Passion for rock set to come alive

Performer Matthew Pike channels Robert Plant in Led Zepplin tribute show Whole Lotta Led. Photo: Wendy Collings/Tymar Lighting

SINGER Matthew Pike has a whole lotta love for the music which will be performed at The Cabaret Club’s show Gods of Rock next month.

The Wellington-based performer has had a long career onstage in bands, musical acts and musical theatre productions, including being the frontman for Led Zeppelin tribute act Whole Lotta Led.

Pike will join vocalists Cheryl Anderson, Shannon Cooper-Garland and Nathan Kahukura, and band members Jason Schmidt (guitar), Rob Carson (bass and vocals), Morgan Bickley (guitar), Leon Mcelhinney (drums), Matt Ward (drums), Brad MacClure (keyboards) and Scott Calvert (keyboards) in performing music by rock legends including AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

However, it’s not the first time he has appeared on stage in Southland, playing the title role in Invercargill Musical Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstarin 2011, opposite Schmidt as Judas.

Pike said he was looking forward to heading back down south and working with some of his Superstar cast-mates again.

“That was such a good production. I really enjoyed it down there.”

Although it may seem quite different, the rock opera wasn’t too much of a stretch from Gods of Rock’s style of music, he said, as Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan sang the role of Jesus on the original concept album for Jesus Christ Superstar

Pike said he would be performing a number of songs which were “tried and true” rock songs, including some by Deep Purple, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

“They’re all from my misspent youth, which is fantastic.”

Pike said about half of the numbers he would perform featured on the first album he bought when he was young – a compilation album called Heavy

“It’s kind of like everything coming around full circle again… getting to basically sing the soundtrack of my teenage years,” he said.

“I think it’s going to be so much fun. It’s going to be one of those great rock nights.”

Gods of Rock, ILT Stadium Southland, Friday, July 7, 8pm. Tickets available from TicketDirect.

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