Wildheart was the first band on and they started up promptly at 10pm. The first thing I took notice of was the female bass player. Women in rock bands are always sexy, but nothing beats a lady playing bass for me. I don’t know why that instrument over others, maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m beginning to learn to play bass guitar with Wally as my teacher. My Lady of the Bass appeared to be a bit timid or shy up on stage while the singer was lapping up the attention and seemed very Black Crowesish to me in looks, at least that’s what came to my mind anyway. One guitarist resembled Ron Keel a little bit while the other could have played a role on the sitcom TV series That 70’s Show. One thing was for sure though, while they may have looked
a bit eclectic through my birthday beer goggles, they certainly sounded great as they punched through their all original opening set. They treated us to songs such as the lead-off of Running Hot, Gypsy Soul, I Know You Will, Gone (a new song, we were informed), Silver Bullet Truth and a couple of others. The Black Crowes looking singer showcased his wacky dance moves, exhibiting a high energy throughout the set, sometimes falling to his knees on the stage in a very expressive and entertaining set by this new to me band that I will look for in the future. (WILDHEART on FACEBOOK)
often goes on stage earlier in the evening and has a band close out the stage after them. This is a rather unique approach as usually the headlining band closes the show, but they are not alone as fellow Canadians Brighton Rock also do the same. It gives the band a chance to celebrate with their audience after the set and watch a great band themselves. Now it was time to hear Bona Fide and then my favourite Automan track of Back In The Sun. Rock It Together brought Darrell out into the crowd again and again I marvelled at the former drummer’s front man skills as he took a seat on the front of the stage banging on a cowbell during Forty-Five. Down to the Bone and Porno Queen came before the show closer of Drivin’, Rockin’ Lovin’. During the last song five or six ladies were dancing down in front of the stage. At the close of the set while Automan.ca began breaking down their equipment, a pair of panties ended up on stage. I didn’t see who, or just where they came from unfortunately, but drummer Adrian “hammed” it up a bit by pulling them on over his jeans as he carried his gear off of the stage.
With already having several birthday adult beverages in our systems and both having to work early the next day we opted to depart and start the trek home, unfortunately missing the last band of Joe Solo. Although we cut the evening a little short, it was a great birthday and Automan.ca never fails to deliver their brand of 70’s infused southern style rock and roll. (AUTOMAN.CA on FACEBOOK)