DVBeer’s Review: Triumph/Live At Sweden Rock Festival(2008)

unknown-5Welcome Friend’s To  A New Series Called  dEke’s and T’s DVBeers Review! The Mission Statement was basically to Drink Great Local Beer(Sleeping Giant Ale was the choice this night) and to watch and critique a couple of Music DVD’s…So sit back and get ready to enter the Rock N Roll Machine….

So Triumph basically hit the skids Professionally and Creatively   around late 1988 or so. Triumph played a local show in their hometown of Toronto and right after it Guitarist Rik Emmett said Adios to Drummer Gil Moore and Bassist Mike Levine.

But when the Canadian RocK N Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008 was going to induct Triumph(20 years since Emmett spoke to Moore/Levine) the olive branch was reached out and the boy’s worked out whatever they had  to work out and decided to give it a go with two shows. Sweden and Oklahoma(WHUT?) were the two spots chosen and so a few years later here comes theAudio CD/ DVD set of the Sweden show and were off!

Now to be honest with you’s out there. I used to pile up all new band releases first on VHS years ago than DVD but over the last 5-6 years everything ends up on you tube so I will buy a band’s audio release but the DVD’s I will pass on…. Still have a lot  kicking around so when I went over to Tbone’s one Friday night this past October I decided to rummage through the Rock Box and pull out some stuff that I haven’t watched in a while and to be honest and like I told T. I only watched this Triumph DVD maybe once as I ripped the audio disc to my iPod  and never looked back!

Ladies An Gents: The Reviewers…

Deke- C.E.O  of Stick It In Your Ear/and at Tbone’s In charge of Music and Operating the DVD Player….

TBONE-Pouring Beers/Providing Chips N Peanuts and Verbally Chirping One Liners….

Reviews Done at TBone’s Wickedly Awesome  Cool Bar!

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The Songs Of Triumph..

“Live At Sweden Rock Festival”
(TML Entertainment, Inc./UMG)

01. When The Lights Go Down
02. Lay It On The Line
03. Allied Forces
04. Never Surrender
05. I Live For The Weekend
06. Blinding Light Show
07. Rocky Mountain Way
08. Magic Power
09. Rock And Roll Machine
10. Fight The Good Fight

So we get a 10 pack of Triumph’s Tunes….

Check out opener When The Lights Go Down. Man ya gotta love Levine’s Cliche Rock One Liner’s towards the end of the song. Haha!

When The Lights Go Down is a great track! Always has been and always will be and Triumph is off a running and the first thing Tbone says is “Emmett and Gil look pretty good still ,but Mike Levine looked old in the 80s and still looks old now!” Bam! First shot fired! We had a good laugh and Tbone poured more Beer …. Still though it’s great to hear Triumph! Like bumping into a long-lost friend and catching up about the good ol daze!

The Boy’s mess with us as they do this jam out before launching into Lay It On The Line and once the tune hits the chorus I mention that the guitars (courtesy of Emmett and second stringer Dave Dunlop) have a crunch, a bite to them. Tbone nods in agreement! We also have a chat about how unforgettable the Sport Of Kings album was and how it torpedoed Triumph from cool rock act to AOR Fodder!

Allied Forces is an audio assault on the ears and Triumph rolls up and once again tell’s us that “Rock Troops Are On The Move”. Tbone  mentions that “Emmett always had the radio tailored voice whereas Moore had the Street Rock Type vocal” Agreed! Emmett launches off during the solo and Tbone pops a Music Boner over how  clean the appearance of Emmett’s Guitar’s look while Levine plays the same looking ragged bass the whole show….

My ear’s are blown! T pours yet more beer!

Never Surrender brings us back to 1983 when Tbone bought the vinyl copy of said album. Like I said in some of my other Triumph reviews I still never bought this album as I would steal T’s copy!

I Live For The Weekend.  Tbone added “an ZZ Top like shuffle during the verses” Yup sir you are correct and this leads to another discussion of up until about 10 years ago I only had heard this on the 8 Track of the album Progression Of Power release which Tbone owned. We laughed at just how old we are! I also tossed out that this was the tour that Triumph last played Tbay(Fall of 1980)

Want Prog Triumph? Look no further folks than Blinding Light Show. Rik straps on the White Double Neck Gibson and sings for his supper on this tune. I mentioned that this was indeed Proggy Triumph where Tbone chimed in “had to suck for Triumph coming from Toronto and always  getting compared to Rush. Like they could have come from Winnipeg and the comparison would have not been as huge” No shit …Being a three-piece and coming out of Toronto how are you not going to be compared? If Triumph came out of Houston? People would have compared the 3 piece of Triumph to ZZ Top! Ha…imagine Levine with a long ass beard? Anyways this is a classic tune and full props  and bonus points to Gil for slamming that big assed Gong behind him!

Tbone right away states “Joe Walsh must have loved these guys” and why not Rocky Mountain Way is almost a Triumph original. This is a great version and Gil once again sings a good tune and the mix of this song is Big N Beefy! Joe made a ton of dough from Royalties!

T pours another round of Suds and were past midnight and now it’s time for the Rock N Roll Machine which is another great track which features a walloping guitar solo by Emmett and the dude can play man! One of the most underappreciated players in the game if you ask me. Kinda cool how they after Rik’s solo lay off the gas pedal and slow the song down to a bluesy like crawl…..The intro’s and outro’s on these song’s are changed up to keep us guessing. Well done you old buggers!

Fight The Good Fight is on the biggie tracks here in the catalog of Triumph. TBone sums it up best “Rik always would sing about finding the positives of life” and of course we revert back to Sport Of Kings with the big single Somebody’s Out There and of course I have to mention ” Geezus if Gil comes out from behind his drum kit to sing Just One Night I’m gonna lose it!” Course this never happened but it’s fun at times to be a Jackass! Tons of Ripping guitars/Big Drums/ and ummm Mike Levine! By the way we commented at least a dozen times about the Swedish National Hockey Team Jersey Mike was sporting with Mats Sundin #13 on the back.

Live At Sweden Rock is a great add to the collection. Course they could have added more tunes (the brilliant Thunder 7 album was totally skipped) but these guys like playing 10 minute tunes so hey that’s their deal and like most live releases perhaps a tweak or 3 was done in the studio but for myself and Tbone who gives a Shit? Triumph puts out product once in a Blue Moon so us Old Schooler’s are happy!

Thanks for reading along ….

Watch down the road for future DVBeers Reviews……





The Tape Remains The Same: (Circa 1984)


unknown-4Mikey Ladano over at his Fantastic site covers a ton of stuff musically and he’s a great reviewer who at times dabbles in Movie Reviews but also  writes about his past which he has called Getting More Tale. 

Mikes one post titled #519: Mistakes I Made Fixing Broken Tapes totally brought back the time that my good pal of over 40 years Tbone bought the first 5 David Lee Roth fronted Van Halen releases  on cassette tape sealed for just under $20 back in 1984…

Lemme tell ya about…..

Too make a long story even longer ….January 1984 I lent Tbone my vinyl copy of VH’s 1984.  This was Tbones first Dabble with Halen and he liked what he heard! So much so he quickly purchased a copy  of 1984 for himself!

It wasn’t too much long after that T got the Halen Itch so one day over lunch at school he told me “I’m going to buy all the Halen albums TODAY!”

Whut? …

So after lunch we split from High School and off we headed to our local Shopping Mall which was and still is called Intercity. We parked and headed into Sears to cut over to the mall and head into A&A Records  so Tbone could drop some cash on Dave Halen!

But before and If Tbone’s good luck couldn’t get any better we came across two Bins stuffed with Cassette  Tapes  One Bin had basically a bunch of shit tapes marked for $2.99. The only one worth mentioning Ironically was an  Sammy Hagar Greatest Hits Tape called Cruisin And Boozin.  The next Bin was stuffed with a bunch of $9.99 cassette tapes (current rock at the time)like AC/DC /Def Leppard/Quiet Riot and bands of that ilk. The big score in the $9.99 Bin was that there was the first 5 Van Halen tapes sitting there waiting for Tbones hands to grab them up!

Tbone paused for a second took a look around and told me to watch for Sears staff sniffing around the area we were in.  Basically I was on “Watch” Duty. Alert T of any incoming Sears Staff  headed our way!

Next thing you know Tbone digs into the Cheapie Bin’s and pulls out a handful of Crap tapes all priced $2.99 and manage’s  to peel off  the stickers (quicker than a Monkey peeling a banana) and transfer them to the other bin where the Halen Tapes were all marked $9.99 and T than proceeded to place the $2.99 stickers over the $9.99 Stickers that were the VH cassette’s.

What a friggin Genius move before my eyes! TBone did this to all the Halen Tapes …

Let’s calculate this….(tax not included)

Full Price for 5 Van Halen Tapes at Sears back in 1984- $49.95

TBone’s Discount  Sticker Removal Times for 5 Van Halen Tapes in 1984-$14.95

Tbone even bought Hagars Tape for the actual price of $2.99..(Big Spender!)

Tbone spent $17.94! A savings of $34.96….for 6  sealed Cassette Tapes…..

Son of a Beeatch! I quickly did the Math on the Halen purchases and I DID pay at least $9.99 each for those Halen albums on Vinyl…..

In other words….

Deke’s 6 Van Halen albums on vinyl back in the early 80’s.  $9.99 Times 6=$59.94….

Tbone was like a Giddy Pig In Shit that Day and we blew off the afternoon classes and drove all over Tbay that afternoon and everyone heard Hang Em High blaring from Tbones car whether they wanted to hear it or  not!



Alter Bridge/ The Last Hero(2016)




New Release…

Alter Bridges  newest studio release The  Last Hero  crushes with Massive Riff’s along with  a Huge Dose of Melody with a Side Order of  Catchy Hooks tossed in!

Alter Bridge is….
Myles Kennedy – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
Mark Tremonti – lead guitar, backing vocals
Brian Marshall – bass guitar
Scott Phillips – drums, percussion

Myles Kennedy I would say is the Best Rock Vocalist out there! This dude can sing underneath a massive eruption of volcanic riffs originating  from Mark Tremonti’s Guitar and Myles  does not sound ever like he’s gonna toss a lung in doing so! Speaking of guitar,Myles can handle himself on the guitar as well. When he’s singing in Slash’s solo deal Myles is just the singer but in AB he doubles up on guitar and this cat can play as he burns up a ton of catchy riffs most notably at the beginning of the opening track Show Me A Leader.

Tremonti is a beast on the 6 string! He has elements of all the Greats in his playing most notably bits and bites of Ed Van Halen with a smattering of Zakk Wylde thrown into the mix. Mark has a wicked deep backing vocal like tone that’s right in sync with Myles vocals.

How many bands can have two fantastic guitar players with one of them doubling as the Lead Vocalist? AB that’s who!

Don’t forget the Rhythm dudes supporting these two guys as well! Drummer Scott Phillips plays Heavy all over the map drums and they sound huge on this album and he floats the AB Ship with Brian Marshall who provides the bottom end and Beef’s up the sound with his Bass Playing.

The Song’s…

1. “Show Me a Leader” 5:05
2. “The Writing On the Wall” 4:28
3. “The Other Side” 5:55
4. “My Champion” 4:41
5. “Poison In Your Veins” 4:19
6. “Cradle To the Grave” 5:41
7. “Losing Patience” 4:10
8. “This Side of Fate” 6:48
9. “You Will Be Remembered” 4:42
10. “Crows On a Wire” 4:27
11. “Twilight” 4:15
12. “Island of Fools” 5:01
13. “The Last Hero”  

Case you’re wondering it’s 65 Plus minutes of Bombastic Rock the Kind of stuff I love…

Shall I decipher a few tracks for ya’s?!

Opener Show Me A Leader sets the pace and you have to hand it to these guys who start off in chill mode but ramp up pretty damn quick  and Show Me A Leader just crunches and sets the pace for the rest of the album! In other words you want Bombastic Power Riffs? Check! How about a dose of in your face drums? Check Check! How about a Singer who can sing over a complete Wall Of Sound? Triple Check! Full props must be made out to producer Elvis Baskette who has been working AB for a while now and captures their sound brilliantly! While you’re at click the video posted below and you will know what I mean!

Writing On The Wall begins with a relentless sound of Sonic Fury with all instruments mashed up with a Bell and once again were off and the thing is the Verses on this album are no doubt Heavy but at times AB toss in a real catchy riff or tempo change and then when the Chorus hits here comes the Melody! Yes these tunes are that good! Writing On The Wall is one of them as Myles vocals soar during the chorus. Dude is Vocal Gold!

The Other Side is another great track and I’m gonna let my Good Pal’s Myles and Mark explain it in under 2 Minutes! …Click the Video Below!

My Champion slows down somewhat and pushes a good message across about Good People doing Good Things. Thats the thing on this album is AB can incorporate even Acoustic Guitars without futzing out and going down Commercial Avenue and making it obvious. Sure this song may capture that somewhat and it would sound good on Rock Radio but who cares a Great Track is a Great Track!

Show Me A Leader just gets stronger and the material does not dip as the album heads to the finish line.

Crows On A Wire is one of those end of the album Gems that you always hear me go on about and that basically tells you the listener that there is No Filler Whatsoever! Crows On A Wire features a ton of epic power chords/smashing drums/thumping bass and a clever well written chorus delivered vocally by Myles! Some of the tracks even feature a synth buried somewhat under the mix of the guitars/bass/drums which only enhances the overall AB Experience!

Actually the last three songs on the album Twilight/Island OF Fools and the title track The Last Hero are all solid Gem Like tracks! Speaking of The Last Hero being the title track. I always love it when bands make this move by sticking the title track smack dab at the end of the album! Slick Solid Move!

AB has totally stepped up and blew my away with  this record! I have mentioned in a few other posts that I can only handle about 5 New bands that are currently out there playing hard rock. AB is at the top of the heap and its crazy to think that this is there 5th studio album. 5 albums in and they are getting stronger with more wicked material! The musical chops these guys posses is crazy good and what can you say about Myles Kennedy that already hasn’t been said? Love this Dude’s voice …..

One of the best New Releases I have heard this year!

Extreme/Take Us Alive(2010)


Do not Judge a band because they had a huge Acoustic Ballad(More Than Words) that sold a ton at the time of its release as a single(1991) and then vanished after Kurt Cobain and his ripped up Cardigans demolished a whole Musical Genre in One Grunge Swoop!

Extreme to my ears have always been a solid band and to prove this theory I have purchased all their stuff including this Friggin Fantastic Live Album that was recorded in the bands hometown of Boston in 2009!

Anyone who owns an Extreme album and there are a few of you out there  do know that these cats can play the Rock N Funk and add textures to a track(Horns/Tempo Changes) plus the fact that there lead and backing vocals are top-notch! One of the few bands that can actually Sing and sound the same live as in the studio!

Extreme/Take Us Alive proves this point!

Extreme is..

Gary Cherone – lead vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – lead guitar, 6 and 12-string acoustic guitar, brass/orchestration arrangements, keyboards, piano, backing and lead vocals
Pat Badger – bass, acoustic bass guitar, backing vocals
Kevin Figueiredo – drums, percussion

Nuno! What a resume!

Hear are the tracks featured!

“Decadence Dance” – 8:12
“Comfortably Dumb” – 5:23
“Rest In Peace” – 5:21
“It’s A Monster” – 5:29
“Star” – 5:42
“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” – 7:59
“Medley: Kid Ego/Little Girls/Teacher’s Pet” – 6:00
“Play with Me” – 9:06
“Midnight Express” – 4:10
“More Than Words” – 7:26
“Ghost” – 4:51
“Cupid’s Dead” – 6:58
“Take Us Alive” – 6:04
“Flight Of The Wounded Bumblebee” – 1:51
“Get the Funk Out” – 7:37
“Am I Ever Gonna Change” – 6:57
“Hole Hearted” – 4:13

Wowzer’s! Look at that track listing! Thats a Greatest Hits Sonic Funk  Rock Assault if I ever seen one!

Shall we discuss a few of these Tunes?

The show opens with Decadence Dance and were off! Love the interplay between the Guitar and Bass playing the same notes at the end of each verse! Makes it heavy and make no mistake Bassist Pat can play the 4 String and provides real good backing vocals but no one ever says that! Props here for a Fella who over on Stage Left to Badger goes by the name of Nuno who  is well…. a Virtuoso! Watch the video below to prove my Findings!

All those fun-loving Extreme tracks are here like Rest In Peace/Get The Funk Out/Hole Hearted. Nuno and Gary though don’t rest on their laurels as they prove that they can still write new stuff that fits right in as Star and Comfortably Numb(a great song title) are added in the set and the song’s don’t dip in quality!

The boys dip right back into the fist album with a medley that includes Kid Ego and some Van Halen like riffage in the tune Teacher’s Pet. You can hear how the writing of Gary and Nuno has advanced from album to album.

Nuno though can play that guitar as Flight OF The Wounded BumbleBee proves! Man oh Man Nuno solos off the hook and everything is wrapped up in One Minute 51 Seconds! Boom! Done!

Take Us Alive is a Fav of mine on this album.

This shows you Extreme’s diverse Music Muscle as Nuno picks faster than Mike Ladano clicking the mouse on a computer for yet another order from CDJapan! Drummer K Fig drives the pace with some hyper swing action that propels the tune. Love Cherone as he’s all over the stage with some pretty decent energy and watch him at the 2 minute mark of the video(above). Yea-Haw is all I will add!

This is a must own Friends…..



Rush/Moving Pictures(1981)



Summer of 81 and it was Rush Rush Rush Rush. Moving Pictures was selling like Hotcakes and Tbone was the first to jump on the Prog Train by purchasing this album before Moi ! Wowzer’s,as our first introduction to Rush our minds were blown!

Like other huge Rock albums that came out around the time of the early 80s(AC/DC’s Back In Black being the biggest) what could I possibly add to a review that many have  already read?

Um….Nothing! Haha! What I will try to explain is how this album impacted a couple of young Thunder Bay Hooligans and became an instant classic! Tbone has Moving Pictures securely set in his all time Top 20 whereas  I have Rush’s followup Signals(1982)  which just beats out Moving Pictures by a smidge in my Top 20!

Rush is……

Geddy Lee – lead vocals, bass guitar, bass pedals, Minimoog, Oberheim polyphonic synthesizer, OB-X, Moog Taurus
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitar, Moog Taurus
Neil Peart – drums, timbales, gong, bells, glockenspiel, wind chimes, bell tree, crotales, cowbell, plywood

Look at that resume of what 3 Dudes can pull off! Interesting to note that Peart is so good he plays Plywood??! Would not put it by the Professor!

The production of Moving Pictures (Courtesy of Terry Brown) is awesome! Terry does an excellent job at keeping all 3 instruments in check with the guitar/drums/ bass never being buried by the Keyboards! The sound of the album gives off a Warm vibe but with a Fist to the Gut when need be!

The  Song’s…..

Or should I say The Classic’s!

Side one
No. Title Length
1. “Tom Sawyer” (Lyrics: Peart and Pye Dubois) 4:34
2. “Red Barchetta” 6:10
3. “YYZ” (Lee, Peart; Instrumental) 4:26
4. “Limelight” 4:20
Side two
No. Title Length
5. “The Camera Eye
I: New York
II: London” 11:01
6. “Witch Hunt” (Part III of “Fear”) 4:46
7. “Vital Signs”  4:46

What can you say about Side 1 that already hasn’t been said?! These first 4 tracks were prominently featured on the live Exit Stage Left album that came out later in 1981!  What a fantastic way to become an Rush Fan back in the Summer of 81! We first get our 14-year-old noggins wrapped around this new Sonic Sounds Of Rock than shortly a few months later comes the Double Live Exit Stage album! What a great couple of months to be a Rush Newbie!

First time hearing Tom Sawyer just boggled my mind! I had never heard and I’m sure I can speak for Tbone as well that up to that point we didn’t know what Prog Rock was. I’m sure for the diehard Prog enthusiast out in Blogsville there are more Proggy Rock Acts going but for us Moving Pictures was a whole new Ball Game!

Peart lays down the beat and who has not air drummed to that part of Tom Sawyer after Lifesons solo? We all have and when we(Tbone) caught Rush for the first time live in 2002 I seen with my own eyes 14,000 people airband Peart. That’s saying something! Sawyer sets the pace for the rest of the album.

Love the geetar picking of Alex at the beginning of Red Barchetta until the pace of the tune ramps up especially during the chorus and Lifeson once again lifts this track off the ground with that solo! Also must mention Geddy’s riffing on the Bass at the tail end of the tune. He’s a Beast on the 4 Stringer!

YYZ is the instrumental so each guy shows off their musical muscle during the 4 plus minute of Sonic Prog Furry! Tempo changes galore rage supreme during YYZ!

Limelight ends Side 1 with another Classic! Speaking of Air-banding. How about the opening riff of this tune? Instant Gem! I will go on record as saying that the  guitar solo on this tune is one of my all time fav’s. Love how the song just breaks down and Alex takes over while Geddy and Neil layoff of the gas pedal for a second while Alex dips and dives during the solo until the boys pick up steam to end Side 1.

Side 2 is where things get real interesting!

Camera Eye is one of the best Rush Tracks ever! Basically this is my first foray into Prog! I had never ever heard a tune like this before as it’s a long way from KISS’s Ladies Room.  Love that funky wavy synth sweeping around the track and of course Neil once the drums kick in and lays down the pace i’m hooked! Crazy time changes and Lifeson just laying down the law sonically with his 6 string just encompasses all good things Rush! At 11 minutes this at the time was the longest song I had ever heard before and basically good on Rush for holding my attention span! I posted the video for Camera Eye as I don’t expect you to listen to the whole 11 minute track( you should though!) but cue up the track at the 5 minute 50 second mark and at exactly the 6 minute mark this just proves Rush’s pure brilliance as the band is going one way and then Neil shifts gears and the song goes down another avenue! Everytime I hear this part of Camera Eye it gives me Goosebumps! How can dudes in there early to mid 20’s at the time come up with stuff like this?

Witch Hunt has to be the creepiest/darkest Rush tune ever as at the beginnings of the song you hear an Mob and well Folk’s were on a Witch Hunt! The Lyrics are dark the pace of the tune is darker. Neil’s lyrics are deep here basically about Society going down the Shitter! (well that’s how I hear it!)…You want pre Grungey 1981 Rush? Look no further than here friends!

Vital Signs has a real neat synth Cars/Devo like charm added with what sounds like Neil playing some electronic drums. Vital Signs triggers the end of Rush on Moving Pictures but Vital Signs also begins the sound that Rush would pursue on their next studio release (My all time fav Rush album) Signals.  Just always to remember not to Deviate From The Norm!

Ged/Neil/Alex released a Classic with Moving Pictures! Once I dived into Rush’s 70’s music and 1980’s Permanent Waves album you could see Rush was moving forward!

Side 1 of Moving Pictures to me anyways is Rush going mainstream as we all know the first 4 tracks right? Even a non Rush fan knows Tom Sawyer!

Side 2 of Moving Pictures is Rush going little Prog to keep the 70’s faithful happy especially on the first two tracks but by the time Vital Signs rolls around its Rush saying this is our new direction. You with us??

Yes Dudes…..I’m with ya!

What You Think Is Cool Is Not To Others



So being that today is October 6 2016 it serves an important date in my life as October 6 1979 was my first ever live  concert and that was KISS/John Cougar( Judas Priest were a no show! Gah!) at the Duluth Arena, 37 years ago=Yikes! Here’s some footage from the Dynasty Tour that I saw as a young Whipper Snapper! Cool to watch this now after so much time as KISS is unravelling at this point! Peter Criss plays Black Diamond at super speed while  hollering the lead vocals while Ace is completely Blitzed! Give Em Credit Folk’s at least Ace and Petey emphasized Rock N Roll.

My folks were real cool. Got my 11-year-old ass down to Duluth and friends of my parents eldest son and his girlfriend took a young geeked out Deke’s to the show and basically ruined me forever! Ha!

Actually I reviewed this show as my first ever post from Aug/14. Check it out …..https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/1979-the-return-of-kiss-2/

So Kiss was on the decline in 79(great album title wouldn’t it be? Decline In 79? Better yet a better name for my blog!) I didn’t know Kiss was hitting the skids. I was too young to notice. Kiss wanted it that way! I bought 1980s Unmasked ( sold it to my pal Tbone than shortly after required it back) 1981’s The Elder I bought it along with my pal Muc. I made it known publicly I had bought The Elder whereas Muc kept a lid on it….haha…

So once I entered Highschool (Grade 9/Sept 1981) Kiss was finished in the minds of many. Fair enough but being 13 just about to turn 14 I didn’t care so once day I wore my Kiss Dynasty Tour Shirt to school and I received t a tongue lashing and smart ass remarks about Kiss not being cool! What was I to do?

Like a smart 13-year-old I kept my Trap(mouth) shut! It did not matter as the Grade 11’s looked huge so I wasn’t gonna mess with em! One of them even doused me with their Mothers Perfume for a real beautiful like stench that lasted the whole afternoon at school! Ha!

Basically the Dynasty shirt got put away and it didn’t stop me from listening to Kiss but it did stop me from wearing my Dynasty shirt to school.

1982’s Creatures Of The Night was a step in the right direction but Kiss was still hurting as there Duluth show was cancelled due to lack of tickets being sold. Kiss though soldiered on and it’s funny as once the Makeup came off and Kiss released 1983’s Lick It Up many were back on board!

So much so that a fella named Jeff Law seen the Lick It Up show in Toronto and he picked me up a Lick It Up T-shirt from the show! He told me KISS packed out Maple Leaf Gardens….

Yup I wore it to school! No problem/No comments not even from the 5 Knuckleheads( who were in Grade 13 at this point) who were bugging me two years earlier!

Kiss slapped off the makeup had a bounce back while I took the Kiss T out of the drawer and wore back at school…….

This post you may think  has irked me all these years. No it has not one bit but it just goes to show you how you may feel about one thing whereas the General Public is not thinking how you re thinking….

Stick To Your Guns….

What comes around goes around comes around! 37 years later I came across this T-shirt site in the U.S and I clicked a bunch of bands and viola they had in stock the  retro Dynasty Tour T’s(see pic below)! This is an exact duplicate of the Shirt I bought at my first ever concert! Wowzers! Instant Purchase By Deke’s….


Try Dousing Me With Yo Mama’s Perfume Now MotherF**Ker!

As you were…





Santers/Racing Time(1982)


Hey Kids Remember My First Santers Review Of There Shot Down In Flames debut album? You do? Ha…ok yeah sure you do!!! No worries here’s my finding’s!


Thats right Santers those Young Dudes( well back in 82 that is) ripped out 3 pretty decent albums that did ok but should have did better. Hailing from Toronto they adopted the Power Trio format and Boom with this being album Number 2 they were on a good roll so much that myself and Tbone became instant Fanboys as did a few others at our High School!

Racing Time dropped some pretty decent CanRawk and the Santers Brothers  Rick(Guitar and Vocals) Brother Mark (Drums) and Sidekick Rick Lazaroff (Bass) played some good rock!

Santers ……

1 Mistreatin Heart 3:15
2 Mystical Eyes 3:50
3 Still I Am 3:30
4 A Dog Without A Home 3:03
5 Road To Morocco 3:51
6 Two Against The World 3:28
7 Back Streets 3:03
8 Winter Freeze 3:57
9 Hard Time Lovin You 3:07
10 Racing Time

Racing Time was a little more Raw in the production end of things on this album but make no mistake this album has stood up pretty decent  over time!

Still recall seeing these guys here in Tbay at out Local University (Lakehead) early 1983’ish where as a young 15-year-old watching these guys play that night they blew out my eardrums! They were Friggin Loud! Don’t believe me watch the  Live Video I posted below from their Racing Time Tour playing the superb Road To Morocco.

See what I mean! Santers are on fire here… Pretty damn good display of guitaring especially during the solo!No fooling around as these Cats could play! Actually a lot more UMMMMPH live than in the studio but hey there was no wimping around these parts!

Racing Time is basically your straight ahead No Frills Hard Rock Album by that it’s not meant as a Slag it’s just Santers did what they did and by that they did what they did well! Whut??!

Seriously though the songs are well crafted Hard Rock Nuggets. Opener Mistreatin Heart should have been a bigger single which features a driving piano that doesn’t drown out anything .

The last tune the title track features a Bona fide Piece Of Cool Guitar Riff A Roo courtesy of Mr Santers! Check it out as I posted the video at the top of the post which features the album cover of Racing Time. Good stuff….

If you come across this…

Grab it!

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