SAY what you like about David Hasselhoff but his heart’s in the right place.
The star of TV’s Baywatch and Knight Rider proved his generosity and professionalism during a brief visit to Newcastle yesterday.
Wearing a ‘‘Don’t Hassel The Hoff’’ T-shirt, the sometimes-pop singer needed only two takes to nail the recording of a charity single in aid of The Angels frontman Doc Neeson, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January and is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Hasselhoff was at Lizotte’s Newcastle before a performance there last night to record an acoustic version of The Angels’ pub rock classic Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again in the courtyard of the Lambton venue.
Joining the Hoff in the project were Choirboys frontman Mark Gable, The Angels drummer Buzz Bidstrip, Baby Animals guitarist Dave Leslie and Ty Penshorn of Newcastle band Little Hornet.
The song will be released on iTunes with proceeds donated to The Doc Neeson Support Fund and Support Act Ltd, a non-profit organisation set up to support members of the Australian music community in times of adversity.
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Hasselhoff, 60, said he was already rehearsing the song in Los Angeles for inclusion on his Australian tour when he learned of Neeson’s diagnosis.
‘‘Spirituality brings you together and this song was in our show anyway before any of this happened,’’ Hasselhoff said about the charity single. ‘‘We were closing the show with it and it worked so great and then all of a sudden this came about.’’
Hasselhoff plans to return to Australia in April for a personal appearances tour and to meet up with Gable, Bidstrip and Leslie to write a new song.
‘‘I’ll definitely work with them again. I’m coming back in April so I’m going to slot out some time to figure out when I can get into the studio.’’