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Saw Tom Morello as apart of the e street band. Crazy sound wiping the strings
Nice, wouldnt have picked that collaboration (Springstein is in the Knopfler song too incidently) Morello has one of the most distinctive tones going. Love GnR but cant say i ever rated them live, always seemed a bit sloppy and didnt think they had the best sound for Queen well at their peak was probably the best live act in the business.....saw the Adam Lambert version as well and it still rocked.
Sad to see Herbs band member Willie Hona has passed away. A treasure of NZ that group

New Zealand music legend Willie Hona of Herbs has died​

New Zealand music legend Willie Hona has died.

The singer-guitarist had a dynamic career, and most famously was a member of the iconic reggae band Herbs.

In a post to social media, that has since been verified by several of Hona’s friends, Hona’s daughter, Natalie Hona, said her father died Sunday night surrounded by his whānau in Paraparaumu.

His death comes following a battle with cancer.

Hona’s friends, including former Herbs band member Toni Fonoti, have paid tribute to him on social media.

An AudioCulture biography by Glen Moffatt said Hona formed his first band The Vibrations at high school, where his guitar was made out of an old desktop with the neck of an Antoria guitar.

From there, he formed the band The Face alongside musicians including New Zealander Mark Williams.

Hona joined Herbs in 1983 and were known for Long Ago, Sensitive to a Smile and Light of the Pacific and addressed the issue of French nuclear testing in the Pacific in their work.

AudioCulture said after Hona left the band at the end of 1988, he toured under his own steam and released the album Keep An Open Heart.

In 2012, Hona was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame as part of Herbs.

Hona’s grandson Lewis Contini spoke to RNZ in 2021.