Gimme That Guitar! A Benefit for Harvey James and Cancer Research



“Gimme That Guitar” benefit for Harvey James

One night only – Thursday February 17

Tickets on sale today!

Members of Australia’s most popular and chart-topping pop group of the seventies, the

incomparable Sherbet, will reunite in Sydney this February for one special night, in support of their lead guitarist Harvey James, who is battling inoperable lung cancer.

Also performing in support of Harvey are music icons Richard Clapton, Renee Geyer,

Dragon, Ian Moss, Swanee, Kevin Borich and Lindsay Wells of Healing Force.

A “Band of Friends”, featuring Harvey along with Garth Porter, Lindsay Wells, Harry Brus,

Lucius Borich, and Harvey’s two sons Gabriel James and Joshua James, is also on the bill.

Despite aggressive treatment for his cancer, Harvey is upbeat about getting on stage with

friends and family. He says, “I look forward to playing with some great people again and

hope that the crowd takes it in the spirit it is intended – LOUD rock and roll that make the

hairs on their neck stand out!”

The “Gimme That Guitar” benefit on Thursday February 17 will be headlined by the full lineup of Sherbet that recorded the international smash hit “Howzat”, a song featuring one of the most distinctive guitar solos in Australian pop music history.

The guitar that Harvey played on that solo, his old yellow L-Series Stratocaster, has been

on many a journey over the years and is indelibly tied to Harvey and Sherbet.

Harvey joined Sherbet in early 1976, replacing founding guitarist Clive Shakespeare. He

played, sang and co-wrote on the albums   Howzat, Photoplay, Sherbet (known as Highway in the US, where it was recorded in Los Angeles for RSO Records) and the two Sherbs albums, The Skill and Defying Gravity.

He was with the band for their “Tonight Will Last Forever” farewell tour in 1984, and

subsequently when they reunited at the “Gimme Ted” benefit for the late Ted Mulry in 2001

and, most recently, during the 2006 Countdown Spectacular tour. This will be Sherbet’s first

appearance in more than four years – and the last with this line-up.

With lead singer Daryl Braithwaite, keyboardist Garth Porter, bass guitarist Tony Mitchell

and drummer Alan Sandow, Harvey will take the stage one more time to play “Howzat” and

other much loved Sherbet hits such as the perennial “Summer Love”.

Prior to joining Sherbet, Harvey was a member of the renowned Australian bands

Mississippi and Ariel – with whom he recorded the acclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll Scars album at Abbey Road studios – and after Sherbet he played regularly with a who’s who of Australian rock, including Richard Clapton, Marc Hunter, Swanee and The Party Boys with Kevin Borich and James Reyne.

With such a wide-ranging list of credits to his name, it’s no surprise that so many of his

musical cohorts are stepping up to raise funds for Harvey in his time of need.

The proceeds from “Gimme That Guitar” will go directly to assist Harvey through his cancer

battle. Harvey is also donating $10 from each ticket sold to the Peter MacCallum Cancer

Centre, a world leader in cancer treatment, research and education.

Realistic but feeling incredibly fortunate and inspired in this fight for his life, Harvey is

passionate and motivated as he rallies his friends together for this one special night.

“My music found me; it found me when I was sixteen and has stayed with me ever since,”

Harvey says. “It looked after me when I was down to my last dollar and desperate, it gave

me joy at the strangest of times, and took me down a few roads I shouldn't have gone

down, but I suppose that's what's called experience.

“I am still here, and know that I will not be forgotten after I go, my music will make sure of

that, even after I'm gone!”


Tickets for “Gimme That Guitar” are on sale from 9am today and numbers are strictly

limited for this one night only fundraising concert.


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