Philip Sayce – This is Your Father’s Rock n Roll!

 

Philip Sayce did not just get off the Rock n Roll truck …

A Mini-Van perhaps – but not a truck!

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Fresh off a triumphant eight city tour of Canada that left fans and critics spellbound, rock guitar sensation Philip Sayce makes his major label debut on Tuesday, April 7 with the release of his album Influence.

Originally released in Europe in late August 2014 to critical acclaim, the Canadian version of Influence will include two new songs led by the first single, Philip’s incendiary version of the Ten Years After classic “I’d Love To Change The World.”

The video for “I’d Love To Change The World” is now live on Philip’s YouTube channel.

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Born in Wales and raised in Toronto, Canada, Philip Sayce’s love of the guitar started at an early age when his parents introduced him to all of the classics, notably, Clapton, Hendrix, and Beck. He started playing guitar as a teen and before long was winning admirers at blues jam nights at Grossman’s Tavern in downtown Toronto.

One such admirer was legendary guitarist Jeff Healey who invited Philip to join his band with whom he toured the world for the next couple of years. After a move to Los Angeles, producer John Shanks introduced Philip to Melissa Etheridge who recruited him for her band. Over the next several years Philip performed on Melissa Etheridge’s albums and was featured during her live sets on world tours.

Please listen below  to my conversation with Philip.

 

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James Green; Never a Bridesmaid – Always a Blushing Bride .​.​.

The Blushing Brides.

North America’s version of

‘The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band in the World.’

Thirty-six years together as ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Cover Band’.

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Lead guitarist James Green has been there from almost the beginning. He has been there since the band became one of the most sought after tribute bands in North America!

James Green has seen it all …

Please listen to James explain many things including the Brides’ original 1982 song; ‘What You Talkin’ Bout ..’

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Maurice Raymond; Montreal’s Mick Jagger – Complete Three Part Interview

Michael Phillip Jagger has been fronting The Rolling Stones for fifty years. Fifty … and counting …

Maurice Raymond has been fronting a Rolling Stones’ cover band for thirty-four years. Thirty-four … and counting …

 

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Please listen as Maurice speaks of his legacy as one ( if not the best ) of the Mick Jaggers of the world.

It did not start out that way …

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The Blushing Brides Are Here!

 

 

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This week - my interview with Don Felder
This week – my interview with Don Felder

 

 

 

Maurice Raymond; Being Mick

Maurice Raymond has been the lead singer for one of the greatest Rolling Stones’ cover bands for thirty – three years.

‘Mick Jagger’, lets us in on a few secrets as he prepares for The Blushing Brides’ show Friday night at Club Soda …

It’s only ‘Rock n Roll’ but …

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Q; Did you work at Mick or is it part of you?

A; “Hmmmmm, not really. I always was a music mimic. I first used to cover Dean Martin for my Mum, when I was 5 or 6, which she adored. Then Elvis. So I realized quite young that I could garner praise from adults by being a mimic. Being a fan of the Stones from the first time I saw them on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 it was, for me, a natural segue-way to want to be like Mick. I was a big James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding fan, & I finally stumbled upon a WHITE guy with that same stage presence & charisma. But working on it, not as such. I just memorized the lyrics & it was kinda of a natural progression to ape the moves. I always have found that to really sound like some other performer you had a better chance by adjusting you facial expressions to a similar state. Like trying to mimic Lyle Lovett. No chance unless you sing out of the side of your mouth. So, singing and admiring the Stones, I just sorta fell into doing similar moves, but really, I am a combination of all of those early frontmen I watched, as well as Peter Wolf & David Bowie. Even Iggy Pop.”

Q; Did you think both you and the Stones would still be doing this?

A; “Well, I thought I would be performing, but really, honestly, I had no way of knowing how this long road would have laid itself out. That I would still be playing predominantly Stones music, not really.”

He goes on …

“Circumstances, along with artistic & business decisions made the bed I sleep in now. As for the Stones, well, I think theirs would be a similar answer. Jagger said for the longest time during the 60’s & 70’s that he would never be singing Satisfaction in his 40’s… I think that financial realities have sort of dictated their situation as it is today. Albeit, they are playing it rather well today as compared to the late 70’s & 80’s. I still think it is about the money, and the endorphins. Being on stage for so long, its a bitch of an addition ta kick.”

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Q: How long have the Brides been together?

A; “The Brides found each other in 1978. Actually made a band in 1979, or actually joined Paul Martin’s existing band ‘Consillium’ in 1979 and then changed the name to The Blushing Brides, Jan 1, 1980. So, 34 years of playing, 33 years under The Brides.”

Q; What endears you to the Stones so much? Music / image or both?

A; “Well, kinda a reprise of the first question. I just sorta RELATED to them much more easily then say the Beatles or Herman’s Hermits or that lot. Their was an arrogance, an image that smelled of rebellion. And musically they were raw. I liked that.”

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Q; What’s your favourite Stones’ era?

A: “Easy… 1968 – 1975 The Mick Taylor period. HANDS DOWN. They were, in my humble opinion, during that slate of time the best band in the world.”

Q; Favourite Stones song?

A;”Too many to list. Favourite to play? Midnite Rambler …”

Q; Will you be playing any new songs Friday? Doom and Gloom etc

A; “Naw, we’ll leave that to them. We’ll play what we usually do, everything from A ta Z, just not those.”

The Blushing Brides are at Club Soda Friday night at 9pm.

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The Blushing Brides – You Get What You Need …

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And you’re so sweet
You make me hard
You make me weak …

Calistoga Grill. Inside –  dark. Outside – smokey.

The smell of anticipation loomed within the drinks. The ultimate party cover band‘s members lounging outside with the smokers. Before playing the ultimate cover music. No fancy clothes – no fancy attitudes.

Be my little baby for a while.
Won’t you be my little baby for a while?

Lead singer Maurice Raymond and guitarist Paul Martin, aka Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, clones in appearance and spirit. Danger oozes from their pores.

You thought you were a clever girl
Giving up your social whirl
But you can’t come back and be the first in line, oh no
You’re obsolete my baby
My poor old-fashioned baby
I said baby, baby, baby you’re out of time

James Green on lead. Blues seeping through his every lick and flick of his dreadlocked hair. Cheekiness. Attitude and life experiences. Comfortable amid the lights and the darkness …

cbb9I watched you suffer a dull aching pain
Now you decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or off stage lines
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind

The crowd. Restless. The men – cynical. The women – wet. The men – jealous. The women – living out fantasies in their minds. Sex, drugs and rock n roll instead of kids, mortgages and mini-vans. The swagger of the band hits the stage … The swagger of the music hits the stage like a shot of one hundred year old whiskey going down … smooth …

Did you hear about the Midnight Rambler?
He’ll leave his footprints up and down your hall
Did you hear about the Midnight Rambler?
Did you see me make my midnight call

The first song started the dance. The swaying. The gyrating to match Raymond’s words and drummer  Sascha Tukatsch’s motions. Sexiness from above – sexiness from below. A melting pot overflowing with lust and desire. The dance continued …

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I was raised by a toothless bearded hag ..I was schooled with a strap right across my back …

The Brides the villains, the patrons – victims. Seduction in the form of foreplay. Crescendos obtaining higher platforms of musical orgasms. Hand – clenching feelings provided by the blues. The devil’s music. Danger at every step – overstepping boundaries which the patrons instill on their children ..

If I could stick a knife in my heart
Suicide right on stage
Would it be enough for your teenage lust
Would it help to ease the pain? Ease your brain?

Just one show. Two sets of  rhythmic adultery. Layered in the proper theft of a soul caged like a animal with instincts so sublime. Passion. Passion and more sultry glances and demonic bass via Matt Greenberg. Wicked tempos silhouetted by tenderness disguised with a scowl.

cbb4I’ll never be your beast of burden
So let’s go home and draw the curtains
Music on the radio
Come on baby make sweet love to me

Ladies and gentlemen …

The Blushing Brides

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