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Weekend Warriors  Round 34 Concert  Sunday 5 May 2013
by Barry Baddams

Round 34! It doesn’t seem that long since, er…Round 33?  A lot of things have changed since Round 1 almost a decade ago, but something that has remained constant is the charged atmosphere that pervades the room in the hour or so before the first band hits the stage.

Dom, in his farewell appearance as national co-ordinator, walked onstage fashionably late at 2:15 and ran through the program for the uninitiated before introducing Vince Contarino, guest MC for the day. Dom deserved a round of applause for his support and involvement but he didn’t receive one so on behalf of everyone who forgot, I applaud you now Dom and wish Tony well as he takes over your role.

First band up was Anything Goes, a Young Warriors band fronted by two lasses named Stephanie and Isla. Isla, resplendent in Black Caviar’s colours, and Steph both revealed great voices as they belted out tunes from Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, One Direction and Blink 182. Tom, making his Warrior debut along with the two vocalists, was solid on rhythm guitar and Dylan great on lead, especially in Good Charlotte’s The Anthem. The rock-steady Kristy and Sivvy on bass and drums completed a very impressive opening act for the afternoon.  Anything Goes definitely went off!

Next up were Sound Equation, a 5-piece band which delivered seven rock classics with well-rehearsed polish and pizzaz.  (That’s ‘pizzaz’ – pizzas came later.) The Monkees’ I’m A Believer rocked from note 1 and promised much for what was to follow.  Keep On Runnin’ did the Spencer Davis Group proud, featuring very impressive keyboard from Sharon with Steve K. and Jim chiming in on vocals behind Glenda. Handle With Care showcased some very tasty lead work from Jim and by now the band was travelling well.  Shocking Blue’s  Venus opens with a B7sus4 chord that, strummed incorrectly, can embarrass even the best guitarists, so with that hurdle negotiated, Sound Equation’s version  left no doubt that they had come to play, with Sharon again featuring on a great keyboard solo.  The pre-Beatles 60s British rocker Shakin’ All Over did just that and shook the house. A pity for Jim that the signature guitar riff got lost in space somewhere.  Sound Equation factored everything that rocks into their final song Walking On Sunshine which lit up The Gov. Glenda topped off her great vocal work throughout the set by really nailing this one. Nice work from everyone, not forgetting the two Steves on bass and drums who were on the money, giving a magic carpet ride for everyone else to soar on.

Freedom Of Sound is a band comprised of Warriors from other rounds. They offered some interesting arrangements of well-known songs such as Green Limousine, Eagle Rock and Born To Be Wild, in which they played around with time signatures and vocal variations that at times had me guessing. Anchoring this adventurous approach and standing like a diminutive Colossus in the eye of a hurricane was Nadia on bass who reminded me, if I may paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, that if you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…you are a Musician my girl!

It was clear at the outset that Racket Science, with the irrepressible Neville (bass) in mad scientist garb and bowler-hatted Robin on harmonica, were intent on giving the audience some tight, taut and terrific tunes.  Robin set his lungs to work immediately on the Beatles’ I Should Have Known Better which served as a springboard to 1981 and the Oz Rock stalwart Alone With You, followed immediately by two more Countdown classics, Dragon’s April Sun In Cuba and  John taking vocals on Hunters & Collectors’ Throw Your Arms Around Me.  The crowd was with them all the way as they launched into Maroon 5’s This Love before rockabillying their way through Stray Cat Strut and giving John a chance to shine on his white Strat. Mee-yow!  This classy band topped off its set with Neon Trees’ Everybody Talks and I’m sure that everybody was talking about Racket Science’s great performance as they left the stage to plaudits from guest MC Vince. Big wraps to Andrew, who handled most of the lead vocals, Adrian and John on guitars, Robin on harpoon and the scientifically precise Barry and Neville on drums and bass.  Quite a Racket.

Following the Rackets, Vince announced a six-piece outfit called Rough Diamonds which in turn announced their arrival with a very good version of the Fleetwood Mac favourite Don’t Stop, highlighting Nicky and Michele on vocals. Seven Nation Army followed, with Nino’s guitar work a feature. Blister In The Sun and Dock Of the Bay were impressive for two reasons – the quality of performance and the manner in which the band (especially the singers) were engaged with the music and obviously enjoying playing. Even more impressive was the next number – Janis Joplin’s Piece Of My Heart – in which Nicky and Michele’s powerful vocals showed us that ‘ a woman can be tough’. The whole band got behind them and this was a standout jewel in the Rough Diamonds’ crown – and an opportune time to mention the excellent rhythm section of Michael on bass and Tim on drums. Tim was in my very first Warriors band, (ahem, years ago) and it was great to see him still making music (and hopefully, still making incredible wines in the Barossa). A tribute to Chrissy Amphlett followed with Boys In Town and what better way to finish with Vince as MC than a zep classic. Tony (who looked as if he’d just stepped out of the TARDIS from the 1970s with a wig that had its own heart and lungs and a shirt that was louder than Led Zeppelin ever were) swapped his rhythm guitar for a mike and blew us away with a frantic Rock and Roll, ably and enthusiastically backed by Nicky and Michelle, with Nino, Michael and Tim just rockin’ their socks off. Whew!  A 22 carat performance by Rough Diamonds.

Rounding off Warriors Concert 34 was a band whose name asked the musical question Who Kicked The Donkey? They are a blend of young and previous Warriors with youngsters Abbie and Hayley immediately impressive on shared lead vocals in Use Somebody and Hard To Handle, which also allowed Eva on keys to treat us to some splendid glissando passages. Eva also helped out on vocals with John Mellencamp’s Jack and Diane, augmented by some nifty acoustic guitar licks from Troy. As surprise packets go Chris, the rhythm guitarist, trumped everybody by unpacking an excellent voice which he used to great effect on Pearl Jam’s Better Man and then one of Neil Young’s ten best songs, Rockin’ In The Free World, backed up beautifully by Abbie and Hayley with the whole band, notably Rocco on bass and Allen on drums, rockin’ our world and Troy’s scorching SG solo a highlight. Neil disappointed by not doing this song at his recent concert across the road so thanks to the Donkeys for including it in their set. Abbie and Hayley returned front and centre to take the band out with its final offering of Gold On The Ceiling. Well-deserved applause at the end from a somewhat depleted but still noisy crowd for a very accomplished and polished set. Dare I say it – they kicked!

Warriors SA Round 31 Concert  6 May 2012
Reviewed  by Barry Baddams

No Warriors SA concert round would be complete without  the inimitable Tom revving up the crowd and that’s how the 31st Weekend Warriors Concert  began on a grey Sunday at the Governor Hindmarsh hotel. Some of us had already had a peek at the opening Young Warriors band, Satori, when they snuck onstage for a few photos, during which their guitarist Dylan risked life, limb and possibly future Father’s Day celebrations when the others tried awkwardly to lift him up for a posed shot. Fortunately, he survived to make his official entrance with the band and they marched straight into the White Stripes Seven Nation Army with Dylan riffing the Jack White power chords like a boss!  Singer Angelina, Satori-ally elegant in a matching skirt and shrunken hat, delivered for us and kicked the concert off to a great start. Greenday’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams was their next song and this just kicked, with Ange’s vocals, Dylan’s nifty guitar (loved the octave lead runs), Gulia’s bass and Kristey’s drums working beautifully.  Satori finished their set with Amy Winehouse’s  You Know I’m No Good and they fell into a smokin’ groove with this number, due in no small part to Gulia’s  work on her pink bass which, coupled with her fluro-green pants, reminded me of Elvis ‘ first album cover.  Fantastic set from this young band with Angelina and Dylan having some great moments, while Kristey and Gulia got behind them all the way and anchored the set to perfection.  Love your work, Satori.

JJ Ripple, resplendent in purple, opened its set with Justine belting out Pat Benetar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot-a high-energy start with Phil treating us to some nimble lead work that could have been just a tad more prominent in the mix. However, with 3 guitars on the go the desk-jockey had his work cut out. Julie on vocals and the Ripples hit a purple patch with Duffy’s Mercy- they hit their stride with this one and then rolled right into CCR’s Proud Mary with Phil’s leads still losing the battle with Sam and Ross’s guitars.  Fortunately, this was remedied in Honey I’m Home and the slide work sounded very sweet. Tracey Chapman’s Gimme One Reason was given a great workout by Julie and  the Ripples’ version of Beast Of Burden had the crowd going.  Leo began the closer with the familiar bass run of These Boots Were Made For Walkin and the band delivered the goods, walkin’ off the stage to much more than a ripple of applause.  The JJ’s (Justine and Julie) excelled on vocals, Phil’s work on the Strat was very fluent and Sam and Ross showed just how important the rhythm guitarist is to any band. Leo on bass and drummer Graeme underpinned every song in the set with a rock-solid reliability that allowed the band to fly during its 30 minutes on stage. Let’s hope we hear more from JJ Ripple.

The 3rd band of the day, Rock Steady, began with Tom Petty’s Learning To Fly with Elizabeth’s vocals shining through and Peter’s slide work a feature. Aussie classic Under The Milky Way Tonight followed- a  great version, with the band sounding very tight. Shane took the vocals for Daddy Cool’s  Come Back Again-a big cheer to Elizabeth who kept things going when Shane’s mic. fell apart half-way through. Shane recovered his composure and rocked through The King’s That’s Alright Mama , with Peter slipping in some nice lead work.  Elizabeth soared on House Of The Rising Sun and the band rose to the occasion behind her with some powerhouse playing from Mark on rhythm, Mark 2 on drums and Neville doing some neat runs on his bass.  Rock Steady followed this up  by summoning the spirit of Elwood Blues with the perennial favourite  Sweet Home Chicago, Neville and Mark 2  nailing the groove and  taking the band along for the ride. Pure Chicago blues heaven!  They hopped on the wave created by the Blues Brothers’ classic and finished their set with a tsunami version of  All Along The Watchtower ,with Peter’s wah-pedal  getting a fairly decent workout and Elizabeth’s lead vocals cutting through the mix. A fantastic finish to a great set  – they absolutely rocked (steady)!

The guest band for this concert was the Young Warrior program’s Fallen Angels. I don’t know how old these kids are- probably all under 15 (not counting Pat Di Palo, the grown-up chaperone on bass)- but I have to say that if I was in an adult band that had to follow this, I would have felt slightly intimidated.  They are jaw-droppingly good. Let ‘s forget that they are by now a well-rehearsed band and that it took longer for them to set up than a Port Adelaide inside-50;   they are comparative babies and they could blow 75% of the semi-pro bands around town off the stage.  As a guest band, I won’t dwell too long on their set-suffice to say that they played Ballroom Blitz, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Get Back and Paranoid with the aplomb of musos twice their ages. Tyler, Dylan and Nathan’s musicianship is astonishing and Cara on vocals just stands and delivers.  (Pat is great on bass of course but mate , I don’t want to sound age-ist but you are a bit too old for this band.)  They are growing in confidence and ability with each performance. Fallen Angels are the future.

Risky Mix might have thought they’d drawn the short straw following the kids but they needn’t have worried as they delivered a really professional set. Starting off with Cream’s Sunshine Of Your Love, it was immediately apparent that these guys knew their way around a rock song with Peter’s energetic vocals and Nino’s lead guitar leading the way.  Suzie on acoustic guitar revealed an impressive voice on Gary Jules’ Mad World, with Peter switching to piano for this and then taking the mic. again for Wish You Well.  Nickleback’s When We Stand Together was worked over very nicely by Suzie, with the impeccable Peter Vawser featuring on the kit.  Versatile vocalist Peter provided a piano intro for Suzie to sing Bruno Mars’ Grenade with Steve and Nino adding their own touches to this number.  P. Vawser and Alan on bass then launched into the opening bars of Kryptonite before Peter went into a powerhouse rendition of the 3 Doors Down favourite, with Nino bringing down the house with his lead work. This brought loud applause from the crowd at The Gov. and ladies and gentlemen, they were ready to rock.  Risky Mix closed its rockin’ set with the Stones’ J.J. Flash- Peter on vocals again and Suzie doing great harmony backing with the whole band cooking by this stage. What a finish-what a band! Take a bow Peter, Suzie, Steve & Nino on guitar, Alan on bass and P.Vawser , who lives and plays every song as if it’s his last, on drums.

Last up was Spex Appeal, a bespectacled septet. They were worthy show-closers but unfortunately their set list order and mine did not match and as they did not identify most of their songs, I was floundering a little because I didn’t know some of the songs well enough to hazard a guess. So, to disguise my ignorance, I’ll have to comment rather generally. With a trio of guitars, keyboard, drums, bass and two vocalists Spex Appeal had a nice full sound despite lead singer Jarrod occasionally using his guitar as a prop. Standouts were Ataris’ Boys Of Summer and Garbage’s Cherry Lips with other highlights being Jarrod’s treatment of Faker’s This Heart Attack and Mikaela belting out the encore of No Doubt’s Just a Girl which, almost as if by pre-arrangement, saw the dance floor (which for the entire concert had only been used by a toddler) being invaded by a dozen dancers to whom Spex obviously Appealed.  Well played Nadia and Peter on guitar,Daniela on keys,James on bass, Mark on drums and Jarrod & Mikaela teaming up for the vocals.  A very accomplished and assured performance and a great note on which to end the concert.

Kudos to Dom,Tony and Tom  for their hard work behind the scenes and  to Trap for his work with the Young Warriors.

N ote: Apologies if I got anybody’s name wrong. There were a few instances where M.C. Tom used different names from the band info. I had so I went with his version and hoped for the best.

Round 30 Concert – Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Sun. 27 November 2011
Reviewed by Barry Baddams for Weekend Warriors SA.

After a couple of dodgy days weatherwise, it was a beautiful afternoon and altogether too nice to be inside. That is, unless you were at The Gov for the Weekend Warriors Round 30 Concert on this very appropriately-named Sunday.  A prominent sign declared “No crowd surfing”, not usually an issue at these concerts for fear of pulled muscles and back strains. However, this concert saw the debut of a Warriors initiative –the Young Warriors- where anyone under 21 can strut their stuff onstage along with the “old” Warriors. This brings a new audience to the concerts, where you don’t usually get lots of mums and dads videoing the performances and also introduces a new phenomenon to Warriors concerts as youthful fingers indulge in a frenzy of tweeting and texting while simultaneously talking, eating and drinking.

The  Dom and Tom show kicked things off, with Dom giving a quick rundown of the program’s background before Tom came out to warm up the building crowd. Tom wasn’t leaving until he was satisfied that we were ready to rock, ladies and gentlemen!- and we were! So without further ado, the first ever Young Warrior band in the history of the program –Frogstomp –  took the stage. Fronted by Mikaela on vocals, the four-piece unit started with Wombats’ Tokyo  and got our attention  very nicely thank you. The other Micaela in the band,( who was just slightly larger than her bass) and Jordan on drums gave Mikaela a solid foundation for her vocals. Hamish displayed some fancy fingerwork on Electric Feel and their final song Animal  gave everybody a chance to rock, with the false ending fooling everybody except me (I wish!). Frogstomp  were really warmed up now but as the youngsters only get three songs, that was it for them. A great set to open the concert and fantastic to see young talent getting this sort of experience and exposure.

The next band The Rock Poppets deserved a Grammy for just being there (do they have Grab –a-Grammy nights at The Gov?). Apparently, three of their number pulled out on the day ! That’s like being stood up on your wedding day. However, one of the great strengths of the Weekend Warriors is that there are always others who have been through the program and are willing to step up to the plate in moments like these. Consequently, the Poppets were able to perform with stalwart Tony subbing on guitar, Trap on the drums and Rita on vocals  (whose name I almost missed in the confusion at the end when the band members were being introduced, probably to each other!) Under the circumstances, they turned on a great performance. Jenny’s vocals were top-notch and she worked really well with Rita at the other mike. I especially liked their Pleasure and Pain, which was probably how they were feeling just before the gig. Neville on bass had chosen his Green Troll look for the day and was working beautifully with the unflappable Trap.  Tony seemed to be enjoying the opportunity to throw in some high-voltage chops along with Ross, who wowed us with a blistering lead in Lennon & McCartney’s  I Saw Her Standing There.  By the time they got to their finale and Kissed us off with the anthemic  I Was Made For Loving You Baby, they were cookin’!  Despite losing half their original team, the Rock Poppets rocked the house!

Fittingly for a Sunday, Bridge Over Heaven came on stage. Young Warrior Mikaela, who had already warmed up with Frogstomp, was also fronting this band and she hit the ground running with the AccaDacca classic Highway To Hell, with Hector on lead punching out the satanic riff. Frogstomp’s drummer Jordan filled in on bass, laying down some very tight lines with Silvia on drums. They then launched into a great version of Smashing Pumpkins’ 1979 and presumably due to the highway to Hell being closed on Sundays, they tried Knockin On Heaven’s Door, Guns  n Roses style. Great stuff! Applause applause!

Next up were Black Roses, a six-piece Warrior band with two singers, Shane and Heather. Heather started with It Hurts So Bad and absolutely nailed it with her great rock voice. She and Shane shared the vocals as the band powered through classics such as Mony Mony and  a smokin’ version of The Commitments’ Chain of Fools before closing off their set with Somebody Bring Me Some Water.  A very accomplished band, with Bren and Phil trading some solid guitar licks and Brian, dressed in black and eminently grey-haired, looking like a bass-playing  pint of Guinness, combining with an impeccable Dave on drums to make people in earthquake-prone areas a little nervous. Funky and tight as, guys!

Sikk Azzz ­ were the youngest band on the bill (apart from Pas on bass who increased their average age a tad) and they immediately received a big occupational health and safety tick by wearing earplugs. The guitar-slingers Nathan and Tyler were dwarfed by the amps but their sound was by no means diminished and the need for earplugs was soon evident. Cara on vocals just stood and delivered in their opener, Avril Lavigne’s  Sk8ter Boi.  Forget the cute-factor: M.C. Tom must have loved these kids because they came absolutely ready to ROCK, ladies and gentlemen!  Their Get Back, driven by “guest child” bassist Pas and the charismatic drummer Dylan, featured great lead work from Tyler and segued seamlessly into Pink’s So What, with Cara starring on vocals and Nathan showing the value of having a great rhythm guitarist in a rock band. Everybody loved this band. There were…totally Sikk Azzz.

The next Warrior band, The Common Good ,had a hard act to follow. They opened with Dave on drums doing a great version of Get It On and followed with Shakin’ All Over a la Quatro. By now it was obvious that these guys knew their way around a rock song, especially when Paul cranked it up on lead guitar.  This band resonated a little with me as I filled in for a Warrior band some years back with Pat as vocalist and here she was knockin’ ‘em dead with The Common Good.  Her version of the Divinyls Boys In Town was a standout. They also did Tainted Love, which my first ever Warriors band did back in 20-whatever- a rockier version than my humble debut and better for it.  Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl doesn’t get played much around the traps so hats off to T.C.G.  for including it in their set and really nailing it- the Godfather of Grunge would approve, I’m sure.  The Cult’s Wild Flower was the closer, completing a solid and brilliantly presented set. A special mention for Neil on bass who shared lead vocals with Pat – great singing from the lanky bassman.  Altogether, an uncommonly good performance from this band.

While Robert Plant is contenting himself recording with bluegrass singers, he can rest assured that singer/guitarists  like Marcus in Iron Fist are keeping Led Zepp’s songs alive with his amazing version of Rock &  Roll.  With Aidan’s pulsing bass, Damon’s drumming thundering like a freight train and Jack ‘s axe threatening to self-ignite,  Iron Fist landed a killer punch with their first song and then gave us the old one-two by launching into The Kinks’ You Really Got Me. These guys knew what we wanted to hear! Whatever You Want  is one of the more interesting Status Quo songs to play and the great rhythm section,  coupled with Jack’s fabulous fretwork, gave Marcus a licence to rock on this one. Great vocals-great band! The Young Warriors program has certainly turned up some winners today.

The final act of the Round 30 concert was another Young Warrior band, Lethal Virus, who ambitiously opened with Metallica’s  Master of Puppets and impressively nailed it with Louis on bass and vocals and Brad and Emmanuel setting up the guitar crossfire that makes this one of Metallica’s most memorable creations.  As the last on the bill, this band faced a somewhat depleted crowd but to their credit, they gave it everything.  Emanuel switched to acoustic for their second offering, Avenge Seven Fold’s So Far Away and you just knew that they were comfortable onstage when Brad casually rested a foot on the foldback.  To close their set, and the concert, Lethal Virus gave us Black Book, the only original song for the day which highlighted that they can play and write equally well.  Let’s not forget an important part of any rock band-the drummer. Joseph was probably overlooked in the guitar-fest unfolding in front of him but he showed great technique and awareness in his drumming to lay the foundation for a very talented unit. As with many of the bands heard today, I’m sure we’ll hear more of them. Love your work, Lethals!

Rock and roll on, Round 31 in 2012.

Round 28 Concert – Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Sun. May 1st, 2011
Reviewed by Barry Baddams for Weekend Warriors SA.

Just when we thought that nothing could top the Royal nuptials, along came SA Weekend Warriors’ Round 28 Concert to remind us that commoners have more fun, especially when it involves getting down and dirty, surrounded by Marshall amps, five foldbacks, multiple mikes, racks of guitars and a few hundred friends, family and total strangers who just want to hear good, loud rock and roll.

Greeting me at the door were two of the Warriors SA stalwarts, Pete and Kerry, who had also greeted me at the door to Fowler’s Live as a nervous wreck when I went through Round 9. How long ago was that, and how many thousands have they ushered into these concerts over the years? I just wish that they’d switch roles though and let Pete do the holding while Kerry does the frisking!

Once inside, I was introduced to John Swan (‘Swanee’) who embraced me warmly despite never having met me. Perhaps he was trying to make up for the heavies who wouldn’t let me into a Party Boys after-party way back whenever? Swanee is a Warriors Ambassador and was there to be guest MC for the day – but would he be able to resist giving us a tune?

At 1:58 p.m. the anticipation was palpable. The crowd had grown considerably; lots of Warriors camaraderie on display, with a fair representation of younger people. The bands had been given the running order and the adrenalin was surging, particularly for those who’d just heard that they’d be the opening act. At 2:05 precisely the tireless Dom Disisto, Weekend Warriors’ national coordinator, welcomed us all and introduced Swanee as the guest MC who in turn introduced the first band – Journeymen.

Singer David Weight launched into the Dion/Status Quo chest-beater ‘The Wanderer ‘and the journey had begun, with Tony Heffernan’s guitar and vocals gaining extra cred from his Slash-like top hat and shades –or had he just flown in from the reception at Buck. Palace? These guys rocked their way through a tight set of rock classics and Trevor Philby seemed to enjoy the challenge of playing bass lines and lead runs on what appeared to be a Fender Jazzmaster. For a second, I thought they had re-discovered one of the ‘lost chords’ of rock when what sounded like the G11Sus4 opening to ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ resounded around The Gov but it was only a dropped acoustic guitar- those teasers! The hits kept coming – Thorpie’s ‘Poison Ivy’, a bit of Willburys, some CCR. David’s vocals and the band’s playing on ‘Losing My Religion’ were spot on but for me, they really hit their straps on ‘Paranoid’ with Brandon Roberts nailing some nice lead and the audience being absolutely mugged by that famous Sabbath riff. Through all of this, Graeme Vickerman was rock-steady at the back, laying it down with deftness and power. His freight train rhythm on ‘Get Back’ was relentless and he was a great bedrock for the band. The Journeymen were certainly worth the journey and they set the mood for a great afternoon.

You say you want a resolution? Well, next we got Resolution, a 5 piece band that delivered a hard-rocking guitar- driven set that should have set off the smoke alarms. Stephen Elliott fronted this powerhouse quintet, delivering crowd-pleasers like ‘Addicted to Love’, ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’ and ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’. Steve Rees and Andy Edwards absolutely cooked on bass and drums, with Steve producing bass lines thick enough to land a whale while Pete Tomaras (on leave from the door) and Ian Drewe just saddled up and headed for distortion city. Resolution power-chorded through The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ , with Stephen and the band really psyched and synced for this one. And who cares whether it was Jimmy Page or Dave Davies who soloed on the original? Today it was Pete’s turn and he turned in a beauty after earlier teasing us with a blistering but all too brief solo on ‘Addicted To Love’. The boys went out on a high with a great rendition of Steppenwolf’s ‘Born To Be Wild’ -and indeed they were! A great set.

The Warrior Voice choir is a relatively new addition to the Warriors SA stable and although missing some members on the day, they provided an oasis of bravura and harmony in the midst of the rock sets, accompanied by backing tracks. Consisting of four gorgeous blonde ladies- Alison,Cheryl,Wendy and Dawn, and three ‘non-blondes’ –Steve,Dave and Rob, Warrior Voice began with Blood,Sweat & Tears’ Spinning Wheel, a great warm-up for what was to follow. Vocal director Jennifer Degrassi has obviously matched her group’s voices very well and this was evident as they soared with the Hair showstopper Aquarius which concluded in a very accomplished a capella fashion. The lads then took the lead in America’s Sister Goldenhair, the girls backing them superbly with pristine, confident and precise harmonies. Their finale was the Joe Cocker /Leon Russell arrangement of A Little Help from My Friends and it was worth waiting for. With Steve taking the lead vocal and the ensemble, including director Jennifer, backing him to the hilt, the anticipation was mounting as the song built to that climactic note. I had once seen Joe Cocker stay upright for long enough at Apollo Stadium to bring the house down with this song and Steve did the business today. When he agonised over needing somebody to love, his primal scream raised hairs and brought appreciative applause from the Gov crowd. In fact, I’m sure that his hat lifted 10cms from his head when he hit that note. Throughout this tour-de-force, Warrior Voice sang with power and passion, providing Steve with a solid backing for his solo work. A fabulous finale to their brief set in which they more than held their own in the boisterous company of the rock bands with whom they shared the day. Kudos to Jennifer and Warrior Voice – may we hear much more from you.

Listening to the guest band Repeat Offenders do their short set after the melodious sounds of the choristers was a bit like following a glass of delicate champagne with a pint of Jim Beam as a chaser. I’m sure that this 4 piece powerhouse is partly responsible for global warming. They have played together for a while and this assuredness and confidence was evident from the start as they slipped into a groove with the Easybeats’ ‘Good Times’ and followed this with a great version of ‘White Wedding’, obviously paying homage to William and Kate, who unfortunately were unable to attend. As a bass player, I know I’m alive when I can feel the bass entering through my feet and working its way up to my head; Rob Hutchings and Garry Dalton were absolutely seismic at the bottom- end, giving guitar-slingers Richard Stillert and Michael Grundy a great platform from which to achieve ignition and lift-off. As if that wasn’t enough, the cuatros hombres then took us to blues-boogie heaven with not one, not two but three ZZ Top classics; Sharp Dressed Man, Tush and Le Grange. If I narrowed my eyes a little, I could see big beards and revolving guitars and if I narrowed them a little more I could see….. what – Jimmy Barnes??? No- it’s our guest MC John Swan, unable to resist the lure of a Billy Gibbon riff, onstage and sharing throat-shredding vocals with Richard in Tush. Great stuff! Dare I say – an arresting performance from Repeat Offenders.

Swanee recovered sufficiently from his brief guest appearance with the Offenders to be able to introduce the next band, a six-piece called Semantics, which thankfully had resisted the temptation to spell its name with an ‘x’. Vocalist Karen O’Keefe attempted to fool us by launching into a Doris Day version of Blue Moon, which then segued into the familiar heavy drum, bass and organ intro to the Spencer Davis Group’s Gimme Some Lovin. Karen took the lead on this with co-vocalist Julian Smith joining in and Martin Coan adding saxophone, which we don’t often hear at Warrior gigs. I loved their Mustang Sally, with the sax really punching through, Julian’s vocals really doing the business and Harvey Marcus and Brian Stebbing’s rhythm factory working overtime. Another earth-moving moment, courtesy of Brian, proving once again that bass players do it deeper! Troy Pope, the band’s only guitarist, held his own against Martin’s sax and Karen’s keyboard, playing an SG and switching to what looked like a Les Paul to peel off some nice Honky Tonk Women licks. Semantics’ singers Karen and Julian were charismatic, worked the audience nicely and sang well together or solo, with Julian literally throwing himself into several songs. Their Because The Night was a highlight and they finished their set brilliantly with Bryan Ferry’s Let’s Stick Together, featuring great vocals and sax and that rock-solid rhythm-section. Troy, obviously inspired by his SG, had an Angus Young moment and climbed onto the speaker stack for the finale. He didn’t quite attempt the forward somersault from there, made famous on the same stage by the mandolin player from The Thieves a few years ago but it was a radical rock and roll experience, which sums up pretty well what Semantics had given us for 30 minutes.

The Round 28 Concert’s final band was Hot Chill , a 5 piece unit fronted by Melissa Evans, whose turbocharged voice was able to do justice to powerhouse songs by artist such as Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. They started off with an Oz-Rock classic, the Divinyls’ Boys in Town and then totally nailed The Commitments’ Take Me to the River, setting up an irresistible groove that enticed some dancers onto the floor. They followed up with the old one-two punch by launching into the disco favourite, Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, which got a few more up dancing – you can never find a mirror-ball when you need one! By now, Melissa was in the zone, channelling Janis Joplin for about four and a half minutes when she lived and breathed Move Over, while the band stuck with her all the way- a great performance that I’m sure would have won Pearl’s approval. This band was tight-as; Trap’s slick drumming and Vic Perry’s bass setting the pace, while guitarists Mark Jordon and Peter Matthews were working beautifully to manufacture the classic riffs for the band’s finale of Aretha’s Respect and the anthemic River Deep, Mountain High which Melissa and the guys brought home on all eight cylinders. Hot stuff from Hot Chill!
And then it was over-but was it?

The great thing about the Warriors rounds is that as the last notes subside, musical relationships are being forged and many of the groups stay together or form new bands which play at gigs all over the state. Unlike the star attractions of the “Walking with Dinosaurs” show across the road at the Entertainment Centre, this music will never become extinct as long as there are organisations like Warriors SA, along with sponsors Holden Hill Music, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh, to encourage us to dust off our instruments, scrape the rust off the voice, put on the gear and just let it rock. Roll on Round 29!

Round 27 Concert – 14 November 2010 (Dom Disisto)

It was another successful concert of Weekend Warriors on Sunday the 14th of November at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel. Five new bands performed to a HUGE! Audience, who all danced & cheered. A big thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Also a big thank you to ALL for staying right through and supporting all the bands, as this really helps to keep the bands pumped especially the last band. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause.

Guest Solo artist opening the show this time around was our very own past Weekend Warrior HAZEL ROSE & Guest Band again past Warriors REPEAT OFFENDERS, great job from both and big thanks for your time & support.

This rounds bands in order of appearance were BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, P76er’s, M & M’s, THE ROUGH DIAMONDS & DISCO VOLANTE, with a huge variety of songs from all different era’s the crowd were rocking right from the start & they never looked back. Great job to all involved in the bands as it is a huge step to get up a play in front of a live audience, especially for those who have never done this kind of thing before. We hope you can keep doing it in some form or another for many years to come. Hard to believe how great you all sounded for such a short time together, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done you all performed like true professionals.

Finally thanks to ALL the crew & sponsors without which none of these achievements to date would have been possible.

Well done to Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Coach & Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. Josie from Holden Hill Music her husband Eric on door duty, who both did a fantastic job. Big thanks to our sponsors, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh who supply the rehearsal space and the venue. Lastly none of this would be possible without the founding store of Weekend Warriors in SA Holden Hill Music, Whom with out, none of this would have even begun in SA! So well done Holden Hill Music for bringing SA the program in the first place.

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Program to help towards buying much needed musical equipment & pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved Family and Friends thank you for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

The whole Weekend Warriors program means a lot to me personally & I really appreciate the help & input from everyone, it really makes it all worthwhile you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL! This is the future in keeping Music Live for Recreational Music in SA, keep up the great work.

Round 26 Concert – 8 August 2010 (Dom Disisto)

It was another successful concert of Weekend Warriors on Sunday the 8th of August at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel. Five new bands performed to a HUGE! Audience, who all danced & cheered, A big thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Also a big thank you to ALL for staying right through and supporting all the bands, as this really helps to keep the bands pumped especially the last band. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause.

This rounds bands in order of appearance were MISSING CYMBALS, AFFECT INTENSITY, I C U, CONUNDRUM & BUY FRIDAY, with a huge variety of songs from all different era’s the crowd were rocking right from the start & they never looked back. Great job to all involved in the bands as it is a huge step to get up a play in front of a live audience, especially for those who have never done this kind of thing before. We hope you can keep doing it in some form or another for many years to come. Hard to believe how great you all sounded for such a short time together, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done you all performed like true professionals.

Finally thanks to ALL the crew & sponsors without which none of these achievements to date would have been possible.

Well done to Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Coach & Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty, who both do a fantastic job. Big thanks to our sponsors, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh who supply the rehearsal space and the venue. Lastly none of this would be possible without the founding store of Weekend Warriors in SA Holden Hill Music.

Who with out none of this would have even begun in SA! So well done Holden Hill Music for bringing SA the program in the first place.

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Program to help towards buying much needed musical equipment & pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved Family and Friends thank you for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

Round 23 Concert. Sunday 12 July 2009 (Dom Disisto)
All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert on Sunday afternoon @ The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel the 12th of July. Five new bands performed to a HUGE! Audience, who all danced & cheered. Band in a Box went well with the song Venus as did our special guest Junior Warrior band with their opening set. Thanks to all family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Also a big thank you to ALL for staying right through and supporting all the bands, as this really helps to keep the bands pumped especially the last band. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thank you to our very own Tom Leech, what a great job he does pumping up that crowd, thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the afternoon was UNLEASHED, made up of members aged between 11 to 15, these kids are the second junior band put together by SA Warriors & consisting of their very own relatives. With songs like Bohemian Like You, What I like about you, All the small things, the crowd was rocking right from the start & they never looked back. Great job to all the kids involved in the band and a big THANK YOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, SOUNDSCAPE, well this band had a real hard act to follow but managed to keep the crowd happy. They sounded as if they had played together for more than just a few weeks, so hard to believe sometimes. Their songs included Midnight Hour & Love Potion No.9 plus many more… Great Job to all, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, everyone was impressed with the progress made since first jam.

The next new band SOUND SKOOL well what can you say about these guys? They ROCKED! With their great choice of songs, well done. The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. They all should be congratulated on the result a great well put together set. With songs like Stray Cat Strut, Blister In the Sun & Get Back, this band rocked and they had a ball doing it. Were sure this is not the last we will see of this band.

The Special segment of Band In a Box only had one tune Venus this time round but achieved its purpose. Band In a Box was designed to show the crowd how we place perfect strangers together to perform songs, some of which they have never played before & in a Band? They all were so committed, it gets hard to tell the difference between them & the bands that had rehearsed. Well done to all involved, to think that some of them would have never played on stage if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, the crowd were amazed with how good it sounded for such a non rehearsed performance! Well done to the performers in the bands, you all grooved, and a big thanks to all for making it possible!

Moving right along to the next band THE SMUT MONKEYS ALL were very smooth. Pumping out some great hits this band sounded like a professional outfit. The crowd really enjoyed their set, with songs like Take me to the River & Peachy plus many more they really grooved. Thanks to the entire band, well done!

The next band MOOSE BUMPS what a great blues outfit! Well done. The set was well thought out and just pumped right till the last song; the crowd went wild as they blasted out their set with songs like Honky Tonk Woman & Lucille, this Band really had a great blues feel. With help from drummer Danny & Al the bass man in the rhythm section they all sounded so professional. This band really deserves the reception they received from the audience, well done to ALL.

The Last band for the day EXPLODING WEETBIX well the crowd had not gone home which says a lot and they went wild as the band blasted out the last set of the day. With tunes like Rain, White Wedding and much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. The crowd cheered on for an Encore and the band delivered Crazy Little Thing called Love, don’t be surprised if you also see these guys around the traps. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great day to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. Amazing Stuff you ALL should be really proud of what you have achieved in such a short time.

Well done to Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Coach & Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. If any of you would like to share your story, we would love to hear from you, Just reply to the email & I will include it in our list of many testimonials.

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music and his wife Kerry on door duty. Lastly, to all the sponsors Holden Hill Music (Who brought this program to SA many years ago!) Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh whom without, none of this would be possible. THANK YOU!

As usual a Special big thanks to the Warriors Association of SA for making the huge effort on the night, the whole program means a lot to me personally & I really appreciate the help & input from everyone, it really makes it all worth while you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL! This is the future in keeping Music Live for Recreational Music in SA, keep up the great work.

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Program to help towards buying much needed musical equipment & pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved Family and Friends thank you for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

The next jam at this stage will be TUESDAY OCTOBER 20th and will also be advertised on Holden Hill Music’s web site as soon as it is confirmed – so keep it free we would love to see a fresh batch of future Warriors attend.

Check out some of the pictures of the concert weekend @ www.hhmusic.com.au.

For further info you can contact myself on: 0412 077717 or email me on: ww.australia@optusnet.com.au

Round 22 Concert. Sunday 26 April 2009
Adelaide Weekend Warriors @ “The Gov” ANOTHER SUCCESS!!! (Dom Disisto)

All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert on Sunday afternoon @ The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel the 26th of April. Six new bands performed to a record HUGE! Audience, who all danced & cheered, Band in a Box went off with a BANG! And looks like will be a regular part of the concerts. Thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Also a big thankyou to ALL family & friends for staying right through and supporting all the bands, as this really helps to keep the bands pumped especially the last band. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thankyou to our very own Tom Leech, what a great job he did pumping up that crowd thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the afternoon was THE THIRSTY KOALAS with songs like Pink’s just you and your hand, the crowd was rocking right from the start & they never looked back. Other tunes included Sweet Home Alabama, Khe Shan & Don’t Stop & many more, they all rocked. Great job to all involved in the band. Hard to believe how great they sounded for such a short time together, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, DROUGHT BREAKERS, well this band had a real hard act to follow but really pulled out some magic. They sounded as if they had played together for more than just a few weeks, so hard to believe sometimes. Their songs included Going to the Country, Midnight Special, Black Magic Woman, Crazy Little Thing called Love plus many more… Great Job to all, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed with the progress made since first jam.

The next new band THE THIEVES well what can I say about these guys? They ROCKED! With their unique style & stage show acrobatics, well done. The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. This Band included one of our talented sponsors, Rock Music’s Rob Puddy. With all the songs being original makes them the first original band ever to become Weekend Warriors. They all should be congratulated on the result a great well put together show, the band played together very professionally. This band rocked and they had a ball doing it, I’m sure this is not the last we will see of this band.

The next act was our Special segment of Band In a Box, designed to show the crowd how we place perfect strangers together to perform songs, some of which they have never played before & in a Band? They all were so committed to playing together as a band and it showed, as it was hard to tell the difference between them & the bands that had rehearsed. Well done to all three jam bands. To think that some of them would have never played together if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the bands, rocking with hits such as Comfortably Numb, Long Way to the Top & Me & Bobby Mc Gee. With people from the audience joining in on the whole segment it was a HUGE SUCCESS! The crowd were amazed with how good it sounded for such a non rehearsed performance! Well done to the performers in the bands, you all grooved, and a big thanks to all for making it possible!

Moving right along to the next band BOYS TO OLD MEN these guys were ALL were very smooth. Pumping out some great hits this band sounded like a professional outfit. The crowd really enjoyed their set, with songs like Brown Sugar, Walking the Dog, Alright Now and Get Back plus many more they really grooved. Thanks to the entire band, I’m sure we will be seeing these guys around again very soon at a Venue near by. Oh thanks Richard for filling in on guitar in Band In a Box (Laughs) I’m not sure he knew he was going to be in it!

The next new band FIND THE FREQUENCY these guys ROCKED HARD! Well done. The set was well thought out and just pumped right till the last song; the crowd went wild as they blasted out their set with songs like On My Mind, Hard to Handle, Superstitious and Blister in the Sun. This Band really had a great feel with drummer Danny really pumping in the rhythm section. They all played together just like a professional outfit. This band rocked hard and deserves the reception they received from the audience, well done to ALL.

The Last band for the day POWERNAP well none of the crowd had gone home which says a lot and they went wild as the band blasted out the last set of the day. With tunes like Kryptonite, April Sun in Cuba, Venus and much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. The crowd cheered on for an Encore and the band delivered don’t be surprised if you also see these guys around the traps. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great day to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. Amazing Stuff you ALL should be really proud of what you have achieved in such a short time.

Well done to Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Coach & Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. If any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you.

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty. Lastly, to all the sponsors Holden Hill Music, Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh whom without, none of this would be possible.

A Special big thanks to the Warriors Association of SA for making the huge effort on the night, the whole program means a lot to me personally & I really appreciate the help & input from everyone, it really makes it all worth while you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL! This is the future in keeping Music Live for Recreational Music in SA, keep up the great work.

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Programme to help towards buying much needed musical equipment & pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved Family and Friends thankyou for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

The next jam at this stage will be TUESDAY MAY 26th and will also be advertised on Holden Hill Music’s web site as soon as it is confirmed – so keep it free we would love to see a fresh batch of future Warriors attend.

Check out all the pics after the weekend @ www.hhmusic.com.au.

Round 21 Concert. Sunday 23 November 2008
Adelaide Weekend Warriors @ “The Gov” ANOTHER SUCCESS!!! (Dom Disisto)

All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert on Sunday afternoon @ The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel the 23rd of November. Five new bands performed while the audience danced & cheered & Band In A Box went off with a BANG! Thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thank you to our very own Tom Leech, what a great job he did pumping up that crowd. Thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the afternoon was NO STRINGS ATTACHED with songs like Make you Happy they had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Hit me with your Best Shot, a great female version of Sweet Child of Mine, Who Knew & many more, they all rocked. Great job to all involved in the band. Hard to believe how great they sounded for such a short time together, so a big THANK YOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, ROCK THERAPY, well this band had a real hard act to follow but really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. They sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Satisfaction, Be Bop A Lu La, Should I stay or Should I Go, Burning Love, Twist & Shout plus many more… Great Job to all, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed with a bit more practice & a few more songs who knows what might become of these guys?

The next new band PORK HUNTERS well what can I say about these guys? Be careful how fast you say the name. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Don’t Stop, Whats Up, Kryptonite, Road House Blues, High Voltage & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set, the band played together very professionally. These gals rocked and they had a ball doing it. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great day to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was our Special segment of Band In a Box, designed to show the crowd how we place perfect strangers together to perform songs, some of which they have never played before & in a Band? They all were so committed to playing together as a band and it showed, as it was hard to tell the difference between them & the bands that had rehearsed. Well done to all five jam bands. To think that some of them would have never played together if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the bands, rocking with hits such as Sweet Home Alabama, Venus, Have you Ever Seen the Rain, Road House Blues & finally Don’t Stop. With Peter from HHM & Rob from Rock Music joining in the whole segment was a HUGE SUCCESS! The crowd were amazed with how good it sounded for such a non rehearsed performance! Well done to the performers in the bands, you all grooved, and a big thanks to all for making it possible!

Moving right along to the next band ROLL’IN FOG these guys ALL were very smooth. Pulling out some Good old Blues and with some great Harp & Guitar licks this band sounded like a professional Blues outfit. The crowd really enjoyed their set, with songs like Mona, Shame Shame Shame, and Hootchy Kootchy Man plus many more they really grooved. Thanks to the entire band, I’m sure we will be seeing these guys around again very soon at a Venue near by.

The Last band for the day TOO LATE NOW well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out the last set of the day. With tunes like April Sun In Cuba, Teddy Bear, Call Me & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Don’t be surprised if you also see these guys again very soon! Again thanks to all of you for making it a great day to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. Amazing Stuff!

Well done to the coaches, Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. If any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you.

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty. Lastly, to all the sponsors Holden Hill Music, Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh without whom none of this would be possible.

A Special big thanks to the Warriors Association of SA for making the huge effort on the night, the whole program means a lot to me personally & I really appreciate the help & input from everyone, it really makes it all worth while you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL! This is the future in keeping Music Live for Recreational Music in SA, keep up the great work.

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Programme to help towards buying much needed musical equipment & pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved Family and Friends thankyou for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

Round 19 Concert. Sunday 6 July 2008 (Dom)
Adelaide Weekend Warriors @ “The Gov” A FANTASTIC SUCCESS!!!

All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert on Sunday afternoon @ The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel the 6th of July. Three new bands & two special guest bands performed while the audience danced & cheered – and what about that Crowd? Thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thankyou to our very own Tom Leech, what a great job he did pumping up that crowd thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the afternoon was the teen warrior guest band BLACK KYRPTONITE with Joker & a Thief; they had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Kryptonite, Long way to the Top & many more, these kids rocked. Great job to all involved in the band. Hard to believe how great they sounded for their age, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, STRANGLED CATS, well this band had some real bad luck with their singer pulling out hours before the show due to illness, but as they say the show must go on and it did with the band pulling together. This band really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. They sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Fortunate Son, When I come Around, Get Back, Paranoid plus many more… Great Job to all, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed considering they had to cover for their singer, with a bit more practice & a few more songs who knows what might become of these guys?

The next new band FLAT SIDE UP well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Walking on Sunshine, Don’t Stop, I love Rock n Roll, Long Train Running & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set, the band played together very professionally. These gals rocked and they had a ball doing it. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great day to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was a Guest Band KILL BILL; They all were so committed to playing together as a band and it showed. To think that some of them would have never played together if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Summer in the City, Keep on Rockin in the Free World & a great version of Stray Cat Strut – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience received much more. The whole band grooved, well done and big thanks to all involved.

The Last band for the night LOST IN BASS well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Hit Me with your Best Shot, Echo Beach, Hard to Handle a great version of Proud Mary & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Don’t be surprised if you see these guys at a venue soon! Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. Amazing Stuff!

Well done to the coaches, Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. If any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you.

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty. Lastly, to all the sponsors Holden Hill Music, Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh without whom none of this would be possible.

Round 18 Concert. Sunday 6 April. (Dom)
Adelaide Weekend Warriors First Concert @ “The Gov” A FANTASTIC SUCCESS!!!

All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert. Five new bands & one special guest band performed while the audience danced & cheered – and what about that Crowd? Thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thankyou to our very own Tom Leech, what a great job he did pumping up that crowd thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the afternoon was TUSH with Long Way to the Top; they had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Stuck in the Middle with you, Let it Rain, Bad case of Loving & many more, these guys rocked. Great job to all involved in the band, which included Susan on Drums, Nola & Marg on Vocals, Greg & Peter on Guitar & John on Bass. Hard to believe how great they sounded in just 4 weeks, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, KILL BILL, well this band had brought half the audience and had fans wearing their famous Kill Bill shirts what an effort! This band really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. They sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Peter Gunn, a great version of My Immortal plus many more… Great Job to all, special thanks to Jo on Vocals, great job out front you rocked. Other members included Tim & BILL on Guitar who were both in their glory, Sam on Bass & Tom on Drums fantastic job in holding it all together, last but definitely not least John on Keys & thanks for that great version of Psycho Killer, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed, with a bit more practice & a few more songs who knows what might become of these guys?

The next new band FALL OUT well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Mustang Sally, Feel Like a Woman, Hit me with your Best Shot & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Introducing the members: Dave on Bass who has improved ten fold since I saw him at a jam, supported by the very talented Rob Green on Drums & Mick Simpson on Guitar (Great Job). The band played together very professionally. On Vocals Caitlin & Rebecca, these gals rocked and had a ball doing it. Great job to all as most of the band were just filling in on short notice. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was a Guest Band THE CATCH; They all were so committed to playing together as a band and it showed. To think that some of them would have never played together if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Keep your Hands to Yourself & a great version of Sweet Home Alabama – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience received much more. The whole band grooved, well done and big thanks to all involved.

Next was the band THE UNKNOWNS which had a hard act to follow but they never looked back, with hits like Twist & Shout, All my Loving, Wild Thing & Suffragette City. The crowd just didn’t want to go; again it was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, guys, gal’s & kids cheering FANTASTIC! Members included Brenton & Shane on Vocals you guys were awesome, Julian & Noel on Guitar & Vocals what a great job these guys were pumping, on Bass Steven Kennedy Legend! What a True Pro, say no more. David on Drums played like a real pro well done mate & huge effort, top stuff. FANTASTIC JOB! to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED REAL HARD!

The Last band for the night was PURE BLONDE. Well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Boys in Town, China Grove, On my Mind, Sweet Home Alabama & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Introducing the members Sergio on Drums, supported by the very talented Bob on Bass (Great Job) very professional rhythm section. On guitars an amazing effort by Gary & Greg pulling out some great licks on the night Rock on, and amazing stuff on Vocals Kym, well done another great job. Don’t be surprised if you see these guys at a venue soon! Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

Well done to the coaches, Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does.

If any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you, just reply to the email & I will include it in our list of many testimonials.

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty, Bev, Tony’s wife who also helps us. Lastly, to all the sponsors Holden Hill Music, Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock & The Governor Hindmarsh whom without, none of this would be possible. A Special big thanks to the Warriors Association of SA for making the huge effort on the night, the whole program means a lot to me personally & I really appreciate the help & input from everyone, it really makes it all worth while you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL! This is the future in keeping Music Live for Recreational Music in SA, keep up the great work

Round 17 Adelaide Weekend Warriors Concert. Saturday 8 December 2007 (by Dom)

A huge night and fantastic success! All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert at Fowlers Live. Four new bands plus one teen warrior band and one special guest band performed while the audience danced & cheered – and what about that Crowd? Thanks to all your family and friends for supporting another great show. Each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thankyou to our very own Tom Leech, what a great job he did pumping up that crowd. Thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the evening was BLACK KRYPTONITE, with songs like Joker and a Thief they had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Smells Like Teen Spirit, Long Way to the Top and many more, these kids rocked. Great job to all involved, which included Jaryd Berry, Daniel, Lysandra Lee, Jeri Foreman, Dion Tomaras and Rhys Foreman. Hard to believe how great they sounded so a big THANKYOU from all of us and well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, EPIGLOTOS, really pulled out some magic and had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. On the night they sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Midnight Hour, a great version of Light House plus many more. Great Job to all, special thanks to Jennifer and Rupert, great job out front you both rocked. Other members included Malcolm and Rob Merritt on Guitar who were both in their glory, Joy O’Hazy on Bass fantastic job in holding it all together, last but definitely not least Bruce Welsh on Drums, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed, with a bit more practice and a few more songs who knows what might become of these guys?

The next new band THE SOFA CATS well what can I say about these guys? They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Smile, Long as I see the Light and much, much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Introducing the members: David Peck on Drums who has improved ten fold since I saw him at a jam, supported by the very talented Phil Jupey on Bass (Great Job) held the band together very professionally, Rick on Vocals, this guy rocks and had a ball doing it, again great job as he was just filling in on short notice, on guitars pulling out some great licks on the night, Rock on Rick Mills, Luke Zeven and Daryl Tyndall, well done another great job. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was a Guest Band PLUCKED FROM OBSCURITY; They all were so committed to playing together as a band and it showed. To think that some of them would have never played together if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Boys in Town, Take me to the River and a great version of Wipe Out – they had the crowd begging for more… and the audience received much more. The whole band grooved, well done and big thanks to all involved.

Next was the band THE CATCH which had a hard act to follow but they never looked back, with hits like Keep your Hands to Yourself, Don’t Change, On My Mind. The crowd just didn’t want to go; again it was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, guys, gals and kids cheering. FANTASTIC! Members included Gareth, Roy on Guitar, what a great job, these guys were pumping. Bass hopefully with more to come Richard, Legend! What a True Pro, say no more. Tim on Drums played like a real pro well done mate and huge effort, top stuff. On Vocals Andrea and Dave, both just gave the band that special ingredient great job! FANTASTIC JOB! to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED REAL HARD!

The Last band for the night MIXED BAG well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Can’t Buy Me Love, It’s So Easy, Moon Dance and much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Introducing the members: Mark on Drums who has improved ten fold since I saw him at a jam, supported by the very talented Berin Behn on Bass (Great Job) held the band together very professionally and thanks for helping out, Dawn on Vocals and Dave on Guitar/Vocals again great job a real professional outfit, also pulling out some great licks on the night Rock on, and amazing stuff on Trumpet Marc Duncan, well done another great job. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

Well done to the coaches, Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate and Tony (Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. If any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you. (Send your story to the Webmaster and he will forward it to Dom).

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty. Bev, Tony’s wife who also helps us and lastly all the sponsors Holden Hill Music, Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock and Fowlers Live without whom, none of this would be possible.

A Special big thanks to the Warriors Association of SA for making the huge effort on the night, the whole program means a lot to me personally and I really appreciate the help and input from everyone, it really makes it all worth while, you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL! This is the future in keeping Music Live for Recreational Music in SA, keep up the great work.

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA and RAH Music Matters Programme to help towards buying much needed musical equipment and pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved, Family and Friends thank you for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

The next jam should be early February 08 and will be advertised on Holden Hill Music’s web site as soon as it is confirmed – so keep it free we would love to see a fresh batch of future Warriors attend. Check out all the pics after the weekend at www.hhmusic.com.au

Round 15 Weekend Warriors Concert. Saturday 23 June. (by Dom)
A FANTASTIC SUCCESS!!! All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert on Saturday night @ Fowlers Live on the 23rd of June. Three new bands + one teen warrior band & two special guest bands performed while the audience danced & cheered – and what about that Crowd? Thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show, each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thankyou to our very own Tom Leech, what a great job he did pumping up that crowd thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the evening was BLACK KRYPTONITE, with songs like We will Rock You, they had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Smells like Teen Spirit, Kryptonite & many more, these kids rocked. Great job to all involved, which included Jaryd Berry, Daniel, Lysandra Lee, Jeri Foreman, Ashley Tomaras, Dion Tomaras and Olivia Smith. Hard to believe how great they sounded so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, CHAMELEON, again this band really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. On the night they sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Hit me with your best Shot, a great version of Marseilles plus many more… Great Job to all, special thanks to Martin, Jackie & Rachael on Vocals, great job out front, you all rocked. Other members included Mark Gishen & Ian Drewe on Guitar who were both in their glory, Mark Pullen on Bass fantastic job in holding it all together, last but definitely not least Murray Gillings on Drums, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed, with a bit more practice & a few more songs who knows what might become of these guys?

The next new band SPIN CYCLE well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Boys in town, River Deep & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Introducing the members Derrick Pead on Drums who has improved ten fold since I saw him at a jam, supported by the very talented Andrew Watt on Bass (Great Job) held the band together very professionally & might I say he was filling in as a favour, Sara on Vocals, this chick rocks and had a ball doing it, again great job as I still get surprised when I see how all of you shine in only just 4 weeks, on Trumpet Robert Thornton who again was another big part of this bands achievements on the night, on guitars pulling out some great licks on the night Rock on, Robert Brooks & Steve Curtis, well done another great job. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was a Guest Band SHIELA “B” RIGHT; They all were so committed to playing together as a band and it showed. To think that some of them would have never played together if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Am I ever gonna see your face, Tush & a great version of Proud Mary – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience received much more. The whole band grooved, well done and a big thanks to all involved.

Next band were also guests called THE HURRICANES, again what a job. They kicked butt with songs such as When Love comes to Town, Don’t Stop & Love Shack. Two of the members helped out in Spin Cycle and then came back to perform in their band, great effort. Members included Steve Curtis, Andrew Watt, Rob Herbet, Richard Mellows, Richard Pryor, Liz Kinsman & Jess Fulton. Remember I think it is a magnificent effort and hats off to all involved, well done!

Closing the show was the band PLUCKED FROM OBSCURITY which had a hard act to follow but they never looked back, with hits like Saylive, Suspicious Minds, Take me to the River & Dumb Things. The crowd just didn’t want to go; again it was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, guys, gal’s & kids cheering FANTASTIC! Members included Joel, Phil & Peter with the trade mark cap on Guitar what a great job these guys were pumping, Bass & Vocals hopefully with more to come Kevin, Legend! What a True Pro, say no more. Robert on Drums played like a real pro well done mate & huge effort, top stuff. On Vocals Jo Canny who just gave the band that special ingredient great job! Last but not least, Robert Lohmann on Harp, well this man just played like he does it for a living, Great Effort! Something tells me this is not the last we have heard of this line up. Finally FANTASTIC JOB! to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED REAL HARD!

Well done to the coaches, Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. If any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you, Just reply to the email & I will include it in our list of many testimonials.

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty. Bev, Tony’s wife who also helps us & Lastly all the sponsors Holden Hill Music, Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock & Fowlers Live whom without, none of this would be possible. To all previous participants who attended & those from the Warriors Association of SA which by the way is the future and key in keeping the Music Live in the future for Recreational Music in SA.

A Special big thanks to the Warriors Association of SA for making the huge effort on the night, the whole program means a lot to me personally & I really appreciate the help & input from everyone, it really makes it all worth while you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL!

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Programme to help towards buying much needed musical equipment & pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved Family and Friends thankyou for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

Round 13 Concert. Saturday 2 December 2006 (by Dom)

Another huge night and fantastic success. All involved were proud to be part of another successful Weekend Warrior concert on Saturday night at Fowlers Live on the 2nd of December. Four new bands + two teen warrior bands performed while the audience danced & cheered – and what about that crowd? Thanks to all your family & friends for supporting another great show. Each and every family or friend that came deserves a big pat on the back. Just shows music is a great way to bring people together and for a great cause. Also a big thankyou to our special guest speaker Jeanette Milford for getting up and saying a few words about where some of the money goes, in this case Music Therapy. Tom Leech, what a great job he did pumping up that crowd thanks again Tom for your time.

Opening up the evening was AS IF, with songs like Holy Grail they had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Norwegian Wood, Time after Time & many more, these guys rocked. Great job to all involved, which included Marissa on Vocals, Rod on Drums & Vocals, Karen on keys and vocals, all had a ball up there grooving to the beat. Other members included David on Guitars & Vocals and pulling out some great licks. Berin on Bass who just did a magnificent job & held the beat all the way. Hard to believe they only rehearsed for 4 weeks, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, KAOS, well again this band really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. On the night they sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Lets get the party started, Hot stuff, You make love & fun plus many more… Great Job to all, special thanks to Alison on Vocals, great job out front, you rocked. Other members included Frazer on Guitar who was in his glory, Mary on Bass fantastic job in holding it all together, last but definitely not least Chris on Drums who came in with only TWO REHEARSALS, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed. Especially with the fill in guitar player with a bit more practice who knows what he might become?

The next act was SAYONARA SUNSHINE; all were from our Teen Warrior program. They all were so committed to playing together as a band and it showed. To think that some of them would have never played together if not for this program, tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Artist in the ambulance – they had the crowd begging for more – and the audience received much more. The whole band grooved, well done and a big thanks to all involved.

The next teen band was called THE LAST DEED, again all teen warriors and what a job. They kicked butt with songs such as Hells song; First Date & She hates me. Remember these teen bands only had 5 weeks preparation and have never played together as a band before! I think it is a magnificent effort and hats off to Tony their coach well done mate.

Ok back to the older generation (LOL) THE MOSS ROCKS. Well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like It’s only rock n roll, Boys in town, April sun in Cuba & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Introducing the members David on Drums who has improved ten fold since I saw him at the jam, supported by the very talented Dave on Bass (Great Job) held the band together very professionally & might I say his second time through, Lisel on Vocals, this chick rocks and had a ball doing it, again great job as I still get surprised when I see how all of you shine in only just 4 weeks, also on Vocals Joff who again was another big part of this band’s achievements on the night. On guitars pulling out some great licks on the night – rock on – Lawrie & Dave, well done another great job. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

Closing the show was the band HALF WAY TIGHT which had a hard act to follow but they never looked back, with hits like Hit me with your best shot, Most People I know, You really got me, loved the version. The crowd just didn’t want to go; again it was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, guys, gal’s & kids cheering FANTASTIC! Members included Greg and Andrew on Guitar what a great job these guys were pumping, Bass hopefully with more to come Graham, Legend! What a True Pro, say no more. David on Drums played like a real pro well done mate & huge effort, top stuff. On keys and vocals Jenny who just gave the band that special ingredient great job! Last but not least, Jan on Vocals, well this lady just sang like she does it for a living, Great Effort! Something tells me this is not the last we have heard of this line up. Finally FANTASTIC JOB! to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED REAL HARD!

Well done to the coaches: Tom, FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting all bands on and off stage in the times he does. If any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you, Just reply to the email & I will include it in our list of many testimonials.

Also I would like to thank Peter from Holden Hill Music his wife Kerry on door duty. Bev, Tony’s wife who also helps us & Lastly all the sponsors Holden Hill Music, Rock Music, AIMMS School of Rock & Fowlers Live without whom none of this would be possible. To all previous participants who attended & those from the Warriors Association of SA which by the way is the future and key in keeping the Music Live in the future for Recreational Music in SA.

A Special big thanks to the Warriors Association of SA for making the huge effort on the night, the whole program means a lot to me personally & I really appreciate the help & input from everyone, it really makes it all worth while you are all such nice people THANK YOU ALL!

Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Programme to help towards buying much needed musical equipment & pay for internal music related programs. Money raised on the night for these charities could not have happened without the help from all involved. Family and Friends, thankyou for all your efforts. We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to many more for many years to come.

Round 10 Concert. 25 March 2006 (Dom)

Opening up the evening was ONE NIGHT STAND, with songs like Don’t Stop, they had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Move Baby Move, Best Shot & many more, these guys rocked. Great job to all involved, which included Suezi on Vocals who had a ball up there grooving to the beat, other members also included Robert & Ian on Guitars & Vocals and pulling out some great licks, Paul on Drums who just did a magnificent job & held the beat all the way, & Finally Ezio on Bass. Hard to believe they only rehearsed for 4 weeks, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, ALL FIRED UP, well again this band really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. On the night they sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Get It On, Crocodile Rock, Rock’in all over the World plus many more… Great Job to all, special thanks to Leon on Vocals & guitar, great job out front, you rocked. Other members included Graham & Scott on Guitar who were both in their glory, Lloyd on Bass and Vocals well done, Jenny on Keyboards, fantastic job as never having played keyboards in a band situation before, last but definitely not least Angela on Drums, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed.

“ANDY” Special Guest Solo Artist: this would have to be the hardest gig to get up in front of a crowd and perform instrumentals but to his credit he handled the situation like a true professional. Andy performed 3 instrumentals in total, Black Bird, Tears in the Rain & Midnight. Well done mate just shows that all that hard work is paying off…keep up the good work & all the best for the future.

The next act was J-TAP; all were from the previous Round and were invited back as special guests. They are all now so committed to Recreational Music in their lives that they are playing together to enjoy music as a band. To think that some of them would have never met until this program tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Nut Bush – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience received much more. The whole band grooved, well done and a big thanks for your time in coming back as Special guest band.

THE INCONTINENTS well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Stuck in the Middle, Venus, Are you gonna be my girl & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result a great well put together set. Introducing the members Rob on Drums who has improved ten fold since performing in a previous round, supported by the very talented Scott on Bass (Great Job) held the band together very professionally, Carol on Vocals, this chick rocks and had a ball doing it, again great job as I still get surprised when I see how all of you shine in only just 4 weeks, on Guitars pulling out some great licks on the night Rock on, Russell & Gordon, well done another great job. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

Closing the show was the band ON THE BRINK which had a hard act to follow but they never looked back, with hits like American Woman, Fly Away and that huge Medley. The crowd just didn’t want to go; again it was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, guys, gal’s & kids cheering FANTASTIC! Members included David on Guitar what a great job when you are the only Guitarist. Bass for the second time Richard, Legend! What a True Pro, say no more. Claude on Drums played like a real pro well done mate & huge backing Vocals, top stuff. Last but not least, Steve on Vocals, well this guy just sang like he does it for a living and to think he has never sang in a band before, Great Effort! Something tells me this is not the last we have heard of this guy. Finally FANTASTIC JOB! to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED REAL HARD!

Wind Down, Saturday 10 September 2005 (JP Hunter)

The Wind Down at Rob Roy tonight was, in a word, AWESOME. The bands were fantastic…..and yes Ron, that Bass Player Phil…out of this world. What a performer. The whole crowd were up dancing….There were probably in the region of 50 or so there. Fantastic Venue!!!!!! ….

Plugged the Association heaps… heaps of people have said they will join and took membership forms. The “start” band were Lix Bros (they played last at the concert ) … It was a fantastic night…and all the “players” had a ball..

Round 8 Concert. 3 Sep 05
Five new bands performed while the audience danced & cheered – and what about that Crowd? Up there with one of the best attendances even though the footy was on, all 300 deserve a big pat on the back. A fantastic turnout of family & friends, just shows music is a great way to bring people together as a community. Also a big thank you to our special guest band The 7 Deadly Sins who you may remember from the previous round.

Opening up the evening was BAD CASE, with songs like Addicted to Love. They had the crowd rocking right from the start. Other tunes included Bad Case of Loving You, Gloria & many more, these guys rocked. Great job to all involved, which included Nat on Vocals who had a ball up there grooving to the beat. Other members included Wes, David & Stephen on Guitars & Vocals and pulling out some great licks, Chris on Drums who just did a magnificent job & held the beat all the way, & finally Richard on Bass. Hard to believe they only rehearsed for 4 weeks, so a big THANKYOU from all of us & well done to all. We know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, SHELLEY & THE PACEMAKERS, well again this band really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans going wild. On the night they sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Their songs included Route 66, April Sun In Cuba, Play that Funky Music, Call Me plus many more. Great Job to all, special thanks to Shelley & Alison on Vocals great job out front, you both rocked. Other members included Dave on Guitar who was in his glory, Andy on Guitar and Vocals well done, John on Bass & Vocals, last but definitely not least Herb on Drums. What more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed.

MIXED BREED well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Let me Entertain You, Come Together, Honky Tonk Women, I’m Outa Here & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result – a great well put together set. Introducing the members: David Wilcox on Drums supported by the very talented Vivien on Bass (Great Job) Anna on Vocals, again great job as I still get surprised when I see how all of you shine in only just 4 weeks.On Guitars pulling out some great licks on the night – rock on, Nino, Peter & Grant, well done another great job. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was THE 7 DEADLY SINS. All were from the previous Round and were invited back as special guests. They are all now so committed to Recreational Music in their lives that they have stayed together to enjoy music and playing together as a band. To think that none of them would have ever met until this program tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Midnight Hour, When a Man Loves a Woman, & Nut Bush – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience received many more great songs. The whole band grooved, well done and a big thanks for your time in coming back as Special guest band.

Following this was the band LIX BROS. Well again the crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED HARD playing hits such as Pinball Wizard, Jump in my Car & School’s Out. The crowd participation was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, FANTASTIC! Costume changes & stage presence this band really looked & sounded like professionals. The crowd didn’t stand a chance but were begging for more the whole set. Richard Reeves on Drums & Phil (Fingers) on Bass these guys set up the rhythm and really held it together, Vocals & Guitars included Peter, Paul & Tom you all rocked …have I missed anything else? These guys just oozed with charm & talent & all did a great Job. The band made another great ambassador for the Warriors program in what can be achieved in such a short space of time. All you guys kicked serious butt well done!

Closing the show was the band ALL SAXED UP which had a hard act to follow but they never looked back, with hits like Bad to the Bone, Turn Up Your Radio & Sometimes it’s a Bitch. The crowd just didn’t want to go; again it was electric and typical of a Rock Concert: guys, gal’s & kids cheering FANTASTIC! Members included Mick on Guitar & Vocals what a great job. Greg Scott also great job on Guitar, Bass for the second time Phil Laws, Legend! What a True Talent, say no more. Kevin on Sax played like a real pro well done mate, Patrick for the third time through the program on Drums, well this guy just played like he does it for a living, Great Effort! Finally Tina Smith on Vocals, well what a great effort and just blew me away along with the crowd, FANTASTIC JOB! & also to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED REAL HARD!

Well done to the coaches, Tom FANTASTIC JOB of MC as usual he just loves this program, great stuff mate & Tony (Stage Roadie) out of sight but not out of mind as he prepared all the Bands in between breaks just amazing stuff getting 6 bands on and off stage in the times he did.

Dom

Round 7 Concert. 24 June 2005
Opening up the evening was DANGER ZONE, with Born to be Wild. They had the crowd screaming wild right from the start. Other tunes included Wishing Well, Sweet Home Chicago, No Secrets & many more, these guys rocked. Great job to all involved, especially Stephen on Guitar & Vocals who had a bad throat on the night but did well to sing through the songs like a true Pro. Other members also included Debbie on Vocals who performed in front of her 88 year old mum, go Deb. We had Doug & Neville both on Guitars pulling out some great licks and having a ball, Paul on Drums who just did a magnificent job & held the beat all the way, & finally Ray on Bass. Well this man deserves a medal as he travelled over 4000 km to attend rehearsals get togethers for this and the other band he performed in, so a big THANKYOU from all of us mate you are DA MAN! Well done to all, we know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like true professionals.

The next band, BLONDAGE, well these guys & gals really pulled out some magic & had the crowd eating out of their hands with fans climbing the stage to get to them. Reports from security has it that they had to peel fans off the stage for their own safety. On the night they sounded as if they had played together for months and it is so hard to believe they have only rehearsed together for 4 weeks. Opening up the set with I Saw Her Standing There and performing all the hits including Take It Easy, April Sun In Cuba, I Will Survive plus many more… Great Job again to all, a special thanks to Lisa & Kath on Vocals for saving the day. They joined up after the band had formed and really brought that special magic to the band & guess what folks they have never sung in a band before tonight WOW! Other members included Roger on Guitar who was in his glory and could be seen after the set raging in the crowd with his fans. Vince on Guitar and Vocals originally was not sure if he could be part of the program, but was truly converted when he stepped on that stage and really shone. I think we haven’t seen the last of this man. Peter also on Guitar & Vocals who said he has only ever performed in his bedroom till tonight YEAH SURE! Last but definitely not least Brad on Drums, well this guy looked as if he has been doing this for a living playing to the crowd with his fluoro shorts and waving to his many fans, signing autographs back stage, women taking photos with their Idol – amazing stuff, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band, I was impressed.

NOKTURNZ well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Road House Blues, Route 66, Malibu, Mascara, Gloria & much much more including a great version of Tainted Love it really grooved. They all should be congratulated on the end result – a great well put together set. Introducing the members: Tim Smith on Drums supported by the very talented Michael on Bass Guitar & Vocals (Great job holding it all together Guys), Cherie also on Vocals, again great job as I still get surprised when I see how all of you shine in only just 4 weeks, Barry on Guitar pulling out some great licks on the night Rock on, Martin on Guitar & keys also a fantastic effort, Robert on Guitar, well done another great job. Again thanks to all of you for making it a great night to remember and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was FLIPPIN HEK; all were from the previous Round and were invited back as special guests. They are all now so committed to Recreational Music in their lives, with a paying gig booked in July and now performing as a band it’s what this is all about. To think that none of the Band has ever played in a band let alone at a paying Gig till this program tells me we must be doing something right, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Knock on Wood, Eagle Rock, Venus, La Bamba & My Sharona – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience received many more great songs. The whole band grooved, well done and a big thanks for your time in coming back as Special guest band.

Following this was the band THE 7 DEADLY SINS well again the crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED HARD opening up the set with Gimme Some Loving & going on to hits like Bobby McGee, Twist & Shout & Nut Bush. The crowd participation was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, FANTASTIC! With rock chicks Corinne & Mikki on Vocals the crowd didn’t stand a chance but were begging for more the whole set, Barry Young on Drums & Stephen on Bass these guys set up the rhythm and really held it together, Peter on Guitar, Keys & Vocals…have I missed anything else? This guy just oozed with charm & talent & last but not least David Young on Guitar who just did a great Job and again another great ambassador for the Warriors program in what can be achieved in such a short space of time. All you guys kicked serious butt well done!

Closing the show was the band MYXT NUTS not MICKS NUTS. The crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED REALLY HARD opening their set with Black Night they never looked back, with hits like Stuck In the Middle, Missionary Man, Mustang Sally & closing it with Baby Please Don’t Go. The crowd just didn’t want to go; again it was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, guys, gal’s & kids cheering FANTASTIC! Members included MICK on Guitar what a great job I think he is now truly converted. On Guitar, Bass & Keys we had Colin, Legend! What a True Talent, say no more. Len on Guitar & Vocals a real pro well done mate, Peter on Drums, well this guy just played like he does it for a living, Great Effort! Finally Rebecca & Frank on Vocals, well what a great combo they really complemented each other and just Blew me away along with the crowd, FANTASTIC JOB! & also to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED HARD!

Dom

Round 6 Concert. 5 Mar 2005
Opening up the evening THE INEXPERIENCED. They had the crowd screaming right from the start which is not an easy task in any gig and showed they did not live up to their name. Some tunes included Cocaine, Red House, Johnny B Goode & many more, these guys rocked. Great job to all involved, members included Scott on Guitar; we had Peter on Guitar, Stewart on Vocals, Gilbert on Drums & Charles on Bass. Well done to all, we know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like pro’s.

The next band, LOOSE CANNONZ, well these guys really pulled out magic having had a fill-in due to members pulling out of the original line up. On the night they sounded as if they had played together for months. Great Job again and special thanks to Bianka on Drums for saving the day. Other members included Yvonne on Vocals & Keys who did an amazing job, Lee on Vocals also great work, Trevor on Guitar fantastic effort coming from Lameroo to rehearse and be part of the program, real dedication (You Rocked) Paul also on Guitar, well done and last but not least Warren, all the guitar players were such troopers as they also had to get up and perform Bass when they actually joined to play guitar, this is the sign of true professional, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band.

BLOOD SWEAT & BEERS well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Copperhead Road, Mustang Sally, April Sun In Cuba & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result, with our Veteran from previous round David Peck on Drums supported by the very talented band of Colin on Guitar (Great job holding it all together), Andy on Guitar, Tony on Guitar, Paul on Guitar, fantastic effort, and last but not least Mark & Rick on Vocals, who both did a great job. Again thanks to the Guitar players doubling up on Bass and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was FIRE FLIES; these guys were from a previous Round and were invited back as special guests. This shows us how committed these guys are to Recreational Music in their lives, it’s what this is all about, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, rocking with hits such as Route 66 & Eight days a week – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience got many more great songs. The whole band pumped with Charlie on Vocals, Troy on Drums, Richard and Steve on guitar, Dave on Bass guitar and Richard Mellows on Keys. Well done and thanks for your time in coming back as Special guest band.

Following this was the band FLIPPIN HECK well again the crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED HARD with hits like Summer of 69, Hit Me With Your Best Shot & Never Let Me Go. The crowd participation was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, FANTASTIC! With rock chick Rikki on Vocals, Rock Lord Donford on Vocals/Guitar/Keys, Peter on Drums who just oozed with enthusiasm, Kevin on Guitar, David on Guitar & last but not least no need for an introduction Joy Da woman on Bass. All you guys kicked serious butt well done!

Closing the show was the band BIG KIDS KINDY well again the crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED HARD with hits like Bow River, Walking By Myself & Rocking in the Free World. The crowd participation again was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, girls cheering FANTASTIC! Members included Jo on Vocals what a great job, on Drums Bob, Legend! Say no more. Mark on Bass what a real pro, Ashley & Nonad on Guitars well done guys. Great Effort! & to all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED HARD!

Dom

Round 3 Concert. 19 June 2004
Opening up the evening HOLLY & the BUDDIES. A blues based band which opened with 20 Flight Rock and had the crowd screaming right from the start. Other tunes included Little Sister, Under the Boardwalk, Kansas City & many more, these guys rocked. Great job to all involved, members included Barry Hunt on Guitar & Keys, we had David Girdham on Guitar/Bass, Rick Whitehead Drums/Guitar, Patrick Trimboli Vocals/Guitar & Andrea Duff Vocals/Keys. Well done to all we know how hard it is to open a show but you all performed like pro’s.

The next band, RALPH’S BEEN RODGERED, well these guys really pulled out magic as they only had one rehearsal with the line up on the night but sounded as if they had played together for months. Great Job again and special thanks to Michael for saving the day & playing Bass with only one rehearsal with the band & John on Drums who also did the same, amazing. The rest of the band included Peter Petkovic on Guitar, Roy Milligan on Guitar & Tony Bowes on Guitar. Last but not least the two singers Tonia & Julie what troopers to get up and perform with such short notice is the sign of true professionals, what more can I say but WELL DONE TO ALL in this band.

AMNESIA well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! and definitely did not live up to their name as the songs were not forgotten. The crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. With tunes like Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bye Bye Love, I saw her standing there & much much more. They all should be congratulated on the end result, supported by the very talented band of Francis on Guitar, Terry also on Guitar, Graham on Vocals, Claire on Vocals originally from Round 1 fantastic effort, Geoff on Drums, Magi on Guitar and Vocals who has been deciding since Round 1 whether to do the program welcome aboard Magi & lastly Dom on Bass, who did a great job and to think all these people have only played together for 4 weeks. GO Warriors!

The next act was ROCK THE CASBAH, these guys have stayed together from Round 2 and were invited back as special guests. This shows us how committed these guys are to Recreational Music in their lives, its what this is all about, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, Rocking with hits such as Good Times & Back in the USSR – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience got many more great songs. The whole band pumped with Rick & Ron on Vocals, Peter on Drums, Peter Nicholls on guitar, Bernie on Bass guitar, Gerson on Sax & percussion and lastly our rock legend Chris on Keys, this man can tinkle those ivories.

Following this was the band THE FOLD ARTS well again the crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED HARD with hits like Summer of 69, Wild Thing & Am I Ever Gonna See your Face Again (NO way Bleep bleep…). The crowd participation was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, FANTASTIC! With rock chick Helena & rock lord Bill on vocals, David on drums, Arthur on Bass who just oozed with enthusiasm, Peter on guitar & Vocals, Greg & Jeff also on Guitar in this band, last but not least I forgot to mention Helena’s effort on Trumpet Wow I never knew a trumpet could sound so good in a rock band. You guys kicked serious butt well done!

Next up was SOUL RIDERS, what can I say these guys had it all, Rock, Blues you name it. They delivered a well thought out set with an awesome display of vocal ability from Anthony & John who also both doubled up on Drums. Playing such hits as Burning Love, All right now & Smoke on the Water, the band was tight and held together with Rhythm section our men John & Anthony. Also in the Band Barry on bass, Jim on Percussion & Vocals, Ian on Guitar who also just oozed with Aura & last but not least in two bands and did an amazing job Steve Barry Keys, Harp & Guitar – great stuff Mate YOU ROCKED.

Closing the show was the band ROCK WARRIORS well again the crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED HARD with hits like River Deep, Don’t Change & Mustang Sally. The crowd participation again was electric and typical of a Rock Concert, FANTASTIC! Members included Steve Barry on Guitar, Keys & harp who also played in the previous band, Legend! Charles on Guitar & Vocals, Chris on Drums, Stelanie on Vocals, Jack on Guitar, Barry On bass & Vocals who also performed in the previous band GO BAZZA! & Rob on Sax who filled the band perfectly. To all in the band well done you guys just ROCKED!

Dom

Round 2 Concert. 27 March 2004
Opening up with the great sounds of JAM SIDE DOWN. A blues based band which opened with Gina and Susan singing Blue Moon of Kentucky and had the crowd screaming right from the start. Other tunes included Knock on Wood, All Right Now and a great medley which included Wild Thing, these guys rocked. Great job guys. Other members included Jean-Pierre on Harmonica, this guy was on fire you might remember him from round 1 he just sounded like a Pro! well done. Kevin on guitar the man that also started the show in Round 1 what a legend, he filled in for his son who’s wife was expecting a baby and had to pull out of Round 2, how many dads you know could do that for their son? Thanks a million Kevin! Steve on Drums, Mike on Sax & rockin on Bass Bernie.

When the next band, RAGGED EDGE, rolled onto the stage we knew we were ready for a huge night. Performing with Julie on Vocals such hits as River Deep Mountain High and Rockin All Over The World the crowd just wanted more. Fans were reported to have broken through security but were eventually cut off before jumping on stage. This band was smokin’. Well done to all the other members Matt on Drums, Rob on Guitar, Chris on Keys and Mr Bass man John! Fantastic Job well done.

THE WRINKLES well what can I say about these guys. They ROCKED! and the costumes were fantastic! They win best-dressed category for the night hands down what a theme, the crowd went wild as they blasted out their set. Val & Mary had the crowd eating out of their hands with hits like Bye Bye Love, House of the Rising Sun and their version of Eagle Rock which brought the house DOWN! I thought their voices blended so well together and they should be congratulated on the end result. They were supported by the very talented band of Chris & David on Guitars, Rockin Ron on Drums & Vocals (Rumours are he will be touring next year), Graham on Bass, (Finally has joined the Warriors as he missed last round due to no spaces being available) Janice on Keys, who did a great job and to think at the Jam was having second thoughts, not now I hope. GO Wrinkles!

The next act was LOST CHORDS, these guys have stayed together from Round 1 and were invited back as special guests. Charlie who spoke before the band came on is now the President of the newly formed Warriors Association. This shows us how committed these guys are to Recreational Music in their lives. It’s what it is all about and we have been supported not only by past and present but by Media in the form of Channel 7 giving it great coverage and ensuring that there will be plenty more to come, Rock On! Anyhow back to the band, Rockin’ with hits such as I Saw her Standing there & All Fired Up. Well – they had the crowd begging for more…and the audience got many more great songs. The whole band pumped with Natasha on Vocals, Howard on Drums, Dave on guitar & vocals, Lindsay on guitar & vocals, Tom on guitar & vocals and his wife our rock legend bass chick (El Presidente) Charlie.

Following this was the band MORNING GLORY well again the crowd just cheered and chanted and these guys ROCKED HARD with hits like Cheap Wine, Be Bop A Lu La & Only Wanna Be with You. With rock chick Tonia on vocals, Drum lord John on drums, John on Bass who came in and only had 3 weeks to get to the show well done he held together a tight rhythm section, Peter (Townsend) only kidding! blasting out on guitar with help from multi-instrumentalist Graeme now on Guitar in this band, last but not least Janice on keys who seems to be in more than one band also? hey not bad. You guys kicked serious butt well done!

Last but not least ROCK THE CASBAH, what can I say these guys had it all, Rock, Blues you name it. They delivered a well thought out set with an awesome display of vocal ability from Rick & Rockin Ron (How many bands is this guy in?). Singing such hits as Born to be Wild plus many more great tunes. The band was tight and held together with Rhythm section our Man Bernie on bass (He gets around) Peter on Guitar who also played in two bands and did an amazing job of Revolution great stuff Mate YOU ROCKED!, Chris on keys this guy can play and showed his piano skills with Crocodile Rock among other tunes what a Pro and also was in two bands ROCK ON! Last but not least Gerson on Sax, Drums & Percussion very talented young man all in all this band sounded hot and had the crowd screaming for encore after encore they just couldn’t get enough of em, we had ladies throwing underwear on stage and fainting in the audience as fans crushed the security barrier to get close to their idols. Man you had to be there unbelievable.

Dom

Round 1 Adelaide Weekend Warriors 29 November 2003
(Dom)

All involved were proud to be part of a successful Weekend Warrior concert on Saturday night @ Fowlers Live on the 29 November. Five new bands performed while the audience danced & chanted – and what about that Crowd? Great turnout of family & friends!
Opening up with the great sounds of THE WHO ARE WE.  A raunchy band which opened with Kevin singing Rock around the clock and had the crowd going right from the start. Claire joined the stage afterwards and just kept the vibe going with a great list of tunes including a great version of Would I Lie to You. Great job guys. Other members included Jean-Pierre on Harmonica, Adam on guitar, Greg on Drums, Jack on Guitar & our own rock Bass chick Charlie.
When the next band HIP JOINT rolled onto the stage in matching T-shirts, we knew we were ready for a huge night. Performing with Tony on Vocals such hits as Sunny Afternoon and Ruby Tuesday the crowd just wanted more. Two ladies were reported to have broken through security but were eventually cut off before jumping on stage. These guys were smokin’. Well done to the other members Dave, Lou, Peter, Roland and Phil!
8 AM were fronted by Justine on lead vocals. She sang a run of hit songs including “Born to be Wild” and “Lightning Crashes” and just had the crowd pumping. What a great Rock voice. Justine was also joined on Vocals by Kym who also played Bass. This guy has never played in a band – what a start – fantastic. Rumours are he picked up at the gig. This was never in the programme manual, maybe he is writing his own. They were supported by the very talented band of Chris on Guitar (who originally was not sure of doing this programme and is now converted), John on Drums (never had a lesson), Jumpin’ Jason on Guitar, Shane with plenty of Power Watts also on guitar. Man they rocked more than they rolled!
The next act was Lost Chords, wearing matching vests they were dressed to Rock. Rockin with hits such as Back in the USSR, Twist & Shout, Knock on Wood. Well, they had the crowd begging for more… and the audience got more and more great songs. The whole band pumped with Natasha on Vocals, Howard on Drums, Dave on guitar & vocals, Lindsay on guitar & vocals, Tom on guitar & vocals and his wife our rock legend bass chick Charlie.
Last but not least SILVER HAIR, what can I say these guys had it all, Rock, Soul you name it. They delivered a well thought out set with an awesome display of vocal ability from Karyn & Don. Singing such hits as Son of a Preacher Man, Can’t Always Get What You Want plus many more great tunes. The band was tight and held together with Rhythm section – our Man Dave on bass (he gets around), Phil on Drums who also played in two bands, JP on guitar – Rock on – and Michael on guitar. (I remember having the conversation with him as he felt he would not cut this playing in a band thing) WRONG! You did mate and I would reckon he has been bitten like the rest of ’em.
Well done to the coaches, Reverend Tom & Tony (Stage Roady) if any of you would like to share your story, we would luv to hear from you, Just reply to the email & I will include it in our list of many testimonials.
Monies raised on the night will go to Musical Therapy Association of SA & RAH Music Matters Programme to help towards buying much needed musical equipment. Over $1000 was raised on the night for these charities so to all involved to Family and Freinds thankyou for all your efforts. Also to our VIP guests Helen from the RAH & Jeanette Music Therapy Association a big thankyou for popping in and having a look at what we do.