No resuscitation necessary

Justin Crann
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Stampeders roll through Mae Wilson Theatre

The Stampeders are coming up on their combined 200th birthday, but you wouldn't know it.

The Canadian rock 'n' roll trio, consisting of Rich Dodson, Kim Berly and Ronnie King and perhaps best known for classics Wild Eyes and Sweet City Woman, rolled through Moose Jaw Thursday to perform at the Mae Wilson Theatre.

In 2012 was the last time the Stampeders were in town and in 2010 they recorded a live album titled Live at the Mae Wilson.

This time they brought the same catalogue of hits, along with a hefty dose of self-deprecating humour and more than one innuendo-charged interlude, to the Friendly City venue.

The band opened with early hit Devil You before a brief interlude that segued into the title track off their 1998 release, Sure Beats Working.

It didn't take long to realize the band — though old (and in spite of their efforts to remind the audience of that fact) — can still bring the fast-paced, thundering brand of rock and roll that made them a success in the 1970s.

Before the end of their first of two sets, the band had the audience clapping along to a spirited performance of Marigold and singing call-and-response style to Hit the Road Jack.

The audience was buzzing with energy by the time the band's biggest hits rolled out in the second half.

During one interlude, Berly quipped that the band had decided to call their latest string of shows the "Do Not Resuscitate Tour."

But, judging from the energy and enthusiasm the band brought to their Moose Jaw performance, no resuscitation is necessary: this band is far from dead.

The Stampeders will next perform at Casino Regina before heading east to Ontario.

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Organizations: Stampeders, Mae Wilson Theatre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Friendly, Ontario

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