Yes, I was an 80’s Rock God
It all started back in 1981. My younger brother Dave called me up and asked me if I wanted to be the lead singer of a band he was putting together. The idea was to go play full time and play across Western Canada. Well at the time I had moved to Edmonton prior to him calling me working odd jobs and living in a small 1-bedroom apartment. Needless to say, it was perfect timing. I immediately headed back to my home town of Estevan, SK and began my journey as the lead singer of our band “Loose Change”. A five-piece classic rock cover band. We were ready to Rock and Roll…or so we thought.
Our very first gig was in Lethbridge, Ab. A bit of a rough start but by weeks end it was amazing. See back then when you were a band on the road you played in bars and night clubs 6 nights a week. Sounds like a life of glory and well… it was. Anyways, after a year of playing week after week month after month it was time to slow down. Oh, did I mention I was 20 at the time I became a long haired “Rock God”.
A few years later a few band members left, and we had to regroup again – this time I was the drummer and lead singer. The new band was called “Headfirst”; back on the road again. This time traveled between Kitimat, Ft. Nelson, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Brandon, Dryden ON and every little town in between. We also had the great privilege being the opening act for bands like Harlequin, Powder Blues Band, Chilliwack and Prism. But all great things in life have to come to an end. We finally took our last bow in 1985 in Estevan, SK to our family and friends in a sold-out concert.
Not done yet! I moved to Edmonton in 1987 and 8 years later my brother Dave moved there too. Yes, you guessed right… we started up a band in 2003. I was the lead singer of a 5-piece classic rock cover band again. Weekend gigs 8 times a year and it was great to be playing again. No more long hair and no more spandex pants!
I finally hung up the mic and said goodbye to my Rock God status in 2007.