By SHELLEY TOPP
Woodend guitarist Cameron Walsh has been chosen for an Eagles tribute band touring Australia and New Zealand later this year.
The four-month Hotel California: The Eagles Experience tour, which celebrates the Eagles’ enduring country-rock legacy of hits, including Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid In Town, Take It To The Limit and Heartache Tonight, will begin in July and end in October.
The first three months of the tour will be in Australia, with the final month in New Zealand, including a concert at the Christchurch Town Hall’s James Hay Theatre on October 23.
Cameron graduated with a Bachelor of Music Arts degree from Christchurch’s Ara Institute of Canterbury in 2019.
He specialises in funk, blues and roots music.
Cameron says he is influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Gilmour and Robben Ford, and regularly plays in cover bands and backing bands in New Zealand and Australia.
He also plays at live entertainment venues in Christchurch every week with his two blues trios, South Street Trio, on Wednesday nights at Boo Radley’s from 7:30pm, and the Cathcart Walsh Blaikie trio, at A Rolling Stone on Thursdays from 7:30pm.
However, he is now busy preparing for the Eagles tour.
“There is a lot of material to learn,” he says. “Learning these Eagles songs note for note on guitar makes me realise how incredibly creative and detailed their music is, and how high their level of expertise was and still is.”