Hey guys, it's time for another packed news post! Today, we have news on what happened to a local news site, details on a brand new book that you guys will be interested in, and the newest local band to hit the studio, but first, it's time to preview some upcoming concerts! I decided to push back some new band pages and the SooNews story to make room for the concert previews, so we have those leading things off today, and the first one we have is quite the big concert, so let's get things started! (UPDATED: Monday, 6:24 PM)
Tomorrow night marks the first major hard rock/metal concert of 2011 at Kewadin Casino, as three high profile hard rock bands make their way to Sault Michigan, courtesy of local promoters Allstar Promotions! Headlining tomorrow night are Los Angeles hard rockers Buckcherry, who you're bound to recognize for hit songs like "Lit Up", "Crazy Bitch", and "Sorry"! They've sure found success again since their 2005 resurrection, and with loads of hit songs, they'll be sure to get fans moving tomorrow night! Joining them are another California hard rock act, Papa Roach, who are particularly well known to local fans, having headlined a Kewadin Casino concert at The Dreammakers Theater themselves in November 2009! With hits like "Last Resort", "Forever", and "Lifeline" on their resume, their brand of alternative hard rock will find lots of fans once again! The final band tomorrow night would have been Norwood, Ontario post-grunge rockers My Darkest Days (of"Porn Star Dancing" fame), but they have pulled out due to an illness by frontman Matt Walst, as confirmed on Allstar Promotions' Facebook page. A local band has been drafted to replace them, but I'm unsure which one at present. When I find out more, I will let you know!
Another band, Orillia, Ontario hard rockers Bleeker Ridge, were scheduled to open as well, but have been pulled from the lineup due to issues obtaining work visas to perform in the USA, as confirmed on Allstar Productions' Facebook page. I find it interesting to note that, in the same status, they confirmed that they asked Sault Ontario's own Lion Ride if they wanted to replace Bleeker Ridge, but they turned down the offer. It'd have been cool to have seen them opening, but with their own commitments and maybe visa concerns of their own, I can see why they might have said "No." This concert will take place at The Dreammakers Theater TOMORROW NIGHT at 7:00 PM! Tickets were $36.50, but they are completely SOLD OUT, so unless you have your ticket already, you probably won't be able to go. For reference sake, it is all ages, and if anything comes out concerning newly released tickets, you'll likely hear about it tomorrow through the above links. Sounds like it will be an entertaining high profile concert, hopefully it's a success! I'm honestly not a huge fan of either headlining band, though I really dug Papa Roach in the early 2000s before they changed their sound. Still, hopefully tomorrow's show goes well, and when post-show details come out, I'll try and have them here! For a preview, here's Buckcherry's video for "All Night Long"!
Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, punk/hard rockers Motion Carried return to the stage for the first time since last week's "secret" show at Coch's Corner when they back up Vancouver punk standouts The Rebel Spell in their short notice second local concert in an 8 day span! The Rebel Spell are a great band, as you may have seen at their Foggy Notions show earlier this month, but this time they're heading to The Roosevelt Hotel for a night of punk mayhem! A second opening band is hyped on the Facebook event page, but they haven't been announced at present (for reference sake, Shit Liver and Free Beer opened the last Rebel Spell show.) I'll let you guys know when the opener is announced, especially if they're metal! Admission on Tuesday will be $5, or $4 if you donate a vegan food item. It's a 19+ show, and it all starts at 9:00 PM or later. Check the above links for more details! This should be another rocking night of punk, head out if you can! Motion Carried, I still wanna know more about concerning their sound though. Are they like a new version of The Scary Uncles, or will they take some heavier influences from Justin Langlois' past work in bands like SIGHdEFECT? If I'm there on Tuesday, I'll let you guys know, but check the above links for more on them and the other bands!
Now to a pair of extra big stories, and first, we have a new local band with an album in the works! The band in question is local old school hardcore quintet Destroilet, who started recording sessions for their debut EP on Saturday morning! Though their Facebook pages aren't frequently updated to reflect this news, drummer Matt Waples is keeping fans up to date on his personal Facebook page, so that (and some e-mail correspondence) is my source. The band are recording with producer Aaron Gibbs at his home-based studio where he's recorded Billy Bastards studio material (he and Destroilet guitarist John Conway are in The Billys), and Matt tells me this will lead to an EP with 5 or 6 songs. A photo album from the recent sessions was also posted on Matt's Facebook page, featuring loads of photos of the band playing, recording, drinking, and doing other stuff! The first photo of the album, on your left, may be the EP's cover, which would suggest that it'd be self-titled, but nothing to that effect is confirmed. Matt tells me the recording sessions coming along great, and will still have a rough edge, which is a good sign! Stay tuned to the above links for updates, and yes, this will be in our next "Where Are The New Albums?" post!
And finally, Duane Roy's new book is now on sale! Following the 2009 release of "Castle Stories", his new book "Soo Stories: A Rock N' Roll Scrapbook" is now on sale, featuring his stories and memories from seven concerts at the old Sault Memorial Gardens, plus many more artifacts, photos, and stories from many notable contributors! The book features Duane's stories of seeing Ted Nugent, Kim Mitchell, Tom Cochrane, Helix, Honeymoon Suite, Alice Cooper and The Tragically Hip at the Gardens between 1986 and 1995, and as a preview, excerpts of the Ted Nugent & Kim Mitchell stories can be seen at a SooToday article on the book at this location! Looks good, can't wait to read the whole thing! Like in "Castle Stories", "Soo Stories" features lots of name contributors, including former Bad Side guitarist and radio DJ Jason Mapes, local author George Case, Streetheart guitarist Jeff Neill (a Sault native himself), and members of notable Canadian hard rock bands like Helix, Syre, and White Wolf! I just hope the photos are better quality, but if everything else is on "Castle Stories'" level, things should be great! The Sault Star's Brian Kelly included a lengthy article and interview with Duane in today's issue, click here to read it as well, as it features lots of interesting notes on the book, the Gardens, Duane's future plans, and more!
"Soo Stories" was published by Alloways Publishing in Blind River, and is now on sale online through PayPal at this location! Both "Soo Stories" and "Castle Stories" cost $25 Canadian, though the price jumps to $28 for Americans, and $35 for anyone in other countries. Note that copies of both books will hit the shelves of The Rad Zone in the coming weeks as well, if you'd rather wait to pick up a physical copy in person. I'm absolutely getting one, stay tuned for updates as they come in, and buy a copy at the above links today!
That's all for now, but I have more news to share very soon, so stay tuned for those (and new monthly feature posts) in the coming weeks! Thanks everyone!