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**I've already had questions sent to me about the origins of some of the tunes you can hear on the musician page, which is currently under construction and being tweaked to make it the best it can be. So meantime, the blurb below gives you both an idea of how I came to record this stuff, as well as who it was recorded with and when. Read on....**


Since around 1985 I’ve been playing drums or guitar in one band or another.

Whether it was my humble beginnings with Dangerous Games at the tender age of 16 or the fun I have now with DRESSED TO KILL (of which more later) I’m just another one of those blokes who can’t shake the thrill – the ‘drug’ if you will – of performing music live.

My desire to be a rock star playing my own songs took in the aforementioned Dangerous Games (my 6th form college band) and then onto 6 years in Brummie sleaze rockers Shotgun Wedding, where we tried to ride the Guns n Roses wave of LA metal acts with a British slant gaining moderate success (well, Kerrang! magazine liked us anyway) before splitting in 1994.

Then came my closest brush with rock n roll infamy as drummer with Sons Of God, a Cardiff-based glam rock act with enormous talent and great songs who were signed to independent label MGL Records in 1995, only to be frustrated in our attempts to get an album released before the band unfortunately splintered in 1997.

After that disheartening experience I ended up joining some of my ex-Shotgun Wedding bandmates who’d formed a Bon Jovi tribute called New Jersey and I spent the next few years playing drums for them as they garnered a glowing reputation as an unerringly accurate version of Jon Bon Jovi’s boys.

I also joined two of my good friends Phil Docker & Nigel Joiner on occasion to play rock covers in The Three Amoebas, a band of no fixed ability, but with a good sense of humour, and our version’s of Motorhead, Macc Lads and AC/DC songs have become something of legend in Birmingham & Solihull over the last decade or so! My other sometime rock covers band was Americana, which I formed with New Jersey & Dangerous Games members from down the years and I’ve had some great times with them too.

I have also covered on drums and guitar duties regularly over the last decade for Dizzy Lizzy (guess who they do a tribute to?) as well as appearances for Toxic Twins (Aerosmith) Foreigner 4 (Foreigner, naturally) Keep The Faith (another Jovi tribute) Being Paul Stanley (with Dressed To Kill & Three Amoebas pals) and I once even got the chance to play drums for the legendary Steve Gibbons Band – a true honour!

Along with that came the chance from 1997 to 2008 to play in the truly fabulous tribute Ian The Goat Sings Black Sabbath, a wickedly funny mixture of tribute band and pantomime featuring the quite brilliant Ian “The Goat” Kay as Ozzy Osbourne and the late great Stu Clarke as guitarist Tony Iommi with an act that was always fun and often side-splittingly funny wherever we played.

All fun days, and all hugely enriching in their own way. I have many many treasured memories of transit vans, dodgy promoters, fleapit venues and eccentric band members to reflect on. Who knows – maybe I’ll write a book on it one day if anyone’s genuinely interested!!!!!!!!!!!

For now on the 'Musician' page, though, you can listen to examples of Shotgun Wedding, Sons Of God and New Jersey performances, both studio and live, as well as DRESSED TO KILL stuff. Who? Ah well, let me tell you…


I’m proud to say that, as a KISS fan of some 30 years standing, it was an absolute honour and privilege to be asked to join DRESSED TO KILL as drummer back in 2005.

My first official performance with the band was at the 2005 KISS Expo in Nottingham, and since then myself and my bandmates Ash Brookes, Gary Piears-Banton and Danny James have played to packed audiences across the UK and Europe as the world’s longest-running KISS tribute band.

DTK are personally endorsed by KISS bassist himself Gene Simmons who requested us to perform on his hit Channel 4 show ‘Rock School’ and fans as far afield as Spain & Norway have experienced our 2-hour tribute complete with authentic costumes, instruments and visual effects.

Don’t believe me? Go to and watch footage taken by our fans of our show. Or better still, come to a DTK show!! Visit our website at

On this site's 'Musician' page, you can hear some of DTK’s studio work that was recorded for a project that never saw the light of day – an aborted Christmas Tribute band album where loads of different tributes performed a Yuletide tune in their bands’ own style as well as recording a band classic. We were asked to contribute along with acts as diverse as UB40, Bryan Adams & Bob Marley tributes

I came up with the idea of an arrangement of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” that incorporated KISS’ huge hit “Rock and Roll All Nite” which the other guys loved as a great match of tunes, and so we recorded that along with a faithful rendition of the KISS KLASSIC “Got To Choose”. Enjoy

Here's some more detail for you about the songs you can hear on the musician page. Thanks!

Shotgun Wedding – “She’s From A Different Solar System To Me”
(Recorded at ‘The Bunker’ Bearwood 1994 produced by Simon Bishop)

• Andy Booker (Vocals)
• Graham Ettrick (Guitars/Vox)
• Dave Meehan (Guitars)
• Ash Thompson (Bass/Vox)
• Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)

Shotgun Wedding – “Pushin’ Shovin’”
(Recorded at Coach House Studios, Lichfield 1989 produced by Rob Hall)

• John McGrath (Vocals)
• Graham Ettrick (Guitars/Vox)
• Dave Meehan (Guitars)
• Paul Glover (Bass/Vox)
• Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)

Sons Of God – “Scare Myself” & “Crawling Up The Wall”
(Crawling Up the Wall recorded 1994/Scare Myself recorded 1997, both at The Farm studios, Monmouth produced by Ron Rogers)

• Mikey Evans (Vocals)
• Nailz (Guitars/Vox)
• Jon Everitt (Bass)
• Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)

New Jersey – “This Ain’t A Love Song” LIVE
(Recorded live in concert at JB’s Dudley in 1997 – engineered by Phil Docker)

• John McGrath (Vocals)
• Dave Meehan (Guitars)
• Ian Morton (Bass/Vox)
• Kev Billington (Keyboards/Vox)
• Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)

Dressed To Kill – “Rockin’ Around The KISS-mas Tree” & “Got To Choose”
(Both recorded at Arkham Studios, Birmingham in 2007 – produced by Alex Cooper)

• Ash Brookes (Lead Vocals/Guitar)
• Gary Piears-Banton (LeadVocals/Bass)
• Trevor Lynn (Lead Vocals/Lead Guitars
• Ian Danter (Lead Vocals/Drums)

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