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Title:
Kick Axe with the Killer Dwarves
When:
Thu, Jun 14
Where:
Lethbridge
Category:
Rock

Description

Time; 8 p.m.

Cover:$35 advance $40 at door

Two of Canada’s best heavy metal rock music groups from the 80’s are coming to Average Joe’s on Thursday June 14th. Kick Axe’s debut album, Vices, went Gold in Canada. They produced 3 more albums in the 1980’s and toured extensively opening for the likes of Metallica and Rush. The band disbanded 20 years ago but has re-united recently and has released a new album. This is a great chance to see Kick Axe on their revival tour.
The second group to take the stage is another Canadian heavy metal group from the 1980’s, Killer Dwarfs. The Dwarfs were nominated for 2 Juno Awards, released 3 albums and toured extensively in Canada and the USA. They split up for a number of years, but are back performing now with their same great energy and sound. The Killer Dwarfs have a new album coming out in the spring of 2018, titled “No Guff”.
This great Canadian classic rock concert will start at 8:00 P.M. Advance tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased at Average Joe’s Sports Bar or on line at www.thejoe.ca. Any remaining tickets the day of the show will be available for $40.00. Average Joe’s is located at 420 -6th street south. For more information call 403-942-2563.

Kick Axe

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Larry Gillstrom
Brian Gillstrom
Ray Harvey
Victor Langen
Daniel Nargang

Kick Axe was formed in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1976 by Larry Gillstrom (guitar), Victor Langen (vocals/bass guitar) and his brother Gary Langen (drums). By 1978, they added a second guitarist in Raymond Harvey and decided to relocate to Vancouver, British Columbia in search of greater exposure. Gary Langen left the group and was replaced by Larry's brother Brian Gillstrom. Vocalist Charles McNary was brought in and the band started to make waves, Vancouver Seeds album that also appeared on a Playboy compilation album.

McNary left the band and was replaced by George Criston , giving Kick Axe the "distinguished front man" they had long desired. The band decided to pursue the heavier style that formed the original roots of the band. Shortly after George joining, the group signed a major label deal with Spencer Proffer's Pasha records. Vices was released in 1984 to critical acclaim, and the band toured behind such top acts of the day as Judas Priest, Whitesnake, and Pasha label-mates Quiet Riot. The third single from Vices (appearing only on the cassette version), a cover of Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" appeared on the Up the Creek movie soundtrack in 1984. The song also appeared on the first of two MuchMusic compilation albums promoting the network's weekly Power Hour program.

The band's follow-up album Welcome to the Club was released in 1985 and strayed away from their rock anthems for a more radio-friendly sound, and included a handful of guest stars. It reached the Billboard Top 200, but disappointed longtime fans. Meanwhile, the group appeared on the The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack under the name of Spectre General, the name change due to legal reasons. They recorded two songs under that name: "Hunger" (later covered by King Kobra in their 1985 album Ready To Strike) and "Nothin's Gonna Stand in Our Way" (a cover of a song by John Farnham from the film Savage Streets) which were included on the soundtrack. Guitarist Harvey left the band in 1986, and the band elected to carry on as a four-piece. One final album: Rock the World, a return to their heavy metal roots, was released but by then all momentum had been lost. By 1988, dropped by their record label, Kick Axe broke up.
Reunion without Criston (2003 - present)

The band reformed in 2003 with original member Gary Langen singing for Criston who was unavailable to join the reunion due to prior work commitments. The new album entitled IV was released the following year. In 2008 Langen left the band, though they continued to play Canadian tour dates and rock festivals in 2009 and 2010 with new vocalist Daniel Nargang, formerly of the Regina metal band "Into Eternity".

 

 Killer Dwarfs http://killerdwarfsband.com

The KiLLeR DWaRFs were formed in the fall of 1981 from the ashes of vocalist Russ “Dwarf” Graham and drummer Darrell “Dwarf” Millar’s club bands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The band was rounded out by Bryce “Dwarf” Trewin (guitar) and Ange “Dwarf” Fodero (bass) The KiLLeR DWaRFs quickly gained international success, first in Canada with the Juno nominated self-titled KiLLeR DWaRFs debut album in 1983 with Attic Records produced by Doug Hill. Their break-through in the United States came when San Antonio based radio personality Joe Anthony started spinning their album on a regular basis. This came much to the delight of hard rocking Texans. This planted the seeds for what would result in KiLLeR DWaRFs receiving a lot of attention south of Canada's border.
It would be three years before the follow-up was released; due in part to Bryce and Ange leaving the band. They both left the band in 1984 to be replaced by Mike “Dwarf” Hall and Bad Ronbo “Dwarf” Mayer. The band soon cut the iconic and now highly sought after album STAND TALL in '86 on Maze/A&M Records in Canada, and Grudge Records stateside. The KiLLeR DWaRFs toured relentlessly in support of it. The first single, "Keep the Spirit Alive," was an anthem of the times. Much Music’s new Pepsi Power Hour provided substantial airplay for the their hits "Stand Tall " and “Keep The Spirit Alive” in Canada, while MTV provided great American exposure for the band. MTV soon put the band's videos for "Keep The Spirit Alive" and "Stand Tall" on a 13-week rotation allowing the album to sell an unprecedented 80,000 copies during that time. (It has now surpassed the 100000 units sold and has sold on EBay for as much as $500!) By the spring of 1987, the video became the most requested video on MTV, setting a record that would take years to overcome. It still holds the record for MTV's most-requested independent video of all time. A second video Stand Tall was greeted with similar accolades. The exposure led to Russ hosting the MTV "Head banger’s Ball" with Rob Halford of Judas Priest in 1987. With the addition of national tours of the United States and Canada the exposure got the KiLLeR DWaRFs noticed and brought Sony/Epic Records to their door offering a multimillion dollar worldwide recording contract.
The KiLLeR DWaRFs first album with Sony/Epic was BIG DEAL. It was recorded again in Toronto and produced by Simon Halhart, whose previous credits included the likes of Saxon and Marillion, Big Deal continued on the road the band had paved for itself with hits like "Starting To Shine", "Power" and the anthem like "Desperados" assisted the single "We Stand Alone" in showing the world the KiLLeR DWaRFs were a world-class metal outfit. That year they went on tour to support Iron Maiden across Europe on a sold out tour and appearing at several outdoor rock festivals here and overseas.
The next year the band moved operations from Toronto to Los Angeles to record "Dirty Weapons" with award-winning and much sought after producer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi and Cinderella). Released in 1990, the resulting album sported 'Doesn't Matter' – The Killer Dwarfs first radio hit in the USA. The song went to #1 in thirteen cities, including two major stations in Los Angeles. The title track, 'Dirty Weapons,' also became a smash hit and a standard on MTV's Headbanger's Ball program In 1991 The KiLLeR DWaRFs were nominated for a Juno award for Best Hard Rock Group bought lost out to Rush.
In 1992 the band released the album Method to the Madness also with Andy Johns in the producer’s chair. Mike Hall was replaced by Gerry Finn to take over the guitar duties. This album was touted to be one of the best hard rock albums Canada ever produced, including the title track, "Hard Luck Town" and "Cowboys and Conmen " along with the chart topping "Driftin Back" power ballad. After a few years of touring in support of Method to the Madness, the band parted ways with Sony/Epic.
The KiLLeR DWaRFs decided to have a “Reunion” in 2001 to tie up some lose ends from the past. They recorded a Live CD/DVD in their hometown of Toronto, Ontario, which was simulcast live across to locations in US and Canada. This allowed the band almost 4 years of dates in North America. Reunion of Scribes became a much sought after release and has recently been re-released in 2013 to the fans delight.
The KiLLeR DWaRFs have played some of the largest venues around the world including Wembley Arena, Hammersmith Odeon, as well as Toronto's historic CNE Grandstand, Ricoh Coliseum. They have performed on many of the largest festival stages and amphitheatres in the US and Canada. They have also toured and shared the stage with such world renowned artists such as Iron Maiden, Ronnie James Dio, Joe Perry Project, Michael Schenker, Saxon, Yngwie Malmsteen, Queensryche, Accept, Anvil, Goddo, Warrant, Y&T, Fear Factory, Skid Row, Pantera, Firehouse, and the legendary Nazareth. The band also appeared on “The Mike Bullard Show" and also on TSN performing "The Hockey Song" in '2003

The KiLLeR DWaRFs are also set to release a “lost” never before released KiLLeR DWaRFs album entitled Start @ One in 2013. It was recorded back in 1993 with the same line up as Method to the Madness. The Album will also include two brand new tracks that are currently being written. The band announced in May of 2013 that they are reuniting that line up to support the release and will be embarking on a worldwide tour which will commence in the United States in August of 2013. Plans are also underway for another Live CD/DVD which will again be filmed in their home town of Toronto with clips and footage 2013 “Start @ One” world tour. The band has now sold close to two million records as it enters this new and exciting chapter in their career.

 

Venue

Average Joe's Sports Bar/ Joe's GarageMap
Venue:
Average Joe's Sports Bar/ Joe's Garage
Street:
420 - 6 Street South
ZIP:
T1J 2B8
City:
Lethbridge
State:
AB
Country:
Country: ca

Description

This is the new location of Average Joes Downtown — 420 - 6 Street South.

 For many years now, you have enjoyed the great fun and friendly atmosphere at Average Joe's Sports Bar. Yes, the Lethbridge spot that has been named the best sports bar in Canada is going bigger and better. Coming soon, the A.J's team will be adding a new dimension to the downtown scene. They are going to welcome you to an exciting new venue at " COYOTE JOE'S".
Every Friday and Saturday night, Coyote Joe's will be open for a wild and rollicking session of music and dancing. Yes, Coyote Joes's will have live bands and top notch DJ's playing your favorite Rock ‘n'Country tunes. There will be contests, drink specials, and great food to go along with all the music your toe tapping feet can handle. Coyote Joe's will quickly become the place in town to let your hair down, get rocking with your favorite partner, and show off your classic dancing style.

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