ROCKthusiast

Gilles LeBlanc
Music lover Gilles LeBlanc (AKA ROCKthusiast) puts together and shares playlists that are dominated by guitars, unashamedly LOUD, and proof of how Rock. Still. Rules!
Created 02 May 2019
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  • Black Keys Are Back...in Blues
    22 Sep 2019 • 1 min read
    With all this talk of blackface going on, you understandably may have missed some news featuring “black” as part of any trending topic. Like The Black Keys returning to a concert stage for the first t...
  • All About Iggy (Pop)
    06 Sep 2019 • 2 min read
    “I Made It to 2020”. I don’t want to jinx the man as anything can happen in the next four months, but someone needs to get Iggy Pop a T-shirt with this saying on it, tout suite! The past twenty years ...
  • Sign the Petition for Oasis to Just. Reunite. Already!
    28 Aug 2019 • 2 min read
    It really doesn’t feel like it’s only been ten years since one of the more infamous breakups in music history. Les frères Gallagher were about to headline a festival in France with Oasis when the prov...
  • How Sweet Toronto Was in '69
    24 Aug 2019 • 2 min read
    Now that Woodstock’s ballyhooed 50th anniversary has mercifully passed, here is a non-brown acid flashback regarding another music festival that almost didn’t happen a month later but ended up becomin...
  • Gone Rockin' to Muskoka
    20 Jul 2019 • 1 min read
    If you were to ask any Canadian artist worth their salt what is the one venue they love playing the most, I’m willing to bet the common answer would be somewhere that’s specifically off the beaten pat...
  • Oh, What Could Have Been
    12 Jul 2019 • 3 min read
    North American music festivals sure are in a sad state of affairs these days, aren’t they? You would think if there was one year where you would plan, prepare, and do everything humanly possible to en...
  • Giving Air Guitar the Business
    09 Jul 2019 • 2 min read
    Radiohead sung in the early-’90s about how “Anyone Can Play Guitar”. Let me tell you though from firsthand experience that not everyone can do air guitar. It takes a certain type of steely-nerved hero...
  • Two-Piece Bands for a Toonie
    01 Jul 2019 • 3 min read
    I’d like to think my little newsletter has universal potential appeal although c’mon…Canada is where ROCKthusiast’s music loyalties ultimately lie. However, instead of overloading your day off playlis...
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