Clap­ton fans thrilled to score gig

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Tonight is shap­ing up to be the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional high­light of a life­time for a Mt Eden band.

The Danny McCrum Band have been mak­ing a name on the lo­cal cir­cuit for years and some of that hard work will pay off when they open for Eric Clap­ton at Vec­tor Arena tonight.

Vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist Danny says the band’s mem­bers are ex­tremely ex­cited about open­ing for the mu­sic leg­end.

“He’s been such a huge in­flu­ence on us as gui­tar play­ers.”

The Mt Eden res­i­dent says it will prob­a­bly be the high­light of his mu­si­cal ca­reer so far.

A week out from the big night, bass player Matt Har­vey said he was still get­ting used to the idea.

“It prob­a­bly won’t sink in for me un­til we’re ac­tu­ally try­ing to do a sound check.”

The Clap­ton show has also been ideal tim­ing, with a sec­ond al­bum due to be re­leased in a cou­ple of months.

“It def­i­nitely gives us cred­i­bil­ity,” says Danny.

“And the CV gets a bit of weight,” says Matt.

They are cer­tainly more than qual­i­fied for the task.

Danny and gui­tarist Ben Jurisich have been friends since the age of six.

And mu­sic was al­ways their num­ber one ca­reer choice.

The pair can re­mem­ber play­ing their first gig to­gether when they were 12 at in­ter­me­di­ate school.

But they went their sep­a­rate ways af­ter high school and Danny and Matt are the found­ing mem­bers of the band, hav­ing played to­gether in a band called Spinner.

They de­cided to start afresh with a new band in 2006 and were later joined by Ben and drum­mer Glen Child.

The Danny McCrum Band re­leased their first al­bum, Awake and Rest­less, at the end of 2007.

They have been sup­port acts for an im­pres­sive list of mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Bryan Ferry and Joan Ar­ma­trad­ing.

But Eric Clap­ton will be their big­gest coup yet.

They’re not sure if they’ll get to meet their idol but if they do, Danny says they’ll try to be pro­fes­sional.

“You don’t want to act like an ex­cited fan when you’re go­ing to be play­ing as a col­league on stage.

“But it’s Eric Clap­ton for God’s sake.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Open­ing act: The Danny McCrum Band will open for Eric Clap­ton. From left: Ben Jurisich, Danny McCrum and Matt Har­vey with a photo of drum­mer Glen Child.

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