On 10/15, Canadian pop-rock icons Hollerado will be gracing the 7th St. Entry one final time as part of their “Farewell Tour.” They will be playing with Little Junior and Tommy Stinson. The tour is in support of Hollerado’s most recent, and final album, Retaliation Vacation, which was released earlier this year.
“All adventures have an end and we feel that we have reached ours,” the band said. “We wanted to say goodbye by making one last record and with one final tour.”
If you are interested in attending the show, tickets are still available HERE.
“Thomas “Tommy” Stinson is an American rock musician who came to prominence in the 1980s as the bass guitarist for The Replacements, one of the definitive American alternative rock groups. After their breakup in 1991, Stinson formed Bash & Pop, acting as lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman. Pleased to Meet Me producer Jim Dickinson famously said about Tommy Stinson, “People say Keith Richards is the living embodiment of rock-and-roll? I’m sorry, but I know Keith, and it’s Tommy.”
“When power-pop foursome Little Junior were still performing at all-ages clubs around their native Toronto, a sound engineer asked what their setup would be for a show that night. Lead singer Rane Elliott-Armstrong answered the way he had so many times before: They had two guitars, a bass, and drums. “Oh,” the sound engineer responded. “You don’t have a sampler or an acoustic guitar or any of that gay shit?” Elliott-Armstrong, who identifies as gay, was aghast. “It was like, really? Come on man,” he says, recalling the experience.
And so Elliott-Armstrong wrote a song about the encounter, the snot-punk anthem ”Cry Baby,” which is included on Little Junior’s debut record, Hi (2018). Ultimately, it’s vital to Little Junior that they help create a space for all music fans, regardless of background or identity. “I think it’s important to have a lot of different viewpoints in music,” says Rane. “I think it’s important we can bring a viewpoint that people who aren’t just like straight people can identify with. “I think it’s important to have more queer voices [in music],” he continues. “I don’t think being queer really influences my songwriting. Sometimes I’ll be singing about romantic interests that’ll happen to be a dude. But having that out in the world is good because there’s a lack of it.”
“Hollerado’s debut album Record In A Bag came out in 2009 and received a Canadian JUNO award nomination for Best New Artist. Their incredible Americanarama video garnered over 1.4 Million YouTube views with its forcefully creative approach to video making, and the album spawned the Top 10 radio hits Americanarama and Juliette as well as Top 20 radio hit “Got To Lose.” The launch of White Paint followed, their 2013 studio release, which included the Top 10 song and video for So It Goes, a wrenchingly personal story about lead singer Menno Versteeg’s Dutch grandfather, whose life life was spared in World World II. Hollerado’s band ethos is spent building a music community of music loving fans, so it’s no surprise that 2015’s 111 Songs was a project where they wrote custom songs for specific fans. This exhaustive continuous songwriting project built the working framework for the release for their new single, Born Yesterday, which hints at the sheer energy of musical and creative offerings to come from the band in 2017.”