If you had told me at the beginning of April that on July 17th, 2013 I would be taking the stage at Toronto's legendary El Mocambo to packed crowd to rock out with my band, I would have told you that you were nuts. Seriously, at the beginning of April I wasn't even in a band. I was simply a "living room" bass player with very novice skills, quite content to rock out with my headphones and ipod. That was until April 10th when my wife surprised me by enrolling me into the League of Rock!
The city has been in the midst of quite the heatwave with the temperature hitting 42C/107F this day and the El Mocambo does not have AC. So you can imagine how hot it got inside when you fill the place with rock n roll fans, add stage lights and I don't even want to know how hot it got inside the bar.
This was our third time actually playing live, gone were the nervous shakes, this time just excited energy as I unpacked my bass and prepared to hit the stage with my band mates. I couldn't wait to get up there and enjoy every moment.
Once onstage, I looked out at the crowd and a surge of energy flew through me. The heat no longer mattered, it was time to rock. Scott cranked out the intro chords to the Cult's Wildflower and we kicked into our four song set with reckless abandon. I realized how much room we had up on this stage and I quickly decided I was going to use all of it. I figured, "how many people get the chance to do this?" I wasn't going to waste it.
Laurie commented that it was time to slow things down and maybe do a "love song" as we launched into Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". I heard some cheers from the crowd and I smiled as Laurie can sing this song like nobody's business. I hopped up on Jim's drum riser during the middle part, this was part constructive because I use Jim's que during this part of the song and partly because I figured it would look cool when I jumped down as the song kicked back in. The stage was our playground and this song was so much fun to play.
Nothing like a little AC/DC to end of the set with some high energy rock n roll. Jim counted us into "Whole Lotta Rosie" and we were flying. At times it felt like I was floating on stage, everything was effortless. It was obviously pure adrenaline, much like the burst of energy you get when riding a great roller coaster. I totally understand why bands continue to tour even after they have worn out their welcome, it's such and incredible rush to be up onstage playing music live. We ended the song with a big "rock n roll" ending and the ride was over but what a great ride it was. Truly Amazing!
I want to take a moment and thank The League of Rock for creating and running such an amazing program. Terry, Topher, Rob, Cooper, Ken and all the amazing coaches, it was an absolute blast getting to live out my rock and roll fantasy of being in a band and you guys made that happen. For anyone out there playing guitar in their basement or bashing drums in their garage, do yourself a favor and look these guys up. The League of Rock ROCKS!
I would also like to take a moment and thank my incredibly thoughtful and generous wife for finding such an amazing birthday gift for me. You once again made my dreams come true.
|Sweating at the El Mocambo with the League of Rock!|