Segarini – About My Column This Week

Due to some very important conversations to negotiate a deal with the CRA and Services Canada, my column at DBAWIS will be late, posted sometime tomorrow.

Unfortunately, part of its content is time-sensitive, so I am addressing that here so that, if there is any truth to my thoughts, you don’t think I wrote this after the event. The full column will be posted here tomorrow.

In fact …I have been wondering about this since I first saw the Poster.

The celebration marking the anniversary of The Rolling Stones appearance at the late, lamented, Elmo in 1977 is happening tonight and tomorrow night at the venue now occupying the location of the no longer in existence venerable Toronto institution.

More on that in the DBAWIS column tomorrow.

The celebration features Maurice Raymond’s spot-on tribute to the Stones, The Blushing Brides, who have been faithfully and wonderfully performing this music almost as long as the Stones themselves.

Those of you old enough to remember will recall they were booked under the name, “The Cockroaches” and were part of a show to be headlined by April Wine.

Well …looking at the poster when it first came out, I became fascinated by the wording. Two things stood out.

First of all, The Brides would feature a “Special Guest”. Second of all, the opening act is advertised as “The Chameleons”.

Who could the special guest be? Someone with a connection to the Stones? A musician who played with them? A famous fan? Even (at the top of the wish list) Mick Taylor?

And the opening act?

Unless they were formed in the last 2 weeks, there is no Canadian or local band named “The Chameleons”. No FB page, no previous gigs, no recordings, no YouTube videos or Mp3’s posted on any music site anywhere. There is a British Band named “The Chameleons”, but they are in England and touring as we speak.

Could it be a famous Canadian artist who in the tradition of “The Cockroaches”, are using a fake name as to not spoil a special surprise …or …is it The Stones themselves?

If the owners of the new venue could afford to spend over 30 million dollars to build it, they could surely afford to pay the freight on 2 nights of the real thing.

This might just be me recalling the magic and excitement that permeated the world of rock and roll back in the ’60s and ’70s, or it could just be hoping that those who are attending tonight and tomorrow have an experience they will never forget.

Or …it could just be my imagination and mean nothing at all.

Hmmm …this version of the poster just showed up minus the reference to “The Chameleons” Curiouser and curiouser.


Segarini’s irregular columns are available whenever Mick can’t get what he wants …which is hardly ever


Bob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, continues to write music, make music, and record.

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