OCT 2016 REVIEW: KILLER DWARFS AND LUKAS ROSSI SHOWS.

STAYING IN TUNE with  Killer Dwarfs, Demolition Rage, RELLIKDOG,  

AND Lukas Rossi, Crossdockers and CARBON.

ROCK n ROCK WILL NEVER DIE.  What a tremendous weekend in rock nroll starting at The Rockpile Night Club Friday October 21st, 2016.  The club was just a rockin the classic heavy metal, in the sold out Killer Dwarfs show filled with 410 all aged fans. Opening artists were a spectacular collective group of seasoned metal veterans featuring hard and heavy local act Demolition Rage.  Kevin Brazolot bassist/vox, founder/song-writer/guitarist/vox Fabio La Rocca, drummer Cameron Cathcart & frontman George Petkovski delivered some “Screaming Metal” with intensity to bands like Pantera & Dio.  Set list was impressive with 2 Faced Smile, Cast Iron Bitch, Taste of Hell, Adjusting the Pain, Jack of Shadows & leaving the audience awe inspired by vocalist’s sound alike DIO cover- Rainbow in the Dark.  Having the past pleasures of playing with Iron Maiden, Motor Head, Dio, 3 Days Grace, I Mother Earth, Kim Mitchell, Slick Toxic, Lee Aaron & ANVIL, you know it won’t be long until you see their name in lights, so hurry and don’t delay “Run For The Fence” today to view  www.demolitionrage.com  and get your $10 ticket to see them perform Nov. 12 at 5555 Dundas Street West, The Rockpile Night Club as they are in a huge high profile Metal showcase.

Rellikdog

Also, on the Oct 21st bill just cranking it loud & proud was Orillia’s distinct power house & “Angel from Hell” Chuck Swire on lead vox/guitar & his Rellikdog members Adam Cooper lead guitar/vox, Stu Beaudoin bass/vox & Keith Jardine on drums. They can sure growl with the best of them & their sound has a hard shredding uniqueness, check out their wicked set list: God Killer, RIP, Psycho, Mental Society, FTW, Bring on The Fight, Heavy Metal, Fallen, War, Devil Within Me, Bleeding Out & World of War.  If you were stressed out before attending this lineup, you were cured as soon as the first chord was struck, as Metal relieves Mental. Stay in tune at

https://www.reverbnation.com/rellikdogtheband


Killer Dwarfs This show had the largest all age’s audience I have ever seen at the Rockpile, which was presented by S & S Promotions.

2 time JUNO nominees the Killer Dwarfs are 35 year innovators & creative structures in the Canadian hard rock industry. They called out for their #DwafNation to “Stand Tall” & be a part of the Killer Dwarfs history forever and celebrate by being a part of their live recording on a future album (they finished the live recording at the October 22nd Brass Monkey show in Ottawa).  T.O fans jammed the stage to witness magic occur; some new songs and familiar DwarfNation metal staples, Russell Dwarf Graham and his body surfing the crowd and his famous head stand, sure “Drifting Me Back” in time.

Killer Dwarfs

Their set list was an incredible mix of tunes and they never lost the fans focus as they worked the crowd and they sure knew how to “Keep The Spirit Alive” while founding members Russell Dwarf  Graham lead vox/guitar, Darrell Dwarf Millar on drums, and Killer Dwarfs veteran Gerry Dwarf Finn lead guitar/vox and newest member (since 2013) bassist Johnny Dwarf Fenton performed their hits: Comin Through, Hard Luck Town, Tell Me Please, Union of Pride, Doesn’t Matter, Can’t Lose, Start @ 1, Burn It Down with 3 amazing encores: Four Seasons, Dirty Weapons & Heavy Mental Breakdown.  Jump on board this freight train known as Killer Dwarfs as they roar into a community nearest you.  Hey Whitehouse Yukon Territory, the Killer Dwarfs are a coming tonight . www.killerdwarfsband.com

Photo below you will see Peterborough Promoter and dear friend music lover Judd Smoke out to support friend Darrell Millar and the Killer Dwarfs.  Left to right bassist Kevin Brazolot and leader Fabio La Rocca of Demolition Rage, ANVIL actor (couldn’t obtain his name) Judd Smoke and Darrell Millar of the Killer Dwarfs.

Struck gold once again as they presented another stellar show, Saturday. October 22nd featuring LUKAS ROSSI, at the Oshawa Music Hall.

Thanks for an amazing line-up and presentation once again Shamus Black! and stay in tune with Black Moon Entertainment future shows at:

https://www.facebook.com/Black-Moon-Entertainment-37294094379/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=n

Crossdockers

 This was a rare, up close and fan-freakingtastic lineup consisting of the explosive and highly entertaining GTA act Crossdockers. I’ve been a fan of this indie act a few years now and they have created a rare sound, that hidden gem that pops up surprising listens of all ages and genres.  Hits like “Antidisestablishmentarianism” & the hilarious “Blue Balls” and my fave “Identify the Crucified” & their iconic sound clears your mind and are one tight unit with their musical art that is steadily being presented across Ontario.  It is truly just a matter of time when Crossdockers becomes a house hold name. This particular band lineup came together recently under the highly skilled mind of the Crossdockers founder Jay Alan, but, you would never have known that this line-up, have only been together 4 weeks, as they are a professional group of rock royalty with a tight sound.  This is what music is supposed to do, invade your senses, uplift, and heal.  Crossdockers are believable, fun, creative and addictive.  Stay tuned as the alternative hard folk rock style & friendly natured act are the next music icons on the planet. Crossdockers are on fire, a must see to believe the creativity that oozes from founder/lead vox/rhythm guitar/song-writer/multi-instrumentalist/comedian Jay Alan, bassist Kevin Brazolot (Demolition Rage), drummer Jack Herman (who has worked with high profile artists like Alana Miles and the list is plentiful)& the newest and youngest member Kyle Gee on lead guitar.  Man oh man that Kyle is brilliant and finely tuned, he can make his electric guitar smoke!, he compliments and rounds off the colourful sound known as Crossdockers.  These 4 are one of the fastest climbing act on the GTA music circuit with a plethora of huge concerts under their belts like Honeymoon Suite, Killer Dwarfs Lee Aaron, David Wilcox, The House Call, Psychotic Authority, NIB, Gene Pool, Demolition Rage, Y108 Concert Series just to name but a few.

For a mind altering experience visit www.cdr.rocks  www.facebook.com/crossdockers or

www.reverbnation.com/crossdockers

 Carbon

Oshawa’s homegrown “Dark Secret” CARBON rocked in direct support with originals that strongly favored the sounds of Tragically Hip, Teenage Head and even the Headstones.  Set the volume to INCREDIBLE, totally the best way to describe this 5 piece act. Their set list of originals were chalked full of various topics like Love and Money, T.H.C, Shots of Whiskey, Behind the Shade of Night, Just a dream, Plan C, Tailor Made Suit of Misery & Feeling Wasted.   Lead vocalist Jeff Dacey mixed in with Andrew Losier on lead guitar, Jamie Turner on bass, Corey Reynolds on Rhythm guitar & Scott Burrows on drums, have created a massive sound and are a great addition to any party or special event.  Follow and stay in tune with CARBON at:  http://www.carbonband.ca/

Lukas Rossi

This was close enough to being a hometown gig for the headlining superstar (Rock Star Supernova’s) Lukas Rossi and was a reunion as well with old school band mates from previous acts he worked with pre Supernova.  Lukas put together a freaking genius panel of top notch musicians as he joined past band mates Jon Jameson on drums from Cleavage,  Jay Cianfrini bassist for Rise Electric, and what the audience assumed would be guitarist and long-time companion, genius guitar virtuoso Dominic Cifarelli, however, was indeed the in-demand

GTA session musician Nathan Whitney.

It was the 1st visit to Oshawa from Lukas in 5 years and the full house 19+ crowd proved that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Die-hard Rossi Posse fans traveled from as far away as Washington DC, Ohio, Indiana, New York and even Peterborough.  SPECIAL thanks to Christina Marie Riverstorm Brown from Ptbo. for texting me. She asked me to search for and say hello to, her dear friend in attendance, Michelle McCauley; consequently, I made a new friend.  Michelle is a die-hard dedicated fan and has traveled North America and attended 30 Lukas Rossi concerts in only a few short years.  I further learned she is the beautiful wife, of the fabulous Dano Selleck, who was Entertainment Director of The Wire Megazine and also played bass in one of Michael Bell’s prior bands.  Small world isn’t it? People are meant to cross our paths and mysterious things and events like this are meant to happen.  So thank you Christina Marie Riverstorm Brown.  Fans travelled near and far that night, who were sure not going to miss this rare home town performance. Kicking it off in high gear with their Rise Electric’s “Lonely Ones”, “Bored and Gorgeous” (by Cleavage), right into Radiohead’s CREEP, the song that allowed Lukas to shine bright on Rock Star Supernova.   Intimacy and passion followed with the high energy band right into the marvelous melodic 5 song acoustic solo set, with just the prolific song-writer, his acoustic guitar and his mesmerized legion of fans.  Lukas Rossi’s concert didn’t disappoint.   He wore his heart and emotions on his sleeve and had me at “Hello,” & his version of Adele’s hit has garnered him over 1 million hits on YouTube in under 1 year.   Surprising not just the audience but, Jon Jameson as well, calling him on stage on drums for an impromptu  add on song to assist with a soft back beat to their 1st song that they wrote together during the Cleavage days, “Trust Me” it was divine. Mesmerizing the infatuated fans by performing more old school hits of Rise Electric and Cleavage, covers and personal Lukas Rossi masterpieces like: Empty City and newest hit AWOL which will appear on his future double-album  entitled “United State of Music”.  Lukas propelled a tribute to 1 of his Idols Jimmy Gnecco by way of Jimmy’s OURS: Sometimes, a truly moving piece, & another I got right into was WAR.  Lukas is truly one super creative entity all his own.

The final song of the night as Lukas told us, “this one is for all of you, as Canada made this hit Double Platinum” and then broke into a hypnotic version of his song “Headspin” which he wrote regarding his mother.  I melted as the entire audience sang it word for word almost over top of him at times, leaving my body covered in goose bumps.  This world-wide internationally acclaimed music master blew my mind!  After the audience cried we love you Lukas and chants got louder and louder he returned solo to the stage to indulge his legions of loving fans and stated “the screams I can’t resist”, & proceeded to perform a song that hit home for me.  I LOVE MYSELF TODAY was written for his 6 year old son Bryden who has been bullied and I could relate as I experience bullying to this very day.  Lukas Rossi’s show was much needed for this lost soul, his songs allowed a revivalment of my being and reinstalled faith in my heart.  You must keep up to date with this legend in the making.  You can catch Lukas performing with his band HALO METHOD, Ben Moody (Evanescence), Dave Buckner (Papa Roach) as they are finishing their full length album entitled “Circus Freak Sideshow” and they have released a single “Neurotic” co-written by Neil Sanderson of

Three Days Grace.  stay tuned @  www.lukasrossi.com

As a volunteer photojournalist I get to express my heart and my soulful views on performances I see or hear and 99% have a Peterborough connection. This show was juicy just like a T-bone steak. Hearty and meaty just what you would expect from a Black Moon Entertainment presentation menu.  THANK YOU Shamus Black Black Moon Entertainment for allowing me to meet my IDOL.

Written and photos taken by 3rd year contributor volunteer photojournalist/columnist

Deb Draper www.thewiremegazine.com

Also, of interest regarding CRUED and Crossdockers

Musical friends of mine CRUED – The  Notorious Motley Crue Tribute Act, are holding their Annual CRUED Toys for Tots X-Mas All Ages Show at the Rockpile Night Club at 5555 Dundas Street West in Etobicoke and Crossdockers are on this bill to share their musical gifts. Come one come all on

 Sunday December 11th, 2016, start times, price and full line up deets to follow in a future blog so stay tuned! Tickets will be going on sale soon as well, sells out fast, so once announced get your tickets asap from any band member or the Rockpile Night Club  @ (416) 504-6699

https://www.facebook.com/events/933156496829707/