. : : November 30th, 2012 : : .
Limblifter reunited for a special performance at North By North-East in Toronto supporting of their self-titled debut being reissued on vinyl in June of 2012. It was supposed to be a one-off show, but I guess the band felt some of that old magic, and were back doing a small province-hopping series of shows by late Autumn of the same year.
As a big fan of the band — especially their excellent I/O album, long considered to be their last — there was no way I was going to miss seeing them perform again, given that although they have mixed new material in with the classics, any given performance may be their last.
. : : April 16th, 2013 : : .
It is a familiar trope so ingrained in North American culture that it has become a caricature of itself: basement bars across the continent featuring dimly lit stages occupied by various variations of the same theme — the cover band. Impersonators, tributes, genre and era-revivalists, the configurations are virtually endless. But then, there’s cover bands, and then there’s Dwayne Gretzky.
OK, I know I’ve blogged about these guys before. A lot. And it’s always been unabashedly universal praise for their live energy, note-perfect, faithful recreations of classic songs that span both genres and decades. And most readers who have never been to a Dwayne Gretzky show instantly glaze over, stifle a yawn, and think to themselves, “A cover band? Harrumph. Bring on the latest indie rock or local roots musicians I come to this blog for.”
I can’t underscore what a horrible disservice these readers are doing to themselves.
. : : March 20th, 2013 : : .
After a phenomenal opening set by NQ Arbuckle, and an inconsistent set by Daniel Romano, Oh Susanna and Kayla Howran following, the third set featuring Jim Cuddy, Danny Michel and Quique Escamilla fell… well, I guess somewhere in the middle.
They had an immediate advantage over their predecessors: Quique Escamilla has recently been touring with Danny Michel as both an opener, and as a part of his backing band. Furthermore, the backing band on this evening was also Danny Michel’s — so the true wild card of the night was Jim Cuddy.