Dangerous revival

Last updated 14:33 07/02/2013
Daniel Rodda
1980s tribute: ‘‘As soon as the wig goes on, he’s a bit of a monster.’’ – Danny Dangerously performing on Saturday at The Waterfront.

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By day he's Daniel Rodda, a Kapiti musician with the nickname Danny Rascal.

By night, he's Danny Dangerously, rocking the stage like the 1980s never left.

Known for his blonde wig and leopard print tights, it is hard to imagine him as the Rascal in popular 1990s punk ska band Monkey Puzzle, who opened for Creed in 1999.

The same band headlined the Queenstown Winter Festival in 2001, and using mostly the same members but under the name, Faster She Said, won the New Zealand final of the World Battle of the Bands in 2007.

Monkey Puzzle have plans to reunite later this year for their 17th anniversary but meanwhile Rascal's solo act has taken off.

"[Danny Dangerously] was a stage name that I used quite a while ago with one of my old bands. It was very 80s influenced and was kind of a joke more than anything else.

"The whole premise of it is that Danny Dangerously was cryogenicly frozen in liquid cocaine back in the late 80s by a jealous manager and through a series of events ended up being thawed out last year and hadn't realised that it's no longer 1988."

An over-the-top "glam guy", Dangerously performs 1980s hits from Bon Jovi to Guns N' Roses.

Since his creation, Dangerously has performed at last year's Kenakena Fireworks Fantasia and Kapiti Summer Rock Festival and in other regions at bars and private events.

He performs at The Waterfront Bar in Raumati on Saturday, then heads off to the United States and Australia.

A big part of Dangerously's success so far is the fun he has on stage, which starts as soon as the wig goes on, he says.

"Once I'm in character I stay in character and some of my friends, and definitely my wife find that quite annoying.

"I was hanging out with [some friends] and they wanted to see what the costume looked like, and the minute the wig went on, so did Danny Dangerously."

Saturday, 8pm, entry $10.

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- Kapiti Observer

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