Today's post is a step forward and three steps back in a sense, as relating to our active band links, but the first story today is also a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for later this month, so here's what you should know!
Treble Charger will indeed return to the stage on Thursday, July 27th for a headlining concert at LopLops Lounge! I was reticent to list the show on the SMS when I first discovered it on LopLops' website's concert calendar, as a band of this scope returning the stage after a two year hiatus should have more promotion than it does, but tickets are indeed on sale for $25 on LopLops website, so it looks like it's definitely a thing. Last seen on a local stage at The Machine Shop in February 2015 (and elsewhere in Belleville that July), we had listed the platinum selling quartet as inactive on the site for the past year, but based on LopLops' website's article on the show, this isn't a one-off return. Greig, Bill, and company are "threatening to unleash a brand new CD on the world" and are "ready to hit the road", so assuming things line up as projected, their local show in two weeks will help re-kick things off for them!
No word yet on potential opening bands, and also no word on if Richard Mulligan is their new touring drummer (as noted in a Wikipedia article edit, but I don't consider Wikipedia to be a source.) This 19+ show has an advertised 9:00 PM start time, and you can buy tickets for $25 at the above links or presumably at LopLops in person. I don't know if this concert is intentionally on the down-low for public promotion or if it just hasn't fully commenced yet, but tickets are on sale, so it's not a secret. It's great to see Treble Charger back in action, so stay tuned for updates on July 27th's return show, and they are back in our active band links!
The band has not announced anything online regarding their future
status, but they have not issued a public statement on current or
upcoming activity since their featured set at last year's Rotaryfest
Stage 1 alongside numerous guest performers one year ago on Sunday. One of
the most enduring bands covered on the SMS, That's Chester launched in
2004 and became a fan favourite sight at local concerts and festivals
for the next decade, notably excepting a 2012-2013 breakup. Highlights
of their run included nine Rotaryfest sets, appearances at numerous
charity and community events (such as Toystock and Ride For Sight),
regular gigs at various local bars through mid-2014, and their
involvement in November 2015's local stage production of The Who's
Tommy, which wrapped just days prior to the sudden passing of guitarist
Though That's Chester focused their
post-2014 attention on Tommy and Rotaryfest, their crowd-friendly brand
of classic and hard rock was always worth checking out on local stages,
and if they are now formally defunct, their Rotaryfest set last year was
a nice way to give their run closure and pay tribute to Eugene's
memory. Best of luck to Greg, Gabe, Aubrey, Ric, and their former
singers in the future, and don't miss Bone Yard, Stiffler's Mom,
Obsession, Mojo, Guitars & Tequila, and The Bearded Lounge to
see what members are up to nowadays!
Though the band has issued no public statements about their active
status, they have not played live since headlining at The Rockstar Bar
one year ago on Saturday, or posted on their Facebook page
since promoting that concert. Active off and on from 2009-2016, and
continually fronted by singer/guitarist Jason "Jugga" Roy, Havadder and
their fluctuating lineups (including a sextet run from 2011-2012) were a
reliable sight on local concert stages throughout the early-mid 2010s,
which saw them frequent venues like The Rockstar Bar, The Rednecks
Saloon, and the former Foggy Notions, perform at the Toystock fundraiser
in 2015, bring live bands back to Studio 10, and even earn a spot at
the 2012 Rock 'n Roar Festival in Spanish. In the past year, you may
have seen Havadder alumni in bands like The 3 Day Millionaires,
Soundcheck, Jack Spades, Project 421, Mid Life Crysis, and The Band Camp Rejects.
wide ranging set list that fit our coverage while entertaining general
audiences, Havadder were always a welcome sight on local stages, and
Jason's strong vocals and guitar work were always a constant no matter
what form their lineup took! I'm unsure what happened to Havadder since
last summer, but as Jason has shown before, they can always re-appear
with a new lineup. Hopefully that does happen, but if you couldn't, you
didn't! Best of luck to Jason, Travis, Scott, and other former band
members in the future!
Griphook to our inactive band links as well.
While the band has not announced anything publically regarding their
future, nothing has been stated by the band since they performed at
Rotaryfest Stage 1 one year ago on Sunday themselves, notably alongside guest
singer/guitarist Adam King while frontman Joel Syrette takes his own
hiatus from the band to attend university out of town, as per their Facebook page
last year. Debuting at November 2012's inaugural Toystock charity
concert (notably alongside fellow 2012-2016 cover rockers Lucky 13),
this union of Hollow, Bigsuit, and Gsis Murphy alumni quickly carved
their own niche in the local scene with hard rocking renditions of their
own at venues like The Rockstar Bar and The Roosevelt Hotel, plus turns
at 2013's Rock 'n Roar Battle of the Bands in Spanish, the late Ray
Brown's benefit show, and four consecutive Rotaryfest main stage
Whether you preferred Griphook with Joel or
original frontman Jim O'Leary, this veteran quartet delivered their own
entertaining blend of styles to local stages for the better part of 4
years, with hard rock augmented with some blues and alternative touches
where need be! Griphook did leave the door open for Joel to pick up
where he left off when his schooling wraps up, and hopefully that
remains the case, but in the meantime, best of luck to him, Brian, Dan,
Tony, and Jim in the future! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news and weekend concert previews soon! Thanks everyone!