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New Year’s Eve ’90s style with Uncovered at Pop’s Pub South

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Pop’s Pub South   had almost cleared out by the time I arrived for Uncovered’s last set for New Year’s Eve.

 

Uncovered returned to Pop’s Pub for New Year’s Eve. Photo by Richard Amery

 Alison Fehr  (vocals, percussion) Chris Craig (vocals, Djembe, Various percussions) Danny Douglas (vocals, guitar) and Kelly Klimchuk (vocals, bass and guitars) played a mix of ”90s pop, rock and country music and a few newer songs including “Don’t Give Up on Me.”.

 

 They played Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and followed it up with the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside.” before winding things down with   U2’s“ I Still Haven”t Found What I’m Looking for.”

 

Alison Fehr put on a spirited performance on lead vocals and everybody else laid down a solid musical foundation adding superb vocal harmonies.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2023 19:18 )
 

A ’50s kind of new year with Rebel Angels at the Slice

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 The Slice rocked in the new year ’50s style, Dec. 31 with Rebel Angels. Frontman Ben Lamb was dressed to the nines in a tuxedo as the band played everyones’ ’50s favourites, which had most of the room shopping their ’50s moves.

 

Gary Drayton does his best Jerry Lee lewis impersonation with the Rebel Angels  for New Year's Eve at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery

 I arrived at the tail end of  a set of ’50s style pop including “Unchained Melody,” before Gary Drayton to the helm to rock things up a notch on keyboards, channelling the spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis  on a rousing rendition of “Great Balls of Fire,” which ended their set as they took a brief break before the countdown.

 

Their set leading up to  the new Years’ countdown was solid gold ’50s rock, beginning with Real  Wild Child.”

 

 The band (Ben Lamb lead vocals ; Keith Lamb guitar/vocals ; Rod Cahoon/bass vocals ; Mitch Rasmussen drums  and Gary Drayton) followed it up with  Elvis Presley’s“Jailhouse Rock,” plus Little Richards‘ Tutti Fruiti.

 

 The Everly Brothers’ “Bird Dog” and Buddy Holly’s “Rock Around With Ollie Vee”  stood out before letting Drayton loose again on “Rock Around the Clock.”

 

 Bassist Rod Cahoon  crooned  some doo wop “ I Dream of You.” They stayed in the vein for “Last Kiss,” made famous again by Pearl Jam.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2023 19:09 )
 

Local Def Leppard Tribute Stage Fright rock in the new year ’80s style

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Lethbridge, Def Leppard Tribute Stage Fright rocked in the the new year at the Place, Dec. 31.

 

Stage Fright played Def Leppard’s hits for New Year’s eve at the Place. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught the last few songs of their set, “Let’s Get Rocked,” “Hysteria”  and “Foolin’.”

 

The band, including frontman Dave Chomiak, guitarists Sheldon Arvay and Bryan Berger,  drummer Julian Krizan,  new bassist  Alyssa Savage, filling in for Ray Banman were tight .

 

 Chomiak hit those high notes like a pro and they nailed the guitar parts and gang vocals.

 

 They had a decent sized audience  dancing and clapping to the hits.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2023 19:01 )
 

664: The Neighbour of the Beast goes all out for Iron Maiden Tribute

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 A new, possibly one show only Iron maiden hit the stage at the Slice, Dec. 30.

 

664 The Number of the Beast play Iron Maiden at the Slice, Dec. 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught the end of a  solid show that pulled out all the stops for a packed house and an enthusiastic audience.

 

I arrived as the band, apparently playing a  fundraiser for one of the guitarists Stephen McGlenn and the lead singer, Bonnie Leggat, was winding up their show with “ Run For the Hills.”

 They had somebody dressed as a Yeti dancing about on stage through the smoke and lasers.

 

They nailed the New Wave Of British Heavy metal sound right down to the twin guitar leads.

 

 Isaac Neufeld was lost in the smoke, hammering out  a frenetic rhythm  in the background. Shimberto Robashi held down the bottom end on bass.

 

 Somebody  on stilts and wearing a skull mask and apocalypse cloak wandered through the  crowd during an epic version of Rime of the Ancient Mariner, as Pauls asked the audience if they wanted them  to continue the tribute dubbed 664: the Neighbour of the Beast.

 

The audience answered with a resounding chorus of cheers and screamed for an encore, but the band knew no more.

—By Richard Amery, l.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2023 18:50 )
 

Decadent Phase dig deep into the ’60s and ’70s

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The Decadent Phase  played their last show of 2022 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 30 with a heap of ’60s and early ’70s  psychedelic rock.

 

I missed opening sets from  Ol Ben and Lady Grimes, but was just in time for The Decadent Phase.

The Decadent Phase playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 The band, fronted by James Swinney, are always  solid, but lead guitarist Tyler Eresman stole the show with soulful guitar solos throughout.

 

 Bassist Keely Evanoff and  drummer Keilan Hakstol played in the pocket.

 

 They played a laid back set including an array of originals and deep cuts including David Bowie and Led Zeppelin’s “ Friends”

 

 Swinney strummed  his acoustic guitar while singing then exchanged it for a Gretsch on a few more mellow numbers  in a typically laid back set which ended with a hot version of Buffalo Springfield’s  “Mr. Soul.” 


—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2023 18:40 )
 
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