HEADSTONES ONE OF THE BEST LIVE BANDS IN CANADA

The Headstones played the Commodore on Nov. 27th and showed why they are one of the best live bands in Canada. Openers “City on Fire” played their speed metal set to an eager crowd, working the young people into a frenzy. It was a thundering, boisterous setting of the table for the big show, acknowledging that everyone was there to see the Headstones, including them. Hugh Dillon and company did not disappoint.

The Kingston quartet has been a genre-crossing group for most of their career, but left no doubt on Friday night as to how they see themselves. They are an old fashioned punk-style band – at least that’s how they are in concert. Hugh Dillon performed like a madman pissed off at the world – particularly his mic stand or at least the tech responsible for it. He spent the night knocking it over, heaving it from the crowd and generally abusing it.

The lead singer spent so much time in the audience that they could have charged him for a ticket. I’m not just talking about being in the front of the crowd, he was everywhere – at one point he was so far in that he could have ordered and received a drink from one of the side bars. He snarled and glared and spit at ecstatic fans like a modern day Johnny Rotten – only with much more talent.

They kept the mosh pit hopping with a mix of hits, new songs and sped up covers of the Tragically Hip, George Thorogood and even Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” from 1965. Suffice to say I like the punk version better. Even their own slower songs like “Cubically Contained” and “3 Angels” were faster and harder than normal. “Tweeter and the Monkey Man”, “Smile and Wave” and “Cemetery” all got the crowd singing along at top volume, but none compared to the energy of the classic “F#ck You!”

The Commodore’s floor was bouncing and the sound was excellent, as usual. The band was tight, skilled and full of energy, but all seem to be content in Hugh Dillon’s shadow. Good thing, because he doesn’t offer another option. The man has amazing stage presence and excellent command of the crowd. He practically dares you to look away, but you can’t. As a performer, he’s unmatched and I think that’s a good thing – more than one Hugh Dillon might be dangerous…They may be older, but their hearts still beats with their punk rock roots and I, for one, love that beat.

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written by Chris van Staalduinen
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Get your hands on the limited edition Headstones ‘FUCK IT’ vinyl in the Shop today!

Now also available digitally on iTunes. apple.co/1Ut3WE3

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We’re kicking off the Burlington Sound of Music Festival on June 11th!
As a member of the Headstones community, you can purchase early bird tickets at a discounted rate here.  *While supplies last*

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Show Details:
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Burlington, ON
TD Stage at Burlington Waterfront
All Ages
Gates open at 12pm

** Please note that PledgeMusic Fan For Life passes cannot be used at the show, as entrance to this show is at the discretion of Burlington Sound of Music Festival. FFL passes can no longer be purchased.

New date added in WINNIPEG

PRESENTED by 92 CITI FM
Friday, January 22
Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets are now on sale and available here.
This show is all ages

 

Previously Announced Shows:

Thursday, January 21
Brandon, MB @ Trails West Inn/The 40
Tickets are now available in person at Trails West Inn/ The 40 or by phone at 204-727-3800
This show is 18+

 

PRESENTED by Rock 102 & 650 CKOM
Saturday, January 23
Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
Tickets are now on sale and available here.
This show is 19+

 

Tuesday, January 26
Regina, SK @ Casino Regina Show Lounge
Tickets are now on sale and available here.
This show is 19+

More details on the Concerts page.
-Hugh, Trent, Tim, Dale
**Please note that current PledgeMusic Fan For Life pass holders will be honoured. If you hold a FFL pass, please submit your attendance by January 15, to info@headstonesband.com. FFL passes can no longer be purchased.

So let’s start off with this….

Last time I saw Hugh Dillon and the rest of the boys of The Headstones rippin’ the stage up was October 16, 1996 at Durham College.  I recall EP Taylors being pretty packed at the time and some goof in the front continually throwing his beer at Hugh.   After a warning by one of Canada’s best front men, he did it once more.  Hugh climbed into the audience grabbed the guy,  gave him a couple quick shots and then got back up on stage and didn’t miss a beat.  All I could think about was, shit, that was intense.  Well, that my friends is the rock and roll life of the Headstones. Hard Core…

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When Hugh hit the stage in Barrie on Friday night at The Ranch his first words were “It’s nice to be back at the fuckin’ Ranch”  The crowd screamed, yelled and chugged its beer in a toast to the Headstones returning to one of Barrie’s storied venues.  Now lets not get too far ahead of ourselves because on Friday the boys had some friends opening the show.  Barrie’s own The Road Heavy and Glass Ampp hit the stage for some solid performances.

Now for the main event.   As mentioned earlier it had been a long 19 years since the last Headstones show. But tonight I felt I was reliving the 90’s all over again.  The guys opened with the track Bin This Way For Years off the Love+Fury album.  And it was balls to the walls from then on in.  As the boys set the pace hammering through the first seven songs it wasn’t till they got to song number eight of the set that things went back,  way back for me.  Tweeter and the Monkey Man was a song I cranked on a daily basis  as I drove around my small hometown of Arnprior from say 93-95 and I mean daily.  Feel free to call up Mr. Cuccaro (Principal at ADHS) and see if he had asked me on a few occasions NOT to play that song while pulling into the High School (It happened more than once) But never stopped me.

It was no surprise these guys had fans of all ages and demographics back in the 90’s cause they were what Rock and Roll was all about back then.  Good, hard rockin’ fun.  Well none of that has changed.  The band has gotten older as has their fans, but the music hasn’t changed one bit.  It’s still aggressive, in your face, fist pumpin anthem rock.  And when the boys cut into the 2nd half of the set it was one of my favourite back half sets in YEARS… With Tweeter, Cubically Contained, Three Angels and Unsound to name a few of the hits the boys pounded out for the lucky  concert goers.   Funny how standing there my mind went back to all the awesome bands from the 90’s like I Mother Earth, Moist, Our Lady Peace and The Watchmen to name a few of my personal favourites.  The stories that Hugh Dillon tells through song, such as Tweeter or Cemetery are something that you almost hear more in a Country song today.  Maybe not the context of the songs themselves but how the songs really do tell a story.   The Headstones have smart lyrics with a thunderous sound.  With the 900+ fans crammed into the Ranch it was evident that 90’s rock is alive and well 2015.  If you get a chance to see The Headstones at any upcoming shows such as in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 11th.  Grab your tickets here for that show trust me they won’t disappoint!

www.soundcheckentertainment.ca/headstones-still-kickin-ass
Soundcheck Entertainment
Dec 6, 2015 – Barrie, ON
By Corey Kelly
Photo by Scott Burns

Due to an ongoing medical condition, which suddenly requires immediate treatment in and around our concert dates, Rickferd Van Dyk will be temporarily filling in for Trent.

Rest assured that Trent will be back better than ever, sooner rather than later.

Look forward to seeing everyone on the road.

 

New date added in OTTAWA

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
OTTAWA, ON
@ BARRYMORE’S
Public on sale starts Wednesday October 28 at 12pm EDT
Tickets Available at: http://www.mavericksbar.com/headstones/
This show is 19+

 

Previously Announced and ON SALE NOW!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
VICTORIA, BC @ DISTRIKT (formerly Club 9ONE9)
Tickets Available at: http://www.ticketzone.com/wafform.aspx?_act=eventtickets&_pky=307711
This show is 19+

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
VANCOUVER, BC @ COMMODORE BALLROOM
Tickets Available at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11004F329FF6699A
This show is 19+

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
CALGARY, AB @ THE MARQUEE BEER MARKET & STAGE
Ticket Available at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/978939
This show is 18+

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
BARRIE, ON
ROCK 95 9th ANNUAL TOY DRIVE CONCERT @ THE RANCH

Tickets Available at: http://www.ticketbreak.com/event_details/10196
This show is 19+

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
TORONTO, ON
CRAIG VENN & LUCKY’S UN-SILENT NIGHT @ PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE
Tickets Available at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/headstones-toronto-ontario-12-11-2015/event/10004F4EE9488C84?artistid=723634&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1
This show is 19+

 

More details on the Concerts page.

-Hugh, Trent, Tim, Dale

**Please note that current PledgeMusic Fan For Life pass holders will be honoured. If you hold a FFL pass, please submit your attendance by November 16, to info@headstonesband.com. FFL passes can no longer be purchased.

Photo courtesy of Tony Lewis
www.tlfoto.ca

 

Our vinyl EP “FUCK IT” is here! Pre-order this limited collectors edition piece today.

As you know, the Headstones have built their reputation on being the “people’s band” and pandering to polite society at every opportunity.
In keeping with that ideal, we’re excited to present our very first 2 song, 12 inch Vinyl E.P. entitled…. “FUCK IT”.

No bullshit, no record companies. A band and their fans staying ahead of the cutting edge in audio technology – VINYL!

With the “A” side being “FUCK IT” – a four minute punk odyssey, and the “B” side “ONE BY ONE” picking up where “Longwaytoneverland” left off, what we have here is a one-time-only COLLECTOR’S EDITION. This is a limited release.

 

Pledge Music http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/headstonesvinyl

Official Store http://headstonesband.com/shop/

 

NOTE ON PRICING
Pledge Music: the price shown is all-in, including taxes and shipping for your specific country
Official Store: the first price shown is the base cost. Taxes and shipping are added upon checkout, once a mailing address has been entered

 

“We recently counted down who we think are the 100 best Canadian bands ever and, as expected, not everyone agreed.

So we put the question to you: who is the best Canadian band ever? After thousands of votes, the results are in. Check out the gallery to see your top 10 and how they compared to where we put them on our list.

What do you think: is this top 10 better than ours?”

 

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/7/The-best-Canadian-bands-ever-according-to-you

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We’re playing this summer, and want to see you there…

Thursday, July 9
Waterloo, Omtario

@ Maxwell’s Concert and Events
Tickets on sale Tuesday, June 9 at 11am EST
Available at: http://bit.ly/HSmaxwells
This show is 19+

 

Friday, July 10
Niagara Falls, New York

@ Rapids Theatre
Tickets on sale no
Ticket available at: http://bit.ly/HSrapids
This show is All Ages (those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), with licensed 21+ area

 

Friday, July 17
Edmonton, Alberta

@ K-Days, Northlands
Admission tickets on sale now *Show is free with admission price*
Ticket available at: http://bit.ly/HSkdays
This show is All Ages
Park gates open at 12:00pm

 

**Please note that current PledgeMusic Fan For Life pass holders will be honoured at all three shows. If you hold a FFL pass, please submit your attendance by July 3rd, via info@headstonesband.com. FFL passes can no longer be purchased.

More details on the Concerts page.

-Hugh, Trent, Tim, Dale

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