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Sun, Jan. 1st, 2006, 09:07 am
2006

Welcome to 2006 people. Make sure it's a good one. Take care.

Sat, Oct. 15th, 2005, 10:45 am
New band....?

As I may have mentioned in an earlier post I am looking for musicians to join my new band, a band which I will assemble over the coming months. Much heavier than previous outings, I will purely be playing guitar (very heavily and very loud!) and whilst I have put an ad on the (rather crappy) Musicians Web I will also write an ad for the shops. My set list so far goes like this:

Rock And Roll All Nite (Kiss)
Livin' The Life (Steel Dragon/JSS)
Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade/Quiet Riot)
Wishing Well (Free)
You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
Rock It [Prime Jive] (Queen)
You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
Don't Cry (Guns N Roses)
Love Walks In (Van Halen)
Purple Rain (Prince)/Faithfully (Journey)
Not Enough (Van Halen)
Last Horizon (Brian May)
Stand Up (Steel Dragon/JSS)
Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
Separate Ways (Journey)
Get Back (The Beatles)
Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who)
Wannabe (Spice Girls)
I Wanna Take You Higher (Sly & The Family Stone)
Strange Frontier (Roger Taylor/The Cross)

Obviously there will be different tunes to those listed above as I have yet to assemble an act, though I have the arrangements of all the above songs ready to go...plus I'm familiar with them all! The current line up is as follows, though hopefully some people will be recruited by the end of the year via audition and submission of any previous demo materials:

TBA-Lead Vocals
"Dangerous" Dave Handy-Lead Guitar
TBA-Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
TBA-Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
TBA-Keyboards, Synth and Programming/Backing Vocals
TBA-Drums and Percussion

Thu, Sep. 29th, 2005, 01:24 pm
Broken foot...

I went to the doctor this morning who sent me straight to the hospital. I have broken my foot in five places, including on old breaks. It's a right mess. I can't talk much now, but I'm not happy :-(

Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2005, 11:30 am
Free Download: No Questions Asked-Strange Frontier

For those that might be interested, check out either my website or HERE for a live version by 'No Questions Asked' of an excerpt of 'Strange Frontier'. I only got round to looking at the audio today and I haven't really tinkered much, though those that might have seen the DVD or were there will notice one big difference. I will clean up the complete audio and maybe we'll sell copies of it, Rich and I were discussing something along that line a while ago. I hope you enjoy this excerpt of audio :-)

Fri, Aug. 19th, 2005, 08:34 am
Flares...

Flares burning down at 3am this morning...80 firefighters are still dealing with it and most roads round there are shut. Where am I going to go now? Where are we going to see Mr Toilet Man again (I'll leave it to SP for the impressions)? A sad day....

Thu, Jul. 7th, 2005, 06:01 pm
Terror attacks...

I wrote a long piece earlier at work but I don't think I shall post it. Today I have sat with my students watching events unfold on our little television-since 10:30am this morning we have watched in horror as our worst fears were confirmed. It was possibly more chilling in some respects that 9/11 but that due to the proximity more than anything. I think all my friends are accounted for, but my prayers are for people who have either lost or have no word on their loved ones.

The Queen show in Hyde Park has been postponed, but at the moment that is inconsequential. I don't want to travel, I don't want to be on public transport, and I don't want to be in the middle of a city. How insecure and scared do I feel right now?

Take care people, maybe we have entered a new dark age today?

Mon, Jun. 6th, 2005, 08:06 am
The Best Friend I Ever Had

A final gift to share:
The Best Friend I Ever Had

Please take a copy of this demo and think as to the meanings and I hope it puts a smile on your face. Thank you.

Mon, May. 23rd, 2005, 05:39 pm
Lack of output...

Everyone...I'm not ignoring you only my computer packed up Saturday (my main studio PC) and I'm having to make very quick occasional use of whatever I can grab. I hope to get the power supply fixed/replaced in the next few days, so apologies for lack of e-mail/updates.

Sat, Apr. 16th, 2005, 02:53 pm
Live album taping...a plea :-)

Hi all
We are recording a live acoustic album on Thursday 21st April and Thursday 28th April at The Hogshead in Stourbridge. We will be there from about 8pm...we'd love as many people to come down as possible to lend their support and boost the atmosphere. Plans are afoot concerning this live album, due for release in May/June 2005, further details regarding tracklisting and format to come soon. Please get back to either Rich or myself if you can make it. Barring disasters we should be all set to record!

Tue, Apr. 5th, 2005, 12:26 am
Barley Mow Folk/Acoustic Night

For a change an open entry! Tonight was bloody great again, I walked to the Barley Mow which was a nice bit of excercise, especially as I had my acoustic on my back (just like in 'All The Way From Memphis'!). Met Jerry and Pete who are a folk duo and a good laugh, and I have to say I really enjoyed hooking up with Pete (who I know from a previous life, but he didn't recognise me!), Emma (who digged our set and hopefully will come to see us again with her mate) and Emma's mate with the degree in Maths and Human Geography, lol. It was a strange night. Anyway, tonight I rattled through (either on lead or backing vocals, or just guitar):

The First Cut Is The Deepest (shared lead vox with a woman-didn't catch her name)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (guitar and backing vocals)
Knocking On Heavens Door (lead vocals on first verse)
Wish You Were Here (guitar)
Maggie May (guitar and additional vocals)
Father And Son (lead vox)
Ooh La La (shared lead vocals with RJS)
Delilah (guitar and backing vocals)
Perfectly Comfortable (lead vox)
Working Class Hero (lead vox)
Don't Look Back In Anger (backing vocals and guitar)
Earth (lead vocals)
Message In A Bottle (bits of guitar and backing vocals)
Good Riddance (guitar?)
Lola (guitar)
Tie Your Mother Down (first verse and chorus only)
Strange Frontier (just the first verse for me and Rich, something I have to do)

PLUS various traditional tunes that I picked up, either chords or doing asides! There may be other songs, but these are the ones that spring to mind! Note, no Hey Joe, Wild World, Cocaine or some of our other set stuff in there, and what was was only done in small sections. Bodes well...

Can I just say thank you to everyone for tonight, it really was a shot in the arm for me knowing I could just walk in and play on some of these songs with people, even songs I don't even know. The traditional stuff is the most challenging for me, and it was nice to meet people that knew of Tom Wallace, some knew him quite well. That was a surprise, and I suppose it bought me some cred with them. I now have to decide what to play next week as I really did do more than I was going to tonight! Was that the best night I've had out musically? To be honest, in many ways it was a great experience, I won't forget it in a hurry!

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