Kenny Shields - A Gentle Man
Jul 21, 2017
He was a gentleman and a gentle man. I recall the first and last times I ever saw Kenny Shields, with so many happy times between, watching and listening to his stunning performances onstage.
In the mid Seventies Streetheart were the upcoming force; their early Vancouver shows at the Body Shop in were riveting, especially due to the cheeky, blonde-haired vocalist in the red & white striped T-shirt.
Kenny had charisma to burn; no front man could survey his audience with a sparkling smile, and own the whole crowd as Kenny did.
Then came the Voice: It was Game-Over. He had a rock voice equal to the greats of any era. Everyone knew Kenny & Streetheart were here to stay, a national treasure. Up to his last performances, he was an elder statesman of the music scene; a first-class act to the end.
That we all became friends over the years spoke to his gentle spirit and generous heart.
The last time I saw Kenny was in the hotel parking lot at the Laketown Rock Festival at Cowichan Bay, BC on May 21 this year. He was strolling with his lovely wife Elena; as we commented on the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, he quietly said how blessed we are.
God bless & rest this gentleman, this gentle man.