Blackie and the Rodeo Kings storm Guelph
By: Adam Werstine
I love Canadian music. There are so many bands/acts that I love; Rush, Swollen Members, Burton Cummings, Steppenwolf (well, they’re mostly Canadian), Three Inches of Blood, I could go on and on. So when my publisher sent me an interview that she had done, and asked me to write a piece on it I couldn’t refuse. This was before I read the transcription, and found out it was done while the band was on tour “up North”. From the looks of the transcription (taken from a phone interview), the band must have been within hailing distance of Santa. There were so many gaps from the poor phone connection that it looked like the dog got after it. FYI, the next time I get a “Can you do me a favour”, I may pull the fetal position and cry! This piece is what I was able to snatch from the great white north. This Canadian group I have the distinct shame of saying I don’t know much about is Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. This rock group was formed in the early ‘90s by Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing, and Colin Linden as a tribute to Willie P. Bennett. They have toured extensively throughout Canada and the world. Now, we have the pleasure of seeing them right here in our backyard, because fellow Canadian music-o-philes, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are playing Guelph tomorrow night!
Velvet Rope had the fain (what, it’s a real word, look it up people) to speak with Tom Wilson before their show in Guelph. I asked Tom what it was like to play smaller venues like the Dublin in Guelph, “We’re really happy to be coming through. We couldn’t find a show to do so we’re putting on our own show. It’s the only show in the area that we will be playing for Kitchener, Waterloo, and Guelph area.” Wilson has played and collaborated with some big names in music including Gary Tallent of the E Street Band and David Roe, the bass player for the legendary Johnny Cash. When Wilson started playing guitar as a young’un, did he ever think he would make it this far? “Yeah. I didn’t really define what it is I wanted to do I just knew to do it!” Wilson had this parting shot for Guelphites (Guelphtonians, Guelphers?) “Come on out, it’s gonna be our third to last show and the only one we’ll be playing in this area!” You should be there! Velvet Rope is going to be there, and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are going to be there, so what are you going to be doing? Hanging out with us, that’s what!
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