"Georgie Bones is an amazing lead guitarist"
-Bro Jake Rock 101
"Check him out - it will rattle your bones!"
- Eddy B. - CIUT Radio
"Georgie Bones has magic fingers!"
- Steve Jarrett of Eye Weekly
"Brilliant mix of Jimi Hendrix and George Thorogood ... amazing guitar playing."
- Behind the Scene
"I was pleasantly surprised and I will go again."
"As good as the best."
- Ottawa Citizen
"Fender bender master!"
D.D. Rocker T.O. Nite
"Check these guys out-that's a must!"
- Kate DeMarco Lakesider
"Georgie is one of our very best live blues musicians working today - a national treasure"
- Piers Hemmingsen - author of "Origin Of Beatlemania" and "Beatles In Canada"
I had a chance recently to experience the phenomenal "Fender-Bender Master", Georgie Bones, who is currently performing as a solo artist, with a "feature" set by the infamous Subway Elvis. This "live" simulcast had its technical glitches throughout the evening but eventually smoothed itself into a rather entertaining bit of fun. While Subway Elvis did make a request for audience participation, I don't think he was quite ready for what ensued. Obviously used to having "the floor" to himself (and a CBC cameraman this particular evening), he was not quite prepared for the sudden "rush" of dancers, prompted by a single female rock'n'roll rebel, who decided there was no way they were going to sit still while Georgie was bending the Fender on "Jailhouse Rock", which led into "Rock Around the Clock"! My guest commented that "If I closed my eyes and just listened, I would think I was actually hearing 'the real thing'." After Subway Elvis was done his routine and "had left the building", Georgie followed up with a last set of great tunes, including "Cocaine" and "Cold Shot". By the end of the weekend, I was nearly overdosing on Stevie Ray Vaughan tunes, as I had heard a few the previous night as well as later on this evening (or rather Sunday morning) at the Matador Club. And speaking of which, I'd like to give a warm round of applause for the hardworking band with the excellent repertoire at that venue! I'd forgotten how much fun it was there but couldn't help wondering why so many people who refuse to dance at a regular-hours club would have no hesitation at all to dance at an after-hours place - "they only come out at night"?
By D.D. Rocker [Published in to-nite, Issue #193, February 7/01]
A couple of weeks ago I was invited out to listen to a Blues band. I must say whoever didn't show up should have.
As I often listen to different Blues, I didn't expect this night to be any different. Boy, did I get a surprise! I was totally awed by this band and even their name was impressive.
We have three three guys, Georgie 'Bones' Halpern being the lead guitarist, and vocalist, with Dave Diveranzo on bass, and Brian Murphy on drums. Just a 3-man band but their high energy level certainly add up "drastic measures".
Not to spoil any surprises, they follow Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Hendrix and George Thorogood just to name a few, while at the same time, they're just cooking with some pretty wild original sounds.
Georgie 'Bones" Halpern and Drastic Measures are playing around the Toronto area and for all you dancers and Blues lovers, they will be at the Black Swan at Danforth and Broadway on November 3rd .
So folks, check these guys out - that's a must. I'm sure going to catch them again.
Press release Feb 7 2013
Georgie Bones and Halpern Records signs with Thumper Records to write and perform a“Bluesopera” titled “Stevie Ray Vaughan…The Show That Never Was”
This bluesopera will be about the life and times of blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan
And will be produced by Thumper Records and Sturgis North
Press release Feb 17 2017
Georgie Bones plays tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan with his new band "Cold Shot" - visit Cold Shot Site