British Columbia

Enter Shikari Live at the Imperial

Enter Shikari Live at the Imperial

By Brendan Lee Imperial Friday, February 16th, 2018 VANCOUVER – Reaching peak velocity on the end of their first Canadian…


Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • ExOzzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wyldehellip
  • BeatRoute has a weekly podcast on saveonradio every Monday fromhellip
  • Noble Oak is taking the Rhodes less travelled Check outhellip
  • entershikari are bona fide masters of versatility with a genreblendinghellip
  • Welsh pop punk outfit Neck Deep are playing at voguetheatrehellip
  • devhynes is one of the many incredible headliners set tohellip
  • Already backed by a considerable YouTube following for her ukelelehellip
  • Dan Starlings experimental film The Chorus provides a fresh takehellip
  • Rise  Shine Music Seminar is an event to showcasehellip

Abbey Road: Performing classic albums live…

Wednesday 17th, January 2018 / 10:00
By. Simm 


CALGARY – There’s a scene in the TV series, Vinyl, produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese about the lusty music industry in full bloom during the early ’70s, in which Robert Plant is squaring off with a record label exec over royalties. The backstage scene, also posted on YouTube, is lifted from a 1973 concert that’s featured in Led Zeppelin’s myopic The Song Remains The Same docufantasy. The clip depicts Plant as a scrawny, cocky, annoying semi-articulate goof that doesn’t have much charm or swagger. And when he returns to the stage for an encore, he holds the mic all wrong and prances around like a bad, a very bad imitation – clearly not the charismatic rock god the world has come to love and cherish.

Craig Martin, founder of Classic Albums Live, knows that type of scenario all too well. While he, you and I might not know the real Robert Plant, there’s something terribly offsetting about the way he’s presented in Vinyl. The 27 commentators who posted below the YouTube clip also felt the same way; all of them expressed some sort of WTF!?!?, what-a-load-of-horseshit reply. Essentially, too often imitations just leave a bad taste in your brain, whether it’s acting in a movie or playing on a stage in a Zeppelin or Beatles’ tribute band, which Martin has a total disdain for.  

“They’re just ruining it, with their imitations. You get those Zeppelin bands with their costumes and all that. Yeah, some of those guys can play but it sounds nothing like the original document. And frankly, they’re imparting their own personality on the music, which is fine, I guess. But,” adds Martin raising his voice. “It’s not what I do! I want musically purity. I want the best musicians up there, that’s all I care about. I don’t care what they look like, or what their lives are like, as long as they can get on stage and hit it!”

Based in Toronto, Martin founded Classic Albums Live in 2003 largely in response to tribute bands butchering music that many people hold as scared. “It is the soundtrack to our lives, as corny as that sounds,” he says. “And I got feed up with seeing tribute bands wreck it. Our shows don’t have bad impersonations, no cheesy costumes, we just play the albums exactly they way they were recorded.”  

Over the past 15 years, the bands Martin has assembled have toured across North America performing more than 70 different classic rock albums, front to back, ranging from the Beatles (entire catalogue) to Zeppelin with lots of Stones, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Eagles, The Doors as well as Prince, Bowie, The Police, Radiohead and even Michael Jackson and Saturday Night Fever in between. It’s a comprehensive outpouring that Martin is committed to maliciously recreating “note for note” treating and recognizing classic rock music the same as we value the classic composition of Mozart and Bach. This January he’s bringing his show to the Jack Singer to perform one of his favourite albums, The Beatles’ Abbey Road.

“The Beatles are the greatest band that ever lived. We do all their records, and the Abbey Road album is especially hard because you’ve got all four Beatles represented. You have “Something” and “Here Comes The Sun”, so you need a proper George singer, someone to cover the frailty of his vocals. You’ve got Lennon’s snark, you’ve got McCartney’s happy voice and you’ve got Ringo singing “Carry That Weight” and “Octopus’s Garden”. So that’s the challenge. But,” adds Martin with absolute confidence, “We’ve got it down.”

Experience Abbey Road live at the Jack Singer Concert Hall Wednesday, Jan. 24.


AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.




FRIGS – Basic Behaviour 

FRIGS – Basic Behaviour 

  By Jamie McNamara   Arts & Crafts  Even when they were still Dirty Frigs, Toronto quartet FRIGS stood out amongst…

, ,

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Sup? Feel like going to a party? Heard there willhellip
  • This is just the first wave people Over 200 morehellip
  • What we want to create is the notion that yourehellip
  • I Am The Mountain are set to release something soulfulhellip
  • Video premiere alert! Erin Kay debuts Holding You Tonight exclusivelyhellip
  • Cartel Madras is playing the first ever hiphop set tohellip
  • February 2018 issue out now  This month features Amythysthellip
  • NorthernCree are the worlds premier powwow round dance drum andhellip
  • Win tickets to see Jenn Grant live at the Theatrehellip