This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Headstones’ critically-acclaimed debut album Picture of Health and to celebrate, the Headstones will be heading on the road this fall for the official Picture of Health Tour, playing this seminal album from front to back live, as well as your favourite hits!
Picture of Health was Headstones breakthrough debut album that went Certified Platinum in Canada. Originally released on June 1, 1993, the re-issue package will include remastered versions of the 13 original tracks plus four bonus tracks – demos of “Sweet Pea”,“When Something Stands For Nothing,” “Cemetery” and the newly re-recorded “Skin Me Alive,” all originally featured on their Demo Gods cassette, which ignited their career.
It was their high-energy, punk-infused cover of Tweeter and the Monkey Man that drove this album through the playlists of stations across Canada. Their enigmatic frontman, Hugh Dillon, is a force onstage and demands as much from the audience as he gives to them. Now also an accomplished actor with notable works (check out his work in X Company if you like historical dramas), he’s a master of his crafts.
It was 1994 and I was but a university student working in a variety of jobs (waitress, retail) when my BFF at work asked me to go to a Headstones show. I had heard of them but didn’t know what to expect having never seen them live. We went to the show in the shortest skirts, biggest hair, living on a diet of cigarettes and Diet Coke and The Headstones HAD US HOOKED.
We’re still BFFs today and have attended every Winnipeg show together. There was that show at the Pyramid, that one at Red River College which was actually a Halloween social and probably caused some permanent hearing damage that night, then the show at Le RendezVous (who remembers that venue?), or the old Night Moves (Windsor Park Inn), and those are the just the local shows.
When The Headstones reunited back in 2011, our daughter was 7 months old and my husband and I packed her up, brought my niece to babysit her in Toronto, and headed to the Sound Academy with my husband’s brother for their first show in years. It was FANTASTIC. The band has released three albums since, and we’ve traveled to Calgary and Regina to see them including their Winnipeg shows. A Headstones show is an experience in the glory is that old school driving rock n roll with a band who knows exactly why they’re there (to kick your ass and entertain TF out of you) and they never mail it in.
The Headstones along with The Hip are the band that are the soundtrack to our lives for my husband and me. Trips to the lake were always filled with their CDs cranked in whatever old car we were nursing along in our younger years. Three Angels is the song my husband always plays on the guitar around the cottage or campfire. And we consider “Cemetary” a love song. When you’re married with kids sometimes it’s hard to get out and do something fun that can remind you about who you used to be as a couple but you can still appreciate yourselves like hell in your current version–for us, the Headstones are just that. A Headstones concert is something we get to do for us. Now that is romance, people!
This fall Headstones fans get to revisit an old classic. Their 1993 album Picture of Health will be treated to a reissue that’s due out on October 26 via Cadence Recordings. And what better way to celebrate the re-release than with a Canadian tour? SIGN ME UP.
What’s even better? We want you to win your way in and BEAT THE BOX OFFICE. We have tickets to their Thursdaym November 8, 2018 show at the Club Regent Event Centre (love this venue by the way). See you there, rock lovers!
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Open to residents 18 years of age and over. Prize must be accepted as awarded and has NO cash value. Tickets are NOT transferable.