Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd bring big hits to Parksville on June 6

Band of "Hot Child in the City" and "Roxy Roller" fame will rock the Parksville Community and Conference Centre

Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd, known for hit songs like Hot Child in the City and Roxy Roller, will rock the Parksville Community and Conference Centre June 6.

Gilder, whose career has spanned four decades, will be doing a 19-plus show at the PCCC with special guest the Ray Materick Band.

Gilder was the front man for Sweeney Todd, a Canadian glam-rock band that was formed in Vancouver in 1975. Their hit Roxy Roller won the Juno Award for Best Selling Single.

Gilder left the band to start a solo career and was replaced by a young Bryan Adams. The band broke up in 1978 and both Adams and Gilder went on to hugely successful solo careers.

The NEWS caught up with Gilder to talk about then and now.

“After Sweeney Todd I found myself in L.A. pursuing a solo career,” said Gilder. “Hot Child in the City resulted from living there. It went to the top of the charts, but it was the song that took the longest to get to number one.”

Gilder has also written songs for such artists as Joe Cocker, Bette Midler, Pat Benatar, and Patty Smyth. He co-wrote the 1984 hit song The Warrior for the rock band Scandal.

In its current incarnation, Sweeny Todd consists of Nick Gilder, Mark Kenny on bass, Lance Chalmers on drums and Michael Russell on keyboards.

Gilder said they are having a blast touring and rocking out with the classics that were the soundtrack of the ’70s and ’80s. “The show is made up of our hits and radio songs,” he said. “After 35 years people know every word and every nuance.”

Gilder said he enjoyed his days in the limelight when he first started doing rock-n-roll shows, but these days when he performs it is better than it ever was.

He said nothing has really changed for him over the years. He feels good and can still hit the high notes.

“As soon as you hit the stage it is the same. That is the neat thing… it has never changed. It is a celebration of the songs and the time but now there are new fans at the shows as well as at least two generations of old fans. You are never too old to rock ’n roll.”

Gilder’s new songs are excuses to rock out and after performing for more than 40 years he said he is not bored or jaded and although he is no spring chicken, he still has the chops for the job so he will keep doing what he loves.

“I do wonder how much longer we can do it. I will do it as long as people are enjoying it. Rick Springfield is older than me and he ain’t quitting any time soon. I think Mick Jagger is setting the bar for that and he says he doesn’t see the Stones quitting any time soon. There are bands out there from the ’50s still going and we were from the late ’70s.”

Gilder said it has been a while since he has performed on Vancouver Island and he can’t wait to get back here.

“It has been so long… at least eight or 10 years and I want to make the most of this because we have always had fantastic shows on the Island.”

Gilder said the Parksville show will be a powerhouse performance including past hits and new material that make for a fun rocking high energy show.

Tickets for the June 6 concert at the PCCC are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Visit www.nightlifeentertainment.ca to purchase tickets.

 

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