Archive for the ‘Gigs’ Category

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, 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!


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, 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:


Shakin’ All Over!

Posted: September 24, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll

These same photos are on Facebook, so if you’re a denizen of that particular social network, chances are that you will have already seen these pics. Nonetheless, if you’re a free-thinking non-conformist and never go NEAR Facebook, then here are some photos “never before seen anywhere at any price”. To see larger versions of the photos, just click on each one.

The occasion was Rosie’s 52nd birthday, so the band converged on Donegal’s Pub in Surrey in order to celebrate in the manner to which we have become accustomed — with several adult beverages! The band that evening was The Shindiggers, featuring Scott Young (our producer and engineer) on drums, and after a while, Art & Kevin got up onstage to perform Roadhouse Blues, minus Captain Maniac (I was in Langley enjoying the Barracuda concert at the Cascades Casino, so I didn’t show up until about 10:30).  It was after they’d finished the song and returned to the thankless task of being bar patrons that yours truly walked in the door of the pub!

Being the generous souls that they are, the Shindiggers asked me to do a tune in the last set, which I naturally & eagerly agreed to. When I got up on the stage to sing (with Scott playing drums), it was determined that the song I wanted to do (Shakin’ All Over) was not one that Carl the bassist was familiar with (or did not wish to play!). However, Scott volunteered to be substitute bass player instead, so I sat down behind the drum kit and was vocalist/drummer!

Thanks to Michelle Yu for some great photos!

It’s not often that we use a guest writer, but tonight is the exception. Ron Handford volunteered to be our Spatial Guest, so here’s a great story he wrote about Sparkling Apple  at UBC in 1973 — yes, before many of you were even born! For more photos of this event, visit the photos section on our website, located HERE.


“This is a story about the band’s ancient history!  It’s a Sparkling Apple endorsement!  It’s also about boy meets girl!

On this very date, 39 years ago, Friday September 21, 1973, Sparkling Apple  played a gig for the UBC Engineers at the SUB Ballroom.  It was a blow-out bash and perhaps the launching pad to the band’s fame and success!

But to back up a bit, I was entrusted several months earlier with the role of Social Coordinator for the Engineering Undergraduate Society, or then infamous EUS.  Being a great procrastinator, I took off to Australia for the summer and did nothing for the social program to come.  A date had been set for the Engineers’ first dance of the school year on Sept. 21 and the Ballroom reserved.  Upon arrival back in Vancouver in early September my mind started to turn to thoughts of organizing the dance – finding 250 or so young women who would put up with engineers or who at least liked to party, plus advertising, liquor license, ticket sales, food and drinks provisioning etc., and oh yeah, I guess I better see about getting a band.  Then a chilling thought occurred – what kind of lousy act would be available on less than three weeks’ notice? Well, I contacted an agent who gave me a list of nightclubs etc. where I could see some of his bands performing to check them out.  One band caught my eye, and ears, and I decided to plunge in  – so Sparkling Apple  was engaged. I figured at the dance I would either be a hero or a goat.

The dance night arrived, so did Sparkling Apple and a sell-out crowd of about 500 people.  The band delivered straight-up raw undiluted s#&%-kicking rock and roll and the crowd went crazy!

Once I saw that my 499 new best friends were having a good time, I decided to mingle and found another sparking apple, a young and beautiful nurse-to-be, who three years later married me and today we are celebrating the 39th anniversary of our meeting.  Thanks to Sparkling Apple  for setting the stage! And a much-belated thank you for helping us pull off a barn-burner of a dance.

I regret not having any photos (much less YouTube videos) of the dance to share, but maybe you have some in your archives.

So glad you guys are staying true to your roots and delivering high-energy rock and roll.  Rock for Ages!”

Ron Handford

Time: Friday September 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Art at UBC Engineers’ Dance, Sept 21, 1973

Captain Maniac on drums on this momentous occasion! No animals were harmed in the filming of this episode.

Rocky Rockamoto (real name Gord Higo) at UBC Engineers’ dance in 1973.