Sparkling Apple 2012 — Team Rob’s Fundraiser

Posted: February 7, 2012 in 21st Century, Rock n Roll

An irate audience member pleads with Art to "turn it down -- is all this noise just to cover up a lack of talent?"

Well, it’s a new year (2012), and Sparkling Apple seems to have got into the spirit of “Let’s reunite for a quick cash grab and re-live our misspent youth”, as is the current rage among many aging rockers (we’re talking to YOU, Van Halen!). Hell, now we can actually remember who or what we are and what we’re doing onstage in the first place! For you non-Facebook folks, here’s a candid look at a recent Apple performance on February 4th, 2012. For the first time in living memory — since last September, anyway — all surviving members of Sparkling Apple were in one location. Captain Maniac and Kevin Swain showed up for the Fundraiser, and it was agreed ahead of time that we would get up and play a few songs for any and all interested parties. OK, Rosie talked us into it, but that’s not important right now.

Art and his band The Fairlanes were hired for the “Team Rob’s Fundraiser — Cancer Sucks” event at Steelworkers’ Union Hall in Langley,  BC (as many of you may know, Rob Schierbeck was recently diagnosed with leukemia, so the fundraiser was a successful effort on his behalf). Ticket price was only $20, for which you’d get not only a rockin’ band, but a burger and a beer, too! After a particularly portly and Falstaffian Elvis imitator went through a medley of The Kang’s music, The Fairlanes played a memorable set of classic rock oldies. Not all audience members were eager to party, however, as you can see by our opening photo. I have no idea what caused Blondie to mount the dance floor and hurl epithets at Art, but vehemently complain about the volume she did, with arms flapping as if she was directing a 747 off the runway. “It’s too LOUD… tone it down,” she moaned, to which several of us at the band table yelled, “Sit the f*ck down, you’re bugging EVERYBODY!”. After years of whinge-ing crybabies bellyaching about Sparkling Apple’s stage volume (see our “Notes Sent to the Stage” section on our website), the arrival of a complainer was only too appropriate! Without the anticipated reaction (I suppose she wanted the band to stop playing, at which point she would be happy), our friend left in a huff, never to be seen or heard from again. Until someone directs her to this page!

Art on stage

However, once Art’s band had completed the first set and an interminable round of “Toonie Toss” occupied everyone’s time, it was time for the Apple to get up there and play whichever songs we could remember. The first song was unanimously chosen to be “Shakin’ All Over,” sung in the inimitable song stylings of the lovely Captain Maniac, which sequed haphazardly into the Whalley National Anthem, Van Morrison’s “Gloria”. “The inevitable “Papa Oom Mow Mow” and CCR’s “Born on the Bayou” followed in quick succession. At this point, uncharted territory reared its ugly head: Art had the bright idea to launch into “Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers,” a ZZ Top favourite which Art & I had performed since the Dawn of Time — what wasn’t apparent until we were a few seconds into the song, though, was the fact that Kevin had never played this song with us! Being the pro that he is, Kevin pulled it off admirably.

Sad to say, the audience was a bit subdued (probably the burger & beer deal might’ve had something to do with their lethargy), but Kevin woke up the crowd with a rousing version of the old crowd-pleaser “Play That Funky Music. White Boy”. To our delight, the dance floor was packed for this tune!

Play that funky music

After a few more stabs from the past, I called Ken (the Fairlanes’ drummer) to join us on the drums, while I went out front to warble the unintelligibly ducet tones of “Roadhouse Blues”. The Lizard King himself would have been proud, although I was hesitant to disrobe, Iggy-style. Didn’t want anyone to get hurt out there, don’t you know. For our encore (WE decided to do one, not the audience), I stayed up and ended our brief set with the Georgia Satellites’ version of “Don’t Pass Me By” by Ringo Starr. (All photos by Woody.)

In other news, this just in…

After some setbacks and scheduling obstacles (the studio wasn’t always available when we were), we are now back on track with our upcoming CD release. Last year we threatened to release it by Christmas — well, we didn’t say Christmas in what YEAR, so we’ve kept to our word. The title of the CD has unfortunately leaked out and is currently used by another band, but our reaction is: “excuse me, you’ve mistaken me for someone who actually GIVES a shit”, and Plan A is going full speed ahead, as if you expected otherwise.

Art’s guitar parts and vocals will be recorded by the time you read this, so if Van Halen can put out the first new album with Diamond Dave in 27 years, so can we.

Keep on rockin’!

Meytal favours us with a couple of tunes

Get down with your bad self.

Isn't it past my bedtime?

Sparkling Apple rocks Langley

Roadhouse Blues

  1. Cal Woosnam says:

    Well, Cal says keep the level pumping Art, like the Apple always does!!

  2. Thanks for posting, Cal!

  3. Doug says:

    It’s always good to know the Apple’s are still Rollin. Makes me feel safe knowing there are musicians out there fighting for our right to Paaaaarrrrrrrtyyyyyy!

    • Anonymous says:

      You guys were a.w.e. some!!! A few dead beats said turn the music down!!! Thanks to you all!!! Thank-you thank-you thank-you from the bottom of our hearts!! We are so blessed to have great friends like you 🙂 P.S. The only thing missing was Rob’s attendance. He was so jealous!!! The Clark’s!!!!! xoxoxo

  4. thank you so much for entertaining us that night! In this time of uncertainty and fear for my family, it was really awesome to be able to just let it go for a night and enjoy music and dancing and friends. You guys were fabulous!!! And not too loud at all. Some people just need to find something to complain about.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I think some people complain cause they have nothing better to do. I thought the band was a big hit!!!!! thank you very much!!! 🙂

  6. Thanks so much to all of you for saying such nice things about us (and on Facebook as well as our blog)! We appreciate it, we really do.

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