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When:

Sat 18 Aug 2018, 7:30pm–11:00pm

Where: Vinyl Destination, 52 Devonport Rd, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Listed by: Grant Hislop

The Kiwi guitar hero has, until now, been a live phenomenon, largely in New Zealand but occasionally in Australia, with some of the world’s finest dribbling over themselves at his exceptional ability.

Joe Satriani has described him as ‘‘one of the most prolific guitarists I’ve ever seen’’, Living Colour founder Vernon Reid dubbed him ‘‘Jimi Hendrix reincarnated’’, while Jason Becker, one of the greatest shredders of all time, emailed him after he saw a video on YouTube to say he really thought Gordon’s playing was great.

The signs of his unique talent came early. As a toddler he was given a toy ukulele and, while he was fooling around, actually played a tune. The toy became a growing obsession until his dad Malcolm bought him a second-hand guitar for $20.

‘‘My dad had a massive collection of music DVDS and he made me listen to many different styles of music,’’ Gordon says. ‘‘He basically made me study the history of jazz blues and rock. My brother was a bit of a party animal, larrikin and lunatic. He used to watch Jimi Hendrix and tell me ‘hey man if you want to get girls you’ve got to learn to play this kind of stuff. So I eventually crossed the two worlds and created a Frankenstein.’’

By his early teens, Gordon was expanding his musical vocabulary and guitar techniques by learning the rock styles of Eddie Van Halen Steve Vai, John Petrucci and Joe Satriani. Once satisfied, he moved into the more sophisticated territory of jazz and fusion improvisation and touches of flamenco guitar where the likes of Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, John Scofield, John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola became his silent mentors.

“I didn’t have much of a social life when I was a kid. While everyone else was out at rugby parties, I’d be at home noodling away on my guitar,” Gordon says.

In January 2008, Gordon was hand-picked through a national guitar competition to open the massive Easter Rock2Wellington, which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper and Poison. He got the gig ahead of hundreds of other entries and, after a live judging ,Gordon performed before 30,000 people at Westpac Stadium and then met and jammed with Doug Aldridge (White Snake, CC Deville (Poison), Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer (Kiss) and Zakk Wylde (Ozzie Osbourne).

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