What instrument do you play and when did you first pick it up?

Guitar and keyboards. With the guitar, I picked it up again after many years as a result of being inspired by the live stage show “Long Way to the Top”. In regard to the keyboard, I started tinkering around when we inherited an old upright piano around 1980. Took it a bit more seriously after completing my Weekend Warriors concert in 2004 when I started playing regularly with a Warriors band.

Did you play in bands when you were younger?
Yes, I played classical clarinet in school woodwind ensemble, saxophone in school jazz ensemble, acoustic guitar at university, vibraphone and sax in a teachers’ jazz band, sax & guitar in a workplace band, guitar and keyboard in Warrior bands.

What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Swing and jazz as small boy, rock and roll as an adolescent and the golden era of British rock in the 60s.

What line of work have you been in as a day job?
Foundry worker, Teacher, Ministerial adviser, public servant, freelance consultant.

How did you first find out about Weekend Warriors?
Poster at Holden Hill Music shop in Adelaide

What did you end up calling your Warrior band and what were some of the rejected names?
Soul Riders. Can’t remember any rejected names, but subsequent bands included The Iron Chefs, Wis’n Up, Johnny and the Walkers and current bands Woundup (band) and Unwound (acoustic ensemble).

What were some of the songs you played at your gig?
Burning Love
All Right Now
Fly Away
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Boppin’ the Blues
Smoke on the Water
Like Wow – Wipeout!

Here is what Weekend Warriors’ co-ordinator Dom Disisto wrote in his review:
“Next up was SOUL RIDERS. What can I say? These guys had it all, rock, blues, you name it. They delivered a well thought out set with an awesome display of vocal ability from Anthony and John, who also both doubled up on drums. Playing such hits as Burning Love, All Right Now and Smoke on the Water, the band was tight and were held together with a rhythm section consisting of our men John and Anthony. Also in the band were Barry on bass, Jim on percussion and vocals, Ian on guitar, who also just oozed with aura, and last but not least .. in two bands and did an amazing job. Steve Barry on keys, harp and guitar – great stuff mate. YOU ROCKED!

What do you remember most about the gig?

Being treated like a rock star for half an hour; the stage-fright evaporating after the first few chords; the energy coming off the audience; the crash of applause and cheering as we launched into the opening riff of Smoke on the Water; wanting to do it again.

What would you say was the best thing about your Weekend Warriors experience?
Meeting like-minded people and playing the music that influenced us in our formative years. The opportunity to turn a passion into something more than just a hobby.

Tell us about your involvement with Weekend Warriors now
I was in Round 3 in 2004. The next SA Round will be Round 41. A group of people who had been through the first few Rounds wanted to keep the experience going and have the opportunity of forming other bands and exploring other musical genres. So we set up the Weekend Warriors SA Club in 2004. I have been a committee member since then, helped draft the Constitution and Rules, have been Acting President and am currently Vice-President and Membership Officer. I also built and manage the Club website at as well as the national Weekend Warriors website. I continue to play in a Warriors SA club band, at both club events and independent gigs. My band Wound Up plays old school Rock ‘n’ Roll and covers of 50s & 60s hits. Our next independent gig is as the opening act at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rendezvous at SA’s National Motor Museum on 10 April.



When did you first pick up the guitar and did you ever graduate to playing in a band?
Basically, I played throughout my my high school years. I never did play in a band .I played the guitar then I ‘coupled’, didn’t pick it up again for another 20 years. Similar story with a lot of those guys I guess. It was always in the back of my mind to play again. I picked it up recently, just over the last couple of years. I bought a bit of decent gear, started to get some lessons. Then I found out about Dai Pritchard. I started to do lessons with Dai and he told me about the Weekend Warriors concept.

What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Always loved Alice Cooper. Angels, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, classic rock bands influenced by my older brother

How did you find your first Weekend Warriors’ gig?
It was a whirlwind of emotions. It was really awesome … amazing! I was lucky enough that with the same blokes, we supported a local band a couple of weeks before the gig which broke the ice and took the nerves away. It was amazing but scary. I was thinking about running away at one stage. I didn’t really loosen up until the third of 4th song. I wish I had the chance again now because it was so good and the crowd was so supportive. I didn’t think that there would be so many there people but Dai knew.

What did you end up calling your band?
Thug Life. I came up with that. Me and bass player had a million names but when I suggested that he said, that’s the one.


How many songs on the night
We did 8. I thought we would have been better doing 6 because we were better at some than others. The ones we weren’t so good at, I would have been happy to drop. Everyone in the band chose two songs each so that’s how we worked it out. Our lead guitar player dropped out one week before the gig. I can’t play any sort of lead. We had a week to make up some sort of lead solo. Dai gave me a couple of crash courses on scales and I made something for that. But that especially made the day really nerve racking for me. I knew the songs quite well but knew the leads would be rough and that worried me. We played Dead Flowers, Keep Your Hands to Yourself, Paranoid, After The Rain, INXS’ Don’t Change, and finished with TNT and Rockin’ The Free World.

Were there any songs that the others chose that you thought you’d never be able to play?
Yes for sure. The ones I chose, I knew how to play and had a head start. When the guys suggested their songs, I wasn’t sure how they would go but Dai has a skill of breaking them down and making things easy and it just all falls into place.

What would you say was the best thing about your Weekend Warriors experience?
Several things but for me personally, I have been trying to get that step from getting lessons to jamming. That was not happening for me so Warriors made that happen. That was a really big thing for me. Meeting new people. I have probably made life long friends from this group. We’ve all stayed in touch. Just the fact that we finally did it. A real confidence boost, a kick in the bum I needed. I am keen to learn more and kick on from here. I didn’t have that motivation or direction or motivation prior.

Will you jam again with the guys from the band?
I have already organised that with the singer. We have a songs list. A local band realised the talent of our drummer so they grabbed him. He is a talented young man, only 18. The bass player is a busy guy so I don’t know if he’ll be involved I’m looking forward to February when we do Warriors again. Musos Corner were great too, having everything set up. We had our own guitars but the amps they had on the day were awesome, far superior than anything we had.



Do you remember the first time you sang in front of a crowd?
Yes – RED FACES on Hey Hey It’s Saturday! – circa 1997 – I went on as ‘Billy Ray Boofhead’ and played harmonica and sang a song called ‘Chicken Train’ by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Unfortunately I got gonged off by Red Symonds before I got to the ‘chicken solo’!!

Did you ever sing in a band in your teens?
Yes I formed a band with some high school mates and we played one party and then faded away soon after…

What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Skyhooks, Alice Cooper and Jimi Hendrix featured pretty prominently.

What line of work have you been in as a day job?
I have worked in Local Government for the past 10 years

How did you find out about Weekend Warriors?
First read about it in the local newspaper – at that time there was a program run by Mona Vale Music and Paul Christie was coaching.

How did you find your first Weekend Warriors jam day?
I would say it was not a ‘jam’ in the true sense of the word. It was more different combos of blokes getting up and playing the song that had been nominated by the organisers (Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again by The Angels). There was certainly a  range of ages and styles on display and a sense of excitement in the room. Paul Christie the coach was very engaging and had a few good yarns which added to the excitement!

What did you end up calling your Warrior band and what were some of the rejected names?
We called ourselves The Zygons. A few other names (probably not worth repeating!) were thrown around but The Zygons won the day.

How many songs did you play on gig night?
Seven songs – we had rehearsed six songs with the coach, but we threw in an extra bonus song just to surprise him! – Johnny B Goode, which we played for the first time just the day before the gig at an extra rehearsal that we organised.

What do you remember most about the gig?
The gig seemed to rush by in no time, we got great feedback from the audience during our set, and I seem to recall shouts of ‘Take your shirt off’!!

What would you say was the best thing about your Weekend Warriors experience?
Getting to know my bandmates and seeing us all gel as a group as we progressed towards the Big Gig; and meeting our Coach Paul Christie. Paul was inspirational and at times a hard taskmaster, but without his guidance and efforts we would not have achieved the result that we got. Personally, I set out to stretch my comfort zone on stage and I feel like I achieved that goal.

Has the Weekend Warriors experience inspired you to want to play more gigs?
Yes definitely! The Zygons will be continuing and we plan to take over the world!



Recently, Ian Evans and his staff at The Best Music Shop in Jindalee, Queensland presented their first ever Weekend Warriors program. The gig, held at Club Greenslopes featured three bands; Tempest, 4 Week Fix and The Pozzies. Their Warriors coach Kerry Jacobson also sat in with his band Stockade for the night. One of the Weekend Warriors participants on the night was RACHEL HALL, guitarist in the band The Pozzies. Dentist by day, rock guitarist by night, we caught up with Rachel to ask about her Warriors experience.

When did you first pick up the guitar and did you ever graduate to playing in a band?
I first dabbled with guitar in my 20’s but didn’t really make much progress with it. I started playing again 2 years ago after a break of 16 years, as my son loves music, which inspired me to start having lessons again. Up until the jam night I had never played with other people yet alone in a band.

What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Growing up I listened to Blondie, The Clash, Queen, U2, Simple Minds, a lot of Brit pop, Nirvana, Clapton and of course the Beatles

What guitar/s do you own?
I have an American Standard Fender Stratocaster in sunburst that I picked up directly off the factory floor in Corona whilst in LA last year. I also have a Gibson and a nice G Series acoustic guitar by Takamine

How did you find your first Weekend Warriors’ jam day?
My music school is run by Best Music Shop and the owner Ian suggested I should come along and have a go. I was very nervous especially when I realised I was probably the most inexperienced person there, however my anxiousness soon went as jamming together was so much fun. I think I got away with not knowing the songs and making up some chords too.

Rachel on right at first jam

What did you end up calling your band?
The Pozzies as we were made up half English Poms and half Ozzies

How many songs did you play on the night?
12 in total and we would have done more if we could as we love playing together.

Were there any songs that the others chose that you thought you’d never be able to play?
Yes all of them! Seriously I had to learn how to play all the songs in our set, many hours on YouTube learning the chords and rehearsing to the tracks.

What do you remember most about the gig?
Feeling really anxious until the second I strummed my first chord. Actually what will stay with me is the incredible support we got from the crowd and how much fun it was playing live after all the practice and rehearsal sessions.

What would you say was the best thing about your Weekend Warriors experience?
Getting out of my comfort zone and really pushing my playing abilities beyond what I thought I was capable of, meeting new people and the support of my fellow band mates. Oh and my son now thinks his Mom is super cool.

Has the Weekend Warriors experience inspired you to want to play more gigs?
Most definitely The Pozzies will be playing an open mic night in January and will certainly be playing again when we can, who knows we might even do another round of Warriors if they will let us play together again. I also played a guest spot in the closing number with a friends band at a recent event in front of over 500 people, an experience that will live with me until the day I die and one I could never have done had I not been through Warriors.