SWEET SOUNDS

The Bea­tles fans are in for a treat when Danny Wid­di­combe and his band the Honey Slid­ers take on their time­less tunes in this trib­ute

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Th­ese guys give al­bum cover a new mean­ing. In a cel­e­bra­tion of The Bea­tles and their his­tory-mak­ing al­bum Abbey Road, Danny Wid­di­combe and his band The Honey Slid­ers will per­form the iconic record live in its en­tirety.

It’s hap­pen­ing Sun­day at Cur­rumbin’s Sound­lounge and will be a treat for all ages.

“My daugh­ter is 13 and she is just as ob­sessed with the Bea­tles as I was at her age,” Danny says.

“I think Abbey Road con­tains a cer­tain magic that leaves you spell­bound.

“It’s as imag­i­na­tive and com­plex as any clas­si­cal mu­sic suite and it still sounds cur­rent be­cause it sounds ur­gent, it’s filled with des­per­a­tion, is played with such pas­sion and be­cause, most im­por­tantly, it is in­cred­i­bly well writ­ten.”

While tak­ing on one of the big­gest al­bums in mu­sic his­tory is sure to be a daunt­ing task, The Honey Slid­ers have done this type of thing be­fore.

“Every year since 2013 my clos­est mu­si­cal friends and I have been tak­ing on the chal­lenge of play­ing our favourite al­bums live,” he says.

“We started with Hen­drix’s Axis: Bold As Love and the re­sponse filled us with enough gusto to ven­ture for­ward so we chose Neil Young’s clas­sic al­bum On the Beach.

“Again, we had such an over­whelm­ing re­sponse that we cre­ated a be­he­moth pro­duc­tion and played the en­tire three LP al­bum of The Band’s The Last Waltz to cel­e­brate me liv­ing with leukaemia for 20 years.

“We had Bernard Fan­ning, Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley, Jeff Lang and many oth­ers join us – 33 mu­si­cians on stage in all. The show is still be­ing talked about.”

But be­fore Abbey Road, their lat­est was an­other leg­endary boy band.

“Last year we flew up Tim Rogers to play the part of Mick Jag­ger for our ren­di­tion of Sticky Fingers and we sold out The Sound­lounge. “It was an in­cred­i­ble show. “We’ve been daunted by each al­bum we’ve tack­led but we’ve also felt the sat­is­fac­tion that comes from giv­ing each al­bum the re­spect it de­serves and we spend a lot of time get­ting the mu­sic up to the high stan­dard we set for our­selves. Abbey Road is no dif­fer­ent.”

Whether you’re an avid Bea­tles fan or not, it’ll be a night of mu­si­cal ap­pre­ci­a­tion and plenty of pas­sion.

“When you pull their songs apart you get to see the ge­nius be­hind each one that on the sur­face seem so sim­ple,” Danny says. “By the time they came to make their last record Abbey Road, their song writ­ing and mu­si­cian­ship had reached such heights that it is still the pin­na­cle of pop mu­sic.

“It is the al­bum by which all other rock/pop al­bums are judged.”

The Honey Slid­ers do Abbey Road, Sun­day 5pm, Cur­rumbin Sound­lounge. Tick­ets $30 + BF from sound­lounge.com.au

Danny Wid­di­combe and his band The Honey Slid­ers will per­form Abbey Road in its en­tirety.

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