Amy Winehouse backstage at the Mod Club with her then-husband Blake Fielder-Civil.
Mod Club turns 10
It seems like most bars and clubs don't even make it to their first birthday, so it's impressive that Virgin Mobile Mod Club celebrates 10 years on Saturday (November 17). Founded by Platinum Blonde's Mark Holmes, the venue grew out of a weekly Wednesday-night mod-themed party he'd started at the now-defunct Lava Lounge. We asked Holmes about the best and worst moments in the history of Mod Club.
Best: "When Muse entered the building for our very first live show, my heart was racing. This was the first big test of the sound and lights. Since the birth of my son Justin I'd never felt so much pride."
Worst: "Before his show, Ian Brown [of the Stone Roses] and his band decided to try some of Canada's favourite herb. Halfway into the set, paranoia took hold, and all of a sudden Ian couldn't hear his monitors. He had the engineer turn them up so loud that they overloaded and had to be replaced mid-show. To kill time Ian played the drums while telling everyone they should ask for their money back.
"I was in a state of hell for at least 20 minutes until the power was restored to the monitors and the show resumed. Thankfully, he played the longest show of his career, and the crowd was more than satisfied. Afterwards we had a great party and he was a complete teddy bear."
Rodriguez's Toronto talent
Remember a few weeks ago when Detroit folksinger Rodriguez played Toronto accompanied by local guitarist Tim Bovaconti? They'd only met on the afternoon before the show, introduced by a publicist at lunch, but Bovaconti is a long-time fan and knew all the songs. Plus, as a guitarist in Ron Sexsmith's and Burton Cummings's bands, he's a pro who can sit in with anybody.
Turns out Rodriguez was so impressed that he asked Bovaconti to play the next show in Detroit, too, but alas, it wasn't possible for him to get a visa on such short notice.
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