April Wine / Sept. 25, 2003

Bourbon West played host Thursday night to April Wine, "the best Canadian rock band of all time" as o­ne fan put it. He might not be far from the truth.

The bands popularity was well apparent as we pulled into the parking lot and couldn't find o­ne empty parking space. It was further evidenced by the fact that the club was sold out, with over 500 people in attendance. It  was  a  mixed crowd  of  young  and old(er) who came out to enjoy this band that has been around for over 30 years.

The crowd was adequately warmed up by Carl Dixon, who played an acoustic guitar set with songs ranging from Pagliaro to The Guess Who. He then joined April Wine o­n keyboards and guitar.

April Wine opened their set with the appropriately titled song The Band has Just Begun and then got right into Drop your Guns. The crowd was very responsive, and were particularly pleased with the old favourites such as Say Hello and Bad Side of the Moon.

Despite a flu that almost cancelled the show, the band was tight, and the vocals strong, especially for Weeping Widow, where the bands signature harmonies and guitar riffs were spotlighted.

Jim Clench performed 21st Century Schizoid Man where his distinct voice resonated throughout the crowd. This was followed by a rocking drum solo by Jerry Mercer. The band ended their relatively short set with Could've Been a Lady and I Like to Rock.

After considerable applause, the band came back o­n stage for an encore. Myles Goodwyn thanked the crowd, observing how nice it was to "see so many familiar faces". He also invited the crowd to sing along for Tonite's A Wonderful Nite To Fall In Love, and then they ended the night with a rousing rendition of Oowatanite, with sirens and all.

Surprisingly, the band did not play any songs from their latest release Back to the Mansion, their first studio album since 1994, featuring such hits as Talk To Me and Won't Go There.

Bourbon West was a great venue to host a truly great Canadian band. Small and intimate, (if you could call over 500 people intimate), the sound was great and a good ventilation system kept the smell of cigarette smoke at bay.

Set List

The Band has Just Begun

Drop your Guns

Cum Hear the Band

Say Hello

Big City Girls

Weeping Widow

21st Century Schizoid Man

Drum Solo

Just Between You and Me

Bad Side of the Moon

That's Me

Gypsy Queen

Could've Been a Lady

I Like to Rock


Tonite's A Wonderful Nite To Fall In Love


Band Members

Myles Goodwyn – guitar and lead vocals, writer, producer and leader of the band

Brian Greenway – guitar and background vocals

Jerry Mercer -Drums

Jim Clench – Bass guitar and vocals

Paul Dixon – Keyboard, guitar and background vocals

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