Archive for March, 2011

Scene of the Crime

Posted: March 26, 2011 in Rock n Roll

Art as seen from the drums, March 29/74. when we opened for Chilliwack at the Poco Rec Centre. Photo by Chris Hartridge.

Finally, a new addition to the Road Stories section of the Official Sparkling Apple website. We had been getting some error messages (something to do with FTP connection or something like that), but all has been remedied. This week’s episode concerns our many visits to the Olympic Hotel in North Van in 1974, and although the premises have long been levelled (“this is a classy joint what I are trying to run here”), it will always be remembered. After a request for user input and reminiscences, we now bring you a steaming pile of… THE BIG O!

Keep on rockin’,
Captain Maniac

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Gardens-variety Apple

Posted: March 26, 2011 in Rock n Roll

Art at the Gardens, Jan. 12, 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

More of the “Dee Lippingwell Photos”. In this photo, Art goes into rock n roll mode at a concert at the PNE Gardens, which was the show where we opened for Randy Hansen and his Jimi Hendrix tribute.

An archeological miracle

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Rock n Roll

Sparkling Apple at Gary Taylor's Rock Room, August 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell

In March, 2011, I contacted Dee Lippingwell on Facebook and asked if there was a possibility that any of her old Sparkling Apple photos still existed. Well, the answer was definitely positive! Dee had kept all of her photo negs from over 30 years of photo shoots (every rock band from AC/DC to ZZ Top and all points in between), and retrieving the Sparkling Apple shots was just a matter of a trip to her storage facility. After it was determined that she had indeed taken pictures of us at two shows — Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, August 1979 (shown above) and the PNE Gardens in January 1979 (shown below) — it was just a matter of Dee printing the negs and me scanning the prints for your enjoyment. The rest of the photos will soon be either displayed here on the Official Sparkling Apple blog or on the Sparkling Apple website. As of March 25, 2011, the website is experiencing some difficulties, as in ” there was an error communicating with the FTP server”, but these issues will be resolved (failure is not an option).

 

Buzz Constantly at the PNE Gardens 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Keep on rockin’,
Captain Maniac

Perhaps we should quote the Moody Blues’ song “Ride My Seesaw”, because this week our Road Stories episode can once again be found on the Official Sparkling Apple Website. In this installment, we cover a brief period of our history in which we defied The Tight White Seafarers rule (musicians of a Certain Age will appreciate this analogy) and actually played in downtown Vancouver. We mention Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, The Cave and the Windmill, with further reminiscences forthcoming. The 1980 Telethon comes to mind!

Keep on rockin’,
Captain Maniac

Back in action

Posted: March 10, 2011 in Rock n Roll

Some of you faithful readers are probably thinking to yourself: “Self, whatever happened to the Official Sparkling Apple Blog?” Not to worry — Captain Maniac’s been busy lately, so our regularly scheduled blog will return to normal in a matter of days. Rumour has it that the next blog entry will involve downtown Vancouver, BC, a place that in sunshine is Paradise, but when it’s raining is the most Miserable Hole on the Face of the Earth! Stay tuned.