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BC/DC, Ham Wailin', Parallel Lines - Halloween 2013
BC/DC - A Rock n' Roll Salute
There are Tribute Bands... and there's BC/DC.
They were born of bush party ashes in the summer of 1999. Some 400 unexpected gigs later, Canada's BC/DC has systematically redefined the concept of a tribute band, garnering iconic status amongst diehard fans, agents, and venues from Vancouver BC to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From the backyard biker bashes of Ymir, to the star-studded legendary rooms of Las Vegas. From Nelson to New York City.
BC/DC’s live show has become a legendary, and necessary “rite-of-passage” amongst their unwavering supporters and believers. With over-the-top stage energy, they deliver every last note of all the classic songs with absolute authority. You get tired just watching them. BC/DC is heavily rooted in the Bon Scott-era catalog (Dirty Deeds, TNT, Jailbreak, Let There Be Rock), but also covers AC/DC’s second “golden era” with all the essentials; Back in Black, For Those About to Rock, Hells Bells, and many more. Hey, there’s always another AC/DC tune... and BC/DC always seems more than eager to blast it out.
Rock n' Roll Will Never Die. Just ask a BC/DC Fan.
It's about a maniac lead guitarist who occasionally enjoys wearing a cow suit. It's about a frontman from the back alley, born to be a Rock n' Roll Singer. Feature Film appearances and Original Soundtracks. A 16-minute mocu-rockumentary tour-de-force, entitled "ReVoltage" shown at independent film festivals around the world. And fans keep chugging it down.
BC/DC could be considered a small business success story. Hell, they may be eligible for some type of entrepreneurial award. The band's cumulative business savvy is obvious in it's spot-on marketing. With annual website visits in the millions (www.bcdc.ca), and worldwide merchandise sales "doing well", the unmistakable, yet double-take BC/DC wordmark adorns the t-shirts of many well-known celebrities, major sports figures, and your local neighborhood stuck-in-the- eighties headbanger. It's also emblazoned on the Zamboni of the band's hometown hockey rink, on the jersey's of a local youth soccer team, and on a 1968 Monaco Wagon/Pro Drag Car affectionately named "Demonico". Cool, eh?
Woven into the Fabric of Canadian Rock n' Roll.
Think about it. Do you know any other tribute band that has been the answer to a crossword puzzle in the Vancouver Province newspaper? Or the answer to a trivia question in Air Canada's "En Route" in-flight magazine. Didn't think so.
If there's a Canadian cultural export any rowdier than Nelson British Columbia's BC/DC, you can bet your axe lead guitarist Angus Hung will hang up his electrocuted hairdo in shame. Legendary shows. Empty beer fridges. Attendance records. Ringing Ears.
Remember the first time you believed in Rock n' Roll? Welcome Back.
Why just listen a tribute to it when you can be livin' it! Big haired buxom babes flock to the sexually charged good times that were the Eighties, embodied by the totally outrageous music of Van Halen. Guaranteed to put you in a partying mood! Ham Wailin’ arrives armed with a tickle-trunk of spandex and the over the top flamboyance of Van Halen and David Lee Roth at their peak.
With more testosterone than a major league baseball drug test, the Ham Wailin' show is just a groin-pull waiting to happen as front-man Zazz Blammymataz (Denton Booth) enamours the chicks with his high-kicking, crotch and side splitting performances. With more athleticism then a Mexican masked mauler flying off the top rope, the band members earnest enthusiasm and vocal excellence body slams the back beat and brings entertainment to all; even those who don’t know what a Van Halen is! This is no high -school disaster on the Stratocaster with feeble fingers groping the fret board like a dude un-clasping his first bra, as Ham Wailin’ boasts album perfect renditions featuring guitar wizardry accurately mimicking Edward Van Halen.
The group has many years of experience together, developing as a very powerful and proficient band. From the glamourous underbelly of Victoria's Strathcona hotel to the high-falutin' posh River Cree Casino in Edmonton, Ham Wailin' is worth taking a gamble on as they find their way to Vancouver, BC and the Rickshaw Theatre to crotch-grab Halloween night on Thursday Oct 31 . It's a sure bet that the beer fuelled bro's in the band will be rocking hard while the kittens in the front row cat fight for their attention.
Zazz remembers his first rehearsal with Ham Wailin’. “I went for a high kick and suddenly my other foot slips out. I recall floating in space staring at my toes for a moment as went time slow, as it can feel before an accident. Then like a curler at the bonspiel loosing his edge, WHAM, I hit the floor, tailbone and back of the head.”
“Concussion and a bruised ass made me consider for a moment whether I should tone it down,” recounts Zazz, “but a compelling part of the show is that it hurts to pull off and that its dangerous!” "so to protect my rump I decided to put the maximus into my gluteus by drinking more beer."
Come be part of the fun. Spandex Attire Recommended.