PLACE OF BIRTH
Modded Marshall Gear
FIRST MUSICAL HEROES
The Sex Pistols
TOP 3 FILMS
The Shawsank Redemption
The Lord Of The Rings
TOP 3 CITIES
TOP 3 FOODS
(Everything I enjoy is either illegal, immoral or fattening)
DESERT ISLAND TOP 5
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Yes - Talk
It Bites - The Tall Ships
Steve Perry - For The Love Of Strange Medicine
Rainbow - Rising
FAVOURITE TEN TRACKS
The Name Of The Rose
Glimmer Of Evil
TOP 3 BOOKS
Dont' get the time to read that much!
TOP 3 DRINKS
Any Blonde Ale
DREAM LIVE VENUE
Madison Square Garden
1) Which are your main musical influences?
This is actually a hard question to answer, there has been so many. I like music that has to contain a lot of emotion so I try not to pigeon hole myself so to speak. I’ve found as I get older Influences have changed a tad, early on as a kid guitar wise I would have to say Randy Rhoads, Gary Moore, Malmsteen, Schenker plus all the eighties shred guys (hate that word) that were about at the time Vinnie Moore, Tony McAlpine ect. A lot of these geezers used classical music as an influence so I checked out a lot of classical stuff and took it from there. I also really like film score music, I like the way a composer can draw you in and capture what is happening on screen and ram it home. These days guitar wise I’d have to say Steve Lukather, Trevor Rabin, John Norum and Eric Johnson. Band wise I like a lot of the Prog metal stuff that’s coming out plus the classic stuff like Toto, Europe ect if it’s a good song… got balls emotion and passion I’m probably going to like it…. this can come in any form of music. I also like Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Manic Street Preachers, U2, Don Henley and a lot of the late seventies Punk stuff like The Damned, The Sex Pistols, The Skids, Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers the list goes on.
2) Which are the most challenging TEN tracks to play live?
I would had have to say any track that I have to play lead guitar on as I try and stay faithful to the original recorded track. I’m deaf in my right ear so if the sound isn’t right and the stage volume is too loud it’s hard to grasp what I’m actually doing.
3) What's your first childhood memory of doing something rock related?
Playing in front of my packed school assembly as a three piece garage band aged 13. I think we were called “Shurikan” and the singer/ bassist suggested that we all have stage names his being “Jimmy Venus” lol….I declined. Actually Jimmy was very good at woodwork so I asked him if he could make my guitar (copy of a Gibson Flying V) a bit bigger as the body looked a little small…didn’t he just. Oh my God the guitar came back with the body extended about 3 feet long, talk about “Spinal Tap”…this was the guitar I used to play in front of the school, any bigger and I would have had to stand on the school playground….rock n roll fuck yeah.
4) Which are your favourite three songs of all time?
Again this is hard one as I don’t really have favorite songs of all time, just songs that I like more whichever mood I’m in for instance… Kate Bush “Man with the child in his eyes”, Don Henley “New York Minute”, Billy Joel “It’s all about Soul”, Journey “Lights”, U2 “Where the streets have no name”, Steve Perry “Sherrie”, Yes “Love will find a way”, Joe Satriani “Flying in a Blue Dream”, Rush “Spirit of Radio”, Toto “Carmen”, Jeff Beck “Where were you”, Pink Floyd “High Hopes”, Albinoni “Adagio for Strings”, Dream Theatre “Pull me Under”, Mr. Big “Green Tinted Sixties Mind” etc etc.
5) Who would play you if a movie about the band was made?
God knows...err Meat Loaf lol
6) What was your first day job?
Printing Press Stores operator aged 16.
7) Which hobbies/interests you have that could surprise people?
8) Which are your favourite sports/teams?
Probably Footy - Liverpool FC, Stoke City and England.
9) Where is your favourite place in the world?
Haven’t seen that much of it yet so don’t really know but I would say anywhere in the world where my wife “Neat” goes with me.
10) Who is your favourite musician?
Too many to list.
11) What is your favourite breakfast cereal?
12) What is your favourite music guilty pleasure?
13) What is the proudest moment in your musical career so far?
I would have to say the Ten - “Albion” album launch at the hotel over the road from Nottingham Rock City on the day before playing Firefest. We were standing in this foyer in the hotel then we walked into this room and the place erupted, signing autographs and meeting the Ten fans was an absolutely humbling experience….a memory I will never forget.
14) Which would you say have been your role models in life?
Never really had a role model so couldn’t say.
Treat people the same as you would like to be treated yourself and manners done cost anything