“Like so many people in rock, I started off listening to Status Quo. I went to their alleged last gig “In the Army Now” in 1981– unbelievable!!I then progressed appreciating all traditional rock acts like Purple, Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake et al.
As a young lad I’d wait hours after gigs with all my record sleeves to get autographs from the stars. Over the years my collection has grown and have a great collection from all the rock veterans.
I was an Iron Maiden nut for years and for a while all my pocket money was spent on Maiden memorabilia, picture discs, imports, white labels etc. etc.
I went through the usual ‘difficult’ teenage years. I rebelled, listening to thrash metal, but my appreciation for Metallica never waned.
As broad as the rock spectrum is, my musical influences vary from traditional to the present day. Vocal influences are Eddie Vedder, David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio.”
“I’ve played guitar for 14 years, had lessons for a short time before going on to teach myself.
I have dabbled in different projects over the years but Nightblade is the most serious one of them all, notable highlights supporting Snakecharmer and Wolfsbane, my early influences were bands such as Nirvana, Muse, Pearl Jam, Rolling Stones but over the years these have grown to incorporate even more styles and varieties of music though I do have a real soft spot for music with good melodic licks and a strong rhythm.”
Music influences: punk rock, metal, indie.
Hobbies: Gym, Rottweilers.
Favourite bands: The Stranglers, Sevendust, Pearl Jam, Discharge, Gbh, Crass, Stonesour, Slipknot.
Favourite musicians: J J Burnel, Eddie Vedder, John Lydon, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Charlotte Martin, Lajon Weatherspoon, Corey Taylor.
Favourite bassist: Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers
“Myself and Mark go back many years where we met at Stourbridge College and we immediately clicked having got similar tastes in music. We spent less time at college and more skiving listening to vinyl and cassettes at my house in Kinver.
I’ve drummed in various rock bands since the age of 14. I was influenced especially in the early days by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles etc
Over the years I have played the Midlands circuit extensively including the legendary JBs in Dudley, The Robin and the 02 in Birmingham.”