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First published in February 2009

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With a professional career spanning 40 years, Kevin Borich has done it all.  Beginning with the LA-DE-DA’S in New Zealand, writing the classic hit ‘Gonna See My Baby Tonight’, to his KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS and The PARTY BOYS, Kevin has performed at some of the biggest Rock events Australia has seen.

La De Da’s

SUNBURY and the ROCKARENAS in the 70’s [were you there?] with 60,000 people, featuring FLEETWOOD MAC, SANTANA (with whom he was invited onstage to play with) and THE LITTLE RIVER BAND.  New Years Eves at the Sydney Opera House with 170,000 people, telecast live, nationally and internationally to Japan, at that time, a first!  Numerous support shows for international acts, ELTON JOHN, STATUS QUO, JEFF BECK and BUDDY GUY to name a few.

From your local to the big events, he has carved out a revered reputation in the Australian Music Industry, performing his music with a youthful exuberance, - giving extra meaning to the word LONGEVITY.  Kevin has played and recorded with artists such as Renee’ Geyer `Blues License’ - Dutch Tilders `The Blues Had a Baby ‘- Richard Clapton `Prushan Blue’, Joe Walsh and The Party Boys, [of which he was a founding member].  Jammed with Carlos Santana on two of his tours, also with Bo Didley, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Living Colour.  Overseas tours and tours with Jimmy Barnes, Renee’ Geyer and Mark Hunter, have added spice to his career.

Well known for his high-energy electric guitar style, his performance is hailed throughout the music industry as world class.  He also starred in the hugely successful 18 ‘Sold Out’ Australia wide ‘Long Way To The Top’ 2002 arena concerts.

2003 and Kevin, alongside Tony Joe White, John Mayall and Ray Charles (in that order) performed the Melbourne International Music & Blues Festival.  In recognition of His contribution to Australian music and blues culture, he was inducted into the Australian Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

John Mayall/Kevin Borich

Kevin has added a 1930’s National Steel acoustic guitar in his show.  This “laid-back” acoustic style is a very well received addition to his Shows providing a mellower base from which to launch later into electric Land, with Fender Strat and Gibson Firebird slide guitar.  He continues touring with his Express, playing material from his extensive catalog at major festivals and venues.

Now he has released his new CD – NOMAD – with his son Lucius (COG) Mark Kennedy and Harry Brus.

1977 - Australian Rock Music Awards - Best Guitarist
1978 - Australian Rock Music Awards - Best Guitarist
1978 - Concert of The Year Award (Marconi Club)
1983 - Ampex Golden Reel Award
1983 - The Party Boys - LP EMI Gold Record
1983 - Live at Several 21st (Party Boys) EMI Gold Record
1987 - He’s Gonna Step on You (Party Boys) EMI Gold Record
1999 - Australian Blues Music Festival - Heritage Award
2003 – Australian Blues Foundation – Hall of Fame

Some things the press have had to say…

KB has been at the pinnacle of the Rock, R&B and Blues music scene
since he came to Oz from NZ with the La De Das in the mid 60's.  From that time he has maintained a reputation for high-energy performances and musical excellence.  Kevin has played/ recorded or jammed with Renee Geyer, Carlos Santana, Bo Didley, Ritchie Blackmore, Ron Wood, John Mayall and Taj Mahal.  He was a founding member of the Party Boys who undertook tours with Joe Walsh and is truly a guitar playing legend.

Kevin Borich/Joe Walsh ( The Eagles )

Borich has established himself as a major guitarist in Australia, maintaining a hectic touring schedule and gaining high praise from all sources.  If Borich was American, he would be treated the same way as Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and have a major record deal…

If licks could kill... the incredible Kevin Borich
One of Kevin Borich's biggest moments was in 1979 when he jammed with Carlos Santana before 80,000 at the Rock Arena megashows in Sydney and Melbourne.  Santana would say of the Australian, "He's amazing.  He sounds so much like Jimi Hendrix yet has an individual style.  He presents his music honestly and is one of the best guitarists I've heard."

Carlos Santana/Kevin Borich

More to the point was a message scribbled on the walls of the famous Newcastle Star Hotel -``if licks could kill, Kevin Borich would be doing hard time".

Brisbane Hilton
For close on thirty years, Borich has been thrilling audiences with his dynamic brand of blistering boogie.  Hailed by rock and blues audiences alike, Borich is one of the few artists who successfully straddles the two genres, loved and revered in both as a wicked songwriter, performer and guitarist.  With sheer guitar - driven ecstasy loaded with passion and raunch, Kevin Borich will take you on a musical epic from the deepest blues to the potent force that made him one of our hottest rockers and a phenomenal ax-man.

ROCKIN' BLUES WITH A FUNKY SOUND - Robert Dunstan `Rip it Up'
Those who witnessed Kevin Borich when he blasted thru town earlier this year would agree that the musician has lost none of the blues rock touch that saw him pick up many awards and accolades in the ‘70s as this country’s best guitar player.  His dazzling fretboard skills have also seen musicians such as Carlos Santana and Ritchie (Deep Purple) Blackmore, Bo Diddley and John Mayall happily invite him on to stage to jam.

Sydney Basement
Towering over the local guitar-playing scene, Kevin Borich is rated one of the finest blues-based players in the world, a very special talent with an ever-present edge of excitement.

Deb Morrice `RAVE' Brisbane
Kevin Borich is a vital part of the Live Music Heritage in Australia.  It is one thing to listen to an artist on CD, you HAVE to see KB perform live.  It is a must!

Glen A. Baker - Gimme Ted Benefit Concert
There are a lot of personal highlights for me....  I remember when like every other young man I was playing air guitar, and one of the things I played air guitar to was Kevin Borich doing “All Along The Watchtower” who I think did it even better than Hendrix.  He’s been part of our musical lives for a long time.  He came over the Tasman in the La De Das and he’s been rocking ever since.  We love him, he’s Kevin Borich!

Kevin Borich

Kevin was recently a guest on SBS's RockWiz programme in November 2008, which was a great episode playing his golden hit "Gonna See My Baby Tonight" and the Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter".


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