April 18, 2010

Keyes: A special night for friends of Bill

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Bill Chinnock in 1980. A show to benefit the rocker’s son, who lives in Yarmouth, takes place Saturday.

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WHAT: "A Celebration of Bill Chinnock & His Music" featuring Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, the Bill Chinnock Touring Band, Marion Grace, This Way, The Lucid, Sly Chi, the WBLM Band and guests

WHEN: Doors at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; music starts at 8

WHERE: Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland

TICKETS: $18 in advance, $20 at door; portlandempire.ning.com

WHAT ELSE: The 30th-anniversary CD "Dime Store Heroes" will be available beginning Tuesday at Bull Moose Music stores.

But he had never seen him perform. So he and his brother went to Old Orchard Beach for a show at a club, "and it felt like you were seeing someone in the Boston Garden with 18,000 people. He was fully there, and you were there with him. He was taking you someplace."

Chinnock was a classic Jersey shore rocker, with lots of energy and a hard-driving style. It's no coincidence that Springsteen followed him, at least to some degree. Chinnock played in bands that included future members of the E Street Band, including Lopez, keyboard player Danny Federici and bass player Gary Tallent.

Over the course of his career, Chinnock ended up with four major-label record deals, won an Emmy Award and toured nationally.

He moved to Maine for the first time in 1971, Terry Chinnock said.

"He was living in New York at the time, and he wanted to come up and work on his writing. He wanted to get away. He loved the outdoors. He loved to hunt and fish, and he absolutely loved Maine," she said. "It's a brutal business. He would come up here to relax and get away from it all."

Chinnock lived here off and on the rest of his life.

He died in March 2007 at age 59 after contracting Lyme disease a decade earlier.

But his memory remains strong, and Saturday's show will go a long way toward ensuring that his legacy lasts through future generations of musicians.

Chinnock's son, William, has taken up music himself. He made his stage debut at his father's tribute show in New Jersey last month, soloing on his dad's guitar and later singing with his dad's friends on "Something for Everybody."

No doubt, there will be more of the same Saturday with glasses raised in honor of a fallen musical hero.


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