CHUCK KUEPFER, Staff Reporter
A Canadian rock 'n' roll band that actively recorded and toured decades ago is back in business — and set to play the Maryhill Commercial Tavern this Sunday, Dec. 2.
Major Hoople's Boarding House known for a string of hits — including I'm Running After You — that still get airplay today, was revived in 2010 under the band's original name. Formed in Cambridge in the late '60s, the reformed band also cut a new record as well as tour.
"We talked about getting back together for years and years and finally, about a year and a half ago, we decided to do it and put it back on the road again," said drummer Ed Miller. "We've got a new record out on the airwaves getting some airplay and we're getting out having some fun playing."
Although Majors Hoople's Boarding House has had a number of personnel changes during its tenure, the current group features three members who were recorded and toured with the band during its heyday. Along with Miller, who joined the original band in the early '70s, bass player Keith Stahlbaum and sax player Dave Gooding —who joined the band in 1975 — are also back. The three musicians were part of the band's classic lineup that travelled the country throughout the '70s.
With the addition of keyboardist Brad Stahlbaum (Keith's brother) and guitarist Brian Tozer (formerly of Gaslight), the current Major Hoople's Boarding House lineup is playing for both old and new fans alike.
"For some people it's a trip down memory lane. For other people it's a new education," said Miller. "It's been great. We've had all ages from the older crowd that would remember us more from the '70s and then the younger crowd. Some of our older records are still being played on '70s stations and the new record is getting airplay as well."
For Miller, a lot of years have past since he last played with the band.
"We took a break for 25 years," he said. "I ended up moving to Calgary."
While out west, Miller played drums in a band with Kelly Jay, formerly of the Crowbar known for the hit song Oh What a Feeling (What a Rush).
"Once I came back to Kitchener, we decided to put the band back together and it has been onward and upward every since," said Miller.
Although a rock band at its core, Major Hoople's Boarding House was known for its lush harmonies.
"The original stuff would be kind of in along the Moody Blues type of line, rock 'n' roll that's more heavy on the vocal side of things," sad Miller. "Major Hoople's was known for big vocal records through the years."
The band has been touring Ontario since its rebirth and just finished playing to a sold-out audience at the Backstage Capitol Theatre in Delhi last weekend.
Sunday's Major Hoople's Boarding House show at the Maryhill Commercial Tavern runs from 3-6 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and available by calling the tavern at 519-648-3644