Rick Keene Music Scene – It’s Monday (Keep It Under Your Hat)

Lots of artists hitting the road again .

For an industry decimated by government decisions – a welcome sign of relief.

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Please listen below to some tunes from artists performing near you and some information on how you can buy a guitar signed by Canadian music history.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sandy Horne; Judy Garland To The Spoons

I knew one day I would be onstage …’

The above quote from Sandy Horne of The Spoons foreshadows a very successful music career.

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Please listen below to my chat with Sandy Horne of The Spoons. Offstage …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Conversation with Gord Deppe of The Spoons and Flock of Seagulls

‘The eighties were like Hallowe’en.’

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The above quote from Gord Deppe of The Spoons pretty much sums up people’s perception of the eighties. But is it right?

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Please listen below to my chat with Gord Deppe of The Spoons and Flock of Seagulls. Discover how good the eighties were!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Conversation with David Marskell; The Man Responsible For ‘Bringing’ The Stones To Kitchener

When your first Stones concert is 1972 and then twenty-two more Stones concerts follow, it’s safe to say; you are a fan.

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Please listen below to my chat with the CEO of THEMUSEUM in Kitchener and hear about the wonderful and historic Stones exhibition taking place.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Win Tickets To See The Rolling Stones UnZipped Exhibition. Click Here.

The Rolling Stones are legendary. Historic

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Please answer the trivia question about The Stones below. Be the first caller after 6pm Monday November 29th with the correct answer. The winner receives two adult  admissions to Stones UnZipped in Kitchener Ontario.  Number to call 438 820 6936

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Who named The Rolling Stones and where did the name come from ?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Friday Night Vide … er …Tunes.Ya – That’s The Ticket.

Another week is over –another Covid variant appears.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rob Preuss Celebrates Freddie Mercury, The Spoons and Honeymoon Suite

Rob Preuss taught Rami Malek how to play piano for Malek’s role as Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

Considering Rob’s biggest influence to learn piano was Mercury himself – life is intimating art. Or is it the other way around?

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Please listen below to a great chat with former Spoons and Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss. The Spoons have two new albums out and hear some tracks from those albums.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rob Preuss Celebrates Freddie Mercury, The Spoons and Honeymoon Suite

Rob Preuss taught Rami Malek how to play piano for Malek’s role as Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

Considering Rob’s biggest influence to learn piano was Mercury himself – life is intimating art. Or is it the other way around?

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Please listen below to a great chat with former Spoons and Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss. The Spoons have two new albums out and hear some tracks from those albums.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jean Marc Pisapia and Gowan (among others) Pay Tribute to The Spoons

The Spoons put Canada on the map in the eighties.

Recording in England and opening up for The Police – just a few of their many accomplishments.

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Please listen below to some artists including Jean Marc Pisapia from The Box and Lawrence Gowan of Styx pay homage to The Spoons.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tunes and Music News

You have come to the only place.

What news is taking place in the music world and what do new songs sound like?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – One of The Greatest Concert Records Recorded

When musicians are in sync – music is magic.

On the stage at the Filmore West in San Francisco -not only magic, a spontaneous musical interaction took place. Concert goers in 2021 have no idea of what a live show sounds like when music is natural and played by the best of the best.

King Curtis was the bandleader and was at the top of his game. Few players understood the soul of a song like King Curtis.

Please listen below to some information on King Curtis, the band and the Filmore West. Also hear some great tracks from the fabled album; King Curtis Live at Filmore West

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Christmas Music Ideas. Part One.

Ghosts of Christmas past always come back to haunt.

Many Rock bands from the sixties and the seventies remain there. Most times –  songwriting disappears or band members depart for the heavenly stage. Sadly – the chances of seeing or hearing your favorite group live in it’s original glory; slim as a drum stick. Live footage is available only in grainy, low production quality. The Who – in many people’s minds, one of ‘those‘ bands.

Keith Moon , the original drummer – passed away in 1978. According to even the most ardent of fans; The Who died along with him. In concert, Moon provided ‘the show’ while driving the engine periously close to falling off cliffs. Guitarist Pete Townshend wrote the songs, Daltrey delivered the vocals and John Entwistle tried to keep things grounded on bass. Moon’s fills echoed Daltrey and became part of the chorus. Moon’s energy pushed Townshend into another realm of rhythm at top speed. In their heyday – few came close to The Who live.

Following Moon’s death – the songs came few and infrequent. Even the best of the post Moon era paled in energy to The Who in their prime. Daltrey, Entwistle  and Townshend all lost their muse. Once Entwistle left via a true Rock Star’s death; The Who were filed away and destined for Classic Rock radio.

Fast forward to the year 2015. The fiftieth anniversary of The Who.

A concert / mini – documentary was filmed at London’s Hyde Park. Townshend and Daltrey – the surviving members, interrupt the live show ( backstage and recorded ) with insights and observations of both the past and the present. An interesting take on a band who arguably sit in position number three of the top Rock bands of all time. The show then goes on to prove why The Who sit behind only The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in Rock history.

A lot of bands (whose best days lay in  decades void of the internet) put on nostalgia shows parading hit after hit for outstanding performances. Great songs last and stand the test of time.  The tunes  endure in the hearts of fans because they remind people of simpler times. It is also a chance for parents to introduce the kids to the music of their youth. Sadly – with exceptions ; these concerts lack the revolt and original feeling of the times when they were released. It’s music’s version of a hockey team’s old-timer ceremony.

The Who Live at Hyde Park not only capture the idea of Rock rebellion – they sell it in dirty shot-glasses at their merch tables.

Without Moon and without Entwistle. Lacking the energy of youth and sans the surprise factor of smashing instruments ; Townshend and Daltrey in 2015 capture the magic of The Who ‘with a little help from their friends’. 

Ringo Starr’s son Zak is the muse Daltrey and Townshend lost many ‘Moon’ (s) ago. Starkey’s energy and immense ear for fills and rhythm inject life into half of The original Who. Just as Keith Moon made them forty years ago, The Who 3.0 are relevant on this night thanks to Starkey.  Suddenly – songs which could have easily been portrayed as golden oldies in much the same fashion Elton John (2021) does, the tunes take on freshness and a Rock n Roll attitude. Just like that – The Who are ‘Live at Leeds’. 

When Moon was alive and Entwistle was safely interacting with hookers – The Who ,on stage and in studio, were four guys calming and creating teen angst. In 2015, as with many artists in the modern age; adding the right amount of backing musicians is more of a law than a felony. The Who can (and) do sound better than 1977 or 1967 live.  A fuller sound is now completed by Townshend’s edgy guitar work and Daltrey’s equally ( at times) menacing vocals. The sums of all the above make songs such as My Generation , I Can’t Explain, Who Are You, Pictures of Lily and Behind Blue Eyes new and dangerous once more.

Watching The Who live in 2015 conjurs up ghosts of the present and future. Entwistle and Moon smiling onstage. A pair of ghosts from Christmas past. Enjoying a haunting good time.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What Would Happen if We Got Rid of Paul McCartney ?

Paul McCartney is in the news recently calling The Rolling Stones a ‘Blues Cover band’.

Not a very nice thing to say from ‘Sir’ Paul. Especially since you consider The Stones are still together and their song output did not require Kanye West to hit the charts in recent years.

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That said; perhaps the world would be better off without McCartney walking around sounding like a jealous old fool?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Daryl Hall and John Oates Release Live At The Troubadour

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and the number-one selling duo in music history, Daryl Hall and John Oates, are releasing ‘Live At The Troubadour’ for the first time ever on vinyl. 

The album, which will be gracing the shelves in 3LP vinyl format on November 26th (Black Friday) is a collection of live, stripped-back classics, including hits such as ‘You Make My Dreams’, ‘Maneater’,‘Sara Smile’, and many more. Alongside this, the album will also be released in 2CD format and is available to stream on DSPs here.

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John Oates explains; “Playing the Troubadour in LA has been a “rite of passage” for live musicians for 64 years and Daryl and I played our first show there opening for the late great Harry Chapin in 1973. Over the years I always loved seeing shows and hanging out there with musicians and friends…returning to play again in 2008 was a full circle moment for me and the vibe was amazing.”

Daryl Hall and John Oates remain to be a huge inspiration to some of the world’s most successful contemporary artists, from The xx to Kanye West, who have all sampled hits from the formidable duo. One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Anti Christmas Special Christmas Special

Christmas music and decorations should begin only after December 1st.

Children and adults alike require time to dream. A buffer between Hallowe’en and the magic of Christmas ensures a more special and magical time for all.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Remembering Our Soldiers Through Letters and Song

Lest we forget.

I write this because of those who fought for my freedom. Musicians have a ‘voice’ because of the soldiers’ bravery.

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Please listen below to some final letters from soldiers and some fitting music to go along.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wednesday’s Whimsical Wonders

Hump day brings thirst for music.

Tunes to interrupt your week and lift your spirits heading into the weekend.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band

Charlie Watts had a day job when he first played with a band called The Rolling Stones.

His employment led him to Denmark for a few months and Charlie sat in with various bands at the Jazz and Blues clubs. Fats forward to 2010 and Charlie put on a live performance with some of Denmark’s great Jazz players.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – November 27th At Club Soda. Montreal Musicians Celebrate Bob Dylan

Who did Bob Dylan not influence?

How many artists would not have grown if not for their covers of Dylan tunes?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sunday Delight

Music in the background evolves into the forefront.

So many great new music released daily in Canada and around the world. You have come to the only place in Montreal to hear them.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Kellylee Evans; A Canadian Singer Staying Canadian Eh?

Old school music. Just what the doctor ordered.

Kellylee Evans has had many ups and recently; a few downs. Getting struck by lightning in her house was scary and then, in an unrelated incident – falling and getting a concussion. Music does heal.

Please listen below to my great chat with Kellylee and find out about a charity TV show this weekend to help The Ottawa Mission.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Miss Emily Teams Up With Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair For Charity

Music schooling through listening is essential.

Miss Emily has stayed in the classroom after hours and is now well on her way to a long and successful music career. Hooking up with half of The Tragically Hip also doesn’t hurt.

Please listen below to my great chat with Miss Emily and find out about a charity TV show this weekend to help The Ottawa Mission.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sit Down and Get the Blues …

The Blues is in every music that you hear.

The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits.

It’s better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on. The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues.

Willie Dixon

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents Hallowe’en Ghost Stories …

Turn off the lights.

Darkness reveals the shadows of the soul.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – That 70’s Show!

Were tunes better in the 70s?

All you need to do is get in your DeLorean and head back to find out.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Tribute To Help Montreal Musicians and Music News

New tunes make the world go forward.

Canadians know how to capture the essence of music better than most.

Please listen below to some new tunes, information on an event put together to support Montreal musicians and an exciting Bruce Cockburn project.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents A Musical HalloKe’ene Special

Nothing scarier than wearing a mask.

What is behind the costume? What is lurking under the makeup?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Gino Vannelli Gives Us ‘More Of A Good Thing’ In Latest Record

All those nights in Montreal’ were made better with Gino Vannelli providing the musical backdrop.

Gino has re -recorded an album that was not released in North America and for Vannelli fans; that is more of a good thing.

Please listen below to a great chat with Gino about his new album; ‘More Of A Good Thing’ as well as a variety of subjects including the death of his Mom.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Chris DeBurgh Keeps The Art of Storytelling Alive Through Robin Hood

Imagination is essential.

Chris DeBurgh insists on keeping the child alive inside himself and encourages everyone to follow.

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Please listen below to a great chat with Chris about his new album; ‘The Legend of Robin Hood’ as well as a variety of subjects including the origins of Spanish Train.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Monday’s Musical Extravaganza (or A Bunch of People Playing Good Tunes)

If you look for gold long enough – you will find it.

Luckily, seeking great new music is a lot easier.

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