Adrian & the Sickness
Strapped with a Gibson SG and donning dreadlocks, Adrian Conner is first and foremost a shredder, playing with a technical proficiency that tops many of her male counterparts. She's also the lead guitarist of Seattle-based Hell’s Belles, an all-female AC/DC tribute band, going note for note and move for move with Angus Young. In Austin, Conner fronts the like-minded barroom blitz of Adrian & the Sickness, backed by bassist Heather Webb and drummer Nina Singh. Both the trio’s 2005 eponymous local debut and follow-up, Adrian for President
, display an impressive variety of styles, dappling in everything from the Clash’s reggae rock to Sex Pistols' punk, and of course, testosterone-fueled classic rock. The Sickness' rock edge made them perfect running mates with Patrice Pike, whose local stock rose considerably after her appearance on the reality series Rock Star: Supernova
. Through Pike, the Sickness hooked up with local native Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's in 2007 for a killer read of Golden Earring’s classic “Radar Love.” The band followed that with a DVD, Get Up! Get Out!
, capturing a ferocious set at Momo’s in December 2006. – Austin Powell