Boss birthday bash in Canada does its part for hungry hearts
Here at Backstreets, we often think of September 23 as a national holiday. This year, as Bruce Springsteen approaches 70, that doesn't feel so out of touch with reality. While we've written about the Pink Cadillac Club parties getting underway tonight, they're not nearly the only birthday celebrations planned —  and, of course, the holiday is international.

North of the border, a tribute concert to commemorate Springsteen's 70th birthday will raise funds for Moisson Montreal, the city's —

and Canada's — largest food bank.

The Last of the Duke Street Kings, Montreal's own

world-class Bruce tribute band, will provide a

rocking evening of great Boss music Monday night

at La Sala Rossa, one of the city's best established

clubs. Last of the Duke Street Kings are known not

only for doing a masterful job of playing

Springsteen songs, but for capturing the spirit of

an E Street Band performance with their joy and


Other performers include an all-star band led by

Montrealer Howard Bilerman, Grammy-nominated

musician, producer and engineer. Howard's long

list of credits include drumming for Arcade Fire

as well as working on award-winning recordings

for Leonard Cohen, Godspeed You! Black Emperor,

and literally hundreds of others. Sharing the stage

with Howard will be Campbell Woods, Chris Velan

Josh Toal, Mike O'Brien, Simon Nakonechny and

Steve Herskovitz.

If you're in the area, celebrate Bruce's music with a fun night for a terrific cause, September 23 at Sala Rossa, doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $25 at the door, or $20 in advance via or


Fatigué, mais heureux : j'ai revu le groupe hommage montréalais à Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, "The Last of the Duke Street Kings"! Cette formation était de passage chez Overflow Brewing Co. (avenue Kaladar à Ottawa) et une fois de plus, j'ai été estomaqué. Je n'ai jamais vu un groupe "de cover" se donner autant sur scène et travailler des arrangements et des transitions musicales comme eux (et elle, la choriste, soeur du chanteur Andy Blincoe). Faire participer la foule, jouer les demandes spéciales, jouer au sein de la foule... pendant plus de trois heures... cette joyeuse bande a manifestement du plaisir à nous offrir la musique du Boss. Si vous aimez le moindrement le répertoire de ce géant dela musique anglophone, vous

devriez aller voir LDSK : vouspourriez devenir un(e)converti(e). Merci à Overflow Brewing Co. d'avoir présenté un spectacle d'aussi grande qualité. En somme,pour moi : LDSK = TALENTet amour inconditionnel dela musique et de leur public!

Tired but happy: I saw Montréal

-based "The Last of the Duke

Street Kings", a tribute band to

Bruce Springsteen and the E

Street Band for the second

time last night at Overflow

Brewing Co. (Kaladar avenue

in Ottawa) and once again, I

was floored. I have never seen

a cover band give so much

energy and enthusiasm to their

fans, work some special musical arrangements and transitions like these musicians and singers do (including Andy Blincoe's sister who occasionally takes front stage). To make the crowd participate in the songs, to play special requests, to play IN the crowd... this crew obviously has great fun offering the Boss' music to us. If you like the Boss' music even just a little bit, you should check out LDSK: you could be "converted" into diehard fans. Thank you to Overflow Brewing Co. for presenting such a quality show. In summary, for me: LDSK = TALENT and unconditional love of music and their fans!

Jacques Des Becquets

Interview with Trudie Mason