Guitar Gods (Behaving Badly) V, held on the 29th of June at the Fly By Night Musicians Club, has been widely hailed as the best of the series to date. The show featured stellar performances from the cream of Western Australia’s rock musicians. The Graham Greene Band (Graham, Troy Brazier and Jim Awram) opened proceedings with a blistering set of instrumentals from the albums Club Voodoo and Leap Of Face, closing with Donna G. taking the stage for a powerful rendition of Led Zeppelin’s classic Whole Lotta Love.
The Jac Dalton Band (featuring Graham Greene and Annemieke – guitars, Donna G. – vocals, Jim Awram – bass, Jason Dohrmann – keys and Troy Brazier – drums) followed with a set of songs from Jac’s current album, Icarus, the seven-piece band relishing the large stage and moving the whole night up a gear.
The Godfather of WA Metal, Jamie Page and his band Black X (featuring Matt Williams on vocals, Craig Skelton on bass/keys and Richard Lovett on drums) treated the crowd to a cross-section of Jamie’s output to date, playing songs from Trilogy, Black Steel, new material from Project X, and a smattering of classic covers that included an impromptu guest spot from event MC Donna G.
The finale was West Coast legend John Meyer, who took the stage with his band to enthrall the punters with some favourite Saracen songs – executed in style by vocalist Craig Pinkney, bassist Roy Daniel and drummer Ric Eastman – and a preview of his next album project, which returns to the hard rock roots that made Meyer a household name on both sides of the continent.
The internet was abuzz the following day with comments and photos from the gig, and hopes are high for a return of the Guitar Gods – and sooner rather than later.
Additional comments from the night can be found on the Guitar Gods facebook page.
Check the gallery for images from Guitar Gods V.