Type: Acoustic Covers band
Spex and Gary are both experienced musicians from different backgrounds and are best friends living in Levin.
They were introduced 3 years ago by a local drummer at one of Spex’s rock covers band gigs. They hit it off instantly and have been regularly jamming up and down the country with a variety of different rock bands.
The idea to go “unplugged” came whilst discussing working together under a more permanent arrangement over beers at Spex’s house. Both agreed that to start yet another covers band when they were already both in separate covers bands was not the way and that’s when the plan to get out the acoustic guitars was hatched. From the moment they started it was obvious that they had something special and from that point on things moved quickly with gig offers appearing as word travelled. Since they have been together they have recorded 3 DVD’s and played numerous times from Wellington to Te Awamutu with repeat bookings at every venue they have visited so far.
Spex is well known throughout New Zealand as a top musician and entertainer with a musical career spanning over 25 years. He has toured Australia and New Zealand many times and spent his early years entertaining on cruise ships. He teaches guitar and is regularly used as a session musician at Tsunami Sound Studios also based in Levin.
He fronts a very successful rock covers band called Homage which he put together over 15 years ago and is still going strong. He is an amazing guitarist and covers all musical styles with ease. He has a seemingly endless repertoire and is held in the highest regard within the local musician’s circuit.
Gary is from the UK and has lived in New Zealand for nearly 5 years. In the UK he played with various rock bands for the past 30 years. He has recorded 2 albums –Ace Lane See You In Heaven and The Danse Society. He has toured both the UK and France for many years. He supported the Stranglers at the Bourges Art Festival in front of 10000 people and has played the prestigious Marquee Club twice and also appeared at the notorious Nottingham Rock City back in 1985. He is an accomplished lead guitarist with a passion for classic rock. His reputation is growing fast and he is regularly asked to gig with a variety of NZ rock bands up and down the country.
Note: an acoustic covers band is not a full on dance band. True, you can dance to them if you only have a small crowd but their primary function is to provide covers of tunes as an ambient theme setting a bit like your radio.
Ideal for: smaller intimate wedding dance, private party, corporate dance function
Bad Company - Feel Like Making Love
Bon Jovi - Dead or Alive
Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
The Feelers - Stand Up
The Kinks - Lola
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Dire Straits - Where Do You Think Youre Going
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
Bob Dylan / G.Bonnet - Baby Blue
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Johnny Laing - Johnny Laing
Stray Cats - Rock This Town
Bon Jovi Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bryan Adams - Baby When Youre Gone
Bryan Adams - Heaven
Audio Slave - I Am A Highway
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Lynrd Skynrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Pink Floyd - Is There Anybody Out There
Elvis Presley - Way Down
Fleetwood Mac - Albatross
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