They started playing together in the Queen Street/OCA Punk/New Wave scene back in 1976, blending roots, rock and garage music. As Johnny and the G-Rays, John MacLeod and Harri Palm helped set the pace for the Queen Street West indie bands that followed them.
This Saturday, Harri Palm and John MacLeod bring their songs and their stories to an intimate show at the Cornerstone.
Rock critic Kevin McGowan once wrote that Johnny and the G-Rays were “A little lost nugget of punk, rockabilly, and new wave from Toronto circa 1980. It’s top-grade rock and roll, with a little bit of Iggy and the Stray Cats. The G-Rays do play an important role in the history of Canadian punk rock.”
Johnny and the G-Rays continue to be active, but this is a unique opportunity to catch John and Harri in a more intimate setting. Harri has been called “The Bruce Springsteen of Guelph” that his songs tell it like it is. For his part, Harri says “Telling the truth is so much better. It’s easier too.”
The partnership between Palm and MacLeod, which at one time was fraught with tension, has in the years since become a musical brotherhood which produces a rich, and again, honest sound that will make you glad you’re there.
The stories they can tell, will be shared. Be there to hear them!