After the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA finals win earlier this month, Hamilton-based band Arkells made head coach Nick Nurse an offer:
Nick Nurse: you’re welcome to guitar solo at any Arkells show for the rest of time.
The band made good on its promise Saturday night at Budweiser Stage in Toronto, inviting Nurse on stage to play guitar on Stevie Wonder’s hit Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).
Watch: Nick Nurse joins Arkells onstage
The crowd, predictably, went absolutely nuts.
Nurse could be seen with a guitar gig bag slung over his shoulder heading to and from games throughout the NBA playoffs — something that wasn’t lost on frontman Max Kerman.
“As massive Raptors fans, we noticed he had a guitar with him wherever he went, and must’ve been practicing throughout the whole championship run,” Kerman told CBC in an email.
“We figured he deserved a shot at the real thing. And you know what? That practice paid off! It was a thrill to have him up onstage with the whole gang. He was awesome.”
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It’s no secret the band is full of rabid sports fans, especially Kerman, who has loved the Raptors from a very young age.
Max here. I began working on this collection in 1996, updated it in 2000, and now in 2019 it is finally complete. ❤️ <a href=”https://twitter.com/Raptors?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@raptors</a> <a href=”https://t.co/ix45yJP9W5″>pic.twitter.com/ix45yJP9W5</a>
The Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy on June 13.