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The Vaselines - Sala Rossa - 10/31/10

Posted by Valerie / November 3, 2010

The legendary Vaselines played a show at Sala Rossa on Halloween night and to my great surprise, the venue wasn't jam-packed. Another surprise was that there weren't people dressed as Kurt Cobain.

Because in case you've been living under a rock for thirty years, The Vaselines were one of Kurt Cobain's favourite bands. Nirvana ended up covering several of their songs but The Vaselines never quite had the success story they deserved. After putting out two EPs in 1986, the band finally released a full-length record in 1989 but broke up right after. Their record company had closed down and the couple formed by Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee dissolved.

Nirvana's label Sub Pop released a re-edition of The Vaselines' work in 1992 and re-released it in a deluxe version in 2009. A year later, the band reformed and came out with Sex with An X, their first studio album in over twenty years. Despite the time gap between their releases, The Vaselines were able to keep the same spirit and write relevant songs on this new record.

After a whole month of gigs, the Scottish duo came to Montreal for their last show of the tour. On stage, the band is supported by a drummer, a bassist and a third guitarist. Both Eugene and Frances had worked on their solo careers before, so they didn't lose their performer skills. In fact, I don't know if it was the nostalgia or something, but I found them (esp. Frances) to have a lot of fun on stage and always have a clever thing to tell the crowd.

Jokes, stories, and even little blasts from the pasts were told on stage and the audience was captivated the whole time. In between those talks, songs were played of course. Some of the old tunes don't get played anymore because the band just isn't able to, but we were lucky enough to hear most of the classics (Son of a Gun, Molly's Lips, etc) along with new tracks. In total the band played for over 90 minutes and even gave us discounts to liquidate their merchandise.
Clearly it was a great show I am glad I didn't miss and I say Long Live The Vaselines!



3486994 / June 19, 2011 at 08:41 am
What a lovely day for a 3486994! SCK was here
4131195 / June 19, 2011 at 08:41 am
What a lovely day for a 4131195! SCK was here
Dipali / February 4, 2015 at 05:42 am
Hi, I haven't been able to find this URL address since my Dec 2011 post. The tall sknniy guy with blonde hair was Mike. If I remember he became the night manager back then. Did you know Marta who worked in the kitchen. She used to feed us after our shift was over she was great! Jane and Rudy worked the back bar and the patio in the summer when the patio was open. I didn't experience the lunch crowd. I was a bouncer there on Friday nights and when we had private parties on Saturdays. Most of the bouncers were GW students. Paul, Joseph, Rob, Eric etc. We use to hang out at 21st Amendment, Odds, Madhatter's, Sign of the Whale, was there a Black/Red Rooster on L street?Ben, thanks for the information on Vicky. She was a lot of fun and spun great tunes. Her boyfriend whom she married used to work with us for a while too. I heard they have a lot of kids Where did 25 years go .???
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