PLATINUM BLONDE with Guest Brighton Rock
Club Regent Casino | Event Centre
8:00 pm | Tickets starting at $35 * Buy Tickets
with Guest Brighton Rock
Presale Aug 9 – 10am-10pm online with password or in person at box office with Club Card
Public on sale – Aug 10
Platinum Blonde is back, but don’t call it a reunion. In reality, it’s more like the band has simply taken a finger off of the pause button with the release of its new album Now & Never.
With four albums that have collectively gone Platinum seven times over and garnered multiple Juno Award nominations, along with an induction into the Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, it’s easy to wonder what else was there is for Platinum Blonde to accomplish? As it turns out, quite a lot.
Indeed, the re-ignition of the band has been a very long time coming. It wasn’t for lack of demand – the appetite for the signature new wave rock sound that swept up throngs of fans has hardly waned since the boys pressed pause in 1991.
In January 1983, at the beginning of a decade where pop music was often adrift in flash and kitsch, the Toronto-based outfit consisting of Holmes, Sergio Galli (guitar), and Chris Steffler (drums) emerged from the club scene with a more substantial offering. At the core of their unremittingly danceable new wave influence were three musically fluent artists who had something relevant to say.
Accolade for the band came fast and furiously. In autumn 1983 the group debuted Six Track Attack – an EP washed with crisp, slinky guitar and synth along with punchy rhythms. The release fuelled such an enormous amount of hype for the band that it charted at #39 – an unprecedented feat for the era.
Instantly, Platinum Blonde became one of the biggest commodities of the burgeoning new wave landscape.
As MTV and MuchMusic took their nascent first steps into pop culture in the mid-80s, Platinum Blonde experimented with the visual aesthetic of its music. Already heralded as having a uniquely bold style, the music videos for “Standing In The Dark” and “Doesn’t Really Matter” added an innovative vision to the singles. High rotation on MuchMusic took the band from a radio sensation to a television staple standing on the edge of the newest music platform, and dominating it.
Across time, the one constant of Platinum Blonde has always been an unquenchable yen to evolve. With Now & Never, the band that’s made a career of forging it’s own path continues to roam free.
Website - http://platinumblondeworld.com/
Videos - http://platinumblondeworld.ca/video/#prettyPhoto
In 1982 the Niagara Falls band toured across Canada with the success of their first single “We Came to Rock,” soon to be followed by the ballad “Can’t Wait for the Night.” After a successful debut tour the band retreated to the studio to record their second album, Take A Deep Breath (produced by Jack Richardson). The next tour began taking the band over to England, on the strength of the first two singles,” One More Try” and”Hangin High and Dry,” the album was soon to be certified gold in Canada.
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