Gunners load up for tribute gig in Perth
AFTER performing to about 5000 people in Singapore, Guns N’ Roses cover band Gunners have lined up a more intimate gig back home.
The band of five will perform songs from the US rock band’s albums Appetite for Destruction,
Lies and Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 at the Paddington Alehouse on Friday, September 29 fresh from their biggest gig at Beerfest Asia in August.
Band member Michael Burke said the current Guns N’ Roses world tour sparked a resurgence in popularity.
“We headlined the festival at Marina Bay; there was about 2000 people right in front of us about 3000 people in the rest of the venue,” he said. “It was massive.” Gunners lead guitarist and Guns N’ Roses mega-fan Lindsay Stronach-Bates scored Slash's guitar pick at the Subiaco Oval gig in February.
“Myself and Paul Judge, our bass player, also met Duff at the hotel the band were staying at prior to the gig,” he said.
“I also own a rare Slash signature Gold Top Gibson Les Paul guitar, of which there are only 1000 worldwide and which came with a certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Slash.
“I actually use it at our shows as although it is collectable, it's simply too good a guitar to be kept in storage.”
Mr Judge even jammed with a member of the band.
“In the previous band I played with, we recorded an original song with Guns N’ Roses’ Gilby Clarke, who replaced Izzy Stradlin in 1991,” he said.
Lindsay Stronach-Bates, Paul Judge, Sal Abate, Michael Burke and Danny Torre from Guns N' Roses cover band Gunners.