Frank Soda & Killer Dwarfs – Rockpile East , Toronto – February 1 2014 ,
Photos and Review by Andrew Hartl
Saturday rolls around , and Mother Nature welcomes in February with another blast of winter.
The highways were a big snowy mess , but what’s a little bit of snow ?
This is Ontario right ? and we Canadians are used to this , besides The Killer Dwarfs are playing tonight!
The nights venue The Rockpile East formerly the old Knob Hill Tavern , went through a big renovation , and now has massive floor to ceiling speakers…awesome!
The night’s opening act is the legendary Frank Soda , of Frank Soda and The Imps fame.
Known for his outrageous stage show , which included exploding televisions , meant to symbolize the way society is being brainwashed. Oh , did I mention , the television that Frank blows up is on his head!
Frank Soda along with Terry Watkinson (Max Webster) on keyboards , Tessa Kimmel on Bass , Brian Gagnon on Guitar , and Lawrence Gretch on Drums played all the classics such as ; Saturday Night Getaway , Skin Graft , Take My Picture Please ,just to name a few.
Judging by the crowd’s reaction , they approved.
The headliners of the night The Killer Dwarfs were another blast from the past , nominated for two Juno Awards , back in the day . I remember spending many Friday and Saturday nights in the 80’s checking them out in bars all over the g.t.a.
The Killer Dwarfs are; Vocalist Russ Dwarf , Drummer Darrell Dwarf , Bassist Ronbo Dwarf , and Guitarist Gerry Dwarf.
This tour is in support of their latest album release “Start @ One”
Killer Dwarfs Set List
-Coming Through – Hard Luck Town – Believe in Me – Last Last – Driften Back – Union of Pride – Doesn’t Matter – All That We Dream – Nothing Gets Nothing – Start @ One – Stand Tall – Keep That Spirit Alive – Dirty Weapons – Heavy Mental Breakdown –
As soon as the Killer Dwarfs stepped on stage they were greeted by cheers from the anxious crowd , who really knew how to party.
Russ started walking circles around the stage reminiscent of a caged Tiger , as well as doing the usual Killer Dwarfs antics.
The Dwarfs played a nice mix of newer songs , as well as all the hits the crowd wanted to hear.
Just as I remembered them , a really fun night , and well worth battling the elements to get there , on that note. The Killer Dwarfs along with a multitude of other great bands are getting together this coming March , and playing on “The Monsters of Rock Cruise” for four days of Rock’n’Roll , debauchery , alcohol , beaches , and sunshine , that’s right , I said beaches and sunshine. Sailing from Miami to Bahamas.
Details are available at http://monstersofrockcruise.com/
I for one am sure ready for that.