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How we invited legendary Don Walker Australian Songwriter to come and play with us in NZ

This is amazing. When Brett and I (Dianne) started playing together a long long time ago, we used to both enthuse, rave, and go on and on about how much we loved Don Walker, the main songwriter from Cold Chisel’s writing. We have double vinyl copies of  most of their albums. 

Dave Khan our amazing and not to mention enthusiastic multi instrumentalist was in Australia to play a show or two over there and saw Don Walker perform one of the songs of his new album Hully Gully live on TV. He loved it and he and his mate said.. something like “that was ace!”.(Dave being of younger vintage than most of the band was not that aware of Don’s lineage……) later on Dave went to play at a festival and who should be playing there, but Don and his band The Suave Fucks… and Dave thought to himself,.. something like.. “that was awesome!” later on in the VIP tent who should the friendly Dave end up talking to but - Don Walker… Dave decided he would tell Don about the shows he had just done with The Bads playing with Tim Finn, and he casually said to Don - something like…  ”you should come to NZ and we will play with you!” Don said something like.. “OK” and now here we are putting together, promoting and doing PR for these shows at THE TUNING FORK April 17th  and SAWMILL CAFE LEIGH April 19th 

The album is amazing, and the live reviews have been great. Here’s a clip of Don playing Everybody with his band… 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnkhiQs4t-g

We put on this show at Leigh, and asked Tim Finn to join us. The amazing Herriot Row treated the packed room to a beautiful solo set. The Bads played a short set and then welcomed Tim on to the stage. We performed a really great mix of songs from the early Split Enz and other solo Tim songs. There were a lot of songs in there from his lovely album The Conversation - what a treat and an education to play those songs - but that goes of all of Tim’s songs really. Tim’s son Harper played piano on some of the songs and his daughter Elliot played bass, ukelele and sang an amazing version of Aretha’s Respect. (10 years old and nailed it). We hope to do it again soon. 

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