My sadness cannot be expressed, nor can the shock. Actor John Dunsworth, best known as the beloved Jim Lahey from Trailer Park Boys, has died at age 71 after a short illness.
Way she goes, bud.
Tremendous sadness today as we learn that Tom Petty has died of a heart attack. (His alias on the first Traveling Wilburys album was Charlie T. Wilbury Jr., hence the title of this article.) Petty suffered the heart attack last night. He was taken off life support today. And the rock world is hit with another shattering blow.
I first heard Tom and the Heartbreakers when they released “Don’t Come Around Here No More” as a video. His career with the Heartbreakers was the stuff of legend, but the music that always touched me most were the Wilburys and his solo album, Full Moon Fever. Each one is virtually its own “greatest hits”.
Tom Petty gave us one of the most enduring anthems, “I Won’t Back Down” among his dozens of hits. He defined an entire style of music. When people talk of a song being “Tom Petty-ish”, you know what it’s going to sound like. Chances are, there are some chiming electric guitars and some southern accents.
Rest in Peace Tom Petty. We hope you’re jamming with your old friends Lefty and Nelson Wilbury in heaven now.
A moment of utter shock: waking up on the morning of May 18 2017 to discover that Chris Cornell, the pipes behind Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has passed away at age 52. One of the greatest (if not the greatest) set of lungs behind the grunge era is gone.
According to the BBC, Cornell played a concert with Soundgarden last night in Detroit. His passing was “sudden and unexpected”. The family is asking for privacy at this time.
What are your memories of Chris Cornell? For us it’s the psychedelic and insane video for “Jesus Christ Pose”, a landmark of the grunge era and a showcase for his finest lead vocals.
R.I.P Chris Cornell.
There was a time when Paul O’Neill (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage’s “sixth member”) was my favourite lyricist, period. He did, after all, write the most emotional rock opera I’ve ever experienced (Streets, by Savatage). More people are familiar with TSO than Savatage, but for me, the impact that Paul’s music had on my soul via Savatage cannot be measured.
Rest in peace.
Canadian supergroup SNOWSHOE is ready to rock the tundra this summer on the “ETERNAL WINTER” tour.
SNOWSHOE consist of the following legendary Canadian rock musicians:
BILLY SOL HUROK – Lead vocals, guitars
After two decades touring with what is considered the greatest Canadian grunge band of all time DIRTY SLUSH, Billy Sol is looking for new roads to plow. Expect Billy to perform lead vocals in his trademark style, often described as “a polar bear making sweet love to a caribou”.
IRVING COHEN – Lead vocals, bass
Controversial bassist known for his claims of being the illegitimate son of Leonard Cohen. Famous for his punk band DEAD BIRD ON A WIRE. Irv has spent the last decade and a half working for the Canadian post office in Alert, Nunavut. Pleading boredom, Irv is ready to put on his bass once more and heat up the Great White North with his bandmates in SNOWSHOE.
JOHN Y. SCHMENGE – Drums, vocals
Son of polka musicians, John was born in Churchill, Manitoba and learned to play drums by hitting rocks with sticks. This will be his first major tour after working as a starving drummer/house painter for over a decade. The critics rave: “Nobody can do a garage door like John can, in -10 degree weather plus wind chill.”
SNOWSHOE will be playing the following Canadian cities:
June 16 – Iqualuit, Nunavut – The Outhouse (limited seating available)
June 20 – Pond Inlet, Nunavut – The field across from the school (subject to change)
June 27 – Puvirnituq, Quebec – Puvirnituq Airport lounge
June 29 – Thunder Bay, Ontario ** ONLY ONTARIO DATE ** – Deke’s Palace (featuring opening act INUKSHUK)
July 1 – Port Nelson, Manitoba – Special Canada Day celebration featuring jugglers and a puppet show – Downtown square
July 4 – Hines Creek, Alberta – Bob Neilson’s back yard (bring your own lawn chairs)
July 5 – High Prairie, Alberta – Big Jim’s Bar
Additional dates to be added per demand.
Be sure to catch SNOWSHOE as they prepare to release their debut album ETERNAL WINTER this fall. The thaw has begun!
Thank you for Rock and Roll.
2017 has taken another one of our local talents. If you are a fan of Kenny Vs. Spenny, then you will remember Andre Arruda (episode: “First One to Laugh Loses”). You may have seen him in American Pie: Band Camp. Andre was born and raised right here in Kitchener Ontario. He was better known for his stand-up comedy and he worked hard to gain a cult following. At 3’ 4” tall, he had to work to stand out, and he did.
Andre passed away January 28 2017 at age 33, of Morquio’s syndrome. This is the same genetic disorder that hampered his growth. His sense of humour was to always poke fun at himself before somebody else could, and it worked. He made us look at life from his perspective, but let us laugh doing it.
2017 rolls on like a mini-2016. The latest casualty is former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls who was on every Sabbath album from Heaven and Hell (1980) to Forbidden (1995). He played bass and sang when need be. For that period of Sabbath’s history, he was the only stable member excluding Tony Iommi himself. Geoff passed at age 68, after a battle with lung cancer. He was rarely pictured with the four “main” Sabbath members, but he was more important than most of them. Rest in Peace.