Heavy Metal and the Blues Join Forces for Concert
Logic would tell most people that heavy metal and the blues would be discordant mates for a live show, but most people haven’t heard the blues played by a Canadian god of power-metal. The Loop Complex in Windsor, ON played host as Jeffrey David’s BLUES CONNECTION (JDBC) and metal legends Psycho tore the house down on April 27.
Psycho and JDBC are inexorably linked; Jeffrey David Oppen and Psycho front man Mike Meilleur have been rocking the stage together since the early 1980s with metal band Wicked Angel. Meilleur started Psycho in 1987 after remembering an offshore boat he’d seen with that name as a child. Psycho’s high energy shows were often rounded out with blood, fog, fire, four foot skulls and equipment smashing to the manic delight of Psycho fanatics.
Psycho is still going strong 27 years later. Two years ago they released a retrospective CD Fuelled By Intoxication, which covered 25 years of the band’s independent albums and EP’s. Billed as “a history lesson of an underground trio with bone crushing sounds of the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath and Motorhead all mixed in a blender,” the band has “stayed true to their no-nonsense, power-driving metal” formula.
JDBC is the culmination of a musical goal that saw Oppen fronting Wicked Angel while pursuing blues side projects. In 2008 he moved his love of the blues to the front burner by forming “the world’s heaviest blues band.” Guitarist Oppen, drummer Brett Lajoie and bassist Joe Briffa generate a sound “heavy enough to hit a home-run with hard rock and metal fans,” but “with an explosive raw power that’s delivered with all the feeling you’d expect from a traditional blues trio.”
Aside from his many hours clocked on stage, Oppen has also built a small multi-media empire. His award winning show uTalkin2Me ran for several years in various formats, including at 99.1FM CJAM where he also headlined the BigJD & Lippo In The Morning talk show until turning it into a podcast. He also runs OMS Entertainment, a film, video and music production company.
The show generated so much interest that Oppen says one of the most memorable things about the event was how people posted photos of themselves holding their tickets to the show online. And if you’re looking for advice for planning a concert your fans won’t soon forget, Oppen believes one piece of information will save the day. “Plan early!”
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