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Here are the details...
Keeping with the BOC acronym, this project is called: Bouchard's Outrageous Canadians - Featuring Albert Bouchard. Backing Albert will be:
Special guests for both shows will be Dean Lickyer and Drunkula.
Show dates are:
Check out my interview with Albert here:
Here's a link to some great photos of Bouchard's Outrageous Canadians in rehearsal for the tour taken by Stephanie Bell from Emerging Studios:
And finally, here's a link to a great interview/article by Sean Palmerston in Hamilton's VIEW Magazine for the Hamilton show:
Albert held a free Drum Clinic at Long-McQuade music store in Toronto....
On Friday April 25th, Albert Bouchard and his band of "outrageous Canadians" played a gig at the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto, Ontario. Despite its name, the club apparently has the local rep of having a lot of live metal bands playing. It was a pretty narrow bar, but was broken into two portions: the main bar area, and then a back room where a DJ was spinning records with candle lit tables.
When we arrived the opening band was just finishing getting set up for their show. I saw Albert talking to someone, and managed to catch up to him before he went into the ready room. Even though I've talked to other 'famous' musicians before, it's always odd when you talk to a rock star about non rock-star things. Albert has been teaching for several years now, and we got to talking about teaching practices and pedagogy. Anyways, I asked him if after the show he wouldn't mind a picture or two with me. He assured me that he'd be out and about after.
After a few Heineken's, the opening band "Drunkula" came out. They were a four person band (drums, guitar, bass, and vocals) Not really being a fan of the genre, I don't think I could give a very in-depth review of their music. They were what seemed to be an average metal band. Fast/repetitive riffs, and a lot of 'screaming'. As with most bands of this genre, the drummer was very good. They will be releasing a new CD soon from what they said. The band had what seemed like a small local following, as there were some headbangers up front that got the distinct pleasure of being screamed at in their face by the lead singer. Submission!
There couldn't have been more than forty people in the entire bar by the time Drunkula had finished their set. It was a fairly quick take down, and a pretty quick setup by BOC (Bouchard's Outrageous Canadians).
The first thing that somewhat caught me by surprise was the huge cast that was on stage. There was Albert on the throne, a keyboardist, guitarist, and at times a second guitarist, four backup singers, and at times another 'main singer'. Very tightly packed.
I knew that I was in for a treat when they opened with Stairway to the Stars. The layered vocals really brought out the melodic lines with the additional harmonies. The guitarist was pretty good, and had pretty much everything down pact. The leads were a bit more of a "Satrianni" type style than a Buck Dharma style. Very little deviation structure wise from the original recording of Stairway.
It was great to finally hear Albert sing Cities on Flame while drumming. Great heavy version of the song. Albert really carried the vocals well on this, and we even had some of the 'growling' on "rock and roll". Again, this one didn't deviate from the original studio recording much. Red and Black was fun, and pretty straight forward. I don't remember hearing the bass solo in this one. Talk about a Canadiana song!
Hot rails went by, decent song, but I've never really been sold on it. There wasn't the outro solo that we're used to with BOC, but still a solid cover. Dominance and Submission was a fun one, and Albert intro'd it about what they do back in NY City on new years. I think the group that I came with were of the few that caught on to the call/answer of dominance and submission. This song really suited the crowd at the Bovine Sex Club!
Albert introduced this song about being all about a place called Weisseria. I was all excited because I thought it was going to be the Imaginos track 'Siege and Investiture...', but it was ME262. Pretty similar to the Secret Treaties version. I thought this might have been a good opportunity to break out the 5 (or more) guitars, but not this time. Flaming Telepaths was hot (no pun intended), and the guitar player had some really good leads in this one.
Now I'm not sure, but I _think_ this was the song that Albert switched off on drums to sing the lead lyric on Summer of Love. Good, quick, and heavy. Good to see Albert out front having fun.
The guitarist gave away the next song (Reaper) before they began playing it by playing small bits of the riff. I'm sure a cowbell reference was made. I found the tone on the guitarists playing on this one could have been a bit more...expressive. It kind of reminded me of listening to the old MIDI tracks of the Reaper. The vocal harmonies were really nice on this one: very full. They didn't do the Gil Blanco outro that we're accustomed to with live reaper, just kind of a crescendo on the last note. Good tune. I thought the show was over here, but it was really just beginning!
Sinful love was great to hear. Really liked the version that the Brain Surgeons had done a while back, and this was in a similar vein. Just a great version. Astronomy was one of my personal favorites. It was very heavy, and this is where the heavier tone of the lead guitarist really shined. Nothing memorable sticks out solo wise, but the Metallica type feel was with this one. The keys were dead on for this one. Vera Gemini, again, one I'd never heard live so it was a treat. Very close to the original, and some added harmonies. Tattoo Vampire also made an appearance. Great to hear this one. Very heavy, and fit the mood of the club very well. Again similar to the album version.
I had to go up front for Joan Crawford. Great piano intro, and nice and heavy for this one. No sound effects solo, but still great. The ladies that were singing were pretending to look up each others skirt, which was amusing. Kind of reminiscent of the music video. Everyone looked like they were having fun.
Godzilla was intro'd by Albert saying something about Eric Bloom coming out of Lake Ontario after thousands of years. It got some laughs. Good drum solo in here, but no godzilla mask. There was a mini bass solo right at the end. Great version. Then it was Burnin' For You, and it looked like a lot of people knew the song. Again the great vocal harmonies really lifted this song.
They ended the night without a walk off encore, but just said 'here's the encore!' They did Kick out the Jams, complete with the "Kick out the jams mother fuckers!" intro. Good heavy version, and they did the introduction of the band right at the end of the song. A lot of the crowd got into this one...seems they know their classic punk.
All things considered, this was a really good show, and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to attend. Meeting Albert was great, and he seems like a really neat guy. I never would have thought that I'd spend time talking to him about education, and the pluses and minuses of being a school administration, but hey...that's rock and roll!
Here is the set list for the Outrageous Canadians gig at Toronto's Bovine Sex Club on 25 April...
Last night was great... can't wait for tonight's show...
P.S. The drum clinic on the 24th was great. Albert is very entertaining.
Here is the set list for the Outrageous Canadians gig at Club Absinthe on Saturday 26 April...
Plus - check this link out for live clips and an interview...
Here's a youTube clip from this show featuring Al doing "Godzilla" with his Outrageous Canadians:
Here are some other relevant Club Absinthe YouTube links which will open in a new window:
Bouchard's Outrageous Canadians and Blue Coupe will be doing 3 shows in Ontario Canada.
Joining Blue Coupe for these 3 Ontario dates is no other than Gord Lewis of Teenage Head.
The Outrageous Canadians and Albert Bouchard unite once again for another magical experience. This particular visit focuses a revisitation towards Imaginos. Its a Hamilton Ontario interpretation!