Slash video icing on the cake for rock fans
For Canadian-born teenager Conor Smith, this week has been as good as it gets with his favourite rock star, Slash, in town as well as the Sevens.
'Going from the buzz of Slash to the Sevens, it's been an awesome few days,' said Smith, 16, (pictured) dressed up as the former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist and hanging out in the West Stand with friends from King George V school.
And he was in for another treat as Slash made a video clip that was played on the big screen at the weekend.
'Growing up in Hong Kong, we don't get to go to many live outdoor concerts,' he said. 'Apart from Slash, I've only seen Green Day and Linkin' Park live. As the games are short and rock songs are played on the big screen in between the play, the Sevens gives you the atmosphere of an outdoor concert. Some of the people in the stadium look similar to a rock crowd.'
Many of Hong Kong's youth could identify with Slash as he is a third culture kid, the term used to describe people who grow up in one place, with parents from another. Slash was born in West London, and raised in Staffordshire. His mother was African American from Tennessee, his father was English. When he was 11 he moved to California. 'I always like that they seem to play Sweet Child of Mine every hour at the Sevens, but I couldn't believe it when they played Slash's video produced especially for the Sevens,' said Smith. 'The crowd went wild.'
Smith is also a fan of Slash's Welcome to the Jungle. 'It's the song that got me into Slash, and I reckon Slash might say that sums up the South Stand,' he said.