Platinum Blonde

Friday Feb 28, 2014 — Platinum Blonde performed in The Schooner Room of Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax. This particular tour is the 30th anniversary celebration of their Standing In The Dark release which came out in 1984. I clearly remember these guys from their days as a 3 piece Police tribute band; now 30+ years later 2 of the 3 original members remain. They made regular stops in the Halifax bar scene back in the early 80’s at clubs like The Network Lounge, The Copper Penny(not sure if this was the name at the time) The Misty Moon and The Palace. They were a band that has always been very popular in this part of the country.


Platinum Blonde is fronted by the charismatic Mark Holmes who originally played Bass guitar as well as looking after the lead vocals. For this show the band starts out as a 3 piece consisting of original members Holmes and guitarist Sergio Galli, along with Dan Todd on drums. As Holmes put it: (if we are going to pay proper tribute to the Standing in The Dark album it must be done as a 3 piece). I tend to agree since that is how I remember this band.


After performing a number of songs from that release they were joined on stage by Rob Laidlaw who looks after the Bass guitar on their newest release Now & Never.

Sergio Galli

Guitarist Galli still carries the same swagger on stage that used to have teenage girls screaming at him from the front row in the 80’s.


Dan Tood has taken over the drum stool from original member Chris Steffler who sadly suffers from a bad case of tinnitus.

In conclusion Platinum Blonde still has what it takes to put on a great live show. It was only into the 2nd or 3rd song of the night when the people seated in The Schooner Room left their seats for real estate as close to the stage as they could get. Below are some of the images we captured at Casino Nova Scotia. You can also check out and like our Facebook Page for more info on the live scene in HRM.