Sunday, July 27, 2014

High Noon

As singer Paul hurries off to meet the Noon train, here are a few happy snaps of the man in action from the past two years.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rock Bodham

Just back from playing a 40-minute set at Rock Bodham, which was a lot of fun … and the last gig we'll play with Paul Noon before he retires to oil his rod.
Gary wasn't feeling himself, so Paul felt him instead.
Other bands included The Gentlemen - a band from Cromer Academy featuring Jack Blair, a young guitarist to watch; The Indebtors; The Generals; Sophie G and the Good Times (sadly minus Sophie G); fun punksters Under The Radar, and following us, Drop The Clutch - an excellent covers band. That's when we all left so we didn't see SPOT, the Yow Yows or the Naked Lights.

All in all it was a very well-organised and pleasant occasion.

We're taking a break now, for the hols - see you again on Friday 12th September at the Lady of the Lake in Oulton Broad.

Rock Bodham audience enjoying the early evening sunshine

The View From The Stage

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