Band to rock stage with Alice Cooper

Group sup­port­ing leg­end

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They work for the Stu­dent Loan Com­pany – and school’s def­i­nitely out for this pair of mu­si­cians who are sup­port­ing rock leg­end Alice Cooper.

Ja­son Minto and Graeme Craig are part of the quar­tet Neon Hur­ri­cane, who formed in 2015. And they will be warm­ing up the Birm­ing­ham Arena for Alice Cooper – whose big­gest hit is School’s Out – af­ter a noth­ing-tolose email en­quiry to the pro­mot­ers.

Vo­cal­ist Hamil­ton, Ja­son, from said: “I was amazed when we were in­vited to play as part of the Fire Stone tour, warm­ing the crowd up in the arena be­fore Alice Cooper hits the stage.

“We can’t wait for the gig at the Arena in Birm­ing­ham. It’s the big­gest we’ve played and it could lead to a slot at the Down­load Fes­ti­val.

“Alice Cooper is a rock leg­end and it will be a priv­i­lege to get the crowd ready for his per­for­mance.”

The band have been mak­ing a name for them­selves play­ing gigs around Glas­gow and fes­ti­vals, and have re­ceived hun­dreds of hours of air­play on US and UK ra­dio.

They will now travel to Birm­ing­ham to play be­fore Alice Cooper takes to the stage at his gig on Tues­day, Novem­ber 14,

Lead gui­tarist Graeme Craig, from Shet­tle­ston, formed the band with Ja­son af­ter they met at the Stu­dent Loans Com­pany in Glas­gow.

They were later joined by drum­mer James Minto, from Hamil­ton, and bas­sist Chris Glynn, from Pais­ley.

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Graeme ex­plained how the op­por­tu­nity came about: “I emailed the pro­moter purely on spec to see if they would con­sider pro­mot­ing or host­ing un­signed bands.

“In May we got a re­sponse ask­ing if we fan­cied play­ing as part of the Fire Stone tour and warm­ing up the crowd in the arena be­fore Alice Cooper hits the stage. We couldn’t be­lieve our luck.

“I was meant to be fly­ing to Florida on Sun­day on hol­i­day but I can­celled it for this – it’s just too big to miss.” Ja­son added: “When Graeme emailed the pro­moter to see if they would con­sider pro­mot­ing or host­ing un­signed band, I didn’t think for a minute we would get a re­sponse.”

The boys de­scribe their mu­sic as clas­sic rock and say they are in­flu­enced by Queen and Aero­smith.

You can catch Neon Hur­ri­cane’s next Glas­gow gig at The Box in Glas­gow on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 16.

Go to their Face­book page at www.face­book. com/neon­hur­ri­ca­neuk for

Neon Hur­ri­cane Vo­cal­ist Ja­son Minto (from Hamil­ton) and lead gui­tarist Graeme Craig met while work­ing at the Stu­dent Loans Com­pany

Rock leg­en­dal­ice Cooper on stage. Inset Neon Hur­ri­cane’s logo

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