Rest in Peace.

Posted: April 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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We regret to announce the passing of Stringbean (real name Gary Walchuk), our bassist from 1975 to 1978, who died of complications of pneumonia on April 20, 2019. He would definitely find it amusing that he passed away on 4/20! He is currently “going Comanche” on the basso profundo somewhere in another dimension.

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Sparkling Apple made yet ANOTHER surprise appearance at the Freakrock Jam on June 21, 2018, in preparation for our 50th Anniversary show in 2019. There’s no stopping us now, apparently — this retirement crap is highly overrated! Seen here are a few shots from that night (the first two taken by Rosielynn Crosby, and the one with Captain Maniac out front photographed by Mike O’Connor). With the battle cry, “Play Some CCR, Man!”, we started off with Born on the Bayou, after which Captain Maniac came out front from behind the drums and offered a lovely rendition of The Doors’ tune, Roadhouse Blues (Chris Murray Driver bravely manned the drums for that number). We ended our brief three-song set with the old ZZ Top chestnut, La Grange, and then it was all over but the shouting! Pointing at Art in the second photo is none other than Lisa Freakrock.

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Rancid Road Crew Reunion

Posted: May 6, 2018 in 21st Century

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Rancid Road Crew reunion at Ernie Arneson’s house in Maple Ridge, May 5, 2018. Shown here is the version of Sparkling Apple from 1976, only 42 years later! Left to right is Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid (Art Kyllonen), Stringbean (Gary Walchuk) and Captain Maniac (Colin Hartridge). Also in attendance were Animal (Robin Hicks) and Puke Monster (Gerald Mackie), along with Phil and others — I recognized their voices, but I would have to see name tags to verify who these people were! A pleasant afternoon of appies and Road Horror Stories from the past. One topic that was mentioned was the “N*gger Trap 500”, where Captain Maniac’s pants were removed after a session with a 26-er of vodka!

 

 

Sparkling Apple at Donegals

Another surprise appearance by Sparkling Apple at Donegal’s in Surrey. Twice in the same year? Whoa, that’s ALREADY more than we played in all of 2017! Let’s hope we survive long enough to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2019! At Thursday night’s Freakrock Jam on March 29th, we played Born On the Bayou (“play some CCR, man”) and by request, unearthed a decidedly uneven intrepretation of I’m Only Here For the Beer — yes, I forgot the second verse, but nobody noticed, did they? We ended our three-song extravaganza with Red House by Jimi, “because Art wanted to play it”. We had people dancing for at least one of the songs!

Surprise Appearance!

Posted: March 27, 2018 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll

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Sparkling Apple makes an announced and uncalled for surprise appearance at the February 22nd edition of the Freakrock Jam at Donegal’s Irish House in Surrey BC.! If we play in 2019, we will have been together for fifty years! (Photo by Lisa Freakrock.)

 

Budd and Joanne’s Wedding

Posted: September 27, 2016 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock Show

Photos of Sparkling Apple at East Delta Hall, most of which were taken by Lisa Freakrock on September 24, 2016, at the wedding of Budd Marr (who used to play bass for Sweeney Todd) and Joanne Stern. Several musicians were invited to share the stage, including Elio Martelli, Mike Kelly, Dave Vidal, Doug and the Slugs, the Shindiggers and many luminaries of the live music scene! Black and white shot by Michelle Yu.

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Sullivan Hall 2016

Posted: May 2, 2016 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock Show

Our annual gig! We played at Sullivan Community Centre (otherwise known as Sullivan Hall) in Surrey BC on April 23, 2016. Other bands on the show were Wailin’ Walker and Jerry Doucette. Photo by Char Davidson.

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