Forum, the five piece high voltage band, appeared at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park, on August 3rd. The hugely popular, local band had one of the largest crowds show up to hear them go through their line-up of rock and country classics, with some more modern songs added for good measure. Steve Chicoine and Erik Scholefield
Guitar duties were handled with elan by the talented duo of Erik Scholefield and Steve Chicoine. Scholefield came off the stage and played his way through the crowd for a song. Daryl Ouillette and Cory Evans handled the rhythm section with poise and had plenty of room to rock out. Daryl Ouillette
Once again, Forum’s lead vocalist, Blaine Alexandre showed why he is considered to be one of the best around, smoothly switching back and forth between heavy rock and mellower country sounds.
Crowd favourites, on the rock side included a number of Tragically Hip songs, Metallica’s “Whiskey in the Jar,” the Black Crowes “Hard to Handle” and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy.” On the country side, fans enjoyed Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishing in the Dark,” Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand” and “Six Days on the Road” made famous by Dave Dudley. Their mash-up of the Sheepdogs’ “I’m Gonna Be Myself,” with Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” is quickly reaching classic status.
The large crowed showed their appreciation with exuberant dancing and loud applause. Forum couldn’t get away without giving their fans an encore and then everyone went home happy.