Queen City Kids | 1981: Live

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1981: Live

by Queen City Kids

Inducted in the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2007, QCK have performed over 3000 shows, and their status remains legendary as one of the tightest, hardest working Canadian rock bands ever!
Genre: Rock: 80's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dance (Remastered)
3:54 $0.99
2. Black Box (Remastered)
3:54 $0.99
3. Girls (Remastered)
4:31 $0.99
4. Down Again (Live)
3:44 $0.99
5. Kids World (Live)
4:34 $0.99
6. Peace of Mind (Live)
4:04 $0.99
7. Secret Smoke (Live)
5:35 $0.99
8. Don't Say You Didn't Try (Live)
2:38 $0.99
9. Empty Eyes (Live)
3:44 $0.99
10. Still Want More (Live)
3:29 $0.99
11. Excitement of Love (Live)
5:16 $0.99
12. Carrying the Stick (Live)
3:18 $0.99
13. Follow You There (Live)
4:20 $0.99
14. Nothin's Gonna Change My Mind (Live)
4:22 $0.99
15. Fish Skin Sally
4:08 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Queen City Kids: John Donnelly, Kevin Fyhn, Alex Chuaqui and Jeff Germain got together for their first rehearsal ever in December 1969 at the age of twelve years old (actually Kevin was still eleven).

They began travelling at ages 13 & 14, performing for thousands of people locally and playing small town dances all over Saskatchewan. Known then as Cambridge, the band received a great reception wherever they went and began to develop their show – adding a full time soundman, Mike Martin, and building what may have been the first pro sound & lighting rig in the region. The band's writing matured quickly and they began to make demo recordings which attracted the attention of national agencies and labels, resulting in bookings as the opening act for Rush and others. Even though they were only 16, the band played very challenging material and received glowing reviews stating the band was "seasoned well beyond its years."

The immediate goal was to get a record contract, but first came another change of name. Cambridge became Queen City Kids and after 5 years of non-stop touring, CBS Records signed the Kids to a multi-album deal on the Columbia label.
Capturing the raw energy that was the trademark of their live shows was a challenge, but the album went to number one in Regina and Winnipeg and very quickly was certified gold.

The group toured with Ozzy Osbourne across Canada, which included a legendary show at Maple Leaf Gardens. They received great response and had many fine reviews on tours with April Wine, Streetheart, Joan Jett and Blue Oyster Cult. Signed to Epic Records in the USA, the band was still striving to capture their live energy on tape and rented an abandoned turn-of-the-century bank with huge ceilings and cavernous rooms, bringing in 24-track recording equipment to create a custom studio environment.

Furious touring and extensive air-play for the songs Dance and Girls, saw Black Box, QCK's second album achieve solid sales across Canada – but only limited support in the US so in March 1983 it was decided that everyone would go their separate ways.

An invitation to perform again in 1986 led to tour of Western Canada that was sold out in every market and the band realized they hadn’t been forgotten by their fans, so the group has made a point of performing new shows each year.

Now in their 46th year of performing together, the Queen City Kids have played over 3000 shows, and logged over 350,000 miles covering virtually every city and small town in Canada. While their success was regional, the band’s status remains legendary in Western Canada where they are known as one of the tightest, hardest working rock bands ever.

The live recordings included on this CD were made in 1981 for a live radio broadcast, and you can hear the energy and tight performances resulting from years of non-stop touring. We hope you’ll enjoy these tunes once again and we’ve added a couple unreleased and re-mastered tracks for you too!



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You guys amaze me! You all live in different parts of the country but every gig is as tight, polished and fun as the last last one! You are all made to fit together and bring us fans the best music and entertainment possible. Live on brothers!!