High School Confidential – CKVU TV Special – Vancouver 1983

This actually became the impetus to forming ‘The Shoes’ for EXPO ’86 3 years later.

‘The Shoes’ ended up becoming ‘Revolver – The World’s Best Beatles Band’

Rocket Norton (drums), and John Hall (keyboards *both from the band Prism*) along with Skip Prest (guitar and vocals from the band Sweeney Todd) landed a gig as the house band on a daily talk show/news magazine TV Show called (appropriately) ‘The Vancouver Show’.

When the idea came up to do a show catering to teenagers and the music they listened to from the 50’s to the present, Rocket enlisted Michael Sicoly (bass, vocals), myself (guitar, vocals), Brian Newcomb (Bass) and Basil Watson (extra keys, vocals)

Rocket was quite enamoured with Michael Sicoly and I for ability to play and emulate Beatles music, so when he got the call to put something together for EXPO 86, he asked Michael and I to join him and Skip for that gig.

We heard a board mix the sound-tech had made during one of our performances. We thought it was actually The Beatles. We decided pretty much right then and there to form ‘Revolver’…

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TBT – The Roseland Ballroom in NYC with Bachman and Turner, November 2010

with Paul Shaffer The Roseland Ballroom Dressing Room, New York City

Probably one of the more memorable times in my life thus far. We were to shoot a live DVD in the infamous Roseland Ballroom in NYC (since torn down sadly). I LOVE NYC – always have from my first time there in 2007 (***). I had played there earlier with Randy Bachman’s Band in 2008 at B.B. Kings in Times Square, but this would be on a whole new level.

The show was to be shot in 3D (that particular edit of it hasn’t been released to date… but what I saw in the truck looked incredible). The set design was spectacular with beams and girders everywhere (best captured on the aforementioned 3D version)… but best of all, we would be closing the show encores with Paul Shaffer, the musical director from the soon to be ending David Letterman Show. I have admired Paul Shaffer since his days at Saturday Night Live and have been a huge fan of David Letterman’s show. I always got a kick out of Paul’s ‘hipster’ banter with Dave.

I was amazed that the Ed Sullivan Theatre (where Letterman’s show is taped… and where The Beatles were unleashed to an unsuspecting North American audience on February 9th, 1964) was literally right out the back door of the Roseland Ballroom. The back door of the Roseland (where our production trucks were parked) was right across a narrow street (more of an alley) from the stage door of the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

As we prepared for our show, I got to develop a bit of a banter with the infamous stage hand for Dave’s show, Biff Henderson. During the afternoon, Biff was usually poised outside the stage door as the guests arrived. This is where all the paparazzi and fans would wait to get their pictures and autographs as the Lettermen guests arrived.

with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010
with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010
with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010
with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010
with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010
with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

Also across that street from the Roseland was The Hello Deli with it’s owner, the loveable Rupert Gee from all the funny Lettermen ‘man on the street’ shticks from years gone by. I was surprised that when I returned to NYC quite a while later to play at Les Paul’s Club in Times Square, I stopped by The Hello Deli and Rupert actually remembered me. I had invited him to the taping of our show, but he had to decline last minute and said so with great regret.

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The day of the shoot we had an appropriately long sound check and then Paul showed up for our sound check and a run through before he was to go over and tape the Letterman show. He would then return when his Letterman gig was done and play with us for the 3 encore songs.

Paul was immediately a very cordial and talkative person. He loved swapping stories and we talked about Sault Ste. Marie. Paul was originally from Thunder Bay, and is a walking musical anthology. It must have started as a teenager for him, because he also knew every band from the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s that were from The Soo. Most of these bands never left the Soo, yet he knew all about them. It made me quite proud of my hometown and in awe of Paul Shaffer all at once. When I chance to play with him again 2 years later at The Walk of Fame Award Ceremony in Toronto, he remembered me and that I was from the Soo and we carried on our talk once again. Great great guy… We all talked for hours in the dressing room after the taping.

The next day, Kevin Duffy (our road manager) was able to procure some VIP passes to see a taping of the Letterman Show. We were escorted in the stage door and were able to watch all the rehearsals and prep. As I walked in, I literally almost tripped over the ‘band stand’ where The CBS Orchestra plays. Very heady stuff.

By the way, over the years you have heard guests on David Letterman’s Show show speak of how cold the theatre is. No exaggeration. It’s freezing in there… I guess Dave likes to keep his audience alert… 😉

Here’s a video of TCB. Paul with B&T at The Roseland CLICK HERE

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Massey Hall – Randy Bachman Band – Vinyl Tap Tour – March 15, 2014

After opening our ‘Vinyl Tap Live 2014’ season with a show in Oshawa the previous evening, we played Massey Hall the next night. I had played there once before as part of Randy’s JazzThing tour several years ago with the late Jeff Healey and Duke Robillard which was a thrill for sure. Massey Hall originally built in 1896 is an amazing venue with great acoustics.

Currently, the band consists of Randy Bachman (of course), myself and my long time associates (from Cease and Desist), Brent Howard Knudsen and Marc LaFrance. An always a fun performance to do, Randy always ad-libs the show quite a bit. Almost caught us off guard a couple of times.

It was nice to play to a sold out show in such a prestigious venue…

Here are a bunch of Photos taken of the show:

Playing the Vermont State Fair on A Double Bill with the Doobie Brothers with Bachman and Turner

As usual, the Doobie Brothers put on a stellar performance.
Truly a great time sharing the same stage with them.

The First Time that Cease and Desist Played with Randy Bachman

This interesting tidbit of information was recently found. It is a schedule that shows the first time that Cease and Desist played on the same stage with Randy Bachman. This was back on May 6, 1993. Twenty years ago.

This is pretty much the first time Cease and Desist ever played with Randy Bachman 1993
This is pretty much the first time Cease and Desist ever played with Randy Bachman 1993

Back From New Zealand

Back From New Zealand

Well, here I am, back from a tour in New Zealand. Randy, Fred, Marc, Brent and myself were on stage performing all the memorable Bachman and Turner numbers to a very appreciative set of audiences.

 

In New Zealand on Tour with Bachman and Turner at Gibson Winery, Pat Benatar and America
In New Zealand on Tour with Bachman and Turner at Gibson Winery, Pat Benatar and America

On the tour with us were America, and Pat Benatar They put on stellar performances that had the crowd on their feet.

Gibson Winery Show - Bachman and Turner - Pictured are Randy Bachman and Marc LaFrance
Gibson Winery Show – Bachman and Turner – Pictured are Randy Bachman and Marc LaFrance
Mick with Pat and Neil on their 31st wedding anniversary.
Mick with Pat and Neil on their 31st wedding anniversary.
America On Stage in New Zealand
America On Stage in New Zealand
And here is the New Zealand Gang of Three, "The Three Micks".
And here is the New Zealand Gang of Three, “The Three Micks”.
Gibson's Winery Wine Tasting with Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar
Gibson’s Winery Wine Tasting with Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar
Gibson's Winery Wine Tour - with CF Fred Turner of Bachman and Turner
Gibson’s Winery Wine Tour – with CF Fred Turner of Bachman and Turner
Gibson's Winery Show - Wine Tasting
Gibson’s Winery Show – Wine Tasting
New Zealand - Mick Dalla-Vee Flying High After The Gibson Winery Show
New Zealand – Mick Dalla-Vee Flying High After The Gibson Winery Show
In New Zealand - Mick Dalla-Vee - Taking Pictures with Trolls Can Be Hobbit Forming
In New Zealand – Mick Dalla-Vee – Taking Pictures with Trolls Can Be Hobbit Forming
Mick and Marc at Gibsons Winery
Mick and Marc at Gibsons Winery

More to come.