Scattered musicians reunite former band for old time’s sake

Rubber Soul reunites for Queen's show

As soon as Lindsay Martell and Joel Spillette heard the players in their college jazz program, they knew they could create a band that would be instantly successful.

Martell and Spillette were long-time fixtures in the entertainment industry and moved from Alberta to attend Malaspina University-College’s (now Vancouver Island University) jazz program.

“These kids were so good,” Spillette said.

They played college dances and the fans they garnered followed as they moved from the university to the Queen’s.

“We just moved the party with us,” Spillette said.

The band, which would eventually be named Rubber Soul, featured horn players and played a mix of rock, funk and soul.

“None of us could play jazz to save our lives,” Spillette said.

He got his start in Banff in the ’80s, performing with Muskrat Alley  before becoming director of Canadian Rockies Theatre Company, which performed at the Calgary Winter Olympics.

Using his and Martell’s contacts, Rubber Soul headed out on tour, supporting the likes of James Cotton, Jr. Wells, the Shuffle Demons and more.

Touring and the band lasted for more than 15 years, with players coming and going, depending on availability and current projects.

But those touring days made for some enduring stories, including the one Spillette shares about dining with Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a prolific and legendary writer known for his extraordinary outlook on life.

Spillette said he was exactly like his writing – witty, engaging and funny. When he asked if the author would see the band playing later that night, Vonnegut snickered and said, “No.”

But like all good things, Rubber Soul eventually came to an end. Martell went on to form Wunderbread, before moving to Poland to further his career.

Other players joined the cruise ship circuit or went on to other bands. Drummer Phil Wipper plays with three-time Juno Award nominated The Kerplunks, as well as bar band staple Johnny Inappropriate. Todd Sacerty toured the world with David Gogo and is currently playing bass in Big River, the Johnny Cash tribute band.

With Martell visiting from Poland, Spillette, Wipper and Sacerty join Colin Perry and Brock Miller for a reunion show at the Queen’s Sept. 30.

The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Please call 250-754-6751.

arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Laid-off Casino Nanaimo workers launch class-action lawsuit against corporation

Notice of civil claim filed on April 6 at Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo

Beban Pool is expected to re-open Oct. 4 after a vote by councillors at a finance and audit committee meeting Wednesday, June 16. (News Bulletin file photo)
City of Nanaimo will re-open Beban Pool in October

User groups warn COVID-19 pool closures have left a gap in water safety education

Beef to the lady who went onto my property then proceeded to take my large plant from my home. I found out and asked for it returned. You said I was dramatic? You should be ashamed of yourself.
Beefs & Bouquets, June 16

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

The discovery of a missing woman’s body in Nanaimo earlier this month is now being treated as homicide, say Nanaimo RCMP. (File photo)
Discovery of woman’s body in downtown Nanaimo now being investigated as a homicide

Amy Watts’s body was discovered near Albert Street and Victoria Crescent on June 3

Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)
Lotto Max player in Nanaimo wins $500,000

Campbell River lotto player wins $1 million in the Tuesday, June 15 draw

Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)
Lotto Max player in Nanaimo wins $500,000

Campbell River lotto player wins $1 million in the Tuesday, June 15 draw

Two ambulances and a medevac helicopter are on scene at Taylor River Flats rest area on Highway 4 due to a serious motor vehicle incident. (PHOTO COURTESY MAGGIE BROWN)
Highway 4 reopens between Port Alberni and Tofino

Multi-vehicle accident temporarily closed highway in both directions

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says re-opening B.C.’s border to the U.S. ‘is not in our best interest’ right now. (B.C. Government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (B.C. Government photo)
B.C. records 113 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 4 deaths

Vaccination of young people rising quickly, near 75 per cent

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-staff as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Most Read