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The Rock-itt : November 2009
Brad Carr, Local Musician and ex Choirboys founding guitarist/songwriter returns to the stage By DaveTozer.com.au (for more images visit www.myspace.com/davetozerphotos) Think Choirboy's hits "Never Gonna Die" (first single reached #21 in the Australian single charts in 1983) and the cult classic anthemic "Run to Paradise" (reaching #1 on Australian Charts late 1987), Brad Carr was the amazingly talented guitarist/songwriter who contributed to these songs. Brad had a 9 year history with the Choirboys, a band that first started out jamming on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in 1979 and became one of Australia's most successful, iconic and hardest working rock bands of the 1980's. Since parting ways with the Choirboys, Brad has had the honour and amazing experience of touring extensively with the Party Boys, whose members included Angry Anderson, Kevin Borich, John Brewster(Angels), Paul Christie and John Swan (Swanee). More recently through musical connections Brad was invited to perform as part of a showcase of Legendary Australian Guitarists under the billing of Steve Flack's Guitar Heroes who had previously recruited Les Gock (Hush) and Ian Moss (Cold Chisel). It's a Thursday night at Notes, Newtown October 15th, 2009 and playing to a big crowd Brad is on the bill with: Phil Emmanuel, Dom Turner (Backsliders, Angry Tradesmen), Dennis Wilson (Kahvas Jute), Denny & Glen Burgess (Masters Apprentices), Michael Smith (The Atlantics, Scandal) and Steve Flack. Brad is the first guitar legend to appear on the night, explosively guitar playing and soloing to such songs as Maybe I'm a Leo (Deep Purple), What Is and What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin) and Slow Blues in G. Brad's distinctive trademark, unique and sophisticated guitar playing on the night reminds us why he is an 'Australian Guitar Legend'. The night finishes with a massive line up of all the legends on stage with guest vocalist Glen Burgess (Masters Apprentices) bringing the house down with Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry). I spoke to Brad recently about the Guitar Heroes experience and asked him what can we look forward to in the future? Brad spoke of being a bit nervous initially at the first Guitar Heroes performance in front of such a large crowd, as it had been a while since he played live. However things quickly got cooking with Michael Smith, Steve Flack and Glen Burgess helping out to get things really rocking! The Guitar Heroes shows just got bigger and better as more dates were fulfilled with the final date being to a packed house at The Beaches Hotel, Thirroul where the show went off! The Heroes were encored with a huge reaction and finished the night with a cracking version of Cream's song Sunshine of your Love. Brad tells me it was an incredible experience being on stage and looking around and seeing some of the best players in the country around him. "Phil Emmanuel calling me 'the young fella' was priceless!" said Brad happily. So about the future. ..Brad has been really busy writing and recording songs with the intention of making an album and getting a really hot band together to showcase his new material live. Im told there's a few hits amongst the many songs he has written, including one in particular Who da Thought that has been getting some really positive feedback amongst his musical connections. Brad has also mentioned to me that the thought has crossed his mind, to maybe one day do a few shows with the Choirboys again, that would be a blast.