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Photo Essay: The Rebel Reviewer Checks Out Danko Jones

Danko Jones

Danko Jones
Mod Club
Toronto, Ontario
May 11, 2010

For the past few years I’ve really started to dig Toronto band Danko Jones. A heavy, simple, 3 piece unit with angry vocals and tight driving music, great for rocking out. When I hear Danko’s music, I just wanna jam. This is the music I like to play.

I’d missed Mr. Jones and his wingmen numerous times, not even knowing when he was around. Last time I heard, he was opening up for Guns n Roses and to be quite honest you’d have to slam me in the head with a frying pan to get me to actually BUY a ticket to see Axl Rose, the biggest rock asshole of all time; so I couldn’t justify seeing Danko open for him.

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Photo Essay: Nickelback in Concert

Nickelback in Concert

Nickelback
John Labatt Centre
London, Ontario
April 6, 2010

As I barrelled down Highway 401 in the Rebel Reviewer mobile trying make the 7:45 photo call for Breaking Benjamin in London, I realized about halfway, unless I ditched the Jeep for a helicopter, I just wasn’t gonna make it in time.

As I had suspected I rolled into the John Labatt Centre parking lot 15 minutes late and to my dismay discovered I had no memory card in my camera to boot. It’s been a tough week, so naturally a few things have been slipping my mind but my camera’s memory card??? Not good.

Thank God for my wife’s decent point and shoot. I happened to have that in my camera bag all ready to go so pulled out the old Canon S5 to see how it would perform at a concert. No, not quite the 40D that I’m used to wielding but it managed to get a decent visual representation of a band I’ve wanted to see for quite some time now, Nickelback.

It wasn’t til their 3rd album “Silver Side Up” that they showed up on my radar. When I first started hearing them on the radio I thought this was a band that I could sink my teeth into and savour as their heavy riffs and clean production made them easy to digest. Being fellow Canadians, I often like to rally behind the underdog knowing the uphill battle Canuck musicians face.

But then the CRTC fucked our new little band from Hanna, Alberta. Way back when I first heard of the 33% deal whereby any Canadian radio station has to play 1/3 Canadian content, I thought it was a GREAT idea. But then as time went by, I realized all it really did was make us hate our own bands because of repetition. Nickelback was just so accessible with so many widely accepted tunes, they were played to death. And they still are.

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Rock and Roll Photo Essay: Metallica!

Metallica-coverMetallica
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Ontario
October 26, 2009

Seems to me the last batch of bands I’ve seen have been a then and now type of comparison that I’ve quite enjoyed studying. Seriously, out of the last dozen bands or so, most of them have I’ve seen way back when and then waited at least 10 years to see them again. Motorhead, Kiss, Helix, Headpins, GWAR, Stone Temple Pilots, Our Lady Peace… there’s probably a few more but I think you’ve heard enough already. Well you have to hear about one more. One of my all time favourite top notch acts of all time, Metallica.

Back in 85, my cousin dropped a couple albums on me and said I must try these out. They were “Kill em All” and “Ride the Lightning”. 3 notes into “Hit the Lights” and I knew I had just found the band of all bands. The most awesome sounding heavy metal unit that combined great lyrics with some totally original riffing, instrumentals and leads that would bring any musician to their knees.

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November’s Triple R Girl -Women Who Rock is Soul Punk Rocker Kitana Andrews

Kitana CoverIntroducing our Triple R Girl for November: Kitana Andrews, a.k.a. “Pink Chocolate,” is the ferocious and sexy front woman of Brooklyn Soul Punk band, Sister Anne!

What exactly is “Soul Punk” you ask? Kitana describes Sister Anne’s special sound as a potent mix of punk rock, a lil’ melodic metal, and rounded out with the soul that comes naturally when your singer grew up in the high-energy gospel church.

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Rock and Roll Photo Essay: The Rebel Reviewer Goes Back in Time with Helix

Helix-coverTwenty-four years ago I walked into the Prince George Coliseum in Northern B.C. to take in one of the few shows being hosted in the venue that year. Prince George is a very “out of the way” city of about 77,000. Not exactly at the top of any band’s list of places to tour, we found ourselves with only a handful of Canadian acts who would venture to the deepest, darkest, coldest reaches of Canada.

In 1986, Helix was one of those bands. In support of their latest album “Long Way to Heaven”, they blew the doors off the coliseum with an explosive, high energy show fired up with another of my favourite bits of Canadiana at the time, Headpins, featuring the kick ass vocals and distinctive axemanship of none other than the late Brian “Too Loud” McLeod.

Last summer I checked out the Headpins for the first time since that 86’ show and afterwards mentioned to both original members Darby Mills and Ab Bryant, bassist, that it was the first time seeing them since that show. Now I don’t EVER expect a band who’s been around the block that long, to ever remember any single show but BOTH of them remembered the show saying the exact same words. “Man, it was COLD that night.”

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Rock and Roll Photo Essay – The Rebel Reviewer Revisits Motorhead

lemmy coverMotorhead

The Sound Academy

Toronto, Ontario

September 2, 2009-09-07

Last time I saw Motorhead, Lemmy was touring with guitarist Wurzel, longtime drummer, Phil “the Animal” Taylor and guitarist Phil Campbell. It was February 13, 1988 in London Ontario, I went solely to see Lemmy open for Alice Cooper, who, at the time, I didn’t really give two shits about.

Now it could have been the double hit of purple microdot I was on, or it could just be the fact that it was and still stands as THEE best show I’ve ever seen. Not only did I get my face ripped off by the mighty Motorhead but I also found out that night why so many people love Alice Cooper.

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Meet the Man behind The Magic…Brian Cade Photography.

coverGood morning to all you Rock and Roll People out there…..Today I want to do something a Little different.We promote everything that Rocks here @ The Rock and Roll  Report and today you will be Introduced to someone who does exactly this…His name is Brian and he is “Brian Cade Photography”.

We see all the shots that just ooze Rock and Roll and now you can find out just what it is like to be on the other side….behind the camera….Catching all the Moments that make us scream out YES I so want to be there……..

Before I start Brian I would just like to thank you and Welcome you To The Rock and Roll Report……

I Enjoy all your Shots, and when I see how you capture the Moment it makes me want to sell up and move your way….where all the good Bands and Times are.……

Shaz: How long have you been into photography and what inspired you to pursue it?

Brian Cade: First off Shaz allow me to say it’s a pleasure and an honor to be speaking with you and the Rock and Roll Report. I guess I should start where it all came to be that led me to become a photographer. I come from a long line of artist, musicians and craftspeople in my family. All come from the southern part of West Virginia, I on the other hand was the only odd ball born outside of that state, I was born 1963 in Chicago where Mom and Dad were to start their life together. I am the middle of 3 boys. Art and music has always played a large part in my life, I would always draw and paint when I was a kid and imitated the music I heard, whether it was picking up a stick and strumming it like a guitar or pounding on something like drums, heck I remember watching the Beatles on Television in the late sixties, Then I wanted to be a drummer and Mom and Dad made sure to feed my curiosity and got me a little drum kit.

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Live Show Review and Photo Essay – Marilyn Manson

coverMarilyn Manson
John Labbatt Centre
London, Ontario
September 20, 2009

Twelve years after I entered Varsity Arena in Toronto to catch the spectacle that was Marilyn Manson, I finally found myself in a position to take in his show once again and see how things have, or haven’t, changed.

One thing that definitely changed was the fact that the Christians were nowhere to be found this time around. Twelve years ago, Manson was the Antichrist so they lined up parallel to us heathens all the way down the other side of the street and shouted bible verses and condemned us all to hell.

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The Man Who Shoots For The Stars..”Stage Dive Photography”

tony6 300Good morning to all you Rock and Roll People out there…..Today I want to do something a Little different. We promote everything that Rocks here @ The Rock and Roll  Report and today you will be Introduced to someone who does exactly this…His name is Tony and he is “Stage Dive Photography”.

We see all the shots that just ooze Rock and Roll and now you can find out just what it is like to be on the other side….behind the camera….Catching all the Moments that make us scream out  YES I so want to be there……..

Before I start Tony I would  just like to thank you and Welcome you To The Rock and Roll Report……

I enjoy all your Shots, and when I see how you capture the Moment it makes me want to sell up and move your way….where all the good Bands and Times are …….

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Live Show Review and Photo Essay: Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots
Sarnia Bayfest
Sarnia, Ontario
July 11, 2009

coverWhat a show this was. How ironic that the first time I was scheduled to see STP back in ’96 when they were my favourite “newer” band and opening for my favourite band of all time, Kiss, who’d just reformed for the Reunion Tour. Shortly before the show, I learned that STP was not going to be opening because, yes you guessed it, Scott was a bit of a mess and ended up in rehab. But the irony lies in that this weekend, I was to see both bands headlining, one after the other, Friday night Kiss, and Saturday night, Stone Temple Pilots.

I was SO bummed back then. I mean I was REALLY pumped to see Kiss get back together as I was always a HUGE Kiss fan, but as far as new music was concerned there was NOTHING better than Stone Temple Pilots at the time. Not for me anyway. The band itself is phenomenal. Three guys playing their asses off creating some of the best music my ears had ever got a hold of. Plus this singer who just seemed to mesh with the whole thing so perfectly with his moves, voice and style. Tunes like “Interstate Love Song”, “Big Empty”, “Dead and Bloated” and “Unglued” to name a few.. perfectly woven songs that just take you away to another world for 3 minutes and drop you safely back on the planet just in time for your next dose of reality.