Thursday, January 5, 2017

RIP Gabby (Cadillac Tramps)

Well we all know what 2016 was like for musicians passing, looks like we are off to a terrible start here in 2017. Only four days in to the new year and we have already lost someone. That someone would be Mike (Gabby) Gaborno the lead singer of Orange County, California's Cadillac Tramps. Gabby passed away yesterday at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer.

I was lucky enough to see the Cadillac Tramps play here in Edmonton five times in a two year span, it was almost like they were a Canadian band there for a while. The first time seeing them was August 12th 1993 when they opened for Pearl Jam at the Convention Centre here. They absolutely killed it live that night and vowed I would see them if they ever came through Edmonton again.

As luck would have it they played here again in October of 1993 twice.

October 7th at The Bronx (now the Starlite Room).

October 9th as one of the headliners for Mosh Fest at the Agricom, they were a late addition to the line up.

Then in 1994 they came through town a couple times again.
October 1st at The Rev (old Bronx now the Starlite Room)

And November 18th again at The Rev.

Gabby and the band were amazing live, I will never forget the way Gabby would belt out the songs, taking his shirt off and shaking his big old belly which had a big smiley face on it. Sadly after all those shows in 1993-94 they never came through town again. No worries though, I had all there music on CD and kept the music playing.

RIP Gabby you will not be forgotten. Condolences to his family, friends and fans. Long live the Cadillac Tramps!

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