August 13 1986/Kim Mitchell/Haywire
Oh man the song of summer of 86 has to go to Akimbo with Patio Lanterns! I mean this song was played all over radio and the vid was plastered as a heavy rotation video at MuchMusic. Shakin Like A Human Being was the album of choice in those early weeks leading up to Akimbos appearance in Tbay for me and my good pal TBone. The albums opener was a great rocker complete with ZZTop fuzzy synth Get Lucky Boys And Girls but wait the rest of it was a little softer tamer Akimbo. Well that’s alright I mean Akimbo had been putting out slabs of vinyl since Max Webster and for me personally I only got his first release when Akimbo Alogo came out and quickly purchased the 5 song Ep which to this day is still my fav Akimbo release. You want a great guitar 5 song workout check out the Kim Mitchell Ep from 1982! But hey Kim built up a back catalogue of material so if he wants to chill,that’s cool too…..
Well come show time and openers Haywire came out and I just remember only Bad Boys as that was the single off there debut album but the rest of there set just drifted by me I mean at the time they were a 1986 fashion disaster. I mean they all wore super baggy pants and looked like they just got off the Wham tour bus! Now before I upset all you Haywire fans out there I will post at a later date of a bar show I caught back two yrs later in May of 88 that restored some faith….but back to 86…..
And now ladies and gents…Kim and his 3 amigos and what a good band and great show. Akimbo did not disappoint I mean he had strewn across the back of the stage wait for it…PATIO LANTERNS! Just a cool laid back show he played a bunch of tracks from Shakin like In My Shoes,Alana Loves Me,That’s The Hold and from his earlier works ,Lager And Ale,Go For Soda and many other staples. The one song I wish he had played which of the 5 times I have seen him since has never played is Rumour Has It. You want a great guitar workout that tune is it! But at the time Kim was flying high solo wise,selling tickets,selling cassettes(bought my copy of Shakin that way) and wearing his OPP cap…and oh yeah ….He was Shakin Like A Human Being…….
Now the vid is not from Shakin but rather it’s a tune he did in Max Webster and also redid on his self titled solo Ep . It’s a great rock n roll track…….
Also check out Mikeladano.com for a little info regarding a soon to be released book on Max Webster written by Martin Popoff…….
August 27 1985…..Helix/Honeymoon Suite
So the big Helix arena rock tour shows up to Tbay in the soon to be back to school season. What a better way for me, my best friend TBone and his two younger brothers Rugg and Darr to cap off the summer with some Rock! Honeymoon Suite opened the show as there debut album was still selling like hot cakes on the back of the tracks New Girl Now and Wave Babies so off go the lights and there At the back of the arena floor is Derry Grehan (guitarist)and heads to the front of the stage playing the opening number Funny Business pretty impressive that I remember the manouver all these yrs later,more impressive was the fact that it was the opening band. Goes to show ya that Helix were chill with there support and were confident in there own abilities to not feel upstaged by the opener.
Helix comes out ripping into House On Fire and showing off there slick new arena rock stage ramps included and me and the brothers go bonkers! Here’s Helix punching out Ride The Rocket hahaha(gotta love the 80s),Young & Wreckless, and many more of Helix classics. Big time rock show from Helix and how they stepped up from playing our University the year before into the big stage of arenas they looked like they have been playing arenas forever. Vollmer was on his game,the Doctor/Hackman/Gray/Fritz were all doing there synch rock moves and the playing was tight. I remember there lighting truss came down during Rock You and would spell ROCK. Great show when all was said and done. Now Helix was promoting the current release Long Way To Heaven which to me was a smart marketing move with the cover. Here they are standing all decked out in black except Volmer who is in the middle wearing white with a blue backdrop. Considering bands of the time were all about black heavy album covers Helix goes the opposite way. Good job. The album itself was ok I liked the two previous studio outputs more but hey who cares Helix in the year of 1985 is headlining arenas!!!
Of course the vid above is not from 1985 but the song is…it has 4/5 of original members (r.i.p P Hackman ) unfortunately I could not find any live footage from the Long Way Tour but this is a great version and as you can see Brian and the Boys still play like there lives depended on it. Vollmer deserves respect man and the band still take there craft seriously ….
Check out Mikeladano.com for a great review of the current Helix release Bastard of The Blues..
JULY 27 1981…Ted Nugent /The Wilderness Tour……
Ted roared his way into Tbay promoting his Intensities In 10 Cities release an album that was recorded in 10 different cities with 10 new songs. By 1981 Kiss was spiralling down the drain and thinking of concept records. My 2nd fav band Cheap Trick was also starting the tailspin so when it was announced that Ted was playing here it was like Holy Crap the Nuge is playing Tbay!!!?? but in all honesty Ted was also in a tailspin career wise but hey the Nuge is playing Tbay, career can’t be too much in the shitter right ??! So off to purchase the Intensity record before the show which was my first Nuge album. Even all these yrs later I love this album I mean titles like Spontaneous Combustion,I Am A Predator,Jailbait,My Love Is Like A Tire Iron you can’t go wrong perhaps to other Nuge freaks out there this may be a weak album to me it resonates even after all this time passed.
So come show time the opening act was a band from Australia called Cold Chisel whose frontman was supposedly one of the dudes considered to replace Bon Scott in AC-DC. They were ok from what I remembered but hey where’s Ted?!!!
And than it’s Ted Time! Here he is decked out in army gear and woah check out the band that’s with him a backing band called the DC hawks from Washington( Ted canned the 3 dudes that played on his Intensity record) who were all decked out in army garb as well. The thing is this was a 5 piece unit 3 guitars/bass/drums…there’s Ted going for the 3 guitar attack ala Molly Hatchet and April Wine. I also remember at this show that Teds drummer was puking his brains out for half the show so for a bunch of 14-year-old boys we giggled endlessly…Ted played and from all accounts I enjoyed this show the cost was $9.50 and there was about 3,000 or so in attendance…..
Hey Ted thanks for coming out!
October 6 1979 …
It was two days away from my 12th Bday and my parents surprised me with Tickets to see Kiss live in Duluth! Needless to say I was stoked beyond belief ! I mean think about it, for me as 11 yr old it was Kiss non stop 24-7. The saga began two years earlier when a buddy John Young had the Kiss Originals which was the first three Kiss albums packaged as one! As soon as I saw the black cover with the fire coming out of Simmons yap I was hooked! But by 79 when Dynasty was out and Kiss subjected the world to rock disco ( I Was Made For Lovin You) they were calling their latest tour The Return Of KISS,huh they never left well not in my mind anyways so when I made It to the show that night in October it was like an epiphany for me. Here they are in the makeup and supposed million dollar stage show .. And up they come up beside the drums Ace,Peter,Paul and Gene….they launch into King Of The Nightime World and I’m gone and now they keep going and going little did I know that yrs later there were cracked foundations within,Ace was loaded,Peter was coked,Gene banged groupies,Paul well Paul was Starchild but it didn’t matter to me I was too young to realise about inner band personal problems! For me a personal problem back than was not being able to get my math homework done by Monday!
Looking back nowadays I remember the show pretty good…I remember them playing songs like Radioactive, New York Groove and Move On from the solo albums sorry Peter you weren’t represented that night. Also of course Black Diamond with the huge drum riser….and pyro lights smoke man talk about a mind blower from a kid who had posters on the wall!
Also it was advertised that Judas Priest was gonna be the opening act…but they cancelled and were replaced by a young Johnny Cougar who royally was booed from the get go! The only cheer that was mustered for him was when he announced his final song. But don’t feel bad for him three yrs later in 1982 out came Hurts So Good and Jack and Diane and I’m sure playing Duluth that night back in October of 79 did not register……
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