A serious brain injury left Sticky Filth's Chris Snowdon unable to play music.
In 2010, the Taranaki-born guitarist was hit by a car in Auckland and then suffered a stroke.
He was fighting for his life in hospital for three weeks before being transferred to a brain clinic for six months.
When he got out he feared Sticky Filth's songs would be lost to him forever.
"My brain wouldn't send messages to my fingers, I couldn't play," he said.
Tonight, the iconic punk band will perform in New Plymouth for the first time since his accident - and Snowdon is sure he's ready for the gig.
"I had to spend months re- teaching myself songs I'd been playing for 20 years.
"I only really came right in my head about six or eight months ago," he said.
During his time in the brain clinic the band's bass player, Craig Radford, suffered a seriously broken leg and shattered heel bone in a workplace accident.
"It was a heavy year. We went through a lot, but now we are alive and match fit and ready for Taranaki," Snowdon said.
The gig will help the band, including drummer Mark "Boot" Hill, put a traumatic few years behind them.
They'll be playing tonight and tomorrow night at the underground bar of Rhythm. Snowdon said it's been years since Sticky Filth have done back-to-back shows.
"We were knocked out of play there for awhile.
"But we are a lot more serious about our music now. We want to play it for people just like it sounds on the records and CDs.
"Gone are the days of getting drunk before we go on stage," he said.
There will be three new songs on the setlist, along with all the band's classics, including Weep Woman Weep.
Earlier this year the re-release of that 1988 song made it into the New Zealand charts.
In August Weep Woman Weep sat in the charts next to X-Factor winner Jackie Thomas and internet sensation Lorde.
Coming in at No 10 on the Official NZ Music Charts was a bit of a shock for Snowdon, who has travelled from Auckland for tonight's gig.
"We were wondering what Stan Walker would have thought of that," he said. Sticky Filth are playing at the underground bar of Rhythm, 53 Devon St East, New Plymouth tonight and tomorrow night from 9pm. Tickets $25, available from the venue.
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