23 August 2010 - 0 Comments
Iconic rock guitarist Slash wowed the crowd at G-Taranaki recently with his much anticipated show.
His legendary talent was shown to great advantage as he effortlessly took the raging crowd of enthusiastic rock fans through songs from his Guns N Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and solo eras.
And, thanks to the generosity of the concert organisers, the New Plymouth District Council, there were some special guests at the show including Nick Douch, co-organiser of Fill The House Tickets Project and drummer for Waikato band Eqwanox.
The Fill The House Tickets Project is a nationwide voluntary organisation that organises tickets to shows for Child Cancer Foundation network families to give them some welcome time out from the stress of dealing with a sick child. (Nicks band also brand and profile the Child Cancer Foundation through their Myspace and Facebook websites and at their live gigs)
Current benefits to the NZ Child Cancer Foundation of the ongoing project have exceeded $9m in commercial terms.
Says Nick 'We only ask for tickets that wouldn't be sold by showtime so we knew we wouldn't hear whether our application was successful until late in the piece, given Slash's popularity.
Thankfully there were a few empty spaces and some very grateful recipients from our end.'
Slash led his talented, star studded band through such great numbers as Civil War, Sweet Child O' Mine, Sucker Train Blues, Dirty Little Thing, Slither and Paradise City, as well as material from his new self titled album - Ghost, Back From Cali and By The Sword.
Lead singer Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge fame), amazed the crowd with his stunning performances of the evening's songs. His treatment of all the songs had many in the audience commenting how he sounded like the original singers of each of the eras the songs covered, adding his own distinctive signature for good measure. His amazing vocal range had the audience spellbound and an especially powerful, passionate and spine-chilling rendition of Starlight had them calling for more!
Thanks to the good folk at Sony Music, Nick got to catch up briefly with Slash before the show. 'He was really cool' said Nick, 'and empathetic towards the work we do. He was wearing a Velvet Underground t-shirt and showed some interest when I told him we had the same picture on a wall of the Te Awamutu College Music Department where I am currently doing an internship as part of my studies toward a Music Degree at Wintec. Our time with him was limited and I hope to be able to catch up with him when he comes to NZ next. It would be great to relay to him the positive effect he had not only on our folks but the crowd in general. Everyone was absolutely buzzing when they left the stadium - it was a brilliant show and a fitting tribute to the early efforts and ongoing legacy of Garry Sharpe-Young that has been built on by the dedicated team from the New Plymouth District Council to ensure his dream remains a reality.'
Photo Nick Douch (left) and Slash
Nick plays the drums in Waikato band Eqwanox.
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