Listen: Dave Bookman’s powerful Rheostatics introduction at 1996 concert

Bookie delivers a moving intro for the Rheostatics opening slot at '96 Tragically Hip show

As many music fans across Canada continue to mourn the loss of Dave Bookman, the tributes to the iconic radio host have been rolling in at a steady clip. Rheostatics/Bidiniband frontman and publisher Dave Bidini took to his Twitter account on Tuesday to share a wealth of stories from the road with his late friend Bookie.

Among Bidini’s trove of tales is an incredible soundclip of Bookie introducing the Rheostatics ahead of their opening slot at a 1996 Tragically Hip concert.

“Rock and roll is about dreams, it’s about passion, it’s about why we get out of bed in the morning,” Bookman says. “Rock and roll is about friendships and meeting new people, and sharing experiences. Rock and roll is why we are all here this evening!”

Listen to the clip in its entirety below.

Listen: Bookie's powerful Rheostatics introduction at 1996 concert

Posted by Indie88Toronto on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

You can donate to a MusiCounts initiative in Bookie’s memory here.

Image via Flickr/Trevor Weeks