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THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE

THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE
    Ottawa’s rock ‘n roll cowboys, The Cooper Brothers, treated their fans to an exceptional and extra special performance at Centrepointe Theatre Friday night, which was jam-packed with special guests in celebration of their newest album release, “Radio Silence”. In addition to the band’s seven members, a four-piece horn section added a colourful boost to the first half of... Read More

Heading for the T.Dot – Part Two

Heading for the T.Dot – Part Two
My first interview with Red Rider’s lead vocalist Tom Cochrane provided a source of confrontation. Red Rider; comprising of Cochrane (guitarist/lead vocalist) Jeff Jones (bass), Ken Greer (guitar) Peter Boynton (keyboards) and Rob Baker( drums) were a hotly sought after Toronto band in 1979. Both Capitol’s Deane Cameron and Anthem’s Ray Danniels were vying for them but Cameron was concerned... Read More

Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn

Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn
Music Express editor in chief Keith Sharp is happy to announce that Dundurn Publishing Company has agreed to publish his Music Express book. The title will be previewed to potential retailers and libraries in Dundurn’s Fall catalogue and will be at retail by early 2014. “I am totally excited by the news that Dundurn will give my book full national... Read More

Here Comes Loverboy

Here Comes Loverboy
It was at a meeting with Fosterchild when I first bumped into Paul Dean, lead guitarist for Streetheart. I had just conducted a phone interview with the band’s keyboardist Daryl Guthiel but I hadn’t extracted much of an insight from him so I welcomed the opportunity to do an in person with Paul. He proved to be a very cordial... Read More

Jukebox Offers A Dose Of Rock Reality

Jukebox Offers A Dose Of Rock Reality
Some of you with encyclopedic music memories may remember an Ottawa-based band called The Cooper Brothers. They created a buzz in the late seventies by being the only Canadian band to be signed to Phil Walden’s Macon, Georgia-based Capricorn Records. A label which sparked a `Southern Rock’ music movement with high-profile releases by the likes of The Allman Brothers, Marshall... Read More

Canada Rocks!

Canada Rocks!
Domestically, the music industry was exploding. New albums and new bands were arriving daily with growth evident right across Canada. Toronto lead the way with the likes of hard rock bands Rush, Triumph, Max Webster, Goddo and Moxy, the versatility of Lighthouse plus the True North folk scene powered by Bruce Cockburn, Dan Hill and Murray McLauchlan. Not to mention... Read More

Metal Queen Comes of Age – Lee Aaron

Metal Queen Comes of Age – Lee Aaron
Lee Aaron downloads the Music Express E magazine and enters a time warp. Enclosed on the site are clips of Lee performing her signature` Metal Queen’ track at the 1984 Music Express Awards in Vancouver as well as her joining in a spirited finale of ‘Dance to the Music‘ with Bill Henderson, Shari Ulrich and Kathi McDonald. “Wow, big hair”... Read More

A Music Mag is Born!

A Music Mag is Born!
Alberta Music Express was launched the first week of October 1976 without much fanfare. I had secured a printer, The North Hill News and Joe Thompson, branch manager at Kellys Record Mart in Calgary had agreed to circulate AME in all their Alberta retail outlets. As mentioned, Daltrey was on the cover of No.1 with my feature on The Stampeders... Read More

Klaatu – Calling Occupants!

Klaatu – Calling Occupants!
As the first issue of Alberta Music Express was about to roll off the presses in October 1976, an album arrived on my desk, displaying a garish Sun face. The album entitled “3:47 E.S.T” was released by a band called Klaatu. A furtive search of the album cover and LP credits revealed nothing about the band. No group photo, no... Read More

Ankle deep in cow manure!

Ankle deep in cow manure!
Truth is the launch of Alberta Music Express (as it was originally titled) was purely an act of revenge against my then employers, The Calgary Herald. Rolling into the summer of 1976, starting a music magazine was the last thought on my mind. Having joined the Herald’s sports department in March 1972, straight from Cambrian College, North Bay (now called... Read More

Steve DeMarchi and Freddy Curci

Steve DeMarchi and Freddy Curci
Steve DeMarchi was at home one day recently when he received a phone call from an Indonesian radio station. A deejay there informed him a track, `More Than Words Can Say” by his former band, Alias was top of the Indonesian charts and could he comment on the song’s success. “I had to tell him that song was originally recorded... Read More