Riddings rockers set for Christmas return

NRHN 29-05-12 BE 10 Playing Rock of Ages at Somerlea park centre Benji Heenan, Ryan McFall and Dan Heenan from the band junction.

NRHN 29-05-12 BE 10 Playing Rock of Ages at Somerlea park centre Benji Heenan, Ryan McFall and Dan Heenan from the band junction.

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You might not think heavy metal, 60s flower power and 70s hard rock would make a harmonious combination - but fear not - this trio of Riddings rockers are just modelling costumes from their Rock of Ages Show set for Christmas time.

Junction, other wise known as brothers Daniel and Benji Heenan and drummer Ryan Mcfall, are set to take Somercotes on a guided history of pop music through a thrilling three hour set at the Somerlea Park Community Centre on Friday, December 21.

The show will feature songs from every decade from the 1950s through to the present day, complete with costume changes that will see the band, all from Newlands Road in the village originally, appear in the guise of everything from a teddy boy to a glam rocker.

Lead singer Benji Heenan, 22, now of Wagstaff Lane, Jacksdale, and donning the 1980s heavy metal look on the left here, said: “It should be a great night really celebrating rock history. With all the costumes it will be funny, but really professional.”

Bassist Daniel, 24, modelling 70s rock attire on the right here and sporting his own hair, said the show will be complete with laser lighting and video interludes in between the different decades of music.

It will start with early American blues rock from the likes of Elvis and Chuck Berry and end with contemporary rock such as Kings of Leon and the Killers.

But joiner-by-day Daniel, who performs more than 100 gigs a year with the band said all costume changes have proved tricky in rehearsal.

He said: “Between each decade of music we have an interval tape that plays on a projector.

“We’ve just got a minute and-a-half to get off the stage , get changed, swap guitars and get back on stage to play again - we can just about do it!”

Despite all being in their early 20s, Junction formed ten years ago and play at venues across the UK.

Manager of the Somerlea Park Centre, on Sherwood Street, Brian Hill is excited to have booked the band for the not-for-profit run centre.

He said:”I think it will be a great night, I would like to think we’ll get 150 people turn up.”

Tickets for the night cost £5 and are available from the venue itself.

Doors are set to open at 7pm.