Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Huey Mac, jack of all trades

In Utah on Tuesday night, Poison bassist Bobby Dall got sick about 20 minutes before they were due to hit the stage in their gig with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick. Our very own Hugh McDonald happened to be there and took his place and even did backing vocals for "Unskinny Bop".

Not only did three of the biggest names in rock play on the same stage before several thousand fans at the USANA Amphitheatre, but when one of the bands needed an emergency substitute, who should just happen to be hanging out backstage but Bon Jovi's bass player Hugh McDonald.

McDonald stepped up to the plate just 20 minutes before Poison was scheduled to go on stage when bassist and part-time Utah resident Bobby Dall became too ill to perform. Rather than cancel their set, singer Bret Michaels said McDonald volunteered his services and took a crash course in learning several Poison songs.

The band was a little late getting on stage, and Michaels himself seemed to be fighting something as his voice wasn't as strong as it has been in previous Utah shows. But Poison and McDonald deserve full props for their show-must-go-on attitude.

I saw Def Leppard and Cheap Trick in Perth last year and it was a great show; Poison weren't on the bill that night but I wouldn't mind seeing them live too, even if it's for nostalgia's sake. And if Huey had been there I'd have just about wet myself, I think! :P Although they didn't do "Talk Dirty to Me" in Utah and that's one of my favourites. ;)

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