Strong emotions and friendship poured into The Rockpile on July 19th filling the room with lots of love, steady flow of tweets & even a Facebook live message to organizer Sean Patrick Armstrong from rock n roll iconic photographer, John Rowlands. Musicians from all genres and walks of life attended and collaborated together to show their appreciation & to celebrate the life of one man who changed the lives of many, influential keyboardist and humanitarian Herve Basset. Over the years Herve had performed with Tony Springer (Wild T & The Spirit), Michael White, Danny Marks, Kenny McLean (Platinum Blonde), Dale Harrison (Headstones, Alannah Miles), Stan Miczek (Kim Mitchell, Sass Jordan), Kim Wetmore, Eric Paul (Big Sugar) and Tavis Stanley (Thornley). His talents were well known throughout the Toronto jam scene and had the privilege to have played with such great artists as Liberty Silver, Jeff Martin (Tea Party), Bill Wyman (Stones) and the late Jeff Healey. This event proved that the love and music of one man, can change the world. Herve’s impact on the music scene in Toronto was evident, as the never ending A list of talent mounted the Rockpile stage with instruments in hand ready to rock, truly a priceless sight to see. Performances by
THE BLUES TUES
WILD T & the SPIRIT – Tony Springer, drummer Murad Gunduz & bassist Guenther Kappelle.
FOREVERMAN (A Tribute to Eric Clapton which was put together by Herve in 2015 at
Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday at the Hard Rock Café Toronto.)
HIGHWAY STAR by THE HIGHWAY STARS
an explosive finale “Teenage Wasteland”
(Baba O’Reiley) with Dale Harrison of The Headstones on drums.
Featured musicians throughout the evening:
2014 Independent Country Music Association Awarded,
CMAO Nominated singer/song-writer/guitarist Marshall Dane
Internationally Acclaimed Blues Harmonica master/vocalist – Jerome Godboo
(Ronnie Hawkins, Jeff Healey) www.jeromegodboo.com
JUNO Nominated Blues Rock Vocalist & Internationally Acclaimed
guitarist Tony Springer (David Bowie & Carole Pope) www.wildt.ca
Lisa Shaughnessy – Vocalist (Shagg)
Shawn Brady vocalist/song-writer (Brady-Basset, U2 Tribute)
with Rob Cooper in the honored keyboard position
Laura Lee Montgomery – Vocalist (Highway Stars)
Strong horse, non stop performances with all musicians, all night long.
Guenther Kapelle bassist (Wild T & The Spirit)
Stan Miczek –
bassist (Honeymoon Suite, Sass Jordan) https://www.facebook.com/stan.miczek
Frank Cosentino – guitarist
(Frank Cosentino Band) www.frankcosentino.com
Craig McRae (vocalist/guitarist-Foreverman) https://www.facebook.com/craig.mcrae
Susan O’Quinn – guitarist/vocalist- https://www.susanoquinn.com
Photo by Sean Patrick Armstrong.
Special appearance by the fabulous duo,
Mr. Randy Charlton-Manager of The Phoenix Concert Theatre on guitar and with the
lovely Carla Hartsfield on keys & vocals.
Mike McAvan guitarist (Still Of The Night – Whitesnake, Sixes & Sevens) http://www.myspace.com/mikemcavansixesandsevens
Mike Hopley -guitarist (Tequila Rocking Birds) http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=711819
Josh Gordon – Guitarist (Against The Wind, The Red Hot Blazers and The Frank Cosentino Band)
Another trooper, helping out all artists, all night long-
Rob Cooper- keys (Life On Mars, The James Green Electric)
Mike Thorne -Drummer (Saga) https://www.facebook.com/mike.thorne.507
Tim Gittens – Drummer (Shakura S’Aida, Juno Nominee Melanie Durrant)
Organizer & drummer Sean Patrick Armstrong (Highway Stars).
SPECIAL THANKS to Dom and his staff at The Rockpile and to 1 man for making the magic come alive!
the fabulous sound tech extraordinaire, Jake Disman.
Raffle draws raised just over $1,000 with proceeds to Children’s Bursaries at The Toronto Faculty of Music in memory of Herve Basset. Featured Toronto Artist – Steve Houston created a colorful sketch from scratch of The Who, while the show was happening, with the finished work of art going to the highest bidder.
Organizer extrordinaire Sean Patrick Armstrong presented an “8 x 10 framed print of the last photo captured of Herve, courtesy of David Goldberg Photography, to the winner Patty from the Toronto Faculty of Music.. so coincidentally that picture will hang in the school that was awarded the bursary in Memory of Herve Basset as fate would have it,” stated Sean.
As well, Debbie Birks won the autographed event Poster!
The passing of Herve’s talent and soul will be deeply missed but most certainly NOT FORGOTTEN.