Letting it bleed with Danny Widdicombe

Country/rock/soul outfit The Honey Sliders reignite their fundraising efforts for charity with Let It Bleed, the second annual concert event designed to raise money and awareness for Support Act, with the Gold Coast show slated for Sunday 8 December at Currumbin Soundlounge.

In keeping with tradition guitarist/vocalist Danny Widdicombe has elected to recreate the entire Rolling Stones classic album, with the help of long-time friend and collaborator Tim Rogers (You Am I).

“It’s fifty years since the Stones recorded ‘Let It Bleed’,” Danny said, “and I was looking for albums that I haven’t played – because we do this every year – so we were looking for something different and as soon as I saw ‘Let It Bleed’ and remembered it came out in 1969…. what a way to celebrate! I got on the phone to Tim and he said yes so that was it.”

‘Let It Bleed’ is one of the all-time classic albums, starting with ‘Gimme Shelter’ before closing with ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, but Danny admits he is looking more forward to playing tunes from outside of the recognised hits.

“You know that track ‘Monkey Man’?” he asked. “Its got a really cool riff and is a great demonstration of how dirty the Rolling Stones can get. That’s one of our favourites. When we have been rehearsing that one gets pretty loud (laughs). Also, you have ‘You Got The Silver’… they’re all great songs. We’re also doing a set of our favourite Rolling Stones songs after we finish ‘Let It Bleed’, but that’s the big surprise. We’re not letting people know which songs.”

Despite currently touring with You Am I, Tim Rogers didn’t hesitate when approached to fill the lips of the Rolling Stones frontman.

“He is Australia’s most genuine rock star,” Danny said. “He’s the real deal. Many years ago he was stuck for a guitar player for a tour so they got me. I did the tour with his band and we became friends and then he did the ‘Sticky Fingers’ concept show that we performed as well. He is an amazing Mick Jagger. He is still Tim Rogers without trying to be Mick Jagger, but he is a force of nature.”

As his chosen charity, Danny feels he owes Support Act as much for their support and guidance as for their generosity in offering financial assistance to those in need.

“I’ve been a leukemia patient for a long time,” he said, “and at various stages on the road to recovery with different bouts of ill health they have come to my aid. Support Act have helped not only financially but also emotionally. It’s tough out there as a full-time muso and when you get crook there’s no sick pay or anything. It’s a dog eat dog world and it’s so comforting to have Support Act there. They help roadies as well as musicians of all calibres and its a wonderful organisation. Last year I decided to put on a fundraiser for them and funnily enough a few months later my hip died so I had to have a hip replacement. Basically they just gave me all of the money back (laughs). Now this one is to pay them back for that one!”

Danny says that despite high hopes, he has no expectations or set targets for the fundraiser.

“It’s hard,” he sighed. “I learnt early on that you can’t have any expectations when it comes to these sort of shows. I’m basically a guitar player trying to be a promoter so I don’t expect anything. I just hope that enough people come and understand how important the cause is that they want to support us and flash their cash so we can pass it on to Support Act.”

The Honey Sliders 2nd Annual Fundraiser for Support Act with special guest Tim Rogers, Let It Bleed, will held on the following dates:

Friday 6 December – Imperial, Eumundi (doors 7pm)

Saturday 7 December – The Triffid, Brisbane (doors 7pm)

Sunday 8 December – Soundlounge, Currumbin (Matinee Show – doors 3pm, support act at 4pm)

Tickets for all shows $30 + booking fee and are available through Oztix.

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