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Paul Cush

Paul Cush, Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals for WA's Creedence tribute 'Proud Mary' featuring Eddie Parise (ex Baby Animals), Frank Celenza (ex Baby Animals) and Lead Vocalist Ryan Rafferty  (Ragdoll)
 
Paul credits Thin Lizzy's 'Live And Dangerous' gig at The Rainbow Theater in North London back in 1978, as a life changing moment. His father Peter, returned home from the video store one night with a copy of the Live And Dangerous gig wanting his young son to check out the drummer, Brian Downey. As soon as Paul spotted the twin Les Paul guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson he was immediately hooked! Paul was twelve years old at the time and had been learning sax for a couple of months through his school's music program. 
Not long after the Lizzy moment Peter had come into possession, through his local second hand store, of a black 'Canora' acoustic guitar that Paul still owns today and once given the guitar the sax was history.

Paul Cush - Photo by AV PhotographPaul's father had a massive influence on his musical taste at a young age, as he too is a musician and had his own band. He always had a guitar laying around the house and would also let Paul go through his record and cassette collections. Through this, Paul discovered bands and artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Angels, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, Little Richard and even John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes!
 
As Paul has progressed throughout the years he's taken interest in Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Darkness, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Creedence, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravits, Bon Jovi, Joe Bonamassa and local legend Michael Vdelli. 
 
Paul is now reveling in his current role as lead guitarist for Proud Mary after years of just trying to get a gig and is currently writing music for original projects and enjoys playing the odd gig here and there with local musicians. He aims to have his own original band very soon and who knows what the future may bring...
 
 
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Mark De Vattimo
Mark De Vattimo

Perth's own self-confessed ‘guitar operator’and heavy metal addict, Mark De Vattimo began his devotion in 1984.   He swallowed up anything heavy metal based and over indulged in ‘Circus’ and ‘Hit Parader’ magazines in order to get more knowledge about the subject while listening to W.A.S.P, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Sabbath and Van Halen at this time. He finally picked up the guitar in 1987. “My older sister had a no-name brand nylon string. When she went out I would grab it and mime to KISS songs. I even had my own light show in my bedroom: an orange  spotlight behind a fan.” De Vattimo was in a school band that year and played a few dances and over 18’s parties. “I think my guitar was an Onyx bought from a guitar shop where Ian Kenny was working. It cost about $150.” He was the only player in the group with long hair so was assigned the role of lead guitarist. - “I was terrible but had great hair! [ ... ]

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Simon Mitchell
Simon Mitchell

Simon Mitchell “I still remember, about fifteen or sixteen years on, the very day I wanted to learn guitar. It was at a small school assembly when I was about ten or eleven years old and there was a “special guest” which just so happened to be a bloke with a Fender Stratocaster who played a few songs for us. At the end of this school assembly those of us who put our hands up were allowed to meet the nice guitar man after everyone else had left, naturally I was one of the kids to stay back. After I got home and no doubt spent a few hours telling my parents how excited I was to touch this amazing instrument earlier that day, they decided to buy me a classical acoustic guitar and enroll me in the school’s special guitar class.” After many years and a few setbacks, Simon gained a bit of a reputation amongst his friends as being a bit of a guitar wiz. He had spent many years learning the usual teenager stuff like the entirety of [ ... ]

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Sandro Ghiotto
Sandro Ghiotto

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Paul Cush
Paul Cush

Paul Cush, Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals for WA's Creedence tribute 'Proud Mary' featuring Eddie Parise (ex Baby Animals), Frank Celenza (ex Baby Animals) and Lead Vocalist Ryan Rafferty  (Ragdoll)   Paul credits Thin Lizzy's 'Live And Dangerous' gig at The Rainbow Theater in North London back in 1978, as a life changing moment. His father Peter, returned home from the video store one night with a copy of the Live And Dangerous gig wanting his young son to check out the drummer, Brian Downey. As soon as Paul spotted the twin Les Paul guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson he was immediately hooked! Paul was twelve years old at the time and had been learning sax for a couple of months through his school's music program.  Not long after the Lizzy moment Peter had come into possession, through his local second hand store, of a black 'Canora' acoustic guitar that Paul still owns today and once given the guitar the sa [ ... ]

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Leon Todd
Leon Todd

Influenced by the likes of Robin Trower, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Gilmour, Gary Moore, Alex Lifeson and Paul Kossoff, Leon Todd's current band/project is Ragdoll.  Surrounded by guitars from an early age, Leon began playing the guitar at the tender of age of 4 years old, although not in an altogether serious manner. His father was not only a guitar player and rock and roll fanatic but also a luthier and guitar collector, so even though it took the best part of a decade, it's no surprise that Leon decided to seriously pick up the guitar at the age of 14. Initially influenced by 70's rock bands like Thin Lizzy, Status Quo and Deep Purple, Leon immersed himself in the guitar and the mystique of the instrument given to it by the likes of Page, Iommi, Blackmore, Vaughan and Hendrix. By the age of 16 Leon was not only playing proficiently and writing and recording his own songs, but he was also teaching several students,  [ ... ]

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