Last night I traveled to Club 351 in Salmon Arm, BC to see Vancouver’s Blaze of Glory – a Bon Jovi tribute band.
The club is down a set of stairs one block off the main drag of town, and didn’t look terribly promising from the outside, but once inside boasted a very slick bar area, large dance floor with couches spread around, and comfortable tables, booths and barstool areas. While definitely an older space, it was clean, freshly painted and well looked after by serving staff, door staff and security.
The band came on just after 11pm (no opening act which was nice) and jumped into a killer rendition of Raise Your Hands which fired up the somewhat small audience. You Give Love a Bad Name, Born to be my Baby, and Living on Prayer followed in succession by which time the audience had grown substantially in size, as well as volume!
Bed of Roses saw singer Ted Moore (Jon Bon Jovi) out in the audience with a cordless mic, singing to a few ladies who had braved being on the dance floor with their girlfriends.
By the time Blaze of Glory hit the setlist, a group of about 10 decided to pick up their table with all its contents, and move it to the dance floor only feet from the stage. The band and staff went with it, which increased the fun factor. Have a Nice Day, Runaway and Bad Medicine rounded out the first set list at which time the band took a short break to gear up for the second half.
After a brief respite in the green room, Blaze of Glory came back on stage to rock us into the next day. Lay Your Hands and One Wild Night got more people up on the dance floor and the smoke effects kicked in nicely. The new set also saw Ted/Bon Jovi in new duds. There had been a few changes of jackets in the first set list – jean jacket, leather jacket etc.. the new duds were the addition of a cowboy hat and faded well worn jeans instead of leather pants, and brown suede jacket with fringes down each arm – very retro, very true Bon Jovi. The band too were true to the roots of Bon Jovi, respendent in dark sunglasses, retro concert tees and faded jeans (thank goodness they skipped the spandex pants/tights era!)
The set list was rounded out with I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Make a Memory, It’s My Life, Wanted Dead or Alive, I’ll be There For You, and closed out with Keep the Faith. The band was well honed, expert at their instrumentation but also masters of live performance.. they know how to have fun while putting on a kick ass show for people. The band consists of Ted Moore on Vocals, Randy Robertson on guitar, Mike Champigny on bass, Mike Russel on keyboards and Doug Grant on drums. I also want to mention their sound/lighting engineer Orest Patraschuk (and his two assistants) who did a great job making sure the sound was clear and crisp and the lighting perfect for the space.
This review by Donna Mair