CHILD prodigy guitar player Nathan Cavaleri is all grown up and has joined former Screaming Jets drummer Col Hatchman to become Nat Col and The Kings.
After months in recording studios, a Newcastle rehearsal space and spending last Sunday playing to 17,000 at EnergyAustralia Stadium ahead of the Knights win against the Bulldogs, the duo are ready to hit the road.
They will kick off with their first show in Newcastle at the Great Northern Hotel on Saturday, September 4 followed by shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
‘‘We’ve spent the last year developing under the radar,’’ Cavaleri, 28 , said.
‘‘We invite our friends to play with us when we want to jam. We’re having a ball.”
Most people would be accustomed to seeing Cavaleri, who has played with the likes of BB King, Jimmy Page and Deep Purple, with a guitar in his hand, but this project will also see him on lead vocals.
Hatchman left the Screaming Jets in 2004 and still holds the Guinness Record as the World’s Loudest Drummer.
The 35 year-old set the record at Newcastle’s Northern Star Hotel in 2006 when he hit 137 decibels, just shy of the noise made from a gunshot, or jet engine 30metres away.
Cavaleri and Hatchman have put the finishing touches on their live show and their four-track debut EP to be released next month.
The duo’s music collaborations go back to the early 2000s.
The friends also took part in a fund-raising rock show at the Civic Theatre last year to help raise money for environmental projects in the region.
It was just weeks after Cavaleri performed for the Light the Night leukaemia charity in Melbourne.
At the age of six, Cavaleri was diagnosed with leukaemia and granted a wish from the Starlight Foundation.
As a guitar devotee his wish was to be flown to London to jam with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, who described him as "unbelievable".
He has since beaten the disease.