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Original Material and Tribute Bands

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've had more recently 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 versions 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 this 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…

Stronger Than That

This tune was one of four tracks that I recorded back in 1998 at the home studio belonging to...

Stay In My Heart

This is a song that dates back to 1987 and my early attempts to do a Bryan Adams ballad. The way...


My influences are pretty easy to spot sometimes in my songs and not so in others like this track...

She’s From A Different Solar System To Me

Ok, so this is a total KISS rip-off in terms of the riffs and in general! I wrote this song...

I Wanna Be A Has-Been

Towards the end of the 90’s, I realised to my great horror that I wasn’t going to be a famous...

I Cried Tonight

A good friend of mine still tells me that this song should’ve been given to a boy band to make...

This Aint A Love Song

Recorded live in concert at JB’s Dudley in 1997 – engineered by Phil Docker. John McGrath (...

Crawling Up The Wall

Recorded 1994 at The Farm Studios, Monmouth produced by Ron Rogers. Mikey Evans (Vocals), Nailz...

Pushin' Shovin'

Recorded at Coach House Studios, Lichfield 1989 produced by Rob Hall. John McGrath (Vocals),...

Dressed To Kill

Dressed To KillI’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 and I spent 5 incredible years touring with them across the UK and Europe.

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 played to packed audiences across the UK and Europe as the world’s longest-running KISS tribute band. I left the band due to work commitments in early 2011

On this page you can hear some of DTK’s studio work that was recorded for a project that never saw the light of day during my time in the band – 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. I certainly did for 5 glorious years.

And if you get the chance, go see Dressed To Kill for yourself!

Rockin' Around The KISSmas Tree

Recorded at Arkham Studios, Birmingham in 2007 – produced by Alex Cooper. Ash Brookes (Lead...

Got To Choose

Recorded at Arkham Studios, Birmingham in 2007 – produced by Alex Cooper. Ash Brookes (Lead...