This is excerpted from the Newsdesk section of the latest print edition of The Curling News, on sale now.
HAMILTON – The following is presented with apologies to Sweden’s Anette Norberg and her friends in the heavy metal band Hammerfall.
But when Danko Jones hits the stage on Friday’s opening night of the Tim Hortons Brier in Hamilton, it just might mark curling’s true hard rock moment.
Light years away from other curling openers – the country-pop of Blue Rodeo, the regional vibe of Ashley MacIssac or the classic canrock drone of Trooper or the Stampeders – Danko Jones, a Toronto-based three-piece with scores of fans in Scandanavia and Europe, is by far the loudest and fastest rock band to ever play a curling event.
Jones, the singer-guitarist of his self-named group, isn’t into sports, and he has virtually no familiarity with curling. “I just listen to music,” he told The Curling News.
But he’s looking forward to the gig. When informed of curling’s legendary older demographic, Jones didn’t bat an eyelash.
“I love playing in front of those (new) people, it’s great,” he said.
“There’s something to be said about playing for the converted, and a lot of bands like to do that. But that’s too safe for rock n’ roll.
“It’s fun. It always yields some interesting responses.”
Idle Sons, Danko Jones, and headliners The Trews open the Tim Hortons Brier March 2 at 7:00pm, on the OLG Entertainment Stage in the famed Keith’s Brier Patch at the Hamilton Convention Centre.