Published Dec 10, 2014Truly displaying an appetite for destruction, Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper channelled his inner Axl Rose last night (December 9) at the Conservative Christmas party in Ottawa by performing a cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine."
Our national leader was up onstage at the Westin Hotel, handling keyboard and vocal duties with his band the Van Cats. The prime minister's attempt at the Sunset Strip hard rock tune, as you'll see in a clip down below, was a little more mellow than what Axl would bring to the table, but according to reports, Conservative party affiliates, members of Parliament and various political staffers were seen dancing at the front of the stage.
Also of note, Harper opted out of an outfit composed of a vermillion bandana, leather pants and a tight-white cut-off T-shirt in favour of a more, ahem, conservative all-black ensemble.
Other cuts cranked out at the Christmas party reportedly included John Denver's "Country Road," Johnny Cash's "Jackson," the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There," a seasonally appropriate "Silent Night," and tracks from Old Crow Medicine Show and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Harper, of course, has been captured tickling keyboards before. Choice concert appearances include a 2013 run-through of Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Taking Care of Business" at a bar in Calgary and a press conference performance of John Lennon's "Imagine" in 2011, which you may remember was yanked from YouTube over copyright violations.
You can see Harper's face and let him and his Van Cats take you to that special place by giving their cover a stream down below.