Come Together. The Beatle’s iconic album Abbey Road played in its entirety.
The Triffid, Friday, August 4 And The Sound Lounge Sunday, August 6.
The Honey Sliders will be recreating The Beatles’ landmark classic album Abbey Road live on stage in its entirety with special guests to be announced. The Honey Sliders are some of Australia’s best musicians and they have a history of creating respectful and outstanding recreations of their favourite albums. This promises to be a very special night. The Honey Sliders, presented by Danny Widdicombe, plus special guests perform Abbey Road at The Triffid in Brisbane on Friday, August 4 and at The Sound Lounge in Currumbin on Sunday, August 6.
The Honey Sliders have built a reputation for their stunning recreations of some of their all-time favourite albums. Starting with Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love in 2013, they went on to wow the audience with a live, rambunctious rendition of Neil Young’s On the Beach the following year. In 2015 they went on to break box office records with the sold out extravaganza of The Band’s classic farewell concert The Last Waltz. The Honey Sliders’ reputation for staging respectful recreations of classic albums was cemented with their performance of The Last Waltz which special guests like Bernard Fanning, Troy Cassar-Daley, Jeff Lang and Ian Haug. 2016 saw the band play sell-out shows performing The Rolling Stones’ cult album Sticky Fingers with Australian rock legend Tim Rogers on lead vocals.
Abbey Road was the last recording the Beatles made and it has become their most enduring album. It is famed for being one of the most influential and revered albums of all time. The album cover is universally acknowledged and imitated daily on the very same crossing on Abbey Road, adjacent to the famous studios where The Beatles recorded the lion’s share of their extensive catalogue.
Starting with the swamp blues intrigue of John Lennon’s Come Together and ending with Paul’s epitaph of wisdom The End, Abbey Road is a powerful mix of beautiful songs (Something), heartfelt soul balladry (Oh Darling), pop wizardry (Octopus’s Garden) and deep hypnotic blues (I Want You / She’s So Heavy).
The Honey Sliders are led by Danny Widdicombe who is a member of the Three x ARIA Award nominated band The Wilson Pickers and has played lead guitar for the likes of Bernard Fanning, Tim Rogers and many more. Danny is renowned for his formidable guitar playing and songwriting. On keys, bass, guitar and almost anything else he turns his hands to, Dan Mansfield is the musician’s musician and has played all over Australia as a part of the cult band The Gin Club and with Australia’s premiere rock n roll band You Am I. Chris Bosley has toured the world as bass player in the groove collective known as The Resin Dogs. Ben Carstens keeps time for the band and is also a member of local Brisbane rock band Mexico City.
Supporting The Honey Sliders and their Very Special Guests will be the wonderful Abbie Cardwell and her band the Texicans. Abbie Cardwell has toured the world with her music and is known for her brilliant live performances and well-crafted songs. Abbie will be performing some classic Mexican inspired Beatles covers.
The Honey Sliders with Danny Widdicombe and Special Guests Present The Beatles’ Abbey Road.
Triffid, Brisbane Friday, August 4, The Soundlounge in Currumbin Sunday, August 6. Tix are $30+ Booking fee.
The Zoo, Brisbane – Saturday 27th August
The Soundlounge, Currumbin – Sunday 28th August
Starring Tim Rogers (You Am I), Ben Salter (Gin Club, Wilson Pickers) and The Honeysliders feat. Danny Widdicombe (The Wilson Pickers)
STICKY FINGERS was the first Rolling Stones album to reach number 1 on both side of the Atlantic when it was released in 1971. 2016 marks its 45th anniversary and to celebrate, local musician Danny Widdicombe and his band The Honeysliders have hand picked some friends to bring it back to life on the stages of The Zoo and The Soundlounge.
“We were looking for a lead singer for this Sticky Fingers idea” says Danny Widdicombe. “You can’t play a Rolling Stones album without a Mick Jagger. I thought, who better than our very own king of rock n roll – the effervescent raconteur himself, Mr. Tim Rogers.”
Sharing some of the singing duties will be the highly renowned Australian performer Ben Salter. Ben and
Danny play in the twice ARIA nominated band The Wilson Pickers together. “Ben is one of the best singers in the country” Says Danny. “He’s also probably the kindest and most generous musician I’ve shared a stage with so I was rapt when Ben said he was available for these shows”
The backing band are called The Honey Sliders featuring Danny on lead guitar and vocals, Dan Mansfield on keys, Ben Carstens on Drums, Chris Bosley on Bass and Caleb Mangan on guitar. “We play every week around Brisbane. We love making music together and over time we’ve built a real
understanding and a musical bond that the audience can relate to. You can tell we’re enjoying each other’s company onstage.”
Supporting The Honey Sliders will be the emerging talent Dana Gehrman. Dana met Danny at his Campfire Sessions, an open mic night that he hosts at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Petrie Tce.
What The Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers
Where and When
- The Zoo, Anne St Fortitude Valley, Brisbane – Saturday August 27. Doors at 8pm
- The Soundlounge, Currumbin RSL, Currumbin – Sunday August 28 Doors at 4pm
Tickets $30 plus booking fee, oztix.com.au
“Living with cancer for 20 years is an achievement worth celebrating – and what better way is there to celebrate than put on a show and make music with your friends?” Says Danny.
“My favourite live album of all time is The Last Waltz by The Band, so I called my friends and we’re going to do it – the whole thing!”
“I’ve never had a birthday party because my birthday is on Christmas Day! So this is it – I’m turning 40 and this is the Last Waltz of my 30’s!”
And so it began. Brisbane’s best new music venue, The Triffid was booked, musical friends arranged and the date confirmed – Saturday 28th November.
Helping Danny celebrate will be long time friends and musical collaborators Jeff Lang, Ian Haug (The Church, Powderfinger), The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Karl Broadie, Jackie Marshall, McKisko,
Luke Daniel Peacock plus some platinum record selling surprise guests yet to be announced.
“The Last Waltz” was the farewell concert by the iconic and cult band known simply as The Band. Their last ever show was documented on film by the legendary film director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull…) and included such special guests as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and more.
The film and accompanying double album are ranked as one of the greatest recorded live concerts of all time due to the sense of celebration and camaraderie that the performers radiated on stage. Not only were the guests and performances outstanding but it was also the songs themselves that made this concert such an instant classic.
Songs like ‘The Weight’, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Up on Cripple Creek” and Bob Dylan’s classic “Forever Young” are all staples in the rock pantheon and have stood the test of time, remaining as fresh and full of passion and emotion as when they were written.
Come help Danny Celebrate!!
Now a proud father of two young children, Danny Widdicombe’s leukaemia diagnosis when he was just 19 years old seems a lifetime ago. He attributes his survival, and the ability to have children, to a clinical trial he participated in more than 10 years ago that was testing a new drug.
“The last 20 years have been a whirlwind of highs and lows. I’ve enjoyed a fantastic music career, married my beautiful wife, Carolyn, and become a dad,” Danny said.