Being a rocker of the old school and living in North America, one might think that Rock Music is either dead or dying. Try finding new songs from veteran Rockers on our radio. Yeah, I know we can tune to some Classic Rock FM stations, however can we hear the latest from say an Ian Hunter, Styx, Kenny Shields or the Stones? Nah, only what they performed back in the seventies and eighties. So, what about new Rockers…can we hear their Artistic Works? Not so much! Yet, if we look at Asia, Europe and the UK, Rock in all of its glory is all over the airwaves! Here, in North America-traditional radio are worried their audiences are shrinking, and going to the internet, tuning in the internet radio stations. Hey! wait a minute!—What is actually on these Internet Radio Stations?? Well, Rock of course!—It really doesn’t make sense does it! The North American music industry, as a whole, is struggling…that includes radio, labels and concert promotions. They collectively worry about the intrusion of the so-called Digital Age, Digital Downloads and the sort. Instead of embracing these emerging Medias, like their European and Asian cousins, it seems they close the quarters. Do a little digging, and we would find out that those veteran musicians that are still producing and recording, are doing so with Labels from Europe and Japan. They also undertake substantial tours of those territories, and are successful at it! It seems, here in Canada, we are back to the old ways, where emerging Canadian Artist as well as our veteran musicians have to look outside the country first, before they get the recognition from home-grown industry movers.
I keep hearing there is no money in Rock!—what a false statement! Here are just a few examples of genuine support from many in the industry—however they are not North American…let’s look at the December issue of Classic Rock, as an example, the premiere UK monthly magazine that is actually the bible of Rock for many across the globe: It is primarily a celebration of forty years of AC/DC! It arrives with not one, but two CD’s! It is of course a glossy print publication with an average of 140 pages…now that takes money! As one looks through this issue…a gatefold advertisement right in the middle of the magazine, (equivalent to a Super Bowl commercial), full colour on Def Leppard’s latest DVD release: “Viva Hysteria”! This one ad, shows the support of the group’s label and that they are willing to put up the dollars to support such a project. Would we see this type of support in Canada? To my eyes, sadly not! Of course, Classic Rock is not the only example, there are many more-all across the globe, where the print media, record labels and promotion companies collectively show their support for such veterans as David Coverdale & Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon, Heart, and many more. They do not just stay with the veterans, they announce and proclaim brand new Artists as well—such as Kick, Silent Voices, Red Dragon Cartel, and on it goes. Let’s just take a brief look at some Canadian groups/artists that are still active, and think about if you heard of any of this activity. Sass Jordan teaming up with Brian Tichey—with the blues rocker “S.U.N.” hitting the streets in 2013. Have you heard it—did you even know it was released? Kenny Shields has just released some new material, and if you are not plugged in to the internet, you most likely haven’t heard as well.
There is more, however I do not want this piece to end up as a negative rant, as there are people out there in this country that know what must be done! And they are doing it! Next week, we will begin looking at some of those very people—those with a mission and a vision—bringing Rock to life, reminding us that those whom amazed us some forty years ago are still doing the same today, and we have new Artists embracing this Art of pure Rock…their Voices are also being heard…and with the help of a certain few, their Voices will be heard the world over! So, is Rock Music Dead?—not so much!
And don’t forget Indie Night in Canada…on January 25th, at Riley’s in West Kelowna…the first of many Special Events that will take place at this re-energised West Kelowna venue: Riley’s presents: Indie Night In Canada: featuring Kelowna’s own: the Flu, and Fields Of Green… plus Eric & Alexander!!-- these two talented men are from the Castanet Garage Band winners, Scissorkick…a fantastic up & coming group of Rockers!
So, mark this one on your calendars—Saturday January 25th in West Kelowna, at Riley’s!-doors open at 6pm, and advance tickets are available at Riley’s plus the West Kelowna Petrocan.
Under The Lights
Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:
The Blue Gator: Moni Funk: Jan. 25th Zamboni Brothers: Jan. 30th & 31st Feb. 1st Forty Foot Fred: Feb. 6th Rann Barry: Feb. 7th & 8th Zamboni Brothers: Feb. 13th Jimmy LeGuilloux Band: Feb. 14th & 15th
Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub: Michael Wood Band: January 24th The Steadies: Feb. 15th Dope Soda: Feb. 21st
Dream Café: Jim Byrnes: January 24th & 25th (2014)
Flashbacks: Down With Webster: January 30th (2014)
The Green: (Vernon) Sunday Night Jams-featuring GTR
O’Flannigan’s Pub: Wild Son: Jan. 24th Jimmy Leguilloux Band: Jan. 31st Colt 45: Feb. 7th & 8th Chuck Norris Band: Feb. 14th
Level Niteclub: Death Angel with Special guests-Tyr: Feb. 24th
Riley’s Public House: (Triple Bandstand): Fields Of Green & the Flu & Eric & Alexander: January 25th
Prospera Place: Hedley: Feb. 15th Chicago: March 13th ZZ Top: March 20th Yes: March 21st 2014
Kelowna Community Theatre: Matt Anderson: February 2nd The Johnny Clegg Band: April 27th
South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton): Barenaked Ladies: January 19th Kenny Rogers: February 27th Florida Georgia Line: April 10th
Interior Savings Centre (Kamloops): Hedley: February 16th George Thorogood & The Destroyers: May 1st 2014
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre: Bryan Adams: February 25th The Wailers: March 15th
…if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at: [email protected] and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....