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One Bad Son dig out old tracks for holiday special

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 One Bad Son always being a lot of people out , no matter what day of the week. So, as expected, they had a good sized and excited crowd at Average Joes, Thursday, Dec. 20.Shane Volk from One Bad Son at  Average Joes, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
The Saskatoon based rock band capped off a busy year including tours with Shinedown and Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, by bringing their hometown holiday show on the road to some of their favourite cities including Lethbridge.

Shane Volk from One Bad Son jumps at  Average Joes, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 That meant, in addition to their big hits like “Scarecrows,” and a few tracks from their most recent CD “ Made in the Name of Rock and Roll,” they also dug deep into their back catalogue to play some of their earlier songs.
 But  they opened their set around 9:30 p.m. with a powerful newer detuned song “ Hurricane,” which was all the more appropriate considering the amount of strong winds we get here.

 They are made for a big stage, but always blow their audiences away with huge riffs and thunderous rhythms, and anthemic rockers.
 Frenetic frontman Shane Volk bounded all over the stage bellowing like a young Sebastian Bach mixed with a touch of Jon Bon Jovi.

They released their first single back in 2005,  ”Alive In Texas” so they have a lot of material to draw from. They played that and many others. Volk reflected on the band’s busy year and their tour with Sebastian Bach.

“It was a grind, but when we look at you guys, we remember why we do this, ” he told the screaming crowd.

 Volk introduced “Alive In Texas” by noting the band didn’t know how to write songs then. The older songs they played definitely had a more classic rock feel, than their newer, more alternative rock sounds. Kurt Dahl beamed as he pounded away at his drum kit and guitarist Adam Hicks even took centre stage in between Volk’s leaping about, to take an extended guitDaylan Delaney opening for One Bad Son at  Average Joes, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryar solo on a 10 minute jam on “It Ain’t Right,” one of their bigger hits before playing “one more deep cut, ‘Moneytrain.’”

 After that it was back to familiar ground as they blasted into another newer song “ Scream For You” then their crowd pleasing cover of  the Talking Heads’ “ Psycho Killer.”

 Of course, they were called back for an encore.
“You aren’t ready to leave yet are you,” Volk shouted.
 Audience members where shouting out for “Scarecrows” so they played that and “Retribution Blues,  another of their earlier hit singles.
 They were called back for one last encore, an exceptional cover of Led Zeppelin’s “ Rock and Roll.”

Local singer songwriter Daylan Delaney opened the show with a long set of original alternative rock style music, which he sang, accompanying himself on guitar. He also added a cover of Hawksley Workman’s “ Smoke baby,” and a medley of ’90s rap and hip hop.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 17:52 )  
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