Downpours on Sat., March 1 were not enough to keep passionate fans from enjoying a night of virtuoso performances from AZ young guns Gus Campbell and Run 2 Cover at the Phoenix Hard Rock Café. This celebration of guitar based rock was spurred by Run 2 Cover’s drummer Brandon Iverson. Months ago Brandon reached out to legendary photographer Robert Knight, who started Brotherhood of the Guitar, and Gus Campbell (brotherhood member) to put on a ‘party with a purpose’ for with the goal of raising funds and awareness for the nonprofit Fender Music Foundation; a champion of music education.
The night was a huge success as both bands performed to a packed house. Each performance was precisely executed as these young guns not only ‘did their homework’ but they brought their ‘A’ game.
Photo by: Robert M. Knight
Gus kicked off the night and tore into a frightening rendition of the Edgar Winter Group classic ‘Frankenstein’ and peppered his set with both originals and covers. For 40 minutes he gave his Fender Stratocaster a workout and the crowd flawless chops and melodies. His rhythm section were no slouches as they laid a solid foundation for Gus’s musicianship.
Photo by: Robert M. KnightRun 2 Cover started their set with a Racer X classic ‘Scarified’ and also blended their set with their own songs as well as covers such as a ripping version of Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’. Their Guitarist Colin Shaw donned a Jackson SLATXMG-7 String parried with a Mesa Boogie 4x12 that he used to explore a extended range of note choices and deliciously thick rock flavors to their performance. Colin’s precision playing and rock riffs bring a refreshing ‘metal’ edge to the Brotherhood institution.
As a bonus, the rhythm section from Run 2 Cover (Brandon and his brother Christian) hosted a jam with guitarist Dillon Brown and Josh J. both “Brotherhood of the Guitar” members. Appropriately they started off with a Pearl Jam classic ‘Even Flow’.
Photo by: Robert M. Knight
Later in the set a very enthusiastic and Grammy award winning guitar player Miki Free joined in and passionately performed a Hendrix Classic ‘Voodoo Chile’ and other classics with players decades his junior.
During the night a silent/sign up guitar auction turned into a live auction as Miki Free took the ‘Jackson’ by the horns and amped the crowd up to do bid on a Black Jackson DXMG.
The Jackson DXMG fetched $500.00 from Floyd Riester from MN who was also treated to a poster of the event signed by all of the performers as well as a very limited picture from Robert Knight of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughn and Robert Cray the night of his last performance @ Alpine Valley, WI.
This picture alone of the ‘Alpine Blues Greats’ is cherished collectable very few have.
While younger teens performing hits of yesterday to the praise of the peers may seem like a novelty be assured that their musicianship and professionalism went way beyond their years. “Rock Mom”s be proud, I see a sunny future for these performers.
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