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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 03:47 PM
A real blast from the past. I was a big AW fan for most of the late 70's and early 80's. Check it out. Good rock show.

http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/ConcertDetail.aspx?id=20052584%7C371& ;aid=33550

 

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  posted on 4/25/2007 at 06:55 PM
My first concert was April Wine in 1975 , " The Whole World's Going Crazy " tour , Heart was the warm up act , great show .
 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 09:20 AM
I bought the 'I like to rock' ep back in 1980 but apart from that, I wasn't a fan.

That said, April Wine did one of the cleverest things I've ever heard in music. The coda at the end of 'I like to rock' starts off with the first guitarist playing the riff to Daytripper. To this, the second guitarist adds the riff to Satisfaction. Then, on top of that, the third guitarist adds the riff to the song they've just played and they rock out with Beatles, Stones and April Wine riffs being played simultaneously. Wishful thinking maybe, but I don't think that's too bad myself.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 09:48 AM
Smyler, I was looking for that coda at the end of "I Like To Rock" on this live show, but sadly, they didn't pull it off.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 10:17 AM
April Wine has gone through many changes over the years. I divide it 70s, 80s and after. The tour that Dave posted the link to is like the end of the middle era. Sadly they didn't really play tunes from the first era during that time. Would have been nice. the 80s was more their hard rock/metal era. Lots of great tunes from that era as well. The only problem was the shows were identical. Even the talk between songs was the same every night.

They reunited at the end of the 90s and played great setlists. First time I saw them reunited was with Lynyrd Skynyrd and they rocked the place. Played songs that they hadn't done in years. Sadly Gary Moffat didn't return to the band and he was the strongest lead player. I think LS was amazed at the reaction April Wine got. These guys have been a mainstay on radio here for a long time now. The setlists definitely improved and suprised the crowd.

The problem is that now they play every freaking month. Become a bar band because of over exposure. They also let go the guitarist that replaced Moffit for the reunion. Only a two guitar attack now. And the setlists have become very predictable again.

I know or have met every member of the group. Great guys who are very friendly. I lived a few doors down from Gary for years. Couldn't escape the other guys in clubs over the years.

The tour before the one Dave posted (Nature Of The Beast Tour) had a bunch of radio broadcasts. Must be some shows floating around. I had a bunch which are either long gone or buried at the bottom of a box.

Some other good releases over the years
On Record - 1972
Electric Jewels - 1973
Live - 1974
Stand Back - 1975
First Glance - 1978
Live At The El Mocambo - 1977 (The night the Stones played under a different name as supposed openers-Stones can be heard on one side of Love You Live)

Too bad Canadian radio killed these guys up here. Way too much airplay of the same few songs.


 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 10:20 AM
Saw them back up Rush at the Aragon in Chicago - must have been in 1978......I had one of their albums that I really liked....

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 10:25 AM
Second era

First Glance
Harder Faster
Nature Of The Beast

All three are very strong albums.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 10:32 AM
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Second era

First Glance
Harder Faster
Nature Of The Beast

All three are very strong albums.
I have those albums, and those are my memories of this band, musically. Saw them one in 1979 with Nazareth and Donnie Iris. EXCELLENT show. I even have some video footage of a band I played in in the late 80's doing "All Over Town," complete with Talk Box!!

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 10:39 AM


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April Wine has gone through many changes over the years. I divide it 70s, 80s and after. The tour that Dave posted the link to is like the end of the middle era. Sadly they didn't really play tunes from the first era during that time. Would have been nice. the 80s was more their hard rock/metal era. Lots of great tunes from that era as well. The only problem was the shows were identical. Even the talk between songs was the same every night.

They reunited at the end of the 90s and played great setlists. First time I saw them reunited was with Lynyrd Skynyrd and they rocked the place. Played songs that they hadn't done in years. Sadly Gary Moffat didn't return to the band and he was the strongest lead player. I think LS was amazed at the reaction April Wine got. These guys have been a mainstay on radio here for a long time now. The setlists definitely improved and suprised the crowd.

The problem is that now they play every freaking month. Become a bar band because of over exposure. They also let go the guitarist that replaced Moffit for the reunion. Only a two guitar attack now. And the setlists have become very predictable again.

I know or have met every member of the group. Great guys who are very friendly. I lived a few doors down from Gary for years. Couldn't escape the other guys in clubs over the years.

The tour before the one Dave posted (Nature Of The Beast Tour) had a bunch of radio broadcasts. Must be some shows floating around. I had a bunch which are either long gone or buried at the bottom of a box.

Some other good releases over the years
On Record - 1972
Electric Jewels - 1973
Live - 1974
Stand Back - 1975
First Glance - 1978
Live At The El Mocambo - 1977 (The night the Stones played under a different name as supposed openers-Stones can be heard on one side of Love You Live)

Too bad Canadian radio killed these guys up here. Way too much airplay of the same few songs.



great insight cmule. i too have a little history with the band, both in the past and as recently as a few years back. in the mid-eighties your are quite correct that the band got all am radio looking for hits through ballads. a few rockin tunes but the best was as you stated. i worked with steve lang (bass player) for a few years after he left the band. steve replaced jim clench one of the founding members and was with the band for about 10 years. he left for the usual reasons, drug use getting out of hand and primarily because of the serveral world tours they did with no real money to show for it 10 years later. he also was getting a litle tired of the ballad thing as you mention. some real bad invesements were made apparently. anyway, based on that he got into the financial busines an is still in it to this day. i did have a chane to jam with him a few times and he made a couple of appearances at local gigs we were doing. great guy with some facinating stories from touring the world. fast forward to 2004 and while in PEI on canada day we head off to an AW show and in the band is a friend of mine from way back carl dixon (ex coney hatch). he was with them for a few years and is now singing lead with the guess who. another great guy with some great stories to tell.

My favs:
On the Record - 1972.
Live - 1974 (Gerry Mercer drum solo incredible and stil is today!)
Electric Jewels - 1973
First Glance - 1978
Harder Faster - 1979

owwwhatanite!

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 11:46 AM
Steve Lang was definitely a mainstay for quite a while. Met him only once at a party with tons of people around but saw him plenty. I know/knew(RIP) was of the players with Aquarius Records so there was definitely no April Wine shortage.

I have met Carl Dixon on a number of occasions also over the years. For a while I couldn't escape him. Coney Hatch opened for everyone for a while. Then I move to Mississauga for a few years and every time I ventured to the clubs it seemed he was playing.

Dave
If you get a chance, check out some of the older albums. A little less "heavy" but some real good music.

Jerry Mercer (Drummer) goes way back. He played in Mashmakhan who where part of the Ferstival Train with The Grateful Dead, Joplin, The Band and others.

April Wine 1972

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoSVPiuNqHM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut-9Xnnw6kE

Middle Era

Crash and Burn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmn4yVCskug

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 12:07 PM
I saw on the website that Jerry Mercer was born on 1939???? DAYUM!! That's pretty old!! 68 years old this year?? And STILL rockin'....

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 12:20 PM
still rockin is right man. the pei show the drum solo was 16 minutes! mr. clean as he is fondly referred keeps the hammer down and keeps me young! mashmaken great early 70's toronto mainstay. the hit as the years goes by is still played just about every sunday on q107 in toronto on the program psychedellic sunday. carl has a place up in haliburton where we have a cottage. he recently sat in with us on st.paddys day. small world man!

 

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  posted on 4/26/2007 at 06:09 PM
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I saw on the website that Jerry Mercer was born on 1939???? DAYUM!! That's pretty old!! 68 years old this year?? And STILL rockin'....


This is a couple of years old but he still goes the same. Jerry can play and entertain.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClknQjQgqmw


 
 


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