[published]: 1982, April 16
[in]: Calgary Herald, p. C6
[article]: City's rockers welcome Kick-Axe back with open arms
[by]: Roman Cooney

Kick Axe is paying visit to its old Calgary haunting grounds this weekend after bailing out and moving to Vancouver a couple of years back when disco ran amok.

That's when things started happening for Kick Axe. Most recently, an album financed by the nice people who give us Playboy bunnies and the magazine with such great articles, features Kick Axe as one of the top unsigned bands in the North America.

Kick Axe have also completed a tape of their own songs and will know within the week if they have landed a record deal. Street Rock will be released internationally and should be available to the general public sometime later this month.

Apparently Calgarians have no hard feelings about the band's decision to move West. This city remains a stroghold for the band because, as lead singer Charlie NcNary put it: "They really like to rock out here." An understatement if ever there was one.

Why did they leave? Rock bands at that time were no match for disco and in the midst of winter it was an easy choice deciding whether to head east or west.

But the folks back on the farm still remember how to rock. Last night the room filled up quickly and faithful fans were not disappointed for their continued allegiance. The band started by digging into a cover of Led Zeppelin's How Many Nore Times. Not a bad place to begin.

The band is hot, and they know it, and play like it. Most of the material is original and includes a healthy measure of creativity - in Ashes to Ashes for example - to temper what can easily get out of hand. They are boisterous, command attention and make the gig a show rather than merely a night's work.

The tour takes them as far east as Winnipeg. Kick Axe will return for another three-night stand in May.