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Jeff Healy passes away

Posted By: lil'red

Jeff Healy passes away - 03/03/08 09:05 PM

While my guitar gently weeps.....

The music world has lost an amazing blues singer today. Jeff Healy passed away at 41 years of age of cancer. This is so sad. I love his music and have been following his career all of my life. I have actually been learning "Blue Jean Blues", one of my favorite songs he performed.

When I lived in Toronto 18 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting him at The Gasworks. He came in one night and the band that was playing was an Alice tribute. They asked if he would sit and play a few songs. The place was packed and you could have heard a pin drop when they brought him on the stage and he laid that guitar on his lap and started the opening chords. He played for about 30 minutes, then I had the pleasure of being introduced to him by the owners of the bar. It was a treat to sit and share a few beers with him.

Makes me sad.
Posted By: JZB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/03/08 09:26 PM

Sad news. frown
Posted By: Nova

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/03/08 11:11 PM

I echo the sad. I was introduced to his music years ago in New York by a dear friend. When he played the first song for me, I felt like he gave me a gift.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 03:28 AM

Man that truly, truly sucks! One hell of a kick ass guitar player. Saw him a few times over the years.

For those who don't know of him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Healey

http://www.jeffhealeyband.com/

Posted By: catdance62

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 03:18 PM

Lil'red I lived in TO about the same time (husband is a Canadian) The Gasworks ROCKED!
Posted By: KB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 03:30 PM

I saw Jeff several times at Grossmans and upstairs at the Brunswick House. Like the old saying goes - the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. His talent was surreal and he never seemed to let it go to his head....just a normal guy. It is a sad day in Toronto today.

Posted By: SimonB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 03:44 PM

"The Gasworks ROCKED!" Got that right, "no blood, no fun!" Spent many a messed up night there before it was renovated into a joke.

El Mocambo, Grossmans, Brunswick, Lees Palace, The Warehouse, George's Spaghetti House and on and on, so many great places for music in Toronto and so many great artists like Jeff Healy.
Posted By: lil'red

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 05:32 PM

Man, you are almost making me homesick for TO. I loved a little bar at Front Street and Church called C'est What. A little basement place in a centruy building that featured local musicians on the weekends. It had fat overstuffed couches, stacks of games and book and the best shepherds pie I have ever eaten. The Rotterdam and the Amsterdam for Sunday brunch were fun too. They had something like 300 beers to choose from.

Ya, renovating the Gasworks was a joke. I lived at Church and Wellesley and went there about 4 nights a week to hang and have a glass. The carpet was so terrible your feet could stick to the floor if you stood in one spot too long, lol.

There was also Cafe New Orlean's acrossed the street and some yuppie place that started with a "V".
Posted By: pugwash

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 06:50 PM

Any of you guys from TO remember the Old Massey Hall?

What a great venue: On the first Genesis tour of the US in 1972 we played there, and opened for Lou Reed, an interesting mix!

His (Reeds) sound truck had crashed on the way there, and at about 5.00pm it was decided we needed to set up our sound and lighting equipment if the show was to happen. Despite the audience being let into the theatre, are heckling the road crew of this unknown English band as we delayed things with a very abbreviated sound check and lighting focus; the band kicked a** that night, and became one of the biggest selling acts in Canada for many years afterwards.

I loved old Massey Hall, as it was so much more intimate than many of the mega stadiums and arenas, and did shows there with Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant and several others before it was replaced by the new venue.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 07:27 PM

Another great place to see a show in Toronto! What was the band?
Posted By: KB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 08:04 PM

Massey Hall is still open and is a great venue to see a concert. I had the priveledge of seeing Prince there a couple of years ago and was only about 20 feet away.

The gasworks is was unfortunately a victim of the death of the rocker bar - now the young folks prefer to hang out in the "club district" around Adelaide West. The Brunswick House is still going strong (although I have not been there for years and not sure Irene is still working downstairs). The live music scene is alive and well in this city and that is one of the things I like about living here.

Now that we are "older" we like some of the bars on College Street - lots of live bands a bit more our speed.
Posted By: pugwash

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/04/08 11:18 PM

Originally Posted by SimonB
Another great place to see a show in Toronto! What was the band?


I'm not sure of the question?

I was there with Genesis in 72, then Tull and Gentle Giant in the late 70's
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/05/08 01:12 AM

"the band kicked a** that night, and became one of the biggest selling acts in Canada for many years afterwards" That band, I assumed it was one you were involved with. Everyone seemed to be a fan of Genesis in Canada back then and they helped inspire some great Canadian prog-rock bands. FM and SAGA come to mind as a couple of my favourites.
Posted By: pugwash

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/05/08 02:00 AM

Actually, the Massey Hall show was Genesis' first show ever in Canada.

Foxtrot had been released, but Genesis Live was recorded in spring 72 on the English leg of the tour at Manchester and Leicester, (even thought the album cover picture was taken at Princeton University on the North American Tour!)and Selling England was recorded in Fall 72 and so the "conquest" of Canada and the rise of the bands popularity started with the Massey Hall Show!
Posted By: Danny2

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/05/08 02:19 AM

Hmmmm, another mystery.
Posted By: Shopgirl

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/05/08 06:04 AM

Ok Pugwash, color me confused! Are you saying you were a musician with Genesis or in another band playing there at the time? Either way, what a great road you have traveled!!!
Posted By: pugwash

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/05/08 03:54 PM

I was Genesis Production Manager/Road Manager from 1971-74, back in the days when 2 trucks and 6 guys did it all!
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/05/08 03:59 PM

Now there's a cool job!!
Posted By: Shopgirl

Re: Jeff Healy passes away - 03/05/08 05:17 PM

Wow is right!! I am also a fan of Jethro Tull as well. I am sure you have some great stories to tell. How exciting that must have been for you........
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