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Prism play plenty of hits for Canada Day

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I cocooned for Canada Day, but made a point of catching Prism at Coyote Joes, July 1. I missed them the last time they were here, but as always they did not disappoint. They also played the night before at Average Joes, so, as expected, there was some duplication in the sets.Prism frontman Al Harlow playing Canada Day at Coyote Joes. photo b y Richard Amery
 As usual, they opened with their best known hit “Spaceship Superstar” and after that, the quartet went “Flying ” through” hit after hit after hit, including “Flying” which came early in the set.

 As usual, Al Harlow, the lone original member of the band handled lead vocals and guitar duties.
Harlow always looks so happy when he is on stage, that it is an absolute joy to see him beaming as his aims his guitar at the audience and does his best Pete Townshend windmills. His enthusiasm in contagious.

 Prism are one of my favourite bands and I always know pretty much what to expect when I see them — the same songs, played pretty much in the same order with a few deep tracks  or newer tracks added for variety.
 This time there were no newer tracks, but he dusted off “Good to Be Back” and did a bang up job of it, which I’d never heard them play before. As usual “Young and Restless” and “ Don’t Let Him Know” were other highlights for me.

 And Harlow showed how well he could croon a tender ballad in“ Night to Remember,” which he introduced by saying  “I was in the tour bus when Lindsay Mitchell wrote that song and it wasn’t about his wife, and I wouldn’t want to see that on Facebook,” he laughed. Harlow did an impressive job of tackling original frontman Ron Tabak’s high notes, and spoke fondly of Tabak, who passed away in a cycling accident in 1984.“He was a street fighter and he’d always have your back, especially mine and I was the smallest guy in the band,’ Harlow reminisced.

 Throughout he played note perfect guitar solos, exactly as they appear on the CDs. And as usual, his big, bluesy slide guitar solo was a highlight, which segued right into “Mirror Man,” which featured  liberal use of the  talk box effect , which he also used on “See Forever Eyes” which also featured a pretty much note perfect synthesizer solo from  Marc Gladstone, who also plays with Doug and the Slugs.

 Everybody got to solo, even drummer Gary Grace who marked the mid -point of the show with a thunderous drum solo, for which the rest of the band, Harlow, Gladstone and bassist Tad Goddard took a break off stage.

They returned to wind down the show with a song off Prism’s second album, which may have been “Nickles and Dimes” and finished with their epic “Armageddon.” 

The crowd, who were cheering and dancing plus singing along  throughout, called them back for an encore, which was, of course, “Take Me to the Kaptin.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:18 )  
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