Being Jon Toogood

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Being Jon Toogood

In 1988, a couple of AC/DC and Metallica fans bonded over some tunes, and so they started a band. They called themselves Shihad, apparently because they heard the word ‘Jihad’ in the movie Dune and liked the sound of it.
They messed up a little as they couldn’t spell it, but they were fifteen. Besides, rocking out is more important that education. Remember that, kids. It’s worked out okay, with frontman Jon Toogood responsible for 25 charting singles and five number one albums. He is also the youngest Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, picking up the honour at the RIANZ New Zealand Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Catch him solo and acoustic at Geelong’s Workers Club on November 20.