Found 46 posts tagged as "Canadian"
You just knew the engagement announcement between punk-pop singer and pride of Napanee, ON Avril Lavigne and Nickelback screamer and pride of Hanna, AB Chad Kroeger was going to send the interweb into a frenzy, and it has, with pundits alternately mocking and supporting the couple with gusto and many bad puns.
An employed, married local couple have been refused an apartment rental after the landlord discovered the husband played in a heavy metal band. Music documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn (see Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey) will be delighted to learn that educating the masses about metal remains a growth business.
Michael Crossley, bassist with Toronto rockers Vilipend and wife Lara Crossley had apparently reached a verbal agreement with the property owner, identified only as Suzanne by Classic Rock Magazine. But Suzanne changed her mind after Googling Mike and discovering more about his musical proclivities.
You’d think a guy like Skid Row screamer and Pride of Peterborough Sebastian Bach would know a thing or two about how radio works. You know, that a specific channel chooses a genre – say, pop or hip-hop or classic rock - and plays that genre, generally to the exclusion of others.
Say what you will about KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his dubious forays into reality TV and brand-building (and yes, that hair). When it comes to butt-kicking rock and roll, you can’t touch the guy.
So the fact that he is credited with discovering Canuck combo The Envy – even signing them to his Simmons Records label – speaks volumes about what the band has to offer.
Nickelback courtesy Getty Images.
Nickelback may never rack up heaps of critical kudos or music industry awards, but when it comes to people voting with their wallets, the Canuck rockers are doing just fine, thanks very much. And the band is definitely not sweating its so-called unhip status.
They’ve taken their fair share of critical digs in their home and native land over the years. But Windsor-reared rockers The Tea Party have always been curiously huge in Australia where, perhaps not coincidentally, singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeff Martin currently makes his home.
Now, as the reformed prog-rock trio prepares its 13th tour of Down Under, they are engaging in an intriguing and potentially lucrative experiment: asking their Aussie fans to underwrite a double-live album via pre-order which will be recorded during July concerts.
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is leading to all kinds of oddball events – Prince Charles scratching wax in the T-dot, the Dukes of Kent and Gloucester respectively visiting Uganda and Malta (er….OK) and now, curmudgeonly Canuck roots-rocker Neil Young covering “God Save the Queen” - the UK’s national anthem, NOT the rip-snorting Sex Pistols anthem.
When former White Stripes mastermind, guitarist/songwriter Jack White talks, people tend to listen. And by "people," I mean me and a heap of my friends who are pretty much convinced of White's absolute musical genius, supreme hotness and superiority over just about anyone else in the rock world, Rolling Stones and ex-Beatles notwithstanding.
So when the reticent and highly private White comes out swinging, it's doubly worth paying attention. And brother, our man has a beef with the "elitist" Guinness Book Of World Records, who refuse to certify a White Stripes concert that consisted of a single note status as the shortest concert of all time.
The next time some smart aleck-y so-and-so starts spouting off about how Canadian rock sucks and is only successful because government regulations force radio stations to play homegrown stuff blah blah blah, you fold your arms across your chest and smugly say three words: “the Tea Party.” (You could also say “Rush,” “the Guess Who” and “Nickelback,” but only if you’re showing off.)
They may not be a hit with NFL fans in Detroit - or members of the Black Keys – but Nickelback are Canucks which makes them the perfect choice to headline the NHL’s post-season awards show on June 20, to air live from Las Vegas on CBC.