Posters, Photos and other
Here you'll find all kinds of photos from my
scrapbook, album covers, stage passes, articles etc.
Playing at the Drumheller Legion with
Slim Damon and Lawrence (Last name?) 16 years old.
Jamming with my brother Wayne on guitar
My first Musician's Union Card. I was very proud
of it. At that time everyone was in the union or you did not
work. The union would send out a book every year with all the
player's names and instruments that they played. I used that
book many times to find work and would also get calls for work through
them. They had a bulletin board you could post on with the type of music
you were looking to play. Another common bit of information
posted was "Read or Fake" in case it was charts.
Here are some adds from the newspaper for Tyler
and Life Line. I remember getting my first standing ovation for a drum
solo at the Airliner.
Look at the picture of "Tree" and see if you can
find Dennis Davies, another good drummer and friend of mine. Tyler used to
rehearse in his basement, because our bass player lived with him.
There was two full pages in the Calgary Herald at
that time advertising all the bands playing in all the venues. Notice that
the Airliner alone had 4 bands playing 6 nights a week employing at least
11 musicians and you could only get these gigs or any others through
an agent. Competition was fierce for all gigs but the good players worked
all the time.
Another newspaper add. The agent booked Tyler (see
picture in my band pictures page) into a "Dine and Dance" room. We
showed up dressed all wrong, played the wrong material ( rock and some
original ) and were too loud! I think we lasted 3 nights of the six before
we were let go.
This is the poster
for Storm. I don't have any pictures of the band unfortunately, but we
played all over BC and Alberta and the rhythm section played with Bo
Here is one picture of me playing with Storm at
McEwan Hall, University of Calgary. Note that I was playing with the blunt
ends of the sticks. The drums were rarely miked and I had to beat the crap
out of them to be heard when competing with guitars and keyboards
amplified to the max.
Herald Article on
Storm with Bo Diddley 1973
Poster from Sylvan Lake with Chilliwack.
Something changed on
the date because we did a double bandstand and Chilliwack were the
Another Poster from
As you can see we had
just warmed up for Freddie King at the Jubilee Auditorium
Poet did all original music and became Ruby
Cat to play some commercial Music
Hammersmith Album Cover Front
Hammersmith Album Cover Back1975
Bob Ego played drums on several of the songs that were recorded earlier as Painter but
was never credited on the album. We changed the name to Hammersmith and I
finished the rest of the album in the studio in Vancouver. They
can be found on my links page.
Bob Ego, drummer for Painter,
Hammersmith, prior to me, and award winning band Streetheart with me March
2010. A great drummer and good friend.
Hammersmth then went on some US
Tours warming up for all the top acts of the time.
The add above was in
Billboard Magazine Sept 1975
Cover page from the Hammersmith Press Kit sent out
by Mercury Records to stadiums.
Another Magazine article. Not sure where this one
was from Creem Magazine Dec 1975. Just below and to the right of us is a
review for a new Rush album.
Enlargement of the Creem Magazine
Here are some of the stage passes I managed to
I cannot remember who we played with at the Michigan Palace.
Black Oak Arkansas in Memphis
Rod Stewart and the Faces in New
With Spirit in Cocoa Beach Florida and Salt Lake City.
We also played with them
in Tampa Florida.
Two Stage passes
from the Band Kansas.
Missouri date also had Leslie West with Carmine Appice on Drums for a
We played about 10 dates with Jethro
Barrie Barlow and me on the Tull tour. A great
drummer and such a nice person.
Circus magazine article 1976. Of course they got
it all wrong, calling Martin Barre the drummer instead of Barrie. Of
course I never turned it down and everything was ready to go in Brussels
where we would start recording the next album. It was Barrie that told Ian
Anderson he should use me when he left. When Barrie decided to stay I was
very disappointed but Barrie made the right decision for himself at the
This was from Rolling Stone Magazine.
Apparently Paul McCartney was in disguise at the Starwood Club in LA
watching us play!
Shango in Action Magazine 1976
Shango played two concerts with J.J. Cale at the
Jubilee Auditoriums Edmonton and Calgary
A Single from Karen and 20/20 that I
recorded with them.
I was playing with Rick Nelson and the Raiders at
a house gig. When the club cut the budget for the band I was replaced with
a drum machine. Joe Warmington, a Sun columnist and reporter that still
works for the Toronto Sun put this mock up page together for me. They did
bring the real drums back !
One of Kim Retallick's Posters
Jay Coda Walker Halloween 2010. Mike
Retallick and I were Jay's rhythm section.
At the Blues Can with Greg Godovitz (Goddo) and Paul Dean
( Loverboy) Feb 2011
Carrying on the musical tradition here
is a picture of my beautiful daughter Jenna playing at one of her