Fritz-Fest (Photo Gallery)

Fritz-Fest (Photo Gallery)

Fritz-Fest (Friday January 18th 2019 London Ontario – Eastside Bar & Grill) When I first heard of Fritz-Fest, I wanted to be part of it. My sister lives in London and I knew it would sell out quickly so I asked her to stop by the venue and pick up a couple tickets. Luckily we got two of the last three as in fact it did sell out immediately. Eventually we came across another ticket…

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MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – Solar Fire (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – Solar Fire (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

I’m back again to blow the dust off yet another rare lost gem of the 1970’s. This time my time machine lands back in 1973 for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Solar Fire. Even though the official release is listed as 1973, it wasn’t until late 1974 that we came across this classic. Could this be the same band from way back in the 60’s that had a hit called “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” or…

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MONTROSE – Paper Money (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MONTROSE – Paper Money (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Welcome to another edition of That ‘70’s Guy, where I’ll resurrect yet another classic hidden gem of the 1970’s. This time around, I will give my take on Montrose – Paper Money. When one thinks of the band Montrose, songs like “Rock Candy”, “Rock the Nation” and “Bad Motor Scooter” immediately come to mind. After all, they are the timeless classics that are still played on the radio to this day, not to mention nearly…

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HAMMERSMITH – Hammersmith (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

HAMMERSMITH – Hammersmith (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

When I first decided to do this series, my initial intention was to review obscure, unknown albums that were a fave of both mine and my group of friends. As I progressed, I started to add lesser known older albums from popular bands. Well this month’s hidden gem falls completely into the original concept. It is the fantastic 1975 debut album from Canada’s Hammersmith. Let’s just say if you have heard of this album, you…

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TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

2018 was a blockbuster of heavy music madness! From the Black Metal shores to the Folk Metal forests to the Hard Rock heartlands, our favourite music has served up a massive sonic snowball for us all to enjoy.  We wanted to celebrate the year in Decibel Geek style. So we asked our fantastic writers to pick their top ten records. And why their 2018 picks have made the grade. Decibel Geek Staff Picks for TOP…

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BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten Albums of 2018 #10. No Hot Ashes – No Hot Ashes Alright I’ll admit it, despite 35 years’ experience I had never heard of NHA before. What a brilliant mix of Hard Rock, Soft and Melodic rock with both a classic and modern sound. Maybe one of my most played CD’s of the year. It seems I like it more with each spin. I read that this was a reunion tour,…

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MAX WEBSTER – High Class in Borrowed Shoes (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MAX WEBSTER – High Class in Borrowed Shoes (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

This time around, the topic of conversation as heard and experienced through “That 70’s Guy” is 1977’s Max Webster’s High Class in Borrowed Shoes. Oh man, where do I start with this iconic Canadian masterpiece? Let’s just start with saying that any young Canadian rock fan back in 1977 was rocking out to this album. I thought I would share it on my Retro Review and allow others around the globe to gain some insight…

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BLUE OYSTER CULT – Secret Treaties (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Secret Treaties (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

It’s time for another spin around the turntable with “That 70’s Guy – Retro Review”. This hidden gem is none other than Secret Treaties by Blue Oyster Cult. Yes, BOC are the farthest thing from a one hit wonder or a forgotten unknown act but, like most popular bands, I feel some of the best albums are the least popular and get little recognition. Secret Treaties is one of them. This album was my first…

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KANSAS – C.N.E. Bandshell (Photo Gallery)

KANSAS – C.N.E. Bandshell (Photo Gallery)

I recently had the pleasure of shooting Kansas in Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). It was 41 years and 1 day after I saw them in the summer of 1977 during the same Exhibition. This time it was at the jam-packed CNE Bandshell as opposed to the old Exhibition Stadium when April Wine opened up for them. One year later I saw them at the massive Canada Jam Festival at Mosport Speedway outside…

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ANTHONY GOMES – London Bluesfest (Photo Gallery)

ANTHONY GOMES – London Bluesfest (Photo Gallery)

Decibel Geek photographer Brian Ronald recently covered the four-day Bluesfest Festival at Harris Park in downtown London, Ontario. Guitar blues shredder Anthony Gomes cranked up the volume during Saturday’s events. Anthony brought along his rhythm section Sean Holland on bass and Jeremy Howard on drums from the band’s current residence of St. Louis. Born in Toronto, Anthony rocked the Canadian contingency with classic blues, original cuts and even some Hendrix. Check out the gallery below….

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