Monday, May 28, 2012

Pix from the King's Head

Here are some snaps by Sir Peter de Sutton from our gig at the King's Head in Loddon, 26 May.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Say 'Nul Points' to Eurovision!

Are you in danger of spending tomorrow night (that's Saturday, 26 May)  trapped at home, strapped to a chair, your eyes kept open with forks, crocodile clips attached to tender regions of your anatomy, and forced to watch the Eurovision Song Contest? Your potential suffering is at an end - come to the Kings Head in Loddon and watch Stealer instead.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nothing beats a fresh EGG

Maddie at the Eastern Gig Guide (you can download it here) gives Stealer a rockin' write up in the June issue:
'Classic rock covers band Stealer are on tour around some of our local music venues around Norfolk and Suffolk and claim to provide some great head banging material so if that is your kinda thing be sure to check them out before the end of the world'. 
Thanks Maddie - hopefully see you at the Brickmakers on 28th June.

Monday, May 21, 2012

All About O'Grady's

Just a quick post to wish a big Stealer thank-you to those who defied the gods of UEFA and came to see the Official Relaunch of Stealer at O'Grady's in Yarmouth. Here are some happy revellers... Thanks to Kas and all her staff for a warm welcome - looking forward to seeing you again on 21 July.

Paul's new shirt.

Stealer to play the Lady of the Lake

We'll be renewing the Suffolk visas in our passports to play at the Lady of the Lake in Oulton Broad on Friday 12 October. Save the date!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tracks Gig Postponed

Stop Press - the gig at Tracks @ The Railway on 9 June has been postponed due to a double-booking foul up. Watch this space for a rearranged date.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Gathering Storm

Scenes from the Secret Location earlier today as Stealer gathered to put finishing touches to the set for upcoming gigs at O'Grady's at Yarmouth (19 May); the King's Head in Loddon (26 May); Tracks @ The Railway in North Elmham (9 June); the Brickmakers in Norwich (28 June) and beyond...
words, words, words...
Might we have everything louder than everything else, please?
Mr Anniss shows those young whippersnappers how it's done.
For gear heads only - Henry's rig now includes (from top) Korg TR61 workstation, Hammond XK1 organ, Yamaha P80 piano, Behringer Xenyx 1622 Mixer, and Korg MS2000R synth (triggered from the TR61).
Gary digs in to his new Jackson RR5 Randy Rhoads.
The view from the Secret Location.
What happens if I press this one that says '50000 Volts Extremely Dangerous'?
Craig's kit. It appears he has three feet. Who knew?
The Man Himself.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gary's New Axe

Watch out ladies! Gary Smith, Stealer's most illegible eligible bachelor, arrived at tonight's rehearsal with a brand new axe - a Jackson RR5 Randy Rhoads. Rockin'! You'll be able to see and hear it in action at our gig at O'Grady's in Yarmouth on 19th.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

All The Way From Mayfest

The Mayfest set was a blast. It's official - the Stealer has Landed! You can see the whole set, divided into six easy pieces; here, here, here, here, here and (of course) here.

Martin Dixon. Rock, and, furthermore, Roll.
Thanks to our man Peter Sutton for wielding the video camera. Stealer would like to thank everyone at Tracks @ The Railway for their kind hospitality - Barbara, Brian, Becca, Martin and all their friends and relations for making Mayfest such fun. We're looking forward to seeing you again on 9th June.

The quality of the bands on Saturday Afternoon (there were bands on Friday and Sunday too...) was quite something.

I was sad to have missed Vex as I discovered - too late - that it featured two of my favourite young musicians, Jake Graham and Luke Graham, sometimes of Stone Pony.

My Cocoon
I did arrive in time to see My Cocoon, purveyors of atmospheric and heartfelt doom, featuring my pal Dan Coyle (usually of Up Against Us) on drums.

Next up was The Dying Breeds, bringing back the fun of the happier side of punk - they reminded me very much of The Damned. Very much to be recommended. A band I'd like to see again.
The Dying Breeds

All the bands up to then suffered somewhat from the unfortunate fact that they were competing for attention with the F. A. Cup final. This finished towards the end of The Dying Breeds' set, after which everyone piled in, just in time to witness the epochal return of Stealer.

Paul Noon opens Stealer's account (pic by Martin Dixon)
I like to think that we'd be very hard to follow - but it took a band of the calibre of Shock Hazard to do it. A worthy winner of a recent Battle of the Bands contest and tipped to do well in a national unsigned bands contest, Shock Hazard play raw hard rock with a tinge of AC/DC, but make the kinetic Angus Young look languid.

Shock Hazard. They're blurry because they were moving around. A lot.

Bad Touch
They launched into their set like men possessed and kept up the pace right to the end. Amazingly, they did this after having already played a gig that day - and they were (or so I heard) on their way to another. Honestly, all I did was twiddle my knobs for 45 minutes and I was knackered, but then I am very old. Shock Hazard is a band that'll go far. I bought their CD Danger Of Rock and look forward to listening to it, cup of cocoa in hand, between The Archers and Gardeners' Question Time.  Closing the night was Bad Touch, who gave it some rock'n'roll swagger in the style of Thunder or Bon Jovi.

We Stealers were struck by the energy of the bands with whom we shared the billing. Such youth! Such vigour! We were old enough to be their Dads. However, I'd like to think that we older and arguably wiser types showed those young whippersnappers a thing or two. Here's hoping...

Now, back to the Secret Location to rehearse the full-length set in time for O'Grady's in Yarmouth on 19th.