Rick Keene Music Scene -April Wine’s Co-Founder Jim Henman Has Had Enough of School Shootings and Is Doing Something About It !

Children are the future …

Imagine how the world will appear in ten years? Imagine there is no safe zone at all? Homes and schools – the two places where kids should feel safe. A pair of sacred turfs now affected more and more by gun violence in the United States of America.

One of the co – founders of April Wine, Jim Henman , has been affected by the senseless shootings south of the border. He was so profoundly moved by the acts of violence – he wrote a song.

The song ‘Some of These Children’ is a poignant and stirring take on events that have affected everyone. Parents, teachers, relatives and the entire world.

Uncomfortable numb as they walk and continue their lives in shock and disbelief.

Jim Henman is donating fifty percent of all sales from the song to The Boys And Girls Club of Greater Halifax. This is a start to not only help the kids in Nova Scotia – to also send a message globally that us humans have had enough.

Please listen below to my chat with Jim and hear the song ‘Some of These Children’. Please share this as much as possible …

Click on the link below and buy the song.

Making a difference and sending a message can do something.

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Rick Keene Music Scene -April Wine’s Brian Greenway; Part of Canadian Music History

What you hear on stage is only

the tip of a musician’s iceberg.

Starting with Mashmakhan , guitarist Brian Greenway has had a very colorful and fruitful musical career. The Wackers , The Dudes , April Wine and now two new entities to keep Brian’s musical chops fresh and alive .

Brian Greenway’s Blues Bus and Brian’s Attic Dust Solo Show.

Please listen below to my chat with Brian about all the above and discover where you can go see and hear the music live for charity!

Brian? What’s Up?

Correction *The West island Blues Festival is June 16th – apologies.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paolo Stante ; The Next Generation of Montreal Guitarists

Practice makes perfect …

For guitarist Paolo Stante – the less he thinks – the more he feels the music.

Just prior to the release of his third disc; At It Again – that is the essence of Paolo’s music. Experience through gigging and writing has brought less panic to Stante’s craft and in turn, At It Again is his most complete album thus far.

Please have a listen below to my chat with Paolo and discover some very good tunes and masterful guitar work.

Paolo? What’s Up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – BackTraxx; Bringing Hairspray and Rock n Roll Back from The Eighties !

Remember when Rock was energetic?

 

 

The bands, the fans and the music all had big hair and the experience of going to a show was electrifying ? An event? An experience that sculpted you for life ?

Not to worry, that experience is back and once you attend a show by the band BackTraxx – your hairdresser will become very rich !

Please listen below to my chat with Pat McTurner and Ben Carr from BackTraxx.

 

Got your hairspray ready ?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wake Up Music World, It Is The ‘Crack of Dawn’ !

In a music galaxy far, far away – a Canadian band altered the airwaves and  sent Canada into an entirely different universe.

 

 

Crack of Dawn were the first black band to be signed to a major label (CBS) in Canada.

Otis Redding’s producer discovered them and the band sold more albums than Earth, Wind and Fire in Canada. They were headed for stardom yet they disappeared.

Until now …

 

Please listen below to my chat with Arvin Jones (Sax) and Trevor Daley (Trombone) as they explain Crack of Dawn.

Guys? What’s Up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – April Wine Co – Founder Jim Henman’s Family Affair !

Without Jim Henman – April Wine may have never been the same. Without The Henman Family, East Coast music may not have been the same.

 

Jim Henman ( bass) along with cousins David (Guitar) and Ritchie (Drums) started the band April Wine. Jim grabbed his old mate from a band called Woody’s Termites and recruited him to join April Wine. That fellow, Myles Goodwyn, along with April Wine – went on to unimaginable heights including an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

 

 

Long before the April Wine ‘family’ began, Jim was a member of another clan. This unit were named The Henmans and it contained ten kids.

These ‘kids’ have all gotten together and put out an album. It is the first time the family of musical ‘students’ have recorded together and for some – the first time writing songs.

 

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Please listen below as the eldest brother Jim explains the family, the songs and the thoughts behind the Henman Family Album.

 

Jim? What’s Up?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Band East of Sunday Chosen As The Opening Act For Carvin Jones!

Never shut the door on an opportunity.

Up and coming local musicians require all the help they can get. Live venues are closing, CD sales are slumping and the money that comes in from iTunes and other streaming services is barely enough to buy guitar strings for most bands.

When out of town musicians arrive in Montreal, people that have toured most of the world – sometimes they look to support local talent by having local talent support them.

Carvin Jones is from Phoenix and he has chosen the band East of Sunday as his opening act on June 21st. The group was chosen from a very long list of original Montreal musicians.

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Thanks to a collaboration between The League of Rock Montreal and Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones’ ‘The Ultimate Guitar Experience of the Year’ show promises to be a huge and exciting event with East of Sunday as the opener.

 

 

The show is a show of firsts. Carvin Jones and The Carvin Jones Band are in Montreal for the first time in their career and East of Sunday are virgins entering the grand room known as Club Soda. 

Hold on to your hats to witness a guitar show unlike any you have seen !

 

Combining intense musicianship with an even more intense performance – Carvin Jones must be seen live to understand the energy. Videos and recordings do not serve justice.

Some artists require an audience and some audiences require Carvin Jones !

 

Listen to my interview with Carvin Here !

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East of Sunday !

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan of Styx; Adding Power to Styx Through His Musical Influences

Lawrence Gowan, Larry or Gowan are interesting guys …

Always open about music, Lawrence Gowan (Styx) enjoys exploring the past with Gowan and Larry. After all – those two alter egos made him into the front-man for Styx, arguably the most popular American band in history.

Please enjoy my chat below with Lawrence as we discuss his influences as well as Styx’ upcoming show in Montreal on

July 3rd with Tesla and

Joan Jett and The BlackHearts.

Lawrence? What’s Up?

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Meet Lawrence Gowan and His Alter Ego; Gowan. Part One and Two

Lawrence Gowan has an alter ego.

Or – perhaps, Gowan has an alter ego. Either way, this pair of artists are blessed with talent.

Blessed with talent and a love for life.

 

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The front-man for Styx since 1999 and one of the most successful solo artists in Canadian history, is all set for another chapter in both Styx’ history and his own solo career.

Please listen below as Lawrence Gowan and Gowan explain …

Stay tuned for Part Two very shortly.

Thanks for listening !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Presents; Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder – ‘Soundtrack of Summer’ Tour Special. Part Three

It’s a no brainer …

Styx,  Foreigner  and Don Felder. Three legends. Together. All summer long.

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Amazing array of tunes under the summer moon.

Please listen as Tommy, Kelly and Don explain what the fans can expect. Special thanks to Lawrence Gowan and Terry Gibson.

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Boys …?

 

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This special is also possible because of Strangers in the Night 10.

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Quebec is pleased to announce the return of their 10th annual Strangers In The Night Charity Gourmet Gala on Saturday June 14th, 2014 at the Fairview Centre, Pointe-Claire (Parking Area #32).

The evening, presented by Delmar International, will be a fusion of food and entertainment – headlined by three-time Grammy Award winning musical group

The Pointer Sisters.

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The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m., with 75 of Montreal’s top food vendors dishing out their signature plates, giving the 5000+ guests a chance to tantalize their palates before dancing under the stars to musical performances by:

The Pointer Sisters

Boogiewonderband, BacktraxxPersuasionMeg SmithSammie LibmanDJ Whitey, and special appearance by DJ TB1.

 

“Our tenth anniversary promises to be the best edition of Strangers In The Night yet. With our allstar lineup of celebrity performers and guests, Montrealers will have a chance to take part in a truly memorable, rewarding and inspirational evening,”

Larry DayFounder of Strangers In The Night.

 

Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving kids and families through partnerships with more than 130 healthcare facilities.

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Over the past 30 yearsStarlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.

Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and pediatric hospitals in AustraliaCanadaIsraelNew Zealand and the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder – ‘Soundtrack of Summer’ Special. Featuring a New Version of Hotel California with Mick Jones!

It’s gonna be fun …!

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Seldom do bands hook up that are headliners on their own.  Imagine. Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder – together on tour!

Crystal Ball, JukeBox Hero and Hotel California in one night!That’s just three songs! A night to remember. A night to attend …

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Listen as Tommy Shaw, Kelly Hansen and Don Felder talk about the tour, the songs and each other. Also included in this special exclusive show – a brand new version of Hotel California with Tommy Shaw, Kelly Hansen, Don Felder and Mick Jones. Re-worked for an instant classic of another time.

Thanks to Lawrence Gowan and Terry Gibson.

Boys? Tell us about this amazing tour!

 

 

This special is also possible because of Strangers in the Night 10.

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Quebec is pleased to announce the
return of their 10th annual Strangers In The Night Charity Gourmet Gala on Saturday June 14th, 2014 at the Fairview Centre, Pointe-Claire (Parking Area #32).

The evening, presented by Delmar International, will be a fusion of food and entertainment – headlined by three-time Grammy Award winning musical group

The Pointer Sisters.

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The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m., with 75 of Montreal’s top food vendors dishing out their signature plates, giving the 5000+ guests a chance to tantalize their palates before dancing under the stars to musical performances by: The Pointer SistersBoogiewonderband, BacktraxxPersuasionMeg SmithSammie LibmanDJ Whitey, and special appearance by DJ TB1.

 

“Our tenth anniversary promises to be the best edition of Strangers In The Night yet. With our allstar lineup of celebrity performers and guests, Montrealers will have a chance to take part in a truly memorable, rewarding and inspirational evening,”

Larry DayFounder of Strangers In The Night.

 

Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving kids and families through partnerships with more than 130 healthcare facilities.

starlight

 

Over the past 30 yearsStarlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and pediatric hospitals in AustraliaCanadaIsraelNew Zealand and the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year.

 

 

 Please visit Starlight Children’s Foundation Here!

Visit their Facebook Page Here!

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Top Ten Reasons Why I – Lawrence Gowan, Joined Styx!

‘We’re gonna party like it’s 1999 …’

Prince may have been referring to a monumental decision on the part of two musical parties. Gowan and Styx. It was in that very same year – the two powerhouses combined to form a lethal unit. One of Canada’s most successful solo artists filling a void within a group who lost one of their members.

Dennis DeYoung out – Lawrence Gowan in …

A transition eased by  Lawrence’s DeYoung-like vocals and his talent as an entertainer. A true match made in heaven. A true pairing of musical talents.

Please listen as Lawrence initiates what will be a reoccurring Top Ten List feature while at the same time – explaining his Top Ten Reasons for Joining Styx! Lawrence also explains an upcoming tour this summer. A jaunt across America featuring two other legendary acts.

Lawrence …?

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Styx; Making It Look Easy …

Remember the days when a Rock n Roll show was a Rock n Roll show?

In Montreal, ‘back in the day’, the anticipation could be felt hours before the show in Atwater Park. A green-space dotted with empty beer bottles, tossed – away ‘clips’ of joints and concert goers in various stages of sobriety.The only thing ‘straight’? The white line dividing East and West bound traffic on Atwater street itself …

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The festivities would easily carry over to The Montreal Forum once the doors of the fabled hockey shrine opened and invited people in. The atmosphere inside – a gathering of people wanting to have a good time. Frisbees, Beach Balls and a cloud of smoke shadowed the crowd on the floor while the folks in their seats – enjoyed  the entire scene with a grain of salt ( or a line of coke).

It was all about anticipation. Awaiting the band to come on. It was magical. No previews via Youtube of what the group looked like or sounded like the night before in ( insert name here),U.S.A. No Facebook pages with status updates from Jimmy Page or Humble Pie. No tweets from Tiny Tim. No nothing. That is what made a concert so exciting. ‘Live music’ from ‘live musicians’. The pinnacle of the music world performing the pinnacle of songs and the only place to witness it was live …

Last night, at The Olympia on Ste Catherine St. East – that anticipation was felt inside the venue. An excitement loomed overhead like the fog of marijuana smoke once did at the storied Forum.

There were two reasons for this. Most important,  Styx was ‘in the house’. Montreal audiences have a love affair with the band dating back to the days of ‘Sweet Madame Blue’. That song became a huge hit in Montreal before anywhere else in the world. That – combined with Montreal’s affection for prog-Rock bands such as Genesis, Yes and Marillion, gave the audience a ‘buzz’.

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The other principle reason for everyone getting their ‘undies in a bunch’ – is the city’s and the Province’s love affair with Lawrence Gowan. Starting with his appearances at Le Moustache (a club across the street from The Forum) and ending with his monstrous hits; ‘Strange Animal‘ and ‘Criminal Mind’ – Larry, Lawrence or Gowan is a household name in Montreal. Two acts – one heart. One love affair. Placing  Styx and him together? A combination worthy of anticipation. Peanut Butter and Jam. The ‘munchies’ for a crowd ‘stoned’ in nostalgia.

The excitement evolved into bliss with Gowan’s best Dennis DeYoung impersonation on the evening’s second song; Grand Illusion. The opening keyboards as obvious as Liberace’s penchant for all things non-female. The audience was hooked. Receiving what they came for and enjoying everything that came after.

“Fooling Yourself’ was no joke. Another tune from The Grand Illusion disc delivered with almost the same uniqueness of the studio version. Following a brief introduction of original guitarist – turned bassist; Chuck Panozzo, Gowan sent shivers down the spines of everyone with the opening words to ‘Lady’. The group’s hit from 1975. Many in attendance realizing it was that song which gave the opportunity for a slow dance back in high school. A song which has not only stood the test of time, a song  relevant more than ever in an era of disrespect towards …um …everyone.

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‘Lights Out’ came next followed by ‘In the Wilderness‘, the latter also from The Grand Illusion. An album which the band has played in it’s entirety ( along with Pieces of Eight) on recent tours. ‘In the Wilderness’ should have stayed ‘In the Wilderness’. Following more known songs – ‘Wilderness’ set the tone back except for the die hard Styx fans. A nonsensical choice that every cover band can do in their sleep. Inappropriate unless the Grand Illusion album was played out fully (which it was not).

‘Sweet Madame Blue’ and ‘Crystal Ball’ continued the party with the entire audience singing along  to a pair of songs which (arguably) placed Styx on the Rock n Roll map. ‘Miss America’ returned the group to ‘Wilderness’ levels once more – somehow losing whatever melody it had on vinyl to outright distorted guitars in concert.

Gowan to the rescue …!

‘Criminal Mind’ elevated the band from it’s corny prison routine and introduced Gowan to the crowd as the solo artist they once knew. A haunting song which made it’s way around the room like a ghostly presence. A homecoming of sorts for the man who loved Montreal so much – he recorded an album in French.

‘Stephanie’, Gowan’s hit ‘en Francais’ – followed a respectful jaunt to the time when  Styx started to lose fans. ‘Too Much Time on Your Hands’ is great in concert and annoying anytime else. A crowd-  pleaser unless the crowd happens to contain prisoners with a penchant for Primus. A fluffy piece of music meant for …?

Once more – Gowan to the rescue…

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The funnest part of the evening had Gowan (alone) do a medley. A ‘montage’of great songs from the past starting with his own hit; Moonlight Desires‘. Roughly thirty seconds of the subsequent songs carried out – much to the joy of the crowd. ‘Sweet Dreams’ by The Eurythmics, ‘Changes’ by Bowie, ‘Tiny Dancer‘ by Elton John and’You Can’t Alway Get What You Want’ by the Rolling Stones. Each choice gaining sing-a-long status from the crowd with Gowan’s urging. The Stones’ ballad receiving the loudest and longest rendition. ‘Fat Bottom Girls‘ (Queen) and ‘Another Brick in the Wall ( Pink Floyd) led Gowan into the night’s biggest moment …

Come Sail Away.

The eruption, the sing-a-long, the joyous reaction and the memories- all in your face! An anthem delivered. A typical Styx ballad -turned rocker. The ORIGINAL Styx crowd pleaser done with so much heart – so much 70’s flavor – it was perfect as the final song of the show. Leaving the audience begging for an encore. ‘Renegade’ kept the fires burning long enough, hard enough for Styx to not be lumped in to the ‘nostalgia act’ category.

Oldie acts do not have the energy Styx generated last night.

Over- the – hill acts do not put on a Rock n Roll show …!

Highlight of the Night; No Mr. Roboto!

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Lawrence Gowan aka Gowan – is a ‘Scot‘ at heart ….

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Born in Scotland and transplanted to Ontario ( Scarborough) as a child, the writer of one of the best Canadian ballads of all time ( Criminal Mind), is a man well-traveled.

Whether mixing his first album in England at the very same place Lennon recorded Imagine or jamming’ with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and The Band for Ronnie Hawkins‘ birthday bash – this classically trained pianist is at a happy place right now. Being part of one of the top grossing touring acts in the past ten years – does that to a man …

Since ‘officially’ joining Styx in 1999 – Gowan is enjoying a combination of high-octane rock n roll via the band’s catalog along with his signature songs. A perfect fit for a man whose stage presence fills a void . A hole placed in Styx when Dennis DeYoung departed. A band-aid which became a permanent ‘scar’ ….

Gowan explains his experience, Styx’s ‘double fantasy’ and the group’s upcoming show in

Montreal on November 17 at L’Olympia Theater.

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