Cold Chain revives the spirit of ’75 at the Chilliwack Senior High 40-year reunion


By Steve Newton

Back in January I blogged about the “major concert news” that my old buddy’s cover band, Cold Chain, was gonna play the 40-year reunion for my Chilliwack Senior High School class of 1975.

At the time I put a request in for what was probably my fave tune that year, Ian Hunter’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” (not the lame-ass version Great White scored a hit with in ’87).

Well, last night at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack the band came through for me, and man, you shoulda seen me rippin’ up the dance floor when I heard that opening line: “Well the time’s gettin’ hard for you little girl, I’m a hummin’ and a strummin’ all over god’s world.”

On second thought, maybe you’re lucky you didn’t see that.

At any rate, Cold Chain–composed of vocalist-bassist Colin Maxwell, guitarist-vocalist Terry Seekins, keyboardist-vocalist Stuart Young, and drummer Rick Nitschke–also played a pretty mean version of Deep Purple‘s “Smoke on the Water”, and you know that can’t be bad.

Other Newt-approved selections on last night’s setlist included the Georgia Satellites‘ “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”, Thin Lizzy‘s “Jailbreak”, Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl”, Nazareth‘s “Turn on Your Receiver”, and Badfinger’s “No Matter What”.

Now that the 40-year reunion is in the history books, I’m putting in a request for the 45-year reunion in 2020: Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”. Okay Seeks, you’ve got five years to master that Buck Dharma lick. Hope Nitschke’s got a cowbell lined up.

Cold Chain are available for weddings, parties, damn near anything, and can be contacted for bookings at 604-997-9975.


Tell ’em the Newt sent ya.

3 thoughts on “Cold Chain revives the spirit of ’75 at the Chilliwack Senior High 40-year reunion

  1. Cold Chain rocked it on the 40th for CSS. Great article Steve. May they come through with your song requests for the 45th reunion.

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