Chalice to blaze at Rebel Salute

By Kediesha Perry
Observer writer

Friday, January 11, 2019

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Chalice will use their upcoming performance at Rebel Salute as a comeback of sorts. They perform on second night of the January 18-19 show in Priory, St Ann.

“We believe that this is a good time to do it (perform) because we are looking to do more than we have done in the past with fresh ideas and Rebel Salute is a good show that promoters and agents come to see talents. It also attracts an overseas audience,” lead singer and guitarist Wayne Armond told Jamaica Observer's Splash.

It is the band's second time on the festival and he feels it will give them the necessary push back into the spotlight.

“We performed many years ago at Rebel Salute, but our last "big gig" was at the Jazz and Blues festival four years ago,” said Armond.

Chalice, formed in 1980, started out with seven members including Armond. The others were keyboardist Winston “Alla” Lloyd, drummer Desi Jones, bass player Keith Francis, singer/guitarists Trevor Roper and Robi Peart.

Core members of the current line-up are Armond, Lloyd, Francis and singer Dean Stephens.

Armond said the main reason behind the group's dormancy, compared to other veteran groups like Third World and Inner Circle, is lack of publicity.

“We are not as active as before because Chalice is a group that performs for special occasions... more family-oriented. We have had one and two shows abroad now and then, but mostly family shows,” he reasoned. “We still have our fans but the problem is from 2010 we put out two albums but got no exposure from Jamaican media houses.”

During the 1980s, Chalice was a household name with hit songs including Can't Dub, Good to There, I' m Trying and Dangerous Disturbances. The Armond-written I Still Love You remains a lover's rock classic.

The two last albums released by the group were Let It Play and A Song, which saw collaborations with Tarrus Riley, Richie Stephens and Ernie Smith.

Armond said Chalice will not release any new material until after Rebel Salute.

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