August 30, 1976

Gasworks

Toronto, ON

Setlist Included:

Sunday Morning Cereal, America's Veins, Words To Words, Mash Moon In Hawaii, Wipe Out, Research (at Beach Resorts), Hangover, Coming Off The Moon, Only Your Nose Knows

Details:

Paul Kersey recalls the band needing to play up to five sets a night in the bars, six nights a week. At venues like the Gasworks, it was usually three half hour sets and another two twenty minute sets.

His extended drum solos became a centrepiece of the show during this era, and on this night it was nearly ten minutes long amidst an unreleased song called Sunday Morning Cereal (the initial lyrics are "Sunday Morning Cereal is a Ford and Chevy collision crunch"). Kim says it's about "snot from the nose," and it sounds like a cross between Frank Zappa and Yes. He adds a reference to Billy Swan's "I Can Help."

Kim performs Words To Words for the first time, entitling the song "You Are" as he starts.

Mash Moon In Hawaii is even longer than it was earlier in the year. The band then break into a bit of the Surfaris classic Wipe Out at the end, with Kersey on the bells.

Research (at Beach Resorts) is not unlike the 1978/79 versions with the almost completely different lyrics from what ended up on A Million Vacations, but the breakdown is a bit more Black Sabbath influenced.

"For our encore, the band would like to dance for you," declares Kim after Hangover. They do a conga-line shuffle to leave the stage, which would become the custom during this period. They return to play two more tunes off the debut album (with the dancing bit in between them again, and another break).

Photos:


Photos by Greg Derrett (they are from a 1976 show at the Gasworks, but not necessarily this one).

Lineup

Kim Mitchell - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Tilka - Bass
Paul Kersey - Drums
Terry Watkinson - Keyboards

X