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Loverboy and Chilliwack at Rock ‘n August

Headline act Loverboy performs at Rock 'n August Music Festival on Saturday

Rock ’n August rolls into St. Albert on Aug. 4 for five days of bumper-to-bumper classic car cruises and old time rock.

It’s a revival of a bygone era where chrome ruled the roads and rock and roll powered the waves.

Throughout Rock ’n August, music fans will spin rock and roll tunes throughout the city. However, this era is truly memorialized with Loverboy and Chilliwack presenting a showdown of classics on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Servus Credit Union Place.

Loverboy, the iconic ’80s Canadian rock group from Calgary, had a few hit singles. Turn Me Loose and Working for the Weekend became arena rock staples and are still part of the catalogue on classic rock and classic hits radio stations.

Now based in Vancouver, Loverboy has cut down on touring but maintains a visible presence as a pop cultural band. The band released Unfinished Business, its ninth studio album in July 2014. In late August will kick-off a 15 stop American tour.

Opening for Loverboy is Chilliwack, also a British Columbia-based band. Known for their hit anthems My Girl, I Believe, Fly At Night, Crazy Talk and Lonesome Mary, Chilliwack made its mark with relationship songs in the ’70s and ’80s.

But a lot has happened since then. Guitarist, vocalist and major composer Bill Henderson is in a different headspace and he’s written Take This Land Back, a song that encourages ordinary Canadians to take a hard look at the political decision-makers in our country.

“It’s not a protest song. It’s more an encouragement song. It comes from feeling the pulse of Canadians. We don’t want to go back. We want to move forward. There’s a heart and soul in the country, but I feel it’s misrepresented by the people in power. I’d love to see the heart and soul of Canada and have a democracy reintroduced once more,” said Henderson.

The singer-songwriter lives on Salt Spring Island with a population of 10,000 people that live closely connected to nature. Climate change, big oil and pollution are just a few threats to the island’s peaceful, clean way of life.

Take Back This Land was sparked from a politically socially active film festival Henderson attended on Salt Spring Island. What added fuel to the fire was a comment on the Canadian state of affairs a friend, Alex Mair, founder of Attic Records made on his Facebook page.

Throughout his career, Henderson has written a few angry songs – Patent on the Wind, Raino and 17” Summer. But he’s hardly a radical.

For close to 30 years he was on the SOCAN board of directors, a corporation with 300 employees that deals with $250 million annually.

“For 23 years I learned about the business and how it works. SOCAN fights for songwriters’ income and help them make a living. I learned about business dynamics and governance. I learned about tariffs and the copyright board. I went to Ottawa and worked with politicians. As a musician and a songwriter I felt powerIess and I didn’t have a lot of faith in the voting system. But I learned we can change government.”

Henderson has completed an acoustic video of Take Back This Land recorded with Bob Rock, a Canadian musician and sound engineer known for producing Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Our Lady Peace, Bryan Adams and Michael Bublé.

“When we recorded it we were really flying by the seat of our pants. We don’t have a lot of dough down here, so you squeeze in free studio time between schedules.”

Henderson hopes to have a video up on YouTube by Aug. 8, the concert date.

“At the concert, we’re going to keep it lean and simple. Our objective is to have an incredibly good time and get high on music. By the time we get to the end, we should be flying and the audience should be flying. That’s why Flying at Night is sung at the end of the concert and the only way we can do it is be in the moment. Playing in the moment is being with people.”


Loverboy and Chilliwack
Rock ’n August
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.
Servus Credit Union Place
Tickets: $54.25 to $64.25 Visit ticketmaster.ca

Anna Borowiecki: Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.