Thursday, August 25, 2005
The Rolling Stones seem to like Canadian acts. After inviting The Trews to open the band's "secret" show at The Phoenix a few weeks ago, the group has enlisted The Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, Alanis Morissette and 54.40 to open selected shows on its current tour. 54.40 will play with the Stones in Calgary on Oct. 28, and hopefully it can bring more attention to the Vancouver band's new Yes To Everything album. The disc is very solid, one of my 20 favourite so far this year, and continues the band's tradition of making fine rock records. While the group isn't particularly electrifying on stage, its extensive repertoire from the past 20 years can fill 90 minutes with little let-up from great songs. I saw the band twice during NXNE in June and thoroughly enjoyed both shows. 54.40 will be playing a number of dates across Canada this fall and, if you haven't seen it for a while, do yourself a favour and get out to a show.