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The Hudson Rockers

Paul HarrisThe Hudson Rockers formed about two years ago to play their favourite songs of the 60s and 70s. The band’s frontman Paul Harris started playing professionally in 1981 in ‘Newcastle’s Greatest Punk Band’, The Mansons. From there he went on to form The Ramjets, Ramones concept band The Marones and original punk rock band The Unwanted. “My musical roots have always been firmly planted in the great songs of my childhood”, Paul said, “… The Stones’ 19th Nervous Breakdown, Hot Love by T Rex, The Beatles’ Taxman and The Easybeats Women“. The Hudson Rockers reportoire reflects these influences.

Paul recruited drummer Mel Cook and bassist/backing vocalist Rob Hogan through an advertisement. “One audition was all it took to convince me”, Paul explains, “Mel is one of those rare drummers who seem to know what you’re going to do well before you do.”

‘Mighty’ Mel Cook is originally from Queensland but spent much of her life in Byron Bay before moving to Newcastle She has toured extensively with North Coast bands Shake Appeal and The Radio Dolls.

The Hudson RockersRob ‘The Colonel’ Hogan started out playing lead guitar but decided to swap to a four string in the hope of finding more gigs. “Rob is a punchy and precise bassist with a great sense of timing” Paul points out.

The Hudson Rockers have been playing almost monthly at the Wickham Park Hotel since forming in 2005. “The legendary Wicko has been a great place to hone our act and build a following … very few Newcastle venues are interested in ‘purist’ bands like us”.

The band has just announced a series of gigs at the Wickham Croatian Sportsman’s Club, formerly The Wickham Park Bowling Club. The Club’s president saw The Hudson Rockers perform at a private function a few weeks ago and offered them a monthly Sunday evening gig.

Catch The Hudson Rockers at the Wickham Croatian Sportsman’s Club on Sunday May 13th and June 3rd from 6 – 10 PM. The band will also be performing at the Wickham Park Hotel on Friday May 25th and Friday June 22nd.

Special thanks to Mark Snelson for allowing the use of his photographs of the band.

Posted on May 10th, 2007 in Artists

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