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Cup of Joe – Do You “Desire” A Little U2?

Cup of Joe - Do You “Desire” A Little U2?

Do You “Desire” A Little U2?

If you are like the millions of worldwide U2 fans — and you are a person who seeks ways to help your fellow man and like “win-win” opportunities — then I have an announcement for you.

The fifth annual “We Will Rock Blue” concert ( features Desire International U2 Tribute ( at the Chrysler Theatre, downtown Windsor. The Saturday, June 16, 2018 concert is a benefit for local homegrown organization, Roots 2 Wings. (

Once again, Biz X magazine is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this show as it continues to assist Windsor Essex residents and businesses wherever it can. Other sponsors involved include: Above & Beyond Massage Clinic; The Electromac Group; AM800; YourTV; Hampton Inn & Suites, Hogarth Hermiston Severs, St. Clair College Alumni Association, Windsor Mold Group; CTV and Suzor Family Law and Mediation.

The concert is put together by Scott Rawlings, a native Windsorite and perhaps one of the area’s best-kept secrets when it comes to entertainment personalities.

He is the Owner of Magic Enterprises Productions ( and has performed across North America for the past 20 years. Rawlings produces shows for casinos, festivals, fairs, amusement parks, cruise lines, resorts, trade shows and a number of other varied venues. He is a professional magician whose interest in magic goes back to his early years.

Rawlings tells us it all began for him “with our close family friendship with Bob McNea, who in these parts was better known as Bozo the Clown, and later, Oopsy the Clown.”

He is also an inventor of magic with his signature illusion “the Decapitator.” As well he proudly points to internationally renowned magician, Jason Byrne, as his “star” student.

Rawlings generously assists not-for-profit organizations in their fundraising efforts. Five years ago he started “We Will Rock Blue” (he coined the title), the annual tribute concert to support Roots 2 Wings, a local Windsor organization since 2013. Their mission is “to provide youth and young adults living with a disability the opportunities to grow and develop skills to enhance their independence, social skills, and quality of life.”

The concert series title, We Will Rock Blue,references the colour frequently associated with autism, depression, and other mental health issues.

Over the past five years, Essex County residents have been treated to amazing performances paying tribute to some of the greatest musical groups and performers of our time: Queen, The Beatles, Elton John, ABBA and now, U2.

I have been honoured to co-emcee the shows for the past two years — and this year’s too with AM800’s, Kara Ro. The Elton John and ABBA tribute concerts were sellouts and absolutely thrilled the crowds.

Not only do these performers sound like the “real thing,” their stage presentation closely replicates the originals in terms of costume, staging, lighting, body movements, gestures and language. It is difficult at times to believe they are not the originals!

Desire International U2 Tribute promises more of the same. The group hails from the Hamilton-Toronto area.

Bill McDowell, Music Producer and Founder of Chazon Management, in the Toronto area, offers his review of Desire: “in my humble opinion, there are times watching you perform when I swear you are better than the boys from the Emerald Isle. No disrespect to U2, but it is true. I cannot wait to see your show again. Incredible. You are all to be congratulated on such an amazing show!”

This year’s “We Will Rock Blue” is expected to be another sellout, so get your tickets now at the Chrysler Theatre box office or online.

To quote words from famous U2 songs, “With Or Without You” this show will be “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and you will have a “Beautiful Day” if you attend. And I promise that you will come away from this U2 tribute show thinking “I can’t believe it’s not Bono (U2’s iconic front man)!”

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Joe McParland
Joe retired January 2015 as a Superintendent from a 26 year career with the Canada Border Services Agency in Windsor. Since then he has jettisoned into a number of exciting new opportunities. Joe is in his 13th year as a volunteer with TVCogeco as their on air personality at Windsor City and Essex County Council Meetings, and his 11 years as a registered Ontario Marriage Officiant. Joe now shares his talents and numerous life experiences with Biz X as a regular blogger, columnist and any other “Joe – Jobs” we can find for him.