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.
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!