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April Wine late 1970s rock

April Wine came on to my radar in the late 1970s and early 80s. They appeared alongside the (re)emergence of heavy rock with the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). The only song I can remember by them is Before the Dawn, which I’ve just watched on YouTube. Check it out, its a great piece of heavy melodic rock. I went along to see all of the upcoming NWOBHM bands, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon, Samson. It was a good time for rock; you could see some great rock bands in small sweaty clubs, and concert halls up and down the country before some of them they moved into arenas. Looking at the programme for one of the April Wine tours, I see that the support acts were Angel Witch and Sledgehammer, with heavy metal DJ Neil Kay. Those were the days! April Wine came over as support for Sammy Hagar, and then quickly headlined their own tour. They were also on the bill at the first Monsters of Rock festival at Donington, so they were very much part of the early 80s heavy rock scene. They are still performing in their home of Canada, and come to Europe now and then. April Wine started in the late 60s so are very much a veteran rock band. Its good to see that bands like this are still performing.