Monday, September 8, 2014
Canadian opening act
For just this one performance, in Montreal, guitarist Nick Angelo, from Montreal and his band, the Four Frenchmen got to play as one of the opening acts for the Beatles. They even got a photo taken with three of the fab 4 (where's George?).
Here is a brief story about Nick from 2010 for News Canada written by Kennedy Gordon (there are some errors in the story---Montreal was their LAST Canadian concert for the tour. And really...in September 1964 he knew they were big, but didn't know how big? Where had he been for the past 7 months?)
In 1964, guitarist Nick Angelo stepped onto the stage at the Montreal Forum and rocked the house, not really knowing that the band he was opening for was about to become the biggest in the history of rock 'n' roll.
Fifty years later, surrounded by guitars in his new Bethany music store, he remembers that fateful night.
We knew they were big," he said. But it would be a few weeks before we knew how big."
The band was the Beatles.
It was Sept. 8, 1964, and the Fab Four were playing their first Canadian concert.
Angelo's band, The Four Frenchmen, was the only Canadian group among the opening acts.
I guess we were getting to be pretty big around Montreal," said Angelo.
Back then, there was a band on every corner, but we had a good reputation."
The Four Frenchman went their separate ways a few years later and Angelo got into booking bands before launching his own studio and production facility in Toronto.