Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes

East Brunswick Club, Sat 9th Jan ’10
2Good 4Words Newsletter, issue 28
by Mandy Hall
Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes Vol. 2 CD was released last year and features many Australian artists. Steve brought a few of the guys from the album to Victoria for the album launch.

The main band featured Steve Flack on guitar, Michael Smith (The Atlantics, Scandal) on bass guitar and Colin Burgess, (Masters Apprentices, ACDC) on drums. Guest guitarists included Denis Wilson (Khavas Jute),  Martin Cilia (The Altantics, Dave Warner) & Phil Emmanuel. Locals Phil Manning (Chain) & Bob Spencer (Skyhooks, Angels) joined the lineup.

The evening started out with a few jazz tunes, sung by Jill Player-Cotton and accompanied by Steve Flack on acoustic nylon string guitar. Phil Manning then did a solo acoustic set, accompanying himself on a stomp box.

Bob Spencer began the electric part of the evening, opening with “What is and What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin. He also did “Jumping Jack Flash”, which was sung on the album by Angry Anderson, but performed by Michael Smith on the night. His eccentric style suited the Rolling Stones song.

Martin Cilia was up next. He did a couple of blues numbers including “Sunshine of Your Love”, then Night Star, one of his own tunes. Phil Emmanuel joined Martin onstage for the highlight of the night – the instrumental surf song Bombora. Written by The Atlantics, it’s the only instrumental number 1 hit by an Australian artist in this country ever. They performed harmony lead, then went off into a jam that included The Savage (The Shadows), F.B.I. (The Shadows) and a bit of War of the Worlds (The Atlantics). Cilia & Emmanuel could’ve kept going all night, except that Burgess on drums probably would’ve passed out at some point from the relentless surf beat he was hammering out.

Phil Manning did an excellent electric set, then Denis Wilson got up. His set included “Bell Bottom Blues” (Clapton). Denis produced the Guitar Heroes II album and has worked with many musicians from around the world including bass player Bob Daisley.

Phil Emmanuel finished the night with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Beatles) & Black Magic Woman, the early Fleetwood Mac song that Santana made famous. His amazing guitar style and energy was a sight to behold.

The sound at the East Brunswick was far too loud, which made an otherwise fantastic night fairly painful. The combination of different guitarists and styles made for a very entertaining evening of blues (and occasionally surf) classics.