How good of a guitar player is Gibson hollow-body (and assorted other models) six-stringer Darrell McNeill of the David Love Band?
Well, start with the fact that he is the guitarist in the DLB —not exactly a run of the mill assignment considering that the eponymous leader of the trio is himself a renowned guitarist of the first rank whose c.v. includes many years of touring and recording with Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman as well as nearly 20 years as a member of The Carpet Frogs, and current membership in the Classic Albums Live troupe.
Yet Love chooses to play bass in the DLB, trusting McNeill carry the melodic freight on a diverse Pop Rock repertoire of sometimes challenging tunes from the psychedelic Sixties like “Crimson and Clover” and a wide range of seminal chart hits. What does that tell you?
So when McNeill mentions to me that “oh by the way, I also play in another band” in his Brampton stomping grounds, I tend to suspect that it’s probably a pretty decent combo. The owners of Oscar’s Roadhouse, one of the city’s two premier Rock/Pop rooms (Jake’s Boathouse being the other) for over 15 years evidently think so, since they’ve rebooked his Fifteen Stone group for a show tonight. Starts at 9 and there’s no cover.
If your appetite has been whetted for some great guitar playing but Brampton is out of your range, you could always pay a $30+ cover charge and check out a collection of some of the best local Telecaster pickers ever assembled, doing a “Masters Of The Telecaster” (Why not just “’Caster Masters” I wonder?) show at Hugh’s Room in west TO. Tony “Wild T” Springer, Danny Marks, Dylan Wickens, Pat Rush and Mike McKenna can all be considered as belonging in the company of Blues-Rock guitar legends from the ages.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Friday, January 23, 2022
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*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO
*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*5-8> Kensington Kitchen Party with host Kevin Jollimore of Sin City Boys & guest musicians @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St., TO ~Pop Rock with heart
*5-7> open mic with The Foolish Things @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~original Pop
5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East
5-8> Fixin’s Jazz Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
5:30> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Roots-Pop
*6-9> Hailee Rose Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock
6:30> Artie Roth Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
7-9> Tim Bradford album release @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Roots-Pop
7:30> David Woodhead’s Confabulation @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO
8> Mark “Bird” Stafford with Dan Dufour & Darren Poole @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Blues; $10
8:30> “Masters Of The Telecaster” with Danny Marks; Tony “Wild T” Springer; Dylan Wickens; Pat Rush; Mike McKenna @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues-Rock guitarists; $30/+
8:30> Judged @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9-1> Fifteen Stone featuring Darrell McNeill @ Oscar’s Roadhouse, 1785 Queen St. E., Brampton ~Top 40/Rock
9> Stiletto Flats @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~classic Rock
9-1> Root Down Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West
9> Root Magic @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., TO East
9> One King @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40
**9-1> Acoustic Affect with Alexander Quail & guests tba @ Lake Affect, 1 Port St., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9-1> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St., Oshawa ~Blues
9> Marshall Dane @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9> The British Invastion @ Blarney’s Gate, 1151 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~Brit Pop
9> Carling Stephen @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~
9:30> Tommy Rocker Classic Rock Show @ Fox at Scarborough Junction, 646 Danforth Rd., Scarborough ~classic Rock
9:30> Taunted By Girls featuring Michelle Deneault @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Midnight Jewel featuring Brian Potts on bass @ Dub Linn Gate, 50 Interchange Way, Woodbridge ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Pink Floyd tribute @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Rd., TO North
9:30> Lady Kane @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:30> Sheila & Matt @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd., Scarborough ~Pop Rock
9:30> Tom Barlow Band @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> The Nomads @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill
9:30> Ugly Dog @ Shakers, 580 Kerr St., Oakville ~Pop Rock
9:30> Grindstone Blues Band @ 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock
9:45> The Vipers @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues
10-2> Taxi @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South ~classic Rock/Funk
10> Lera Salt featuring Hervé Basset on keys @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
10> Ken Yoshioka with Dave McManus on bass & Cleave Anderson on drums @ Scruffy Murphy’s, 160 Eglinton Ave. E., TO North ~Blues
10> Bob Marley tribute @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Reggae; $10
10> Miranda Mulholland & Friends @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street West, TO
10> I Hate You Robb @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East
10-2> Hot Wax Meltdown @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO W.
10> Cody McMillan @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
10-2> Bad To The Bone @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/R&B
10-2> Failte @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 36 Kingston Rd., E., Ajax ~Scottish Celtic Pop
10-2> Deuce @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40
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