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Southland musicians (from left) Nathan Kahukura (vocals), Rob Carson (bass), Morgan Bickley (guitar) and Leon Mcelhinney (drums) rehearse for The Cabaret Club's new show Gods of Rock.

ARE you ready to rock?

Presented by The Cabaret Club and The Rock FM, Gods of Rock will be performed at ILT Stadium Southland next month.

The live and loud tribute concert features music from some of the biggest bands in rock including AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden and Metallica, performed by vocalists Cheryl Anderson, Shannon Cooper-Garland, Matthew Pike 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).

Schmidt said the concert would be something different for Invercargill. Many people had been asking for this kind of performance, so they decided to go all out, he said.

“Southlanders deserve to have the best in front of them, so we’re going to do our best to make sure that’s what they see.”

With a few new faces performing for The Cabaret Club, Schmidt said they had chosen the musicians specifically for this style of music.

“These guys are rockers… We’re really going back to my roots as a guitar player, because this is what I grew up playing,” he said.

“Every single song for us is fun.”

However, the musicians had to be on their toes, he said.

“It’s the harder stuff to play,” Carson said.

But the band had learned the songs note for note so they could be as close as they could to the originals, they said.

“Ninety percent of the material that we’ve got is for the purists of rock music,” Schmidt said.

“There’s a few of those in Southland,” Carson said.

Promoter Craig Waddell said organisers also wanted the show to have the feel of a rock concert, with seating and a standing area on the floor ready to create a huge mosh pit.

Strawberry Sound was coming from Dunedin, with Invercargill’s Neale Smith on lighting.

“If they’re into rock music they can’t miss it,” Schmidt said.

“It’s only one night, there’s no second chance with this,” Waddell said.

Gods of Rock, ILT Stadium Southland, Friday, July 7, 8pm. Tickets available from TicketDirect. Member discounts available. For more information, go to www.thecabaretclub.co.nz.

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