; Reborn and Lovin’ It!

Angel Forrest has been singing around Montreal and abroad for many years. Days and nights spent on the road – honing a voice which balances between Jazz, Blues and almost anything else …

She has just recently released an album which, surprisingly – is her first Blues one with all original material in English.  It has been a long time coming and for once – Angel is being appreciated  outside the Province of Quebec and across Canada.

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Listen to a pair of Angel’s songs and hear the good news! Just like her singing – Angel’s reason for smiling will knock your socks off …

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Michael Kaeshammer; Honoring his Roots

Micheal Kaeshammer knows where he came from …

Because of this – his latest album is a tribute to someone whose influence is a cornerstone to Kaeshammer’s foundation. A concrete reason for Micheal’s love of the New Orleans‘ sound.

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Listen below as Micheal explains his love, his roots, his new album, his joy in performing  and what the future holds for this thirty-six year old student of everything wonderful about music.

Enjoy …

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The Ellingtons; The Kids are Alright …

‘ I just thought that every Father did what my Father did …” Says Edward Ellington Jr. ” It was only years later, I realized the magnitude of what my father accomplished. For a long time, I thought he was a travelling salesman.”

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Edward Ellington Jr. and his sister April, are the duo responsible for The Savoy Ellingtons. A group that has been together for twenty – five years. A long time for two kids who were at one point headed in opposite musical directions . A long time to make ‘Dad’ extremely proud.

‘ I was doing my music on the East Coast” Explains Edward. ” April was living in Los Angeles and working with people such as Jermaine Jackson. We always wanted to work together so I moved to Los Angeles and we started the Savoy Ellingtons.”

The group – according to April, remains intact because they stay true to their Father’s vision of integrity , hard work and passion.

“My father’s best gift to us was teaching us that if we are not passionate about something, we will not be successful.” Admits April. ” We try our best to maintain what our father taught us by him talking to us and watching him perform. He always said if you do not like what you do, then nobody else will like what you do …”

April Ellington and Edward Ellington Jr. are the daughter and son of the late Duke edward jrEllington, the world-renowned jazz musician and orchestra leader. The ‘family act’ bring certain dynamics to the stage which appear to be forgotten as the years go by. Class and elegance. Two components which showcased Duke Ellingon’s era on stage.

‘ It all comes down to being disciplined ” Says Edward. ” There is a certain tempo amid the numbers involved in music and that tends to settle people down and create a positive environment. When you are structuring music there is a sequence that you follow. I believe that all ties together in the end.”

A positive environment is something which April thinks has disappeared in the music business. The Savoy Ellingtons bring a certain melodic structure to their songs,  something which April thinks is sadly missing today …

” The music of today – with all due respect, seems to be lacking musicality, harmony and melody. It is disturbing in a way. It all seems to be sampling and electronics. It is one of the reasons Edward and I work steadfast  at keeping the legend and the legacy of the people who have gone before us alive – starting with our father. We also try to do that through our own compositions as well which have much harmony. I think the music business has changed drastically from one era to another and we try to keep it alive through integrity.”

Money and youth also play a part in what is wrong in the business. Something which the Brother-Sister act were aware of growing up with the name Ellington attached to their lapels …

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” It can be a great hazard. ” Says Edward.” As we have seen – there have been so many gifted, talented kids that were not surrounded by the right people. On Monday you are someone and the end of the week you are nobody. Being young brings a lot of responsibility in music. People forget that. If you have nobody to isolate you and point you in the right direction, then you must be a good steward of the gift that was given to you by the Lord. Doing that alone is very difficult.”

Referred to as ‘entertainers extraordinaire’, the Savoy Ellingtons are travelers who relay music  through several different languages. French and Spanish being two of them . The others? To find out – attend one of their fantastic shows ….

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” We cannot give away everything …: Laughs April. ” We are Jazz vocalists and that is what we concentrate on. Mostly we work with the Big Band and sometimes it can be up to a thirty-eight piece orchestra. Edward is trying to learn the trumpet and I am learning the Cello. We have decided to wait until we are older to add those to the shows. Right now it’s about our vocals.”

When the kids were young, creativity and music was part of the equation. Edward took trumpet lessons and April started her cello lessons. As a young lady – April was on stage with her Father. Dancing up a storm. When her Dad offered up the microphone, April was not as at ease as today.

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” I made my debut at four. I entered from one side of the stage and Edward the other. It was one thing to watch what he did from the audience, on stage under those bright lights was something totally different. We came on for the final number and my Father was in the middle. We just wanted to dance and suddenly my Dad was handing the microphone to us to sing. I was trying to concentrate on dancing – I did not want the microphone.”

These days – Edward and April not only sing, they also pay tribute to their Father as well as people such as Count Basie. All the great music from the 30′;s and 40’s. The great Big Band era …

” We play things from the 40s …” Explains April. ” But we keep things very fresh and eclectic. Although we do add our own compositions – we really try to keep it as close as possible to preserve the integrity of the artists we cover.”

April Ellington believes that music is a blessing and a gift from God. Both April and Edward consider themselves blessed to be able to perform and to perform this long.

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” When we were young, we wanted to be involved in music. ” Says Edward. ” My Father pushed us away from performing at one time. I was going to be the world’s greatest brain surgeon and April was studying to be a lawyer. My Father instilled in us that no matter what you do – do your best and things will work out …”

Too bad Edward is a performer. Like his Father – the young Ellington would have been a great travelling salesman ….

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Holly Cole; The ‘Night’ Started Young …

It is no coincidence Holly Cole‘s new CD is titled ‘ Night’

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‘I am a night owl, I stay up very, very late every night …” Says Cole. ” I find it very quiet. I mean the only phone calls I get are from drunk friends. It is very mysterious and for a creative person – it is ideal. It is open at night – meaning there are no distractions. You have peace and quiet.”

Holly Cole’s latest musical effort and her first in five years, is definitely an evening affair.

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“My favorite song on the album is ‘Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues‘ ” Admits the 49 year old singer from Nova Scotia. ” One of the reasons I love the song is because it is done as my original trio with Aaron Davies and David Pilch. It really takes me back to the raw trio and that is where my real heart lies. It really is minimal and I am a real minimalist.”

All of the songs on the album ‘Night’ are covers except for one. ‘You’ve got a Secret’ is an original composition and it fits in well with the ‘accidental’ theme of the album. As Cole and her mates were recording, Holly realized the songs she had chosen, all had either the words or ideas of a nighttime flavor. An underlying message of what goes on once the sun disappears. She then chose the remainder of the covers based on that …

” I knew we would do songs in increments. Four at a time or something. Then I realized that most of the songs were about night, written at night or had night in the lyrics. It’s all about the ‘night’ feeling. Some of the songs  have a loose connection but they ended up being arranged with that night feeling. The song that I wrote is about night so I think the feel is very mysterious.”

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Holly believes her ‘late night’ habits were introduced to her at a young age. She profoundly recalls an incident that took place when she was a three year old in Halifax. She woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible cough – waking both of her parents up. According to Cole,  she sounded like Tom Waits and nobody wants their little girl to sound like him – a fan or not …

‘It was around four o’clock in the morning …” She remembers. ” My Father wrapped me into a blanket and took me for a late night stroll. My whole neighborhood was blank – not a soul there. I saw it all for the first time through completely different eyes.”

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“It was a clear night with clean Halifax air and fog. I was sitting on my Dad’s shoulders and everything was basking him – the street lights, the moonlight … and all I could hear were his footsteps. It made me fall in love completely with the night. I sincerely believe it had a big influence on me becoming a night owl. When I got home, I felt better and I remember laying in bed thinking that I have a secret. Something which was mine and only mine. It really inspired me and I believe it opened up creative juices within me …”

Those creative juices have served Cole very well.

She released her first albumHolly+Cole+bw+mix+2a in 1990; ‘ Girl Talk’. It was recorded and released as the Holly Cole Trio. Since that time  – Cole has done everything from Christmas albums to an entire disc devoted to Tom Waits songs.

‘Night’ is Holly’s (including ‘best of’ and compilations) 16th album and it has been a long way since she sent a cassette to the founder of the Montreal International Jazz Festival – Andre Menard.

‘I did not have an album, a manager – nothing …” Says Holly. ” I sent him some songs I had done and he loved them. His influence put me on a stage and I was thrilled to play there. It was 1987 and Menard loved me from the beginning. He has been so great to me …”

Holly will be performing at this upcoming Montreal Jazz festival for three nights. June 27th, 28th and 29th at Theatre du Nouveau Monde.

She will be with her quintet as well as something that is a first for her. A full Gospel choir will be involved. It  is an idea that came to her. A thought that delivered the answer; why not …? After all – an artist must continue to grow or risk becoming stagnant …

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” This is the first time with a Gospel choir. We have worked with a choir before but not a Gospel one. I like to keep things fresh. They are a twenty – five piece choir called the ‘Praise and Worship Crew.’ They will be with us all three nights and they are from Montreal. I am looking forward to that as well as Kevin Breault joining us for the final two shows. He is a fantastic guitar player.”

Holly’s upcoming appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival will be her 25th.  The city is her favorite and she simply adores not only playing – taking in as many acts as she can during the Festival. In fact – she always comes to the Festival if  she is not performing elsewhere.  Sometimes she is recognized – sometimes she is not.

” The thing about Montreal … (and I have been all over the world), is that it is able to combine the best of North America and Europe. Somehow – the city is able to not have the worst of those cultures. I really mean it when I say that. It’s the greatest Jazz Festival in the world and Montreal is fantastic!”

Cole’s ‘Night’ is  produced by Holly Cole and Greg Cohen. It includes cover songs from Tom Waits (“Walk Away”), Gordon Lightfoot (“If You Could Read My Mind”), Mort Shuman (“Viva Las Vegas”), Captain Beefheart (“Love Lies”) and a James Bond theme by John Barry (“You Only Live Twice“).

Holly Cole will be touring in support of her new record  in Canada, Germany, Japan and the U.S.

It is no coincidence that all of the shows will take place at ‘Night’ …

 

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Opening Acts for The Rolling Stones Since 1962

July 12, 1962, Marquee Club (London): Long John Baldry‘s Kansas City Blue Boys.

January 1963 London club shows: Cyril Davies‘ All Stars, The Velvets, Long John Baldry.

August 11, 1963 Richmond Jazz Festival: Long John Baldry, Cyril Davies’ All Stars, The Velvets, Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band, Terry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen, Freddy Randall Band, Blue Note Jazz Band.

August-September 1963 British concerts: Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, The Ghost Riders, Tommy Bruce & the Bruisers, The Checkmates, The Young Ones, The Merseybeats, Dave Berry & The Cruisers, The Doodle-Bugs, The Dynatones.

Fall 1963 UK Tour: The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Julie Grant, Mickie Most, The Flintstones.

November-December 1963 British concerts: The Checkmates, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Liverbirds, The Strangers, The Big 3, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, The Sheffields, Johnny Tempest & the Cadillacs, The Vantennas, Karen Young, Vance Arnold & the Avengers, The Downliners Sect, The Valiants, Frankenstein & His Monsters, The Crestas, The Rattles, The Escorts, Mike Sagar & the Tornados, The Ricky Allen Trio, The Exchequers, The Detours, The Overlanders, Pete McClaine & the Clan, The Art Tilburn All-Stars, Group One, Glyn Johns & the Presidents, The Graham Bond Quintet, Georgie Fame & the Blue Fames, The Yardbirds, The 4 Plus 1, Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions.

January 1964 UK Tour (& others concerts): The Ronettes, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Marty Wilde & the Wildcats, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, the Cheynes, Al Paige, Joe Brown & His Bruvvers, The Four Aces, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Bern Elliott & the Fenmen, Johnny, Mike & the Shades.

February-March 1964 UK Tour (& other concerts): John Leyton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Mike Sarne, Jet Harris, Billie Davis, Mike Berry & the Innocents, Bern Eliott & the Fenmen, Dustry Springfield & the Echoes, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, LeRoys, Billy Boyle, The Hollies, The Paramounts, Eden Kane.

March-May 1964 UK concerts: The Marauders, Denny Laine & the Diplomats, Group Z, Barron Knights, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Mike Sarne, Alex Harvey Band, Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds, Jet Harris, Big Dee Irwin, Terry Judge & the Barristers, Mike Berry, The Falcons, The League of Gentlemen, Billie Davis, The Rattles, Mickey Finn & the Bluemen, The Innocents, Miss Olivia Dunn, Dene Hunter & the Sunliners, The LeRoys, The Lou Prager Orchestra, Heinz & the Saints, Pete McClaine, The Mandrakes, Mark Anthony & the Avengers, Four Just Men, The Swinging Hi-Four, Millie Small & the No Names, Julie Grant, Overlanders, Gene Vincent & the Shouts, Avon Cities, Christine Marlowe, Mike Tobin & the Magnettes, Gamblers, Ray Bush Rhythm & Blues Band, Johnny Carr & the Cadillacs, The Echoes, Keith Powell & the Valets, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, Chris Carlsen, David John & the Mood, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Applejacks, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, Mark Peters & the Silhouettes, Caravelles, The Monarchs, Freddie & the Dreamers, Simon Scott, Peter & Gordon, Pat Wayne & the Beachcombers, The Outlaws, Dave Dee & the Bostons, The Johnny Quantrose Five, The Barracudas, The Bachelors.

April 26,  1964 New Musical Express Poll-Winners’ Concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Merseybeats, The Searchers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Dave Clark Five, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Kathy Kirby, Freddie & the Dreamers, the Hollies.

May 31, 1964 Wembley concert: Adam Faith, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Freddie & the Dreamers, Julie Grant, The Hollies, Eden Kane, The Barron Knights, The Merseybeats, The McKinleys, The Roulettes, Kevin Scott & the Kinsmen, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Undertakers.

1st U.S. Tour (June 1964): The Cascades, George Jones, Bobby Vee, The Counts, Kathy Carr, Jay & the Americans.

June-August 1964 British concerts: Millie & the Five Embers, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Barron Knights, Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions, The Downliners Sect, Tony Colton & the Crawdaddies, Kenny Lynch, The Echoes, Simon Scott, The LeRoys, The Executives, Mandrakes, The Mysteries, Lulu & the Luvvers, Ray Kennon & the Guvnors, The Sabres, Tom Jones, Patrick Dane & the Quiet Five, Prince & the Paupers, Danny Clarke & the Jaguars, The Falcons, The Worryin’ Kind, Ray Anton & the Peppermint Men, Westcoasters, Ryles Brothers with Dallas, Gene Vincent & the Shouts, The Avengers, Marty Wilde & the Wildcats, Tony Rivers & The Castaways, Kremlins, The Ken Turner Orchestra, The Redcaps, Julie Grant, Long John Baldry & the Hoochie Coochie Men (incl. Rod Stewart).

Fall 1964 UK Tour: The Mojos, Charlie & Inez Foxx, Simon Scott & the LeRoys, Mike Berry & the Innocents.

October 1964 Paris concerts: The Vince Taylor Band, Ron & Mel.

October 28-29, 1964 TAMI Show (Santa Monica): The Beach Boys, the Supremes, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Jan & Dean, Gerry & Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Lesley Gore.

2nd U.S. Tour (October-November 1964): The Righteous Brothers, Keith Allison & the Goodnighters, Jody Miller, Tony Bigg, Dick & Dee Dee, Jimmy Clanton, The Spats, The Vibrants, The Soul Brothers, The Misfits, Joel Scott Hill, Alan Black, Fort Wayne, The Shangri-Las, Ivan & the Sabers.

1965 Tour of Australia & New Zealand: Roy Orbison, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, The Newbeats, Chris Hall & the Torquays, The Flies, The Clefs.

Spring 1965 UK Tour: The Hollies, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, The Checkmates, The Konrads.

April 11, 1965 New Musical Express Poll Winners’ concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Kinks, The Animals, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Them, Donovan, Cilla Black, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Twinkle, Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames, Freddie & the Dreamers, The Moody Blues.

April 1965 Paris, France concerts: Les Jets, Vince Taylor, Evy & Rocky Roberts.

Spring 1965 North American Tour: The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, The Byrds, Marty Robbins, Herman’s Hermits, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Jenny Rock, J. B. & The Playboys, The Staccatos, The Esquires, David Clayton Thomas & the Shays, The Runarounds, The Nottingham Three, The Fortune Tellers, The Knickerbockers, The Sundowners, Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, Bobby Freeman, Reparata & The Delrons, Brenda Holloway, The Hondells, The Ikettes, The Detergents, Billy Stewart, The Roemans, The Intruders, Pam Hall & The Catalinas, The Canadian Legends, Sonny James, Cannibal & the Headhunters, The Premiers, Skeeter Davis, Del Reeves, Archie Campbell, The Newbeats, The Buschmen, The Driftwoods, The Torquays, Don & the Deacons, The Vibrants, The Dartells, The Ladybirds, The Cindermen, The Road Runners.

Spring 1965 Tour of Scotland: The Hollies, The Original Checkmates, The Cannon Brothers, Doris Troy, The Drumbeats, Mike & the Shades, The West Five, The Modells.

Spring 1965 Scandinavian Tour: The Pussycats (Norway).

July-August 1965 British concerts: Long John Baldry, The Walker Brothers, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, The Quiet Five, The Fourmost, Sugar Pie Desanto, Julie Grant.

September 1965 Tour of West Germany & Austria: The Rackets, Didi & the ABC Boys, Team Beats, The Rivets.

Fall 1965 UK Tour: The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4+2, the Moody Blues, the Checkmates, Charles Dickens, The Habits, The End, Ray Cameron.

Fall 1965 North American Tour: Patti Labelle & the Blue Belles, The Rocking Ramrods, The Vibrations, The Embers.

1966 Tour of Australia & New Zealand: Max Merritt & the Meteors, Tony Barber, Marty Rhone, The Four Fours.

Spring 1966 European Tour: Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Ian Witcomb, Antoine et les Problèmes (les Charlots), The Newbeats, les Hou-Lops, Ronnie Bird, Les Debs, Les Why Not, Jean-Christian Michel, Cecilia Stam, The Daretakers, The Defenders, the Hi-Balls, Lee Kings.

May 1, 1966 New Musical Express Poll-Winners’ Concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Who, Dusty Springfield, The Echoes, Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, The Small Faces, The Spencer Davis Group, Herman’s Hermits, The Yardbirds, The Walker Brothers.

1966 North American Tour: The McCoys, The Standells, The Trade Winds, The Ugly Ducklings, The Rogues, The Ronettes, The Syndicate of Sound.

1966 UK Tour: Ike & Tina Turner, The Yardbirds (incl. Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck), Peter Jay & the New Jay Walkers, The Kings of Rhythm Orchestra, The Ike-Ettes, Jimmy Thomas, Bobby John.

1967 European Tour: The Move, The Easy Beats, The Creation, The Batman (Didi & the ABC Boys), Achim Reichel, Red & Black.

May 18, 1968 New Musical Express Concert (Wembley): Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield, The Move, The Herd, The Amen Corner, Cliff Richard, Lulu, Tony Blackburn, The Paper Dolls, The Association, The Love Affair, Don Partridge, Status Quo.

December 1968 Rock & Roll Circus: The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Taj Mahal.

Hyde Park, London, July 5, 1969: King Crimson, Family, Alexis Korner’s New Church, The Screw, The Battered Ornaments, The Third Ear Band.

Fall 1969 US Tour: Chuck Berry, B. B. King, Ike & Tina Turner (with Janis Joplin for 1 concert), Terry Reid.

November 30, 1969 West Palm Beach, Florida festival: The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Spooky Tooth, The Band, Janis Joplin, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, The Chamber Brothers.

Altamont Speedway festival, December 6, 1969: Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

December 1969 London concerts: Mighty Baby, Shakin’ Stevens, David Berglass (magician), Procol Harum.

1970 European Tour: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells (incl. Eric Clapton on 1 concert), Bonnie Raitt.

1971 UK Tour: The Groundhogs, Merlin, Noir.

1972 North American Tour: Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Robert Shields (mime artist).

January 1973 Los Angeles benefit concert: Santana, Cheech & Chong.

1973 Pacific Tour: ZZ Top, Madder Lake, Headband, Itambu, Chain.

1973 European Tour: The Godsquad (Billy Preston with Mick Taylor), Kracker.

1975 North American Tour: The Meters, The Charlie Daniels Band, The J. Geils Band, Furry Lewis, The Eagles, The Commodores, Bobby Womack, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Montrose, Trapeze, The Gap Band, Rufus, The Crusaders, Joe Vitale’s Madmen, Trapeze, Tower of Power, Ethnic, Procession, Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Outlaws, Furry Lewis, New York City steel band.

1976 European Tour: The Meters, Robin Trower, Kokomo, John Miles, Little Feat.

August 1976 Knebworth festival: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 10cc, Todd Rundgren, Hot Tuna, Don Harrison Band.

1978 U.S. Tour: Peter Tosh, Foreigner, Journey, Southside Johnny & the Ashbury Dukes, Patti Smith, Furry Lewis, Eddie Money, Kansas, April Wine, Van Halen, Santana, The Doobie Brothers, The Henry Paul Band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Doug Kershaw, The Outlaws.

April 1979 Oshawa benefit concert: The New Barbarians.

1981 US Tour: Journey, The J. Geils Band, George Thorogood, Van Halen, Prince, The Go-Go’s, Santana, The Stray Cats, ZZ Top, The Neville Brothers, Iggy Pop, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Heart, Molly Hatchet, Tina Turner, Joe Ely, The Henry Paul Band, The Meters, Stanley Clarke, Etta James, Garland Jeffreys, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Greg Kihn Band, Lamont Cranston, Bobby Womack.

1982 European Tour: Black Uhuru, UB40, BAP, The J. Geils Band, George Thorogood, Joe Jackson, Téléphone, TV21, Peter Maffay, Kim Larsen.

1986 private tribute to Ian Stewart (London): Blues ‘N’ Trouble, Rocket 88. With Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck & Simon Kirke.

1989 North American Tour: Living Colour, Guns ‘N’ Roses.

1990 European Tour: Gun, The Dan Reed Network.

1994 North American Tour: Jeff Healey, Counting Crows, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Buddy Guy, Bryan Adams, Spin Doctors.

1995 Tour of Latin America & South Africa: Caifanes, Pappo, Las Pelotas, Los Ratones Paranoicos.

1995 Pacific Tour: Cruel Sea (Australia).

1995 European Tour: The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Bon Jovi, Éric Lapointe, Robert Cray, Alkbottle, Andrew Strong, Big Country, La Place.

1997-98 North American Tour: Blues Traveler, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, The Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins (with Marilyn Manson for at least 1 concert), The Wallflowers, Third Eye Blind, Jonny Lang, Santana, Matchbox 20, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, El Tri.

1998 Tour of Japan, South America & return to North America: Bob Dylan, Meredith Brooks, Wide Mouth Mason, Our Lady Peace, Buddy Guy.

1998 European Tour: The Dave Matthews Band, The Hothouse Flowers, Big Country, The Corrs, Simple Minds, Jonny Lang, Jean Louis Aubert, Seahorses, Spleen, Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

1999 North American Tour: Bryan Adams, Jonny Lang, Wide Mouth Mason, Big Sugar, The Flys, The Corrs, Goo Goo Dolls, Sugar Ray.

1999 European Tour: Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Ocean Colour Scene, Zucchero, Catatonia, Los Suaves, Rowwen Heze, BAP.

2002-03 North American Tour: Danko Jones, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland & Dr. John, Soulive, Jonny Lang, The Strokes, No Doubt, Elvis Costello, The White Stripes, Shaggy, Sheryl Crow, Solomon Burke, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lifehouse, Les Respectables, Ryan Adams, Susan Tedeschi, (Ex-President) Bill Clinton.

2003 Pacific & Asian Tour: Jam, Jet, You Am I.

2003 European Tour: The Cranberries, Keziah Jones, AC/DC, Counting Crows, The Pretenders, Stereophonics, Burn, The Hives, The Hellacopters, ZZ Top, Brainstorm, Olimpic, The Darkness, Böhse Onkelz, Toots & the Maytals, The Vue, Starsailor, The Thrills, Feeder, Idlewild, Tim Burgess, Therapy?, DeMens, Clouseau, The Cooper Temple Clause, Simple Minds, Primal Scream, Xutos & Pontapés, Lovebugs.

Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada, July 30, 2003: Dan Akroyd & Jim Belushi (Have Love Will Travel), Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, La Chicane, Tea Party, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan with Jeff Healey, The Isley Brothers, Blue Rodeo, Justin Timberlake, The Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC.

2003 Hong Kong concerts: Mick Gerace (Elvis Presley impersonator), Joey Yung, Nicholas Tse.

Pheonix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada, August 10, 2005: The Trews.

2005-06 North & South American Tour: Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Les Trois Accords, Our Lady Peace, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, Dan Akroyd & Jim Belushi (Have Love Will Travel), Alanis Morissette, Beck, Pearl Jam, John Mayer Trio, Trey Anastasio, Wilco, Joss Stone, 54-40, Motley Crüe, Toots and the Maytals, Everclear, Metallica, Jason Mraz, Delbert McClinton, Anick Jean, Sloan, Metric, Antigone Rising, Soulive, Brooks & Dunn, Juan Luis Guerra, Titas, Afroreggae, Los Piojos, Fobia, Alejandra Guzman, Queens of the Stone Age, Merle Haggard, The Meters, The B-52s.

2006 Pacific Tour: Richie Kotzen, The Living End, Airbourne, Nickelback.

2006 European Tour: Feeder, Paolo Nutini, Starsailor, Razorlight, Toots & the Maytals, Simple Minds, Kasabian, Lovebugs, the Dandy Warhols, The Charlatans, The Kooks, Maximo Park.

Fall 2006 North American Tour: Kanye West, Sloan, Alice Cooper, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Three Days Grace, Elvis Costello, The Dave Matthews Band, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Los Lonely Boys, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Blue October, Soulive.

2007 European Tour: Van Morrison, Daniël Lohues and the Louisiana Blues Club, Starsailor, Biffy Clyro, Loquillo y los Trogloditas, Zenttric, Arno Carstens, Jet, Dado Topic & Time, Regina, The Thirst, Elektricni Orgazam, The Answer, Iris, The Charlatans, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Toots & the Maytals, The Dandy Warhols, The Hold Steady, Frankie Gavin, Tinariwen, The Kooks, The Enemy.

Isle of Wight Festival, Newport, England, June 10, 2007: Keane, the Fratellis, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Melanie C, Country Joe McDonald, The Hedrons, Siniez.

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