Archive for April, 2011

Rock n Roll High School

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Rock n Roll

Captain Maniac 1974. Is this man a fire hazard or what?

Yes, it’s once again time for another Road Stories entry on the Official Sparkling Apple website. This week we present a brief glimpse into the ancient custom of high school dances, a quaint concept unknown in the 21st Century. That’s right, we used to perform at dances just like Michael J. Fox did in Back to the Future! At the end of the story, we encourage reminiscences and memories from those of you who had the misfortune of a Sparkling Apple concert at your high school dance. As it turns out, the video cameraman for our 2010 reunion was none other than Rick Mearns, who told me he remembered seeing us play at Banting High School (or was it Best? Help me out here, Rick!) back in the 70s.

Tribute to an old friend

Posted: April 10, 2011 in Rock n Roll

Colin and Pete Brown on BC Ferry to Gibsons, 1972. Photo by Chris Hartridge.

In a departure from our usual tales of terror, this week we instead feature a salute to an old band buddy, Pete Brown (no, not the guy who wrote “Sunshine of Your Love”). Most of you won’t remember when Pete was an honourary member of the band, or even when he was a member of my brother’s band, The Midnite Trip, in the 60s. Suffice it to say, however, that Pete was part of our lives. We were shocked and saddened to hear of his sudden passing when he took his own life in the 80s. Yes, those of you who do remember Pete can help us out here — what date DID Pete leave us? Anyway, to see Sparkling Apple photos during the “Pete Era” click on THIS link.