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Slappin' da bass

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
If you invite Zac Dalpe over for dinner, hide the guitars. Or don’t, but don’t expect to eat if he gets his hands on an axe.

The Vancouver Canucks forward went to his cousin Rob’s house in North Vancouver for dinner earlier this week and upon laying eyes on Rob’s bass guitar, he lost his appetite for anything but jam.

“I’ve never really picked up the base, so I did and he showed me some blues scales,” said Dalpe, excitedly.

“I wasn’t very good at it, so I’m going to start getting after it a little more. Maybe I’ll just lock myself in a room like Jared did.”

The ‘Jared’ that Dalpe is referring to is Jared Followill, bassist for the Kings of Leon, the rock band from Nashville that played Rogers Arena Sunday night.

In its infancy, Kings of Leon was made up of brothers Caleb (singer/guitarist) and Nathan Followill (drummer) and cousin Matthew (guitarist); when the trio realized they made the makings of something good, Caleb and Nathan recruited brother Jared to join the band. Trouble was Jared didn’t play any instruments.

That wasn’t a problem; it was an opportunity.

The band jokes they locked Jared in a room and he came out a bass beast, in reality it took him two months to learn to bass inside out and Kings of Leon, as we know it today, was born.

“I have respect for that,” said Dalpe, who may or may not lock himself in a room to learn the bass this off-season.

“I think the bass is a little unappreciated in songs, you don’t realize how hard it is and they have to follow their own rhythm and sometimes they have to use the drummer’s kick drum to keep up in a song. It’s awesome.”

Sunday was an off day for the Canucks, so Dalpe and a handful of teammates attended the Kings of Leon concert. Days later and Dalpe, a self-proclaimed “big concert guy,” is still buzzing.

“I saw them during my freshman year of college, a while ago now when they first got on the map, so I wasn’t turning this one down,” said Dalpe, who has seen The Tragically Hip, City and Colour, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Ben Howard and Kenny Chesney perform live, to name a few acts.

“The Kings are right up there on my list of favourite live shows. I was with my brother too and we were standing up, got the leg kick going, doing some air guitar, I enjoyed it a lot.

“It’s crazy, Caleb’s voice is unbelievable. I don’t want to make fun of the talent today, but there are some acts out there that you see and it’s night and day in terms of sound; why do you sound like that on the radio and like that live, it doesn’t make sense. It’s pretty cool when you hear a unique sound and a unique voice and it sounds the same as on your iPod.”

Handing Dalpe the 26-song set list, he was quick to scan through it and pick his favourite tunes, beginning right when the lights went down and the Kings hit the stage.

“When the curtain was up for Charmer, it sounded more like a warming up his voice type song, a screamer, maybe he had had a rough night the night before or something. Solid opening song. Then I really liked Rock City, I didn’t know that one before so I went home and spent the $1.29 on iTunes for it.

“I was a big fan of Wait for Me, Back Down South, they played an older one, Closer, which was good. Be Somebody and Use Somebody was cool, kind of the same tone to the songs.

“They might have been a little tired for their encore because they kind of came out and ripped it and got off stage. Sex on Fire was pretty good.”


“Solid show.”

Give Dalpe a few months and it’ll be him impressing fans after he learns how to slap da bass big time, biiiiiiiig time.

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