Check out the grand Canyon
ROCK veterans Canyon host a Christmas special at the Voodoo Lounge on Sunday.
The band that dominated the Plymouth music scene in the early Seventies and Eighties reformed last year under sad circumstances – to play a fundraising show at the Voodoo for former lead singer Robbie Heap who is suffering from motor neurone disease.
They had no idea what to expect all these years later, but 350 people showed up and the gig was an overwhelming success.
Since then the band have performed several shows, all sell outs, also at The Wharf and The Garden, Torpoint and have vowed to play three or four shows each year – so long as the demand remains – instead of the three or four per week they used to manage back in their heyday.
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The line-up includes Jimmy Smith on drums and backing vocals, a charismatic rock star in his own right and former member of Asgard, who was signed to Threshold Records, the Moody Blues' label.
Also on board are former Canyon members Richard Jones on lead guitar, Dan Daley on bass, Malcolm Middleton on keyboards, with Craig Dixon and Pete Gover on vocals.
"We'll be performing all the old Canyon favourites," says Pete, "including Rocky Mountain Way, All Night Long, Since You've Been Gone, Missing You, and we'll certainly be doing Music Was My First Love, by John Miles, dedicated to Robbie."
Opening the show on Sunday will be one of the city's best known singer-songwriters, Christian Sleep.
Tickets are available on the door.