Southside Johnny’s will be showing the Love tonight | 140607Sa Shows




That David Love is one of the most talented guitar players in the GTA (and a pretty damn good singer too) is pretty much not up for argument. There’s a reason why Randy Bachman regards him as a go-to guy for studio recording, why he was part of Burton Cummings’s band for some time and why he’s a mainstay part of the Craig Martin’s Classic Albums Live touring ensemble that reproduces great discs note for note in cities across North America.

But these days you’re as likely to find the former longtime member of Carpet Frogs on stages with a bass strapped on as holding a six-string. For while he still plays acoustic guitar as part of his popular Love & LeBlanc 60s Pop duo with Roger LeBlanc, in his own David Love Band he’s part of the rhythm section –although he still provides lead vocals.

McNeill, Love & Mulligan bring back the 60s -Gary 17

McNeill, Love & Mulligan bring back the 60s -Gary 17

The reason, he told me one time, can be explained in two words: Darrell McNeill. A comparatively low-profile guitarist who hails from the original version of the band Fifteen Stone, he provides the vast array of guitar sounds that are required to emulate the diverse melodic material from the 1960s that is the Love band’s stock in trade.

Convincingly reproducing the vibe and sounds of groups as varied as The Kinks, The Beatles, The Animals, Sly Stone, Smokey Robinson, Mandala, and so many more (when these guys do “Crimson and Clover” you’ll swear you’re actually still back in 1967 having an LSD hallucination that you’re an older person living in the future) is not for the faint of heart or light of talent. But these guys, with only drummer Kevin Mulligan to give them the big bottom, are more than up to the task.

That’s why I was eager to help get them to do a show at one of my longtime favourite GTA bars, Southside Johnny’s in Etobicoke, in February. As I told eponymous club owner John Theodore at the time, I felt they were exactly the right band to replace The Remnants, a group that’d become part of the lively room’s staple roster and which I’d introduced there about five years ago, but that had split up last year.

I don’t think I was too far off the mark because tonight the DLB returns to Southside, at 3652 Lakeshore Blvd. W. a little east of Brown’s Line, for the second of what I am certain will be a long run of gigs there.

If you haven’t been to SSJ yet then you should know that there’s no point in making plans to go somewhere else later –I’ve done that many a time and can tell you from the voice of experience that this room has a magnetic pull on you that will make it hard to leave until they reluctantly have to kick you out at closing. Tasty, generous-portioned and inexpensive food, good-looking servers whom Johnny has trained to be efficient, a large selection of draughts, a great and comfy décor and, of course, excellent bands on a real stage area with lighting, all combine to weave a spell. Oh, and did I mention the large, lively patio at the side where guys and girls in summer attire display their tans?

The show starts about 10 and if the Stanley Cup hockey game is still going then you can keep up with the action on the giant wall-screen (intelligently located off to the site of the bands’ area) one of six 40” screens or a plethora of smaller high-quality screens located all over the bar (but none interfering with the live shows.) No cover but do go there hungry and I’d advise arriving early to get a choice seat for this show.

-Gary 17,


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