A founder member of eighties metallers Tobruk and late of Essex stalwarts The Donkeys, Smurf can scream with the best of 'em. He was briefly in Stealer last year but had to bow out due to ill-health. Well, they've now glued him back together with nails and he rocks harder and tougher than ever!
Kevin Anniss - bass guitar
Mr Anniss, who has X-ray vision, plays Yamaha BB300, Peavey Grind, Washburn XS5 5-string and RMS 6-string bass guitars. He makes these much louder with a Hartke HA4000 400-watt head feeding 4x10 and 1x15 cabs. He tunes up with a Behringer tuner and on the floor there's a Zoom 3000 bass effects processor that can crush small animals at fifty yards and destroys all organic life placed within a ten-centimetre radius.
Teenage pianist Gee was lost to classical music when he discovered sevenths, blue notes and this girl at school who had a copy of Machine Head. He currently plays a Hammond XK-1 organ and a Korg Krome 73 synth through a Yamaha DBR10 powered monitor. He uses a K&M Spider antigravity device, and in the toybox there's a Way Huge Electronics 'Ringworm' ring modulator. His influences include Jon Lord of Deep Purple, Freddie Mercury of Queen and J. S. Bach, all of whom are dead. His favourite song is Bohemian Rhapsody. 'When one is tired of Bohemian Rhapsody,' he says, 'one is tired of life: for there is in Bohemian Rhapsody all that life can afford.'
The electronically operated Mr Humphrey (batteries not included) loves all things Zep. He uses Ludwig Club Date and Tama Starclassic drums, a Ludwig 402 snare, Remo heads, ProMark sticks, Protection Racket cases, Peavey drum mics and Paiste 2002 cymbals comprising 15" sound-edge hi-hats, 17" crash, 19" crash, 22" power ride and a 16" chinese. This is the upside-down one that sounds like a bag of spanners crashing at speed into a pile of dustbin lids. All he needs now is a gong.
Guitar Gary knows the chords of practically every rock song ever recorded. On stage he uses a Jackson RR5 Randy Rhoads and a Fender Strat with Fender Gold-Top pickups into a Marshall DSL40C combo. At his feet is a range of colourful boxes including a Boss TU2 tuner, an Ibanez Tube Screamer, a Cornell booster, a BossDD7 delay and a Bad Horsie Wah. He uses Ernie Ball strings and his favourite guitarist is Jimi Hendrix. 'Somebody like him only comes along once in a lifetime.' He also rates Jeff Beck ('the guitarist's guitarist'), Brian May and Peter Green. His favourite bands are Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Queen, Free and Thin Lizzy.
Please welcome our new man at the back twiddling the knobs of our Peavey 2.7 kW desk and making sure our RCF bins and horns and Wharfedale monitors sound as good as Wenceslas' snow looked - deep and crisp and even.