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Living the rock ’n’ roll dream vicariously

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Remember high school and how you either wanted to be in a rock band yourself or  knew someone who wanted to be in a rock band someday?

Well, I actually do know someone in a rock band and it is so cool to be his groupie!   His name is Mike Isbister, he plays in a band called D2UR and we both attended John Taylor Collegiate. He played hockey for Sturgeon Creek (an amazing goalie) and fondly (well, maybe not so much) recalls freezing his ‘toes’ off while playing outside at Silver Heights rinks.

Looking back, his dream began with playing guitar in high school; he was self-taught and spent three years reading books on theory.  He played five years before hooking up with his band partner and now wife, Diane, who is an amazing singer and guitar player and perfect to front the band with her smoky good looks. She is also a St. James girl, with roots in Crestview!

By day Mike strolls around in suits and plays the role of principal senior interior designer for Environmental Space Planning and Diane is an esthetician who owns her own company, Cosmetic Touch.

But when darkness cloaks our city, out come the leather boots, bandanas and the rocker mentality. Kind of like the Superman/phone booth thing. I don’t know how they manage to stay up that late and still get up early for work in the morning, but that’s my age showing.

The band threw a CD release party in June at a downtown bar, and it was sold out instantly with 400 of us (mostly in the 40-60 age group) dancing and singing like we were 17 yrs. old again.
That’s the great part about music; there is no age limit.

The group just finished filming its first video for the single Rev U Up. Next on the busy agenda is an event at Park Theatre, another show at Liv in the District and... wait for it...preparing to tour within the next three months! Now that is cool!

Dreams can come true, usually with a lot of hard work and sacrifice. From Silver Heights boy and Crestview girl to hometown celebrities with their very own CD, Mike and Diane are amazing and inspirational and now I want to pick up my hairbrush and start practising to be one of their back-up singers.

Virginia Sperl is a Silver Heights-based writer.

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