The boys in the band

The fReds

Steve -Vox

Previous bands: Adam & Steve.

Favourite musicians: The maestros…Wonder, Prince, Jackson, Bowie, Lennon, McCartney.

Best gigs: Gomez at Cafe de la Danse in Paris, 1999. Magic.

Best Festival: Isle of Wight festival 2002 where Tim Burgess from the Charlatans bought me a pint!

Favourite cover version: Kanye West’s Gold Digger by “The Automatic” as performed on radio 1′s live lounge.

Eric – Bass

Previous bands: Enjoyed a brief spell in the Tyneside rock ‘n’ roll limelight as bassist for indy combo Ten Bob Nostril during the late ‘70s. Following the untimely demise of Ten Bob his musical energies were devoted to experimental collaboration with north-east based artists, singer song-writer Mick Kirkup and reclusive wooden-music purist and lute maker, Andy Atkinson. He then waited patiently for 20 years until the Freds were ready for him.

Other bands: Thee Stout Brogues.

Favourite musicians: Bob Dylan, John Otway,

Best gigs: Elbow (Enmore), PJ Harvey (Enmore)

Best Festival: Was definitely Devo, Newcastle Town Hall, 1979

Favourite cover version: Lindisfarne’s ‘Fog on the Tyne’ by Gazza

Dan – Drums/Vox

Previous bands: The Piemen

Favourite musicians: Radiohead, Jeff Zingleblatt

Best gigs: U2, The Drummers of Burundi, Jeff Zingleblatt’s Power Rhythm Orchestra, Sting

Best Festival: JazzDrum 07

Favourite cover version: Anything with a drum solo

Dick (aka The Dickster) – Guitar (Currently on loan to The Stockholm fRedericks).

Previous bands: The Piemen

Favourite musicians: Page, Lennon & Macca, Hendrix

Best gigs:, Pulp (Leeds), Peter Green (Manchester), Coldplay (Metro), Supergrass (Coogee Bay), Police & The Who (Sydney).

Best Festival: Knebworth ’96 the fastest selling ticket in British concert history featuring Oasis, the Manics, Ocean Colour Scene & Kula Shaker

Favourite cover version: ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ by Travis

Andy – Guitar/Vox

Previous bands: Napalm Shakedown, The Hip Troop, Heptet, The Removalists

Other bands:  Thee Invincible Summer, The Butterfly House

Favourite musicians: Johnny Marr, Damon Albarn, Billy Childish, Nile Rogers

Best gigs: Nick Cave (Sydney 2017), The Clash (Hastings Pier), The Jam (Rainbow), Blur (Brighton), The Fall (anywhere) & Trouble Funk (Hammersmith Palais)

Best Festival: Womad 2 at Mersea Island featuring A Certain Ratio, New Order and The Fall

Favourite cover version:  Toots & the Maytals’ ‘Pressure Drop’ by The Clash.


1 Response to The boys in the band

  1. mikepember says:

    If you ever need a roadie, I’m pretty reasonable, flight for five from UK, hotel for the night, and a few beer tokens. Just putting it out there.

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