I have been playing guitar since I was 12 years old. I am now in my early 50’s but I still feel 25. OK, maybe some days 35. I have been in bands, studios and jazz orchestras all my life, and I love everything about live music. In the early 1980s, when The Police and U2 were still new acts, I was playing punk and new-wave in the clubs of Montreal.
I am now keeping busy playing guitar and doing lead vocals for my 1970s soft rock band Absolutely Jack. We play corporate events and parties. And I’m still playing the same 1983 Strat (as well as a few other beauties.)
I also perform as a solo act, using backing tracks for depth and colour.
I have been performing all my professional life, but most of it is as a speaker, talking to corporate audiences about technology and people. But there’s still a stage, an audience, and a sound crew, and it’s great fun in its own way. My speaking website is steveprentice.com.
Music from the 1970’s is my thing, especially those that are difficult to play, yet have a degree of art and poetry in the solos, like Peter Frampton, Steely Dan, and Dire Straits. Here’s one of my favourite solos: “Do You Feel Like We Do” blended into April Wine’s Could Have Been a Lady.
My occasional blogs on this website are about music and the showbiz industry. They are listed at the bottom of this home page, and I am also putting together an index of them here.
My biggest audience (to date) was approximately 5,000, when I played with a group of bands during the Grey Cup festivities in Toronto, headlined by April Wine and Great Big Sea.
I am passionate about music and music history and I read or listen to every biography I can get my hands on. Ultimately, music is always about the audience. Making them feel great, and letting them enjoy the pleasure of experiencing music together.
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