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Happenings on the Scene - Classic rockers meet upstart pop to Rock the Blocl

Trooper

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Trooper

Trooper will be back in B-Town to headline Rock the Block. This will be the perfect opportunity for the younger generation to see how veteran rockers get it done.

Alyssa Reid

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Alyssa Reid

These Kids Wear Crowns

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These Kids Wear Crowns

Left of Centre captured in action at Ridgefest 2014.

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Left of Centre captured in action at Ridgefest 2014. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW SOKOLOVIC AT PERFECT PROPERTY PICTURES)

Jess Moskaluke

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Jess Moskaluke

It still amazes me that these guys are still going strong. Maybe not that they are still playing, but the fact that they are still delivering high energy shows well into their once illustrious career. Their agenda is simple: arrive, raise a little hell then leave.

Or, in other words, come for a good time, not a long time.

The first time I saw this now legendary Canadian party rock band was back when they were enjoying the success of their then top 40 radio hit "Raise a Little Hell." This was their sixth top 40 single and believe it or not their only successful single released Stateside.

To this day it’s such a great song to crank up on your stereo or radio whenever it comes on. Talk about your stomp along anthem. I fondly recall when they played it here in Brandon all those years ago, the crowd at the Keystone Centre was rarely louder — that is, until another Canadian band came along some 20+ years later with their concussion cannons and truckloads of pyro, but that’s another story we won’t get into right now…

When you see a Trooper video from back in their heyday, it’s hard to fathom that the guys can still move on stage like that now. But they do and they will when they hit the stage and crank the amps for Rock the Block this Friday night about Eighth and Rosser.

A huge bonus with bands like Trooper that have been around for so long is that they have enough hits that they can play an entire set of them. Although there are some fans who might like the odd "B" side surprise, Trooper are really one of those bona-fide classic rock bands who are known for their hits.

Lead by mainstay original members Ra McGuire (No relation — we’ve actually discussed it and had a chuckle over it back in 1990 at Shinerama.) and Brian "Smitty" Smith, Trooper continue to crank out their classic hits live and have been doing so since they were racking them up on the charts nearly 40 years ago. They started out in 1975 and rattled off most of their memorable tunes in the ’70s.

Let’s take a look at a list of their amazing musical accomplishments:

With the exception of "Baby Woncha Please Come Home," which hit No. 45 in 1975 and "Only a Fool," which hit 44 in 1982, the following singles hit the top 40 on Canadian radio (according to Wikipedia):

"Baby Woncha Please Come Home", "General Hand Grenade" (No. 14 - 1975), "Two For The Show" (No. 15 1976), "Santa Maria" (No. 30 1976), "We’re Here For a Good Time" (No. 12 1977), "Oh Pretty Lady" (No. 10 1978), "Raise a Little Hell" (No. 26 1978), "Round Round We Go" (No. 10 1978), "The Moment That it Takes" (No. 14 1979), "The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car" (No. 25 1979), "3 Dressed Up As A 9" (No. 24 1979), "Janine" (No. 7 1980), "Only a Fool, Boy With a Beat" (No. 33 1989), "American Dream" (No. 26 1991).

Plus, who can forget their greatest hits compilation?! There must be at least a few copies of that sucker in every other neighbourhood across this country. At last check, it has gone five times platinum here in Canada.

The important thing to remember here is, they can still deliver these hits live. There are many 30 and 40 somethings I know who wish they could have as much energy as these guys.

They will be taking the stage to headline Rock the Block this Friday night after Alyssa Reid, These Kids Wear Crowns and RTB Battle of the band contest winners Left of Centre.

The layout of the event will be quite similar to last year or any other year you may have attended.

Get your tickets now at BUSU office. Phone orders: 204-727-9660. Advance price: $25 students, $30 non students. Other RTB (non student) ticket outlets include: B.O.B. Headquarters, Forbidden Flavours on 18th and in the Town Centre, Double Decker Tavern, The Dock on Princess, and Smitten.

About the other artists who will be Rocking The Block:

@:ALYSSA REID

Alyssa Reid is a 21-year-old singer songwriter born in Edmonton, raised in Brampton, Ont. and currently residing in Toronto. She has two albums to her credit, 2011’s The Game and her most recent CD Time Bomb which just spawned a third single "Hurricane".

Alyssa was nominated in the New Artist of the year category at the 2012 Junos. She won the Socan Urband Music Award that same year for her single "Alone Again". She recently toured with Hedley on their Wild Live 2014 Canadian Tour.

She is a tremendously talented and dynamic pop/rock artist on the rise who is definitely onto bigger and better things in the music world.

@:THESE KIDS WEAR CROWNS

These Kids Wear Crowns are a pop-rock band are originally from Chilliwack, B.C., andare currently based in Vancouver. They first garnered nationwide attention after being featured on MuchMusic’s hit show, DisBand.

Their popularity has grown considerably since then. Most of the members knew each other from high school and some had previously played in other bands together.

Formed in 2009, TKWC now have two EPs and a full length CD to their credit.

The year 2011 was a big one for them as they released their first full length album Jumpstart in the spring. The album debuted at No. 31 on the music charts here in Canada. The album included the hits "Jumpstart", "Lifetime", "Break It Up", and a remake of Whitney Houston’s classic "I Wanna Dance with Somebody."

"Jumpstart", the single, went gold in Australia.

These Kids Wear Crowns have been on several tours, including with Hedley, Fefe Dobson and Simple Plan. They have toured not only in Canada but also in Australia and Singapore where their fan base is steadily growing.

Their live show is top-notch and their on stage energy is ridiculous. Get down on Rosser early and these guys will get you up!

@:LEFT OF CENTRE

Westman Rockers Left of Centre won earned the right to kick off this year’s Rock the Block festivities when they won the Battle of the Bands at The 40 last month. Congrats fellas! It’s onward and upward for these guys. Their live show just keeps getting better and better. Get in there and down in front of the stage early to cheer on these local boys and witness their stellar show first hand.

Extra Happenings:

Congrats to Jess Moskaluke on attaining Gold sales on her single, "Cheap Wine & Cigarettes" — the first single from her 2014MDM album, Light Up the Night.

The country singer has three noms in this year’s CCMAs. On her Facebook page, she writes: "Thank you SO much to all my incredible fans ... as well as Canadian radio and @cmt_canada for the support. We couldn’t have done it without you guys! This is incredible!"

Way to go, Jess — I know it won’t be long until I’m writing about your platinum success.

Frank McGwire is a veteran of the local radio industry, a musician and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.

» opinion@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 4, 2014

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Trooper will be back in B-Town to headline Rock the Block. This will be the perfect opportunity for the younger generation to see how veteran rockers get it done.

It still amazes me that these guys are still going strong. Maybe not that they are still playing, but the fact that they are still delivering high energy shows well into their once illustrious career. Their agenda is simple: arrive, raise a little hell then leave.

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Trooper will be back in B-Town to headline Rock the Block. This will be the perfect opportunity for the younger generation to see how veteran rockers get it done.

It still amazes me that these guys are still going strong. Maybe not that they are still playing, but the fact that they are still delivering high energy shows well into their once illustrious career. Their agenda is simple: arrive, raise a little hell then leave.

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