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I received a message from a “big fan” of the band last night. He claims that he was at the show in Burlington. He also claimed to have all our records, goes to our concerts and is a devote supporter of the band and has been for years.

Not any more apparently. This fan, let`s call him 21 Century Schizoid Dude, complained that  I should have stopped with the “screeching guitar” and introduced the talented, fellow band members/employees that were on stage. OK.

On drums was Nip Nichol, on bass was Richard Lanthier and to my left on guitar and vocals, my dear friend Brian Greenway. There you go sir.

He said he will NEVER go to another show again!

Personally, I feel he`s being way too hard on himself.

 

 

33 Comments

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    Eric

    June 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Wouldn’t a true fan of the band already know who the other members of the band are? I live in Illinois, and rarely have the opportunity to see AW live, but I still know who’s out performing with the current lineup. Seems to me that, with the band performing an abbreviated set on this particular show, it likely was best to keep the music going and dispense with all of the normally necessary formalities. Rock on, Myles! If he’s a true fan, he’ll be back.

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    Dave

    June 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Haha….. priceless. Love the graphic & title.

    This is a perfect example on how you cana never please everybody in the crowd. Actually….this is quite odd that a fan would be upset there were no intoductions and just “screeching guitars”… Personally…. I go to shows to HEAR screeching guitars. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Myles.

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    Mink

    June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Some people have no concept of how the real world of rock n roll works… They just think of how it should be in THEIR world. They have no idea what you guys~the band~ & the crew all go thro, on stage and off. Would love to see negative/ demanding people like this – handle even HALF of what you guys go thro! Doubt they’d survive a day.
    You guys ROCK and that’s all that matters.

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    Matthew

    June 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Makes no sense! No classic rock band intruduces the members because it should already be known! Was an amazing show with my dad who saw you guys during your second year as a band and multiple times after! He commented how it was great to see you guys play again! Rock On April Wine!!

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    Bill

    June 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I like your response Myles. We should all be thankful of the beautiful day we got, esp while AW was on the stage, it was a FREE SHOW (we know how some people only show up when it’s FREE), and also had our friend known that AW played CALGARY! the nite before – a morning plane ride into Burlington, losing 3 hours in the process – and direct to the venue. re: a line announcement, he’s a REAL FAN, NOT! Any new fans who enjoyed the show, the band is Myles Goodwyn and APRIL WINE and the website is aprilwine.ca.
    Enjoy the summer everyone!

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    Brad

    June 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    All April Wine fans should know Rockin Roll is a viscous game. Don’t know how you guy’s do it with all your time restraints. Keep Rockin on my friends.

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    Steve

    June 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Wow really? What an idiot that guy is. Oh yeah we know 3 of the band members now but who is that guy in the middle who plays guitar and does the lead vocals? Nothing was said about the only original member of the band who has been center stage for 45 years. Who is that guy? LMAO

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    Hugger1

    June 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I have to agree with the comments so far. In an abreviated set I’d rather listen to the music than have band introductions. And like Eric said wouldn’t a true fan know who is in the band. Rock on Myles.

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    Myles Goodwyn

    June 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Actually 90% of the time I do introduce the band anyway…yesterday, with what little time we had on stage, we decided to forgo that bit and just play. And so we did.

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    Budlight

    June 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Holy cripes! Who cares if the band wasn’t introduced?! I go for the music and atmosphere…..One of my favorite bands and cold beer! They could do a set of Polka music for all I care-I’m still going to have fun at their show!!

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    Julie Welch Wootton

    June 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    You gained a new follower here! Boyfriend loves your band and I honestly have heard of you. Often don’t know who sings, what. Oh you did him proud. I was rockin’ with the rest of them. Great job!

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    Myles Goodwyn

    June 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Actually Brian was on my right….:)

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    Sandi

    June 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I was front row in Burlington and thought you guys were amazing. Lost my voice singing to every song and the guitar solos ROCKED! last time I saw you was 1982 at the Ex. Still one of my favorite bands (and that guy was obviously not from Burlington cause we love our April Wine and you are welcome anytime

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    HTMLephant

    June 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    “21 Century Schizoid Dude” could click on “THE BAND” at the top of the website if he wants that info… Maybe he doesn’t have a computer, I guess I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt 🙂

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    wayne

    June 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks again for the wonderful show. WOW is all I can say and wholly crap I didn’t have to pay for this awesome entertainment, and I love your old stuff. I know you guys are very busy but I would have loved it if you guys had just gave a minute for some of the 10 or so fans that waited to see you at your limo. My 16 year old son is in a band that plays where ever they can locally. They even played at 15 at a big festival in Hamilton Ontario last summer and I am proud of him for his focus in this industry. But for what ever reason security/ you guys there was no time for a quick chat or autograph. And as for the introduced band members I heard you do it, check the tape 🙂 and we should all know anyways. does Mick introduce the rest of the Stones every Concert?

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    Bob Simoneau

    June 18, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Hmmm I really don’t think he is a true fan if he complains about not introducing he band! I have enjoyed every April Wine concert and was honoured to meet the band in a meet and greet at the Spanish Rock n Roar Concert. My only regret is the photo of me and Myles turned out blurry! I hope one day to get another chance for a photo opp! This has been and always will be my favourite band! Rock on Myles and April Wine!

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    Dave

    June 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Myles…..you mentioned that Brian was on your right, and as we all know, that is where he stands today.

    But looking back at video footage from the earlier years, he always appears standing to your left.

    Dunno why….but I’ve always wondered, when did the change take place and why?

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    Denise

    June 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Poor Nip, Richard, and Brian. I hope they’ve forgiven you, Myles.

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    Glen Greenway

    June 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Great to see you are blogging Myles, love your stuff!

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    Myles Goodwyn

    June 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Glen, thanks buddy, a work in progress, I`ll get the hang of it! Cheers..

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    Glen Greenway

    June 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Two thumbs up!

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    Jim

    June 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Great answer Myles. Ya cant please certain people NONE of the time.. lol

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    Arlene

    July 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Grumpy grandpa must be related to one of the others on stage and felt that they should get recognition hence giving him recognition with his peers. hee hee hee Fantastic concert. So glad I went. I couldnt find anyone to go with me so I went by myself and enjoyed every minute of it!!! You guys ROCK!!!

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    Ronald

    July 6, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Giday Myles,live in Ottawa,and yes have all the albums,as well c.d,s,actually for awhile many critics were not very positive of you or the band,did this affect you or the band,was theyre ever a time you publicly lashed out at some comments you found unfair? side note,the song rock n roll is a ……comes to mind,keep on rockin

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    Myles Goodwyn

    July 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hi Ron, good question. I try to ignore critics usually and in my opinion most are unfair. Having said that, it does hurt that there are “haters” out there and they seem to take delight in taking shots at a people without regard…but that`s true in all-matter of show biz. Remember, critics HATED Led Zeppelin. LOL
    RnR Is A Vicious Game had nothing to do with how I felt about the “cowards/critics” that sling shit for a living. By the by, in Canada most negativity came out of Toronto..of course. But I always care what the fans think. When a fan criticizes the band, without be maliciousness, that I pay attention too. I can lose some sleep for sure. Then again it`s all subjective..
    Anyhoo, main thought I had when I wrote that song (Vicious Game) was reflecting on what happened to Elvis. Tragic. From there it went to all those that try to succeed in this fucked up biz, but fail. Years of trying to no avail..the majority falling far short of the mark..it can be heartbreaking of course and record companies, managers and radio folk do not really care, do they. Why should they…heartbreaking…it`s a business not for suited for most, trust me on that point. haha There`s so very much that can be said on this subject. Volumes. None-the-less, I have been very fortunate to be able to make a living doing what I love. I`m grateful.
    Cheers Ron, be well.

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    Ronald

    July 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Ah bless your heart Myles,a big thanks for the quick response.I had the pleasure of being your chauffeur in Ottawa,circa 90,s,it was at the smoking gunn bar,in bells corners,Jerry and Brian did the soundcheck,I asked Brian,where is Myles,he smiled,said it was his turn.lol,You gentleman were 1st class all the way,and as a long time fan,I was impressed with your kind words,Mr,Clench was one cool guy,enjoyed your post on critics,some performers must really hurt when they get blasted by these dead beats,on Led Zeppelin,Bob Plant was quoted as saying,4 chords to the bar,4 chords to the melody,and 4 chords in the bank,ha,ha,ha

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    Myles Goodwyn

    July 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Hi, I rarely do sound checks because I find that the sound in the afternoon in an empty venue is nothing like the acoustics in that same venue with people in the seats. Everything changes, so if you have a good crew (especially a great guitar tech) that can check your rig during the day, set up the sound as close as possible to “normal,” then tweaking it live before the first song takes less that 60 seconds. Also when there are multiple acts appearing on the same stage, sound checks become even more redundant.
    This is just my opinion as it pertains to my needs.

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    john

    July 30, 2013 at 6:16 am

    hey wouldnt mind seeing greenway sing a few songs now and then, happy my daughter is 19 she can come see some of your shows, most pf the places are licensed in the lower mainland.
    thanks again for your music love it

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    Myles Goodwyn

    July 30, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Asshole, i guess you don`t go to a.w, shows. for example, brian sang 3 songs in a 50 minute set in St Clair… from hence forth you will be ignored here. off you go!

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    john

    July 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    thank you

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    frank

    August 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    when are you guys going to write some new songs.

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    Myles Goodwyn

    August 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    lol we are.

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    Johnny Mac

    September 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Myles, April Wine, in my opinion is easily the most underated Canadaian band of all time. Your voice is so distictive, yet many people know the songs and say “I didn’t know that was April Wine”. It amazes me all of the time. I have seen you guys at least 30 times from Antigonish to Ottawa. Keep on Rockin. East Gate Sanctuary.. My buddy Paul Lowe a ggod friend of mine from Antigonish says Jack Lilly says Jack says “Hi”.

 

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