Get your denims and leathers on for the finest exponents of classic hard rock in Norfolk, if not the entire East of England. From AC/DC to ZZTop, Black Sabbath to Deep Purple, the Stones to the Faces, we cover the waterfront for an evening of wall-to-wall, heads-down, no-nonsense good time rock'n'roll. The kind that your Dad told you to turn down when you were a teenager. Stealer is available for parties, gigs, festivals, knees-ups, happenings, rave-ups, orgies, barmitzvahs and witches' sabbaths: contact us by email; by phone or text on 07595 547911; or on Facebook. Follow the band on Twitter @StealerClassicR

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Last Night at the Trowel and Hammer

Last night (12 July) was a great night at the Trowel and Hammer in Norwich - always great venue for us. For those who missed out, here is a selection of last night's music. The gig was extra-special in a bittersweet kind of way, for two reasons.

First, we used it to remember Bev, a work colleague of Gary 'Guitar' Smith and a fan of the band, who died recently.

Second, it was (but for a short set at the upcoming Rock Bodham festival) Paul Noon's last appearance as our lead singer, before he goes off to spend more time oiling his rod. As the Voice of Stealer for more than two years (like Henry, he joined early in 2012) we'll miss him. We all wish him well.

Therefore - welcome to the band our new singer Smurf, pictured left fronting his 'other' band, Harlow-based covers band The Donkeys. He came to the gig last night and some of you might even have met him.

Smurf is a true veteran of all things ROCK. A founder member of 1980's rockers Tobruk (he can be heard on three tracks of their album Recaptured), Smurf has played more gigs than all the rest of us put together have had hot dinners. Or just dinners.

Our advert specified that anyone replacing Paul had to have the kind of personality that made fire-breathing dragons stay at home in bed, David Coverdale plead the 'eadaches and Gene Simmons run sobbing to the toilet. The facility to hit the kind of high notes that distress air-traffic controllers and make bats fly upside down into walls. Smurf was the only one who fulfilled these demanding requirements.

Here is some soon-to-be collectible video of Smurf rehearsing with the band at the Secret Location. Over the summer break we'll be dusting off the set, retiring some well-loved old songs and bringing in some sparkly new ones for your listening pleasure.

Smurf's first gig as a member of the Stealer family will be at the Lady of the Lake in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, on Friday 12 September.

See you there!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Highway Hunters

What a party that was. The Highway Hunters Motorcycle Club 12th Annual Party, I mean, held over three whole days (count 'em) at the Greyhound pub (and fields adjacent) in Tibenham, which is as close to the middle of nowhere as you'll find in Norfolk (and that's saying something, if you know Norfolk.) We were the main entertainment on Saturday (yesterday, that is) and here are some happy snaps of the occasion.

The snaps of two men clad in leathers and lime-green mankinis traveling around the site on a mobility scooter have been censored for reasons of taste (but mainly I couldn't get a good shot…)

Thanks to Anita and everyone else at Highway Hunters for a great event!

Video clips are currently being posted as a playlist on our YouTube channel.

flower power - still alive in Norfolk

This is the way to travel

Paul appears to have something trapped in his beard.


The Excitement at Highway Hunters was In Tents










Monday, June 30, 2014

Hotter Than July

Can't believe July is upon us already. We have three gigs this month and each one is likely to be a corker. Please do come to any or all of them.

The first is the Highway Hunters Motorcyle Club meet at the Greyhound in Tibenham. This is a three-day festival and we're headlining, on Saturday 5 July.

The second is rather special - another date at Trowel and Hammer in Norwich on Saturday 12 July. The T&H has become one of our favourite venues and the regulars have always given us a warm welcome. This gig will be a tribute to a lovely lady and fan of the band called Bev, who died recently. But all will be welcome and it promises to be a big night.

Finally, on Saturday 26 July, we're playing at the Rock Bodham festival in Bodham, between High Kelling and Cromer. Here's the poster - this promises to be a great couple of days.

And then we're having a break!



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Once more at the Trowel and Hammer

Stealer just after the Trowel and Hammer show (pic © Carron Houghton). From L-R Henry Gee, Gary Smith, Paul Noon, Kevin Anniss, Craig Humphrey. Henry Gee appears courtesy of the Sea Mammal Research Unit.

Thanks to the Trowel and Hammer in Norwich for inviting us to fill a cancellation at short notice last night. Last time we were there we were up against Eurovision - and we won.

This time our adversaries were not only the final of Britain's Got Talent, but also a World Cup friendly between England and Honduras - and we scored again.

The pub was full, and, of course, the more people there are, the better we play. Special thanks to the lady who came all the way from Wolverhampton to Norwich for a date - sadly her date didn't work out, but she stayed to watch us play - and she liked it so much that she'll be back with her mates on 12 July. Why not come and join her?

This picture was taken by Carron Houghton just after the gig. Thanks Carron!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Banner

Quite often people come up to us at gigs and say things like "great band! What did you say your name was?"

Well, no longer!

 For this afternoon I took delivery of this heavy duty PVC banner, and here it is, bitchin in mi kitchin...

Don't much like the look of that owl. It looks a bit shifty if you ask me.

Not that Stealer is ever likely to play in mi kitchin in the manner of Motörhead in The Young Ones, but at least when we go out on the road people will know who we are. Including us.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Night of the Unicorn

Our date at the Unicorn in Aylsham was a smash. Thanks to everyone who came and made it a great night - honorable mentions to Denise, Trevor and Paul (you are stars); Phil and Lynne; Rachel and Roo and the gang from Roadkill; and landlord Martin, who clearly likes the same music we do.

You can listen to a few tracks from the gig here.

We'll be back at the Unicorn on 17 October and we're already looking forward to it.

This picture shows what it meant to us …

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On a more musical note (A-flat), Craig had a couple of new additions to his dazzling array of very shiny cymbals, one of which was this:

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No, kids, it's not upside down - it's supposed to be like that. It's called a Chinese cymbal and when struck goes … well, think of up-market dustbin lid.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another One at the Trowel and Hammer

The Trowel and Hammer in Norwich liked us so much when we played there last that when a cancellation came up we were their first call. Astute readers of our Gigs page will therefore notice that we're playing there on Saturday 7 June, as well as Saturday 12 July.