Where were you born?
I lived on a boat for 5 years when I was young and moved to the north east when I was 9.
When did you start playing?
I got an old acoustic age 13, after a few weeks I jumped up and down on it and smashed it to pieces cause I couldn’t play the chord E. I often think I might have smashed a rare guitar worth a fortune haha!!
I bought my first electric guitar for 5 pounds it was an old Vox that looked like a strat, I loved it.
Tell us about yourself?
I played in my first band aged 14 in my girlfriend’s house with all the doors open, the neighbours were furious, all we knew was Smoke on the Water over and over again, haha.
I’ve played in many bands over the years, Rock, Blues, Motown bands and lots of tribute bands. My last band a Pink Floyd tribute was very special, so from being David Gilmour for 15 years here I am being Tony Iommi.
What do you tour with?
I’m very passionate about creating the sound that’s on the record. I’m lucky to have my own studio to make sure things sound like they are intended too in all the tributes I’ve been involved in.
I’ve had the same rig for 20 years or more, its old school but sounds great.
Korg dtr 2000 tuner running into a Marshall JMP1 preamp with a Roland GP 100 multi effects unit running into the effects loop of the Marshall then out into a Marshall 80/80 power amp driving a 4×12 Marshall stereo cab.
It’s DI stereo straight to front of house.
It’s all controlled by a Rolland FC200 midi floor controller with an A/B box to switch guitars. I have 2 Epiphone SGs as spares in case of string breakages, all guitars are on radio packs. Tunings are: 2 guitars are standard, and 2 down to C sharp, string gauge is 10 and 10.5 by GHS David Gilmour signature series… I still love him haha .
Both main guitars are Gibson SG Tony Iommi replicas with heavily modified electrics and pick ups.
The control board I made myself, and power is provided by Hot Stone Decibel Eleven, and last is a volume pedal to complete the board
Weirdest thing about me
My first love is motorcycles, I once drove my Hayabusa at 205 mph !!!! I think I lived more in that 5 minutes than most people live in a lifetime. I nearly died in a motorcycle accident when I was 21, and I was on that ship with Dave our bass player playing ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ in that massive storm in the middle of the the north sea. We had to hook our legs through the rails to stop falling over
I thought the people dancing were all drunk swishing about backwards and forwards across the dance floor… They weren’t !