Tonight's rock concert aids spinal cord research


Just a few months after Kenny Allore suffered a broken neck and spinal cord injuries in a hockey game, he was happy to tell a reporter he was still rocking.
"Oh, we were banging to some Deep Purple," Allore said then, back in 1986, when asked about all the classic rock coming down the phone line.
Last weekend, he was still loving the rock. Allore checked out London band Bobnoxious from his wheelchair just metres from the stage at Harris Park during the 2006 London Balloon fest.
Tonight, in his hometown of Mt. Brydges, Allore is surrounded by rock once more. He is bringing music to his friends and community as the leader of a fundraiser for spinal cord research.
The musicians are happy to rock for Allore and the good cause.
"We are doing a big benefit opening up for Shelly Rastin, Bill Durst and the Moonshine Riders. That's in Mt. Brydges . . . we're happy to be part of that," e-mails Chico Sanchez of the St. Thomas-area "Canadian Southern rock" band Hogwild. Among the fundraiser's auction items is a guitar autographed by U.S. rock band Los Lobos.
Like the other performers on tonight's benefit at the Tri-Township arena, Hogwild and Sanchez have big hearts to go with their big talent and endless energy. London-based country singer Rastin and Allore, 37, have known each other since they were kids at elementary school together in Delaware.
"He's phenomenal," Allore says of Durst, the former London guitar wizard who now lives in the
St. Marys area. No argument here. Lucan's Moonshine