|THE FREIGHTLINERS REUNION 2008|
|Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival,
|David Palmer||Rollie Waddingham||Tom Blizzard||Peter Palmer||Stewart
was magic. Being back in
my favourite band, if only for a week, will be the
of my year (and the next two or three as well unless we do it again
I credit whatever foundation I have in the traditions I've followed to building the chops I needed to keep up with these guys. I miss them already. This was only our second reunion in more than thirty years. The first happened accidentally on July 21, 2007 while I was attending a wedding in Fredericton. When my brother Gray invited me to be a groomsman at his marriage to Janie Clarkson, he also informed me that Rollie would be singing at the church ceremony and that Matchstick Mike and The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys, the Alter Boys being Tom and Pete, had been engaged for the party. At that point I had advised him that I would be taking the liberty of sitting in. Upon arriving at the hall I was delighted to discover that Dave had decided to do the same. It was such a great time we all agreed we should reconvene as soon as possible. My brother Mark, who was only eight in 1974, suggested we consider doing so at the next Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. It seemed like a good idea. Fortunately for us festival director Brent Staben and more than five hundred ticket holders thought so too.
poster - Mark MacDougall / Valley Graphics
Stewart McKelvey Hoodoo House
560 King St.
The Electric Boogie: Freightliner Re-Union
|SET LIST||iPhone photos courtesy of Pat Flannagan|
GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT
SIX DAYS ON THE ROAD
WORKIN’ MAN BLUES
BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO /
BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY
DON’T BE CRUEL
I THINK I’LL JUST STAY HERE AND DRINK
RIOT IN CELL BLOCK #9
PEACHES EN REGALIA
SKIN IT BACK
ROCKING MY LIFE AWAY
HOT ROD LINCOLN
IT'S GONNA BE ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS
EVERY FOOL HAS A RAINBOW
I AIN’T LIVING LONG LIKE THIS
A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
HJB PROGRAM BIO
The reunion of these five Fredericton-bred musicians might be better described as the continuation of a collaboration that began in the seventies.
Originally billed as Vince Packard and the Freightliners, Tom Blizzard (drums), Peter Palmer (bass and vocal), David Palmer (guitar and pedal steel) and Rollie Waddingham (lead vocal), all veterans of the Fredericton rock scene,
and began playing local
taverns, initially employing Cedric Bidlake (steel) before recruiting
MacDougall (keyboards and vocal) as the fifth piece.
The “Freightliner” incarnation with vocalist Ted Tweedie was still well down the road.
Tom, Pete, Dave, Rollie and Stew had the longest run, packing ‘em in with a set list that veered from Frank Zappa to Merle Haggard and back to Little Feat, and have remained committed to the vocation that first brought them together over thirty years ago.
Big wheels rollin’. Movin’ on.
iPhone photo courtesy of Pat Flannagan