Fallsview Casino Resort
October 2, 3, 4
CLASSIC ROCK MY ASS…..That
is the credo cheered each night as the blue collar
brigade of “Renegade”
hundreds of sold out stages around the world each year
over the past quarter century.
This group of veteran musicians including
members TOMMY SHAW, JAMES
“JY” YOUNG and CHUCK PANOZZO have survived the rigors of the
Rock ‘n’ Roll road despite numerous obstacles throughout
their storied career. What has enabled
to continue to
be a Tour De Force in recent years is the synergetic additions
of drummer TODD SUCHERMAN, bassist RICKY PHILLIPS and keyboard
from north of the border is no
stranger to success racking up an extensive list of accolades
as a solo artist throughout the eighties and nineties. His high
energy stage prowess and impassioned vocals are the perfect
complement to an already stalwart arsenal that
As always our neighbor from the north was kind enough to
give us a few minutes despite his hectic travel schedule to
preview this weekends shows at the Fallsview Casino.
Ross CAT-Good morning
hope all is well, great to speak with you again, hard to believe
that 2009 will mark a decade with your tenure in
First off and most importantly how are things coming along
with SUSIE YOUNG? I know it’s been a difficult time for
JY and the band considering what a tight knit group
GOWAN-Thanks so much
ROSS, slowly but surely she is
improving. When dealing with a brain issue like SUSIE'S it’s
difficult to put a timetable on it. What I can tell you is that
one month out she is regaining her speech as well as mobility on
her right side.
As you mentioned this band is very tight in every sense of
the word and incredibly strong,
has had to overcome more then its fair share of adversity over
the years and this will be no different.
Throughout this arduous process JY has shown tremendous
strength as a husband and a member of this band. He’s had to
make some difficult decisions both personally and
professionally, as for the rest of us we’ve been behind him
supporting him and SUSIE every step of the way and
will continue to do so.
I know there were a few shows when SUSIE first became ill that
performed as a four-piece for the first
time ever in their celebrated history, tell us about those
GOWAN- With the
blessing of JY the band decided to fulfill our obligations as a
four piece. We back lit his guitar and microphone on stage as
if he had just stepped away for only a moment. TOMMY SHAW
addressed the audience asking if it was alright with them to
carry on with the show without JY and the response was
overwhelming at which point we played our asses off.
Ross CAT-Will we see bassist
CHUCK PANOZZO (www.chuckpanozzoplace.com) on this three
night stand at the Falls View Casino as he continues to fight his
miraculous battle with HIV/AIDS?
GOWAN- CHUCK is doing
very well it’s really remarkable what the human body can endure,
it seems every year he gets healthier, CHUCK is a tremendous
testimonial to anyone suffering from this disease. He really is
an inspiration on so many levels especially helping raise the
awareness of this deadly disease through his work with the HUMAN
RIGHTS CAMPAIGN as well as his book
GRAND ILLUSION: Love, Lies
and My Life with
for the upcoming shows at the FALLSVIEW CASINO they are tailor
made for an appearance by CHUCK so let’s hope so.
made a tour stop stateside a few months
back at the SENECA ALLEGANY CASINO with BOSTON and their
new vocalist Tommy DeCarlo who was discovered by TOM
SCHOLZ on the web.
What are your thoughts on this new trend of YOU TUBE singers
fronting bands like JOURNEY and YES who officially announced
vocalist Benoit David
will be stepping in for the ailing JON ANDERSON? I know you had
the pleasure of working with JON as he lent his celestial voice
to one of your solo gems
Ironically enough as we are
conducting this interview there are reports surfacing that LED
ZEPPELIN are rehearsing with an unnamed American singer to
replace ROBERT PLANT who has wavered on doing a reunion tour
with the band.
you think about it I might be the worst person in the world to
comment on that issue.
Ross CAT- If you’re
referring to yourself joining
I see no comparison whatsoever. As a true
artist you had already been an established musician for several
years writing and recording your own award winning body of work,
as opposed to singing in tribute bands.
right in the respect that the circumstances where different in
my situation. It varies for every single group; each band has
to find what ingredient works best for them at that given
That being said I can really only comment on my situation;
needed someone who was a musical force to come into the band.
Believe me they had a couple of guys that sounded exactly like
DENNIS DeYOUNG, I mean it was almost indistinguishable, but they
chose not to take that route. They wanted someone who could
strengthen the band and contribute certain variables needed to
move forward musically. I’ve been fortunate enough to fill that
role over the last nine years and look forward to continuing to
hockey season upon us I noticed on your website (www.gowan.org)
that you’ve submitted four tracks for the
Night in Canada theme tell
us about that? I know lots of
have had a meltdown over the
classic theme being unceremoniously dismissed.
over the course of the summer tour I saw that Hockey Night in
Canada had issued a Hockey Anthem Challenge and I noticed that
RANDY BACHMAN (GUESS WHO, BTO) had made a submission.
I figured why not pull a couple of
things together and throw it out there; I really love the idea
of a Country being united through a musical endeavor . When I’m
on the road I’m in my hotel room playing music virtually all day
long anyway, that is when I’m not doing Yoga (laughter). I
really had fun with the whole process asking everyone “does this
sound like Hockey to you?” So we shall see what happens.
Ross CAT-Speaking of
national treasures you posted a
comment on your site about the untimely passing of guitar great
JEFF HEALY tell us about some of your fondest memories of JEFF.
really is a sad thing, this has been a tough year with the loss
of JEFF as well as BO DIDDLEY; I was fortunate enough to play
with both those amazing artists. As for JEFF it’s very hard for
me to get my head wrapped around that because I absolutely think
he’s going to phone me up, it was around this time of year he’d
call me to discuss his annual Christmas show. JEFF was a master
guitarist and trumpet player but it was his voice that was so
captivating to me, I just can’t envision not hearing him again.
There’s something about JEFF HEALY not being on planet Earth
that ties in with the loss of JOHN LENNON and GEORGE HARRISON
for me, it just doesn’t seem to make any sense.
The coastal states once again
are being bombarded by Hurricane Season; I know that
has been instrumental in
helping revitalize New Orleans with generous donations of your
time and talent. Are there any plans in the works for any type
of benefit shows.
GOWAN-Yeah for sure, as
far as STYX
goes what ever were asked to do we are all over it when it comes
to helping out with others in need. In all my dealings with
these types of disasters the RED CROSS (www.redcross.org) seems
to have their finger on the pulse of the situation and are the
quickest and most effective way to make an impact.
What does the rest of this year and 2009 have in store for
as far as new material goes?
GOWAN-As far as
goes obviously priority number one is the recovery of SUSIE
YOUNG on the bands agenda at the moment.
We’re constantly looking for a window of opportunity to get
in the studio and make some new music. The daunting task is
coming up with the time needed to make an entire album. What a
great problem to have, we have so many offers to continue to
perform live worldwide it’s impossible to string together the
proper time needed to put out a quality product.
I think what we’ve done over the past few years makes more
sense for us as a touring band; with the recording of the
CD/DVD we added new songs like
All the Time”
which we are all quite proud of.
As for my solo career goes
my first priority so anything I ever intend to do outside of
that always gets run by the guys in the band first. That being
said I have an avalanche of musical ideas which is part of the
reason I made the song submissions for the Hockey Night in
Any chance we
can coax you to
for a solo show in the near future when
the band takes a break?
that will always have potential, again a lot of that hinges on
SUSIE’S recovery and the
will say this in some ways this would be a good time as all of
my solo material has just been made available on ITUNES this
past year; I’m also in the process of putting together a DVD for
the “Strange Animal” video’s with a couple of new little twists
that I’ve tinkered with in regards to the themes from that
record. It’s something that I would certainly consider if
everything fell into place and I had the proper rehearsal time.
You know Ross time is the master, things will happen when
they are supposed to happen. The longer I’ve been in this
business the shorter term goals I set for myself; I take things
month by month and decide what should be accomplished.
Right now the focus is to be the best that we can be when we
spend the weekend at the Fallsview Casino with our fans and
friends. I’m especially looking forward to seeing my family and
friends from Southern Ontario and Western New York at the shows.
would like to thank our
for taking time for us to preview the
shows this weekend at the Fallsview Casino (www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com).
We would also like to thank Terry Gibson for hooking us up.
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