Back in 2016 The Trews came to Thunder Bay to play Rock The Fort and almost stole the show during there set on that Sunny hot July Saturday that also featured 54-40(keep reading) Tom Kiefer and TheCult.
Yeah, The Trews were that Good!
Up till that point I owned no Trews(yeah, shame on me) but the stuff that I heard on local radio was quite good. Anyhoo after their performance I wandered on up to the Merchandise Table to buy something Trews as they had a bunch of CD’s and Swag for sale along with 54-40 and there merchandise.
As it turns out there was only one other dude at the merch table who was chatting up the merch girl. I quickly realized it was the guitar dude from 54-40(not the lead singer guy) so anyways lots of chit-chat between the two yada yada. I just want buy a CD and I’ll be on my way!
Finally after what seemed like an eternity I was able to secure a Trews CD which was is this one which for all reasons is an Unplugged Acoustic release.
Now I’m not big on these Unplugged kinda deals but the price was right($10) and to be honest I just wanted to get away from the merch table as quick as fuckin possible!
Kinda funny that both the bands will be back here in TBAY July 5-7th for the yearly Bluesfest that features other acts. I don’t like promoting too much out of the festival as the suits that run it ruin it!
Guess what else Folk’s?
This CD sat around until this past month until I finally put it on my iPod and I can tell you the harmonies on this and the musicianship even acoustic driven is phenomenal! The Brothers McDonald let the guitars breath between each other while the use of percussion is brilliant not any overplay at all. Plus the Trews feature a dude from Thunder Bay (Jeff Heisholt)If you have never heard the Trews click the video I posted at the top of the page! It’s a great version of Poor Ol Broken Hearted Me
Colin MacDonald – Lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
John-Angus MacDonald – Lead guitar, vocals, bouzouki
Jack Syperek – Bass, vocals
Sean Dalton – Percussion, vocals
Jeff Heisholt – Accordion
So by me taking forever to get around to reviewing it I knew Aaron had already done so as I basically I high jacked his review of it which is brilliant.
Aaron makes and shows the point of a CD/DVD and this Deluxe Version have all different track listings! Where is Paranoid Freak? It’s on the DVD version yet not on the CD Deluxe! Gah!
So click the link below and check it out the fine vocabulary of one Mr Books! Plus Aaron does Spread Sheets in his review !!! Check it out….
First of all the Sun was shining and that’s aways a good thing for outdoor shows as I’ve been to a few where it’s downpoured rain but today it’s about heat!
At around 2 pm our Crew which included along with myself,my wife Sue,Rockin Roberts,Jenna and Uncle Randy parked inside Old Fort Williams Grounds and proceeded to set up shop! Well Randy did as he provided all day Food and Drink for us as we set up shop right in the parking lot! Thanks a bunch Dude!
Jerry Doucette kicked things off with an energetic hour-long set! Impressive as basically we all know him as the Mama Let Him Play(his big single back in the late 70s) guy. But make no mistake of it he kept us entertained with his singing and guitar playing! Rocking Roberts loved it! Doucette was a good opener…..
Brian Vollmer I stated many a time you got to hand it to him and give him respect as he takes his craft seriously! Helix today once again delivered and as they hit the stage opening with the title track from 1985’s Long Way To Heaven segues right into Wild In The Streets and the boys aren’t fooling around! Lead and Backing vocals were tight and the boys played fantastic especially Kaleb Duck who has taken over all of previous guitar dude Dr Doerner’s parts and plays real good! I dug the fact that Helix went a little deep into the catalogue(Six Strings Nine Lives was played) given the fact that they had an hour to do so. Walking The Razors Edge was well represented with 6 songs being played! Holy crap was drummer Fritz Hinz singing backing vocals during Gimmie Good Lovin? Helix showed up and delivered a serious rock show in the heat!
These guys have been around and were real big during the mid nineties and like Helix they take their craft serious. Leader Neil Osbourne has a good knack for writing good catchy rock numbers. Case in point opening with a one two punch of Nice To Love You and Lies To Me. 54-40 as they keep playing you realize just how much of a deep catalogue they have in regards to music and how it resonates with many. Case in point Uncle Randy said 54-40 were his University band many moons ago and it was a great seeing them live! One Gun,Baby Ran,I Go Blind, and my personal fav Radio Luv Song the hits were all here! Another great act….First time seeing them live!
Another act I had never seen but have heard things about! Trews brought it and delivered a well oiled professional set. They did not fool around as they rocked from start to finish and what a great sound along with songs to go with their show. Paranoid Freak is a monster track and give it up for lead singer Colin MacDonald who has a real good rock voice!
Or CinderFella as I call him since he’s solo came out with no fanfare and ripped right into Once Around The Ride ( From Cinderella’s Night Songs debut) and I was hooked! How can you not be as he still has the voice and the dude seems to be in good shape. Keifer wrote all the Cinderella stuff so it’s basically his deal anyways and man he did not disappoint. 3rd song in and it’s Heartbreak Station which is a real good track even on the ballad side of things…Course you know you have a deep catalogue of hits when Shake Me is played early on.
Keifer man is Old School as in the guitars he uses and he whipped up a cool batch of slide playing on Night Songs. Tom even did justice to The Stones It’s Only Rock N Roll/ Prince’s Purple Rain as an end of the set jam and took it home and finished off his set with Gypsy Road.
Wowzer’s the build up to this was huge! Wolfchild and Duffy in our backyard of Tbay Ontario! Did someone say Yah Yuh?
The Cult showed up and Kicked ASS! Ian Astbury/Billy Duffy/John Tempsta along with Grant Fitzpatrick and Damon Fox took to the stage opening with Wild Flower and Astbury took charge with both stage presence and the Tambourine. Duffy meanwhile took charge with a succession of guitar riffs and basically schooled everyone on how to do it with class!
The Cult are a band moving and progressing forward as shown when the 2nd track of the night is Dark Energy from their current release Hidden City. Kudos to these guys for not just playing a KISS like same set list tour after tour as 5 songs from the current album were featured with Hinterland being my fav…Destroy The Destroyer sang Wolfchild and I hollered like a lunatic! Case in point see the pic below with my pal Brother Bryce as we were just feet from the stage!
Phoenix from the Love album was a set highlight as Tempsta pounded the shit out of his drums while Duffy played like there was no tomorrow.
Pacing of the show was good and it was great to see the addition of a live keyboardist/guitarist to the fold as it enhanced the sound in song’s like Sweet Soul Sister and the newer tracks as well.
Astbury was chatty and in a good mood seemed appreciative of the crowd and what were those three lights way up in the sky? Astbury must have thought ” Where the F&^k Am I?”
The Cult ended the night with G.O.A.T and Love Removal Machine.
The Cult apologized for showing up late and said the issues weren’t there deal but thanked everyone for sticking around! The Cult could have not taken the stage till 2 am and I would have stuck around!