Maestro's history lesson
There's a reason Maestro rhymes with nitro. He's about to blow da spot up again, this time with four new songs for his greatest-hits album. The first new single is called God Bless The Child, produced by undeniably ill Halifax MC/producer Classified .
"In the song I'm sayin' a few things - the breakdown of the fam, war, propaganda, misinformation, mental day slavery - that kids are affected by the most," says Maestro.
But it's not all just consciousness. God Bless The Child is also a vehicle for Maestro's brand new delivery.
"My flow is ridiculous. My flow is sick right now," he brags, adding that his song could change the world.
"Let Your Backbone Slide wasn't a record. It was history. And this new record is history," he says.
Upcoming, Music Heals
Tomorrow night's (Friday, February 13) Music Heals benefit for Camp Trillium features an all-star Canadian lineup of the Spoons , Kim Mitchell , Platinum Blonde , Alfie Zappacosta and others. Camp Trillium provides recreational activities for children living with cancer - over 400 children in Ontario alone - and their families in both camp and hospital settings year round.
"There are people in my immediate family who have had cancer," says Spoons vocalist Gord Deppe . "After last year's show at the Phoenix I got to meet some of the kids, and the experience really hit home."
Deppe and Sandy Horne are the only original remaining Spoons (Elizabeth Bromstein's favourite band and first concert when she was 10).
"For the beginning of the 90s we laid low. Then, in 95, we put out a best-of, and that was just when the retro 80s thing was on the horizon. Every year I keep thinking it's over," laughs Deppe, "but it just keeps going."
Also performing at the Living Arts Centre (4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga) will be Deppe's other band, three-piece rock outfit Thread . 905-306-6000, 1-888-805-8888.