30 years of concerts

Exactly 30 years ago today, on March 12 1984, I saw my first rock concert. At the tender age of 12, I managed to convince my parents to take me to see KISS at the Colisée in Quebec City. I’d managed to convince my parents to take me the year before, on the Creatures of…

Cyril Neville covers Rush’s Working Man

I  just found this great cover or Rush’s early hit Working Man by Cyril Neville (from his September 2013 CD Magic Honey). While the original was more of a Zeppelin clone, like most of their first album, his take on it infuses the track with blues and soul, accentuating the plight of the working man…

My 10 favourite musical events of 2013

Best of lists are by definition pretentious, so I thought I’d avoid the whole argument and just go with my ten favourite moments of 2013. It’s really the same thing in the end, and it just feels more honest! So without further ado, here are my 10 favourite musical moments of 2013:

Song title in the real world: Rush’s YYZ

  YYZ is the airport code for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Rush‘s affinity for these call letters came from the fact that seeing these tags on their luggage meant that they were coming home after a long tour. And just to show how geeky Rush is, the rhythm of the opening section spells out YYZ…