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Unauthorized video!

Posted: February 19, 2014 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll

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Here’s some unauthorized video of Sparkling Apple performing at the Rock For Kids 2014 Reunion! Annette McArthur was adamant that no videos be shot at the event (apparently ten bands specifically asked that video NOT be taken), but we still managed to obtain a bootleg video, shot by the enterprising and discreet Lisa Freakrock, which can be seen here until we are instructed to take it down! No actual professional gear was used for this, so we may have sneaked through a gaping loophole – and in any case, audience members with cell phone cameras were shooting vids/stills/selfies with wild abandon!

Shown on the link is our interpretation of AC/DC’s “Sin City“, by eery coincidence, performed on the anniversary of Bon Scott’s death in 1980.

Rockin’ for kids!

Posted: February 17, 2014 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll
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Colin stands beside the poster created for this event by Captain Maniac Graphics.

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Photo by Jack’s Camera

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Photo by Lisa Freakrock.

Sunday, February 18, 2014, marked the return of the Rock For Kids fundraiser after a 20 year absence. As mentioned in a previous post, 15 — count ’em, 15 — bands appeared onstage at the Point Pub in an all-day marathon fundraiser for the Variety Club. To say it was a successful day is an understatement: a pantload of cash was raised to benefit the children. The entire event was put together by the extremely talented (and patient) Annette McArthur of Pitacharoo Media with her tireless staff of all the volunteers who took care of us and treated us like rock stars!  The MC for the entire day was the wild and crazy Scott Barratt, and our awesome host at The Point was Jamie Slater, who doubled as sound tech.

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Photo by Aniko Mathieson

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Photo by Aniko Mathieson

As Sparkling Apple was the first band of the day, I was there from 11:30 AM, and despite the fact that I’m now a legal senior, I lasted until around 7pm, when my tapioca pudding and slippers were beckoning! Yes, the legendary Sparkling Apple — well, we’d had some exposure in the hot-rodded & stripped down version of the band when we played at the Freakrock Jam a few days ago, so we were primed and all set to inflict some collateral damage on the unwary audience. Despite the early hour (the crack of noon), we did actually have an enthusiastic audience in attendance.One of the early birds was our friend Cindy Caverly, who’d seen us at a noon-hour sock hop at New Westminster Secondary some 40 years ago, and now wished to have some closure! Also in the audience was one of our first employers, Paul Bartram, who in the 70s ran Somewhere Else nightclub as well as The Dungeon (now the Giggledam Theatre) in Port Coquitlam — one of our first gigs in front of actual humans! (I told Paul the story of how Heart played at the Dungeon back in those days, and during a break, I went up to Heart’s table and said, “Great flute solo, Anne” — 40 years later, I’m asking myself, “Just WTF was I thinking??”).

Our set was much the same as the Freakrock Jam, mainly because our time slot allowed us only five songs. I played drums on the first two tunes (Get Off the Stove, You’re Too Old to Ride the Range and Shakin’ All Over), and then became front man for Crazy For Your Love, Roadhouse Blues and Sin City. Once again, Kelly Stodola played drums. Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid was still out of town on an environmental research project, so lead guitar was handled admirably and dependably by the always amazing Kevin Swain (often known as Kevy Ramone because of his black leather jacket). On bass guitar was the sensational and impeccably tailored Larry Pardue.

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Photo by Rob Snopek

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Captain Maniac on the drums! Photo by Lisa Freakrock.

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Sparkling Apple at Rock For Kids event. Photo by Annette McArthur, black & white tint by Kevin Swain.

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THIS is rock and roll! Kevin on guitar, photo by Lisa Freakrock.

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Kevin and Colin, with Kelly Stodola on drums. Photo by Lisa Freakrock.

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Kevin, Kelly and Colin. Photo by Lisa Freakrock.

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Rock For Kids version of Sparkling Apple — photo by Cindy Caverly.


New Year’s Eve update

Posted: December 6, 2013 in Gigs, Uncategorized

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New Year’s Eve is almost upon us, so we thought we’d give you an update on what’s going on in our pathetic lives!

First and foremost, this event will be dedicated to the memory of our old friend, Joe Staples. Prior to his passing, Joe was the lead vocalist and bass player for the classic rock band House Party from North Vancouver, BC. Earlier this year, Joe had arranged for House Party and Sparkling Apple to perform at Donegal’s Irish House in Surrey for the annual New Year’s celebration there, and big plans were underway for this festive occasion/bash. However, things definitely went disastrously sideways this summer when Joe was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Joe spent a considerable length of time in Lion’s Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, and tragically spent his remaining days in the nearby hospice. Sadly, he died on on November 24, 2013 with friends and family by his side – but is forever in our hearts.

The show must go on, as they say, so the New Year’s show at Donegal’s has NOT been cancelled. House Party will perform without their leader, and Sparkling Apple will be rockin’ as usual. Joe would have wanted it that way.

While we have your undivided attention… if you’d like to be a part of this uproarious and celebratory gathering, do yourself (and us, of course) a huge favour by joining us on December 31st, 2013 for a New Year’s Party Like No Other. As of this writing, a few wristbands are still available for the low low price of $25.00 each (which includes appies, champagne and TWO incredible rockin’ bands). Get yours from your jovial hosts, Rosielynn Crosby (604-588-8548) or Colin Hartridge at captainmaniac@gmail.com. if you’re friends of Kevin Stuart Swain and Lisa Freakrock, luck is on your side because they have a few wristbands for sale as well.

This one’s for you, Joe.

“And, in the end.. The love you take is equal to the love you make.”

A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve…

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Gigs

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The band that won’t leave us alone! Yes, what’s a New Year’s Eve party without Rock n Roll All the Way From Mars courtesy of the legendary Sparkling Apple? This year we are returning to the Scene of the Grime, namely Donegal’s Irish House in Surrey BC. We are hereby giving you advance warning of this soon-to-be-infamous event, to be held on (for those of you keeping score) Tuesday, December 31st, 2013.

A gala evening of rockin’ tunes and merriment, featuring not one, but two classic rock bands! Along with the highly questionable Sparkling Apple, we will once again be celebrating the New Year with North Vancouver’s own House Party. House Party was the last band to play at the notorious Lynnwood Hotel in North Vancouver, and for all we know, they may still BE there!

Donegal’s has graciously agreed to the ancient custom of “Champagne at Midnight” (I think this may have first been Guy Lombardo’s idea back in the 20s), and appies will be served at 10:30 PM. The party starts at 7pm, so get your advance tickets now while we’re still in a good mood. Tix are already going fast at the low low slash-your-wrists price of $25, which is a screamin’ deal for TWO bands, grub and bubbly in a convivial atmosphere with your closest friends. Hell, *I’m* going!  Oh wait a sec, I HAVE to — well, that’s not only besides the point, but a minor detail.

Tickets will be definitely be available at the door, but we advise you to purchase advance tickets good and early to be assured of the best seat (one near the dance floor). Of course, I always say that the best seat in the house is on my lap, but then that would be highly inappropriate, wouldn’t it? Advance tickets can be obtained from the inimitable Rosie (604-588-8548), any band member (email us for preferred seating), and of course at the Lost & Found at your local Home Hardware Store. (OK, just kidding on that last one.)

So bring along your football helmets and your bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol (you’re gonna need it), and if we don’t see you in the future, we’ll see you in the pasture.

Captain Maniac

Double Header

Posted: December 4, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll
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Captain Maniac and Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid at Donegal’s Pub

We’ve been bulldozing you with posters over the last month, but we can finally & gratefully say that the Double Header show has been completed and was a resounding success (as we well knew it would be). Thanks so much to The Apple Corps, our friends & followers who have faithfully supported us along this long, strange trip (40 years at last count), who partied hearty with us at the Double Header at Donegal’s Pub on Saturday, December 1st, 2012! It was a monumental gig like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of our wild & crazy lives. This event was a reunion of sorts, as we hadn’t played a gig with Buzz Constantly in over 30 years!

Special thanks to:
– House Party, who severely rocked the joint as our “Spatial Guests”
– The tireless staff at Donegal’s for enduring the jubilant madness which often accompanies us
– Petra Hoffman and her staff of 50/50 volunteers
– Buzz Constantly, who travelled all the way from Victoria to join us onstage, and was once again The Life of the Potty!

and countless others too numerous to mention. We couldn’t have done it without you.

As those of you who attended can confirm, we pre-sold tickets ahead of time – but rather than print out tickets, we chose to use wristbands which could be easily identified by door staff on the night of the event. Our ticket sales were brisk leading up to December 1st, but nothing compared to the evening of the show. At 7 pm there was a lineup at the door of dyed-in-the-wool followers who had procrastinated long enough and were eager to kick some major butt!

Joe Staples and his loyal bandidos “House Party” were co-billed with us, so as a result we presented alternating segments over the course of the evening. House Party opened, Sparkling Apple played the second set, and the whole process repeated itself for the 3rd and 4th sets. We opted for basically the same choice of songs as the ones we performed at the CD Release Party in July, so our set was top-heavy with rock n roll chestnuts like Born to Be Wild>;Magic Carpet Ride, Shakin All Over>;Gloria and other Drinkin’ Tunes. As Christmas is fast approaching, Kevin sang Chuck Berry’s Run Run Rudolph, and Jumbo (I’m sorry, I mean JIMBO) made an unscheduled appearance staggering through Roadhouse Blues (“I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer”), with the inimitable Dave Fauteux on drums.

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Kevin in a “zen moment”!

We were joined in the last set by certifiably unhinged Sparkling Apple alumnus (and composer of “It’s Criminal”) Buzz Constantly, who sang Da Blooze for all and sundry. Despite limited rehearsal time , we were still up to the task of boogie-ing ’til the cows come home. Buzz sang lead vocals on Too Rolling Stoned/Rock Me Baby, Never Gonna Kiss You Bye Bye, and of course It’s Criminal, as well as his trademark, the BBM tune High Price of Love. As an added bonus, the Big Mama Thornton version of Hound Dog was unearthed!

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Buzz Constantly (real name Ric Whitman)

House Party, as mentioned, did an exemplary job of rocking the house with their arsenal of Classic Rock favourites (did somebody mention The Beatles?), and turned out to be a welcome addition to the party at hand! In today’s vernacular, “they rocked”!

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Captain Maniac and Art share a joke

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Can I help you?

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Now THIS is rock and roll!

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Captain Maniac in stick-twirling mode

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The high price of love!

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Too Rolling Stoned

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Run Run Rudolph

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Rockin is my business

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Play that funky music. White boy.

Let’s do this again some time! All photos by Lisa Freakrock.

Only two weeks to go!

Posted: November 18, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs

Only two weeks to go, people! Word has it that tickets/wristbands are nearly sold out for the December 1st show at Donegal’s in Surrey, so get yours while there still some available. You can obtain tix by sending an email to captainmaniac@gmail.com, or by phoning Joe Staples @ 778-999-3069. Don’t miss this, because it’s the last Sparkling Apple appearance of 2012!

Just in case you missed our CD release party in July where we gave away free Sparkling Apple CDs with door admission, Hard Core Apple will most assuredly be on sale at Donegal’s for your pre-Christmas purchases (“a special pre-Christmas special”!). A cool stocking stuffer for those rockers on your list!

 

We present for your enjoyment an unreleased live audio clip from Sparkling Apple at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room in Vancouver BC.

Although the band was featured on the C-FOX “Monday Night At Eleven” series and was included on the first C-FOX Vancouver Seeds album, this particular recording is from a different date in the same venue. The single, “It’s Criminal” (included on Sparkling Apple’s new CD “Hard Core Apple”) was released on December 19th, 1979, and as luck would have it, we had a gig at Gary Taylor’s that night. We hired Challenger Sound Moible and filmed what was intended to be the official music video (now seen on YouTube) . The Soundcloud clip featured here is the audio-only portion of the video, remastered by Ray Roper in 2011.

Captain Maniac at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, Aug 13, 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Buzz Constantly at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, Aug 13, 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, Aug 13, 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Just in case you missed our CD release party in July where we gave away free Sparkling Apple CDs with door admission, Hard Core Apple will most assuredly be on sale at Donegal’s for your pre-Christmas purchases. A cool stocking stuffer for those rockers on your list!

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Slight Adjustment!

Posted: October 15, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll


Any graphic design is fair game for revision, so our Double Header poster is no exception. After our first design was evaluated, we were asked to “put a picture of each band in the poster, and a contact number”. The above poster reflects those changes: nifty photos of Sparkling Apple and House Party now adorn the artwork. Additionally, we’ve also added a contact number for tickets: Joe Staples (bassist in House Party) at 778-999-3069. I was reluctant to include my cell phone number on the poster, so if you wish to reach me for tickets, contact me at captainmaniac@gmail.com, including your name & phone number (or email address), and how many tickets you require. We have a couple of other sources for tickets, namely Rosielynn Crosby and Kevin Stuart Swain, both of whom can be messaged on Facebook. And speaking of Facebook, those of you who are members of that particular social media can access our event page HERE.

It has come to our attention that if we are charging admission to what is normally a bar with no cover charge, so with that in mind, this is now a Private Party (although everyone from far & wide is invited). Maybe we should invite the neighbours – if they don’t show up but still complain about the noise, we can tell them, “Well, we DID invite you”!

Just Announced!

Posted: October 13, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, New CD, Rock n Roll

Just announced: a double bill featuring Sparkling Apple with special North Vancouver guests (and that city’s most popular rockers), House Party! An upcoming spot on Sparkling Apple‘s Steel Wheelchairs Rehab Tour 2012 will be ONE NIGHT ONLY at Donegal’s on 12054 – 96th Avenue in beautiful downtown Surrey, BC. Performing songs from their best-selling CD, Hard Core Apple (now available online worldwide), Sparkling Apple is eager to hit the stage with Drunk Rock 2012 (you have be to drunk to play it and drunk to appreciate it). On hand to celebrate the festivities will be drummer Captain Maniac, guitarist Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid, and just returned from The Remedy’s recent Alberta tour, bassist Kevin Stuart Swain.

Just in case you missed our CD release party in July where we gave away free Sparkling Apple CDs with door admission, Hard Core Apple will most assuredly be on sale at Donegal’s for your pre-Christmas purchases. A cool stocking stuffer for those rockers on your list!

Donegal’s Irish House has reluctantly but wholeheartedly agreed to host this exercise in bacchanalian debauchery and hard-rocking musical mayhem, to be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2012. Tickets will be on sale soon from the amazing Joe Staples, and you, dear readers, will be the first to know when these tickets are available.

Two posters have been designed for this event so far, courtesy of our crack team of graphic artists — the one at the top of the page, and a second version seen below. When it was suggested that we’re holding a “double header”, mention was made of the old b-movie “The Thing With Two Heads” starring Ray Milland and Rosey Grier. Therefore, a tribute to the old movie poster was created:

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