Shihad Profile

aka Pacifier
Nick Bollinger
12 May 2013

Shihad began as a bunch of high school kids in love with American speed metal and became New Zealand’s most celebrated hard rock band.

Their long career has not been without crises. Early triumphs were overshadowed by the drug-related death of their manager and mentor Gerald Dwyer, while their name – adapted from the Islamic word "jihad" – almost spelt the group’s demise when the War On Terror broke out, just as the group were poised for a major launch in the USA. Yet they have prevailed – and all without a single membership change in 22 years.

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Shihad - 1996 New Year's Eve party, Dux de Lux, Christchurch Arts Centre
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Wellington Town Hall, General Electric Tour 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Wellington Town Hall, General Electric Tour 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Sleepeater
12XU (Wire cover)
1995 fax from Shihad manager Gerald Dwyer in Berlin to Wildside Records boss Murray Cammick
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
1999
Shooting My Mind's Sedate video in Wellington with director Reuben Sutherland 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Gerald Dwyer and Shihad's Jon Toogood at the 1995 Big Day Out
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Dark Times
Gimme Gimme
Home Again
Think You're So Free (2014)
Interview with Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin and Karl Kippenberger from Shihad, 21 July 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham, art by Johnnie Pain. Wildside.
You Again
Cold Heart (Homegrown 2010)
Jon Toogood for Hot Metal magazine 1996
Shihad - One Will Hear The Other (2008)
Deb's Night Out
Tom Larkin and Jon Toogood - recording demos in Wellington
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Ticket, flyer and orginal setlist from 20th March, 1999. Evelyn Hotel, Fiztroy, Victoria
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
It and N.I.B/Born To Be Wild (live 1989)
Phil Knight - Churn tour, Powerstation
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Jon Toogood
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
1990 - Jon Toogood, Phil Knight, Tom Larkin, Hamish Laing
Shihad, 2000
1993
Otis Frizzell and Bevan Sweeney - Stations video shoot 1994
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Shooting Interconnector video in Auckland 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Bevan Sweeney and Jon Toogood - Stations video shoot 1994
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Malcolm Welsford, Jaz Coleman, Phil Knight - Churn sessions at York St studio
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Shihad on the cover New Zealand Musician, June /July 2014
All The Young Fascists
Tom Larkin
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Beautiful Machine documentary (trailer)
My Mind's Sedate
Tom Larkin
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Big Day Out 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Lead Or Follow
Becky Nunes shoots Shihad
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Yr Head Is A Rock
Homegrown Profile: Shihad (2005)
Jon Toogood 2011
Photo credit: Photo by Adrian Malloch
NZ Musician October/November 1990
Karl Kippenberger - Churn tour, Powerstation
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
FVEY, Shihad's 7th album, produced at York Street Studios by Jaz Coleman and released in August 2014
Germany, 1994
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Jaz Coleman, Karl Kippenberger, Malcolm Welsford - Churn sessions at York St studio
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
The General Electric (Alternative Video)
Jaz Coleman, Phil Knight, Tom Larkin, Malcolm Welsford - York St studio
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Shihad with Gerald Dwyer (in front)
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Jon Toogood, Cathedral Square Christchurch, World Aids Day Concert Nov 28 1997
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Very early Shihad
Pacifier
Station
Beautiful Machine (Red Bull Studios 2008)
La La Land
Beautiful Machine
Phil Knight, Tom Larkin, Karl Kippenberger, Jon Toogood
Photo credit: Photo by Martin Romeis
Interconnector
2010 interview with RipItUp
Shooting Interconnector video in Auckland 1998
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Derail
Shihad at The Powerstation
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Shihad was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.
Members:

Jon Toogood - vocals

Tom Larkin - drums

Karl Kippenberger - bass

Phil Knight - guitar

Hamish Laing - bass