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Local bands go back to the ’80s for Cheeky Pig Studio grant

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Lethbridge got into the spirit of the ’80s for the Cheeky Pig studio grant, June 3 at the Slice. A good sized crowd got into the hair metal vibe by adorning  an array a spandex, big hair, makeup and even dressed like members of their favourite bands like Guns n’ N Roses.Jesse Dickson plays the Cheeky Pig hair metal night at the Slice, June 3. Photo by Richard Amery
Three groups of familiar faces joined forces in unfamiliar bands to put their best spin on ’80s hair metal.

 The three bands were the Temple City Christpunchers, Rattail and Glitter and Zenith.

The Temple City  Christpunchers aka members of local country rock band The Dearly Departed  plus Dave Khallil Jesse Dickson of the Raw Dogs showing off his best ’80s screams, adorned wigs and ’80s garb and guitars for their set.

 They took off right away with a hot version of Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law,”  and one of my favourite ’80s moments from Kiss “Lick it Up.”

Shawn and Carrie Ann Worden dressed as Axl Rose and Slash. Photo by Richard Amery And  you  couldn’t have an ’80s hair metal night without a nauseating power ballad. So they played Bon Jovi’s “ Bed of Roses.”
 They also played some Steel Panther and wound down their set with Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.”

I caught the last few songs of Rattail including Keenan and Shael Pezderic and Scott Mezei plus  Elliot Mereski and Dustin Gergel. They nailed the ’80s look, looking like early ’80s Judas Priest.

 They played a hot cover of Foreigner’s “ Jukebox Hero” plus some more Steel Panther and ended their set with “ Motley Crüe’s  “Dr. Feelgood.”

Elliot Mereski playing with Rattail at the Cheeky Pig hair metal night. Photo by Richard Amery
The last band of the night was Jolene Draper’s band who added a female touch to hair metal hits like Poison”s “ Talk Dirty To Me”  and “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
For the power ballad part of their set they played  Extreme’s “To Be With You.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:45 )  
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