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The Big Rock Show – In Sooke!

Last Saturday night was a real treat for our town.

I must admit, I was a little skeptical about a rock concert in our little community. But 70’s and 80’s Canadian rockers PrismPrism put on an energetic show at the Sooke Community Hall.

Mark Anderson of KB Productions put the show together in an effort to bring more entertainment to Sooke. With any luck, there will be more of it.

Admission prices were reasonable, with a $20 advance ticket getting you in the doors, which opened at 7:30, with music playing until at least 12:30. Available was pizza from Sooke’s famous Pizzability, pop, water, and a bar service featuring beer and cider/coolers for $4. Very reasonable indeed! There had to have been 1000 or so concertgoers enjoying the show.

I thought that having the tables set up on the floor was a little strange – were we going to play BINGO during the break or something? Chairs alone would have sufficed. The hall is a big place, and there was plenty of room for dancing near the stage.

Opener Kin Basket left a little to be desired, to be frank, but all was forgotten when Prism hit the stage and opened with one of their classics, Spaceship Superstar. Their set included all their classics, and some new material from their upcoming album. Lead singer Al Harlow brought a lot of energy (and several costume changes) and his vocals were spot-on. Their hour-and-a-half long set ended rather abruptly (no encore) with the classic radio hit Armageddon. Promoter Mark Anderson thanked everyone for coming, and persuaded everyone to behave themselves on the way out so the R.C.M.P. would allow more shows at the hall. He mentioned Harlequin and the Headpins as possible future entertainment.

In conclusion, this is what we need more of in this town. Hat-tip to KB productions and everyone else who made the show possible, keep it up!

Here’s Prism in their heyday in the late 70s (nice hair!)

<a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=kgijhaJeyOg">http://youtube.com/watch?v=kgijhaJeyOg</a>

Tim Ayres

 


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