Boy Wonder: Tales of a Road Band

In order to perform in drinking establishments, my new and under-aged lead guitar player needed and carried legal exemption documents to allow him in taverns and bars. Part of the agreement was also having a legal guarding with him at all times. So his father would always be there whenever he was. In essence, we inherited dad as well as boy wonder. This led to some interesting and even comical situations down the road. But as I was soon to discover, it wasn’t all fun and games! Continue reading “Boy Wonder: Tales of a Road Band”

Tales of a Road Band: Seedy Bars

As a new band on the scene, we of course had to start at the bottom. We played our share of low-paying seedy joints to begin with and one of the very first (and worst?) was a Hamilton north-end bar called the “Picton Tavern.” It had a reputation for being rough and rowdy and at times downright dangerous. And although our music went over well, the patrons there lived up to their billing. They were not … let’s say — ideal citizens?

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Tales of a Road Band: What could go Wrong Did!

As a band, when you hit that stage you’re never really sure of what’s going to happen. Every night, every time, is a little different. There’s only so much you can control and the rest is in the hands of fate. This is part of the thrill of playing in front of a live audience. The adrenaline rush of uncertainty. And things don’t always go right! Sometimes the winds of fate blow ill-fated favors. Sometimes — What can go wrong Does!

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