On Friday July 24, The Centre for Speed Motorsports Park in Shediac is hosting the first show in what will hopefully become an annual ritual at the speedway. The venue is hosting a classic rock show with this year’s show featuring legendary Canadian band The Headpins playing alongside Moncton bands Loaded Dice and Glamour Puss.
Originally formed as a side project to their band Chilliwack, Bryan Macleod and Ab Bryant founded The Headpins and recruited vocalist Darby Mills and drummer Bernie Aubin to complete the lineup. Mills gained instant recognition for her powerful vocal delivery and the band quickly shot to stardom, sharing stages with Loverboy, Heart and Kiss while their records would go on to attain gold and platinum status in Canada.
As far as Loaded Dice vocalist Don Coleman is concerned, Mills is one of Canada’s greatest female rock vocalists of all time.
“They have garnered so many hits like ‘Don’t It Make Ya Feel’, ‘Turn It Loud’ and ‘Just One More Time’ during their career,” Coleman says. “There is a demand for live performances from bands from this era; fans who saw them in the past and want to relive the experience and then the demand from younger fans who have never had the opportunity to see them.”
Loaded Dice is a Moncton band made up of vocalist Coleman, Paul Leblanc, Craig O’Neill, Dave LeBlanc and Freddy Prosser. The group plays a variety of cover songs including tracks by AC/DC, ZZ Top, Deep Purple and Bryan Adams.
And although Moncton group Glamour Puss has been laying low in recent times, the band never actually split up, contrary to rumors.
“We never broke up,” Glamour Puss leader Travis Furlong confirms. “We still love playing together; I think that the friendship that we have is rare.
“We just aren’t in people’s faces like we once were. Glamour Puss has been together now for almost 15 years, and were on the road for probably 11 of those years. Right now, the members of the band are enjoying work in some side projects while we’re still finding ways to grow musically within our band.”
Coleman has been working with the show’s promoters to help ensure the success of the event. According to him, tickets for the show are selling briskly and that one successful show will lead to another that will lead to another that will lead to another.
“I think the goal of this type of show is to help create an affordable alternative to the big festival shows that are so popular in the region. The show will bring spectators a more personal concert experience that includes an excellent venue, friendly staff and world-class entertainment,” Coleman states.
There are two tiers of tickets available for the show: regular tickets to the show are $25 while you might want to entertain picking up VIP tickets for roughly double the price.
The VIP ticket includes preferred spectator seating, food and beverages as well as onsite parking for a reasonable price of $49.50.
Additional information on the show can be found online at www.centreforspeed.com or by phone at (506) 388-2415.