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70s rock group set to play Sackville

SACKVILLE, N.B. - It's been about 30 years since The Stampeders last rocked the Amherst Stadium, and plenty has changed since then, but not as much as you think.

The three-piece band, which was one of Canada's biggest rock groups of the 1970s, has been reunited in its original form since 1992, and playing across the marsh at the Sackville arena on Saturday, Aug. 18.

SACKVILLE, N.B. - It's been about 30 years since The Stampeders last rocked the Amherst Stadium, and plenty has changed since then, but not as much as you think.

The three-piece band, which was one of Canada's biggest rock groups of the 1970s, has been reunited in its original form since 1992, and playing across the marsh at the Sackville arena on Saturday, Aug. 18.

The band members are the same, and so is the music, as hits like "Sweet City Woman" and "Wild Eyes" remain set favourites, but touring today is a little different from the early years, according to drummer Kim Berly.

"It's a different experience altogether," he said. "Back then, we were lucky if we had one day a week when we weren't gigging, and now it's usually one or two shows with a day or two in between. Logistically, it's so much easier too."

Rather than trucking their own crew, equipment, lights, etc. band members Berly, Rich Dodson and Ronnie King just travel to the different venues with their guitars and drumsticks, and play with the equipment on hand.

Very few bands from their era, if any, are still together in their original form, and Berly said that is a testament to their close friendships and the fun they have together on the road. Their reunion in 1992 has lasted, and even produced some new material.

"We've not only managed to keep it going, but it's been almost like rebuilding a second career, and we continue to get better," he said. "We seem to work more every year, and more people come to see us every year, and it's been a very interesting trip."

The group has sold out eight of their last shows on their current cross-country tour, and played last Saturday night to a crowd of more than 3,000 people in Newfoundland.

Originally from Calgary, The Stampeders left for Toronto in the late 1960s, and spent five years toiling in the bars and dance halls of Ontario, Quebec and the New England states.

In 1971 they broke into the mainstream with "Carry Me", and then their career exploded with the platinum "Sweet City Woman." A five-year run of steady hits followed, with songs like "Devil You", "Oh My Lady" and "Hit the Road Jack".

They also racked up Juno Awards in the categories of best group, best single, best producer and best composer.

Audience members can expect to hear all the favourite songs they remember from the past, according to Berly.

"People like to hear the '70s, and that's basically what they get," he said. "It's good fun, and we're happy to be doing it."



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Canada, Newfoundland Calgary Toronto Ontario Quebec New England

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