Clapton fans thrilled to score gig
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.”
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.