Posts Tagged: "London Music Hall"

AROUND TOWN: Nightwish @ London Music Hall, Monday February 22nd

Dave Clarke - - Music & Food
The London Yodeller

CLARKE nightwish090216It could be the long dark winters but Finland seems to have the dark side of metal sewn up, with bands like HIM, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, and Nightwish finding success outside their icy borders. Nightwish was formed in 1996 by top hatted keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, gaining national acclaim with their debut album Angels Fall First in 1997, but it was 2004′s release, Once, that sold over a million copies and saw them break into the North American market.
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AROUND TOWN: D.J. Snoopadelic @ London Music Hall, Wednesday February 10th

Dave Clarke - - Music & Food
The London Yodeller

DAVE CLARKE snoop260116One of the most recognizable stars of hip hop, with appearances in movies like Old School and Half Baked, Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus Jr., was discovered by N.W.A.’s Dr. Dre and was first heard on Dre’s debut album The Chronic. Both Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle and its follow up The Doggfather, debuted at number one and featured hit singles, like Gin and Juice and Snoop’s Upside Ya Head. Since then he has released

11 more albums, including last year’s Bush, receiving 16 Grammy nominations. Snoop will DJ a set and then perform a selection of his hits February 10th at the London Music Hall. Hope you got your ticket since not surprisingly this event is sold out.

AROUND TOWN: Bill Durst @ London Music Hall, Fri Jan 8th

Dave Clarke - - Music & Food
The London Yodeller

DAVE CLARKE around town bill durst281215Bill Durst basically grew up in the London Music Scene, playing high school dances with the band Pink Orange, receiving nationwide fame when that band evolved into Thundermug, with hits Africa, Orbit and still the best cover of the Kinks’ You Really Got Me (take that Van Halen). After Thundermug split he joined short-lived band The Brains who managed one mini album Audio Extremo in 1980. His first solo album Call Billy was released in 1983, but he then hit the lucrative tribute band scene with the ZZ Top tribute band Tres Hombres.
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AROUND TOWN: Big Sugar @ London Music Hall, Sat Oct 24th

Dave Clarke - - Music & Food
The London Yodeller

DAVE CLARKE bigsugaroundtown131015The original line up of Big Sugar had first played together backing Toronto jazz singer and former Alta Moda vocalist Molly Johnson, who was instrumental in getting them their first record deal which led to their initial self-titled release in 1991.  Lead guitarist/vocalist Gordie Johnson continued on after the departure of the other two originals members adding sax, harmonica player Kelly Hoppe and reggae bassist Gary Lowe to what would become the classic Big Sugar line up.   Continue Reading

AROUND TOWN: Wanda Jackson @ London Music Hall, Sun Oct 4th

Dave Clarke - - Music & Food
The London Yodeller

DAVE CLARKE wanda150915The undisputed Queen of Rockabilly was belting them out while still in high school as part of country singer Hank Thompson’s band. Performing solo she would often share the bill with a young Elvis Presley, (yes they dated) who encouraged her to sing rockabilly. Who could say no to Elvis? So she gave it a try, signing to Capitol Records and putting out a series of hit records, including Let’s Have a Party, Fujiyama Mama and Hot Dog that Made Him Mad.  True to her country roots many of her albums would include a rocking side and a country side.  As the rockabilly craze became less popular, she concentrated on country and eventually country gospel.
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AROUND TOWN:The Tea Party @ London Music Hall, Tues Sept 8th

Dave Clarke - - Music & Food
The London Yodeller

DAVE CLARKE teaparty2170815During the 90′s renaissance of Canadian bands which saw the rise of such noteworthy bands, as Moist, Our Lady Peace, Salmonblaster, and the Doughboys, Windsor’s contribution was The Tea Party.  Their Led Zeppelin meets the Doors sound resonated with the fans and after a self-released debut caught the ears at EMI Canada, their major label debut Splendor Solis followed, its single Save Me getting heavy radio airplay.  Their eastern music influences were even more evident on the next release, Edges of Twiligh  which went double platinum in Canada and platinum in Australia where they had become extremely popular after touring there in 1996.

Popular releases Transmissions and Tryptych followed with Tryptych’s single Heaven Coming Down capturing the number one spot on Canadian radio. Continue Reading

London’s Answer to Everything? Hire a Bureaucrat

Andrew Lawton - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

“To be clear, I’m not against music, but I am against the disingenuousness of those who believe that London is just a few grants away from being a musical mecca.”

Andrew LawtonIt was famed local songster – or, rather, former radio broadcaster who happens to have a band – Jim Chapman who proudly crooned that “London is the city of opportunity.” The musical declaration was welcome news to then-mayor Joe Fontana, who in 2012 unveiled the ode to London as the city’s official theme song.

“Imagine a city where dreams can come true,” Chapman’s band, The Incontinentals, sang. While the song has had a unifying quality (albeit mostly in unifying people against the song, if its YouTube comments are any indicator) there is a tinge of truth to it. London is home to great amounts of opportunity – unfortunately that only seems to be for those on the public dole; an ever-increasing number that rises in the absence of results.

A lack of results rarely deters those in the public sector, however. Especially when dealing with the arts “industry.” The word industry could more readily be replaced by terms like “charity” or “money pit,” which more accurately characterize the economic place of the arts.

When Orchestra London went defunct last year, unable to pay its own performers, so died the leading champion of a taxpayer-funded performing arts centre, an idea that, regretfully, will never go away. The Music London proposal – which included Orchestra London, as well as the Grand Theatre and other partners – would have required $46.5 million in public money from all three levels of government to be put towards the $164 million centre. That plan was quashed, and rightly so, by city council earlier this year after accepting a recommendation from a hired consultant (advice I could have offered for only a fraction of Novita’s $97,500 “engaged process” fee) but with a caveat. A couple of councillors – including the mayor – hinted at a council-led performing arts centre proposal that could come after “four or five years” of studies. Continue Reading

AROUND TOWN: Texas Hippie Coalition @ London Music Hall, Sat July 4th

Dave Clarke - - Music & Food
The London Yodeller

DAVE CLARKE texashippie160615Sporting influences ranging from fellow Texans Z.Z. Top, southern rockers Molly Hatchet, and metal bands like Pantera, T.H.C. aka the Texas Hippie Coalition will be spending their 4th of July up here in Canada. Led by the imposing figure of vocalist Big Dad Ritch, the Red Dirt Metal founders released their debut album, Pride of Texas, in 2005. Three more albums followed, Rollin in 2009, Peacemaker in 2012 and Ride On in 2014. Continue Reading

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