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, though not at the same time. Having finally killed his Hartke HA4000 400-watt amp, he feeds his 4x10 and 1x15 cabs with the Carlsbro Marlin 150W PA amp he bought for 18/6d in Honest Ron's Pawn Shop in the Balls Pond Road ... and it sounds great.. 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.
Henry Gee - keyboards
Teenage pianist Gee was lost to classical music when he discovered sevenths, blue notes and this girl at school who had a copy of Deep Purple's Machine Head. He currently plays a Hammond XK-1 Organ and a Korg Krome 73 Everything Else 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. The musicians he admires most are J. S. Bach, Jon Lord and Freddie Mercury, all of whom are dead, and his favourite song is Bohemian Rhapsody. "When a man tires of Bohemian Rhapsody," he says, "he tires of life: for there is in Bohemian Rhapsody all that life can afford." Listen to his solo album Songs In The Key Of L here, and download it for free.
Craig Humphrey- drums
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, Peavey drum mics and Paiste cymbals comprising 15" sound-edge hi-hats, 14" thin crash, 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.
Gary Smith - lead guitar
Gary 'Life In The Bus Lane' Smith knows the chords of practically every rock song ever recorded. On stage he uses a Gibson Les Paul and Jackson RR5 Randy Rhoads 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 Boss CH1 chorus, a Boss DD7 delay, a Bad Horsie Wah, and the small red one whose precise nature is a secret. 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.
Terry 'Smurf' Sullivan - lead vocals
Smurf has played more gigs than most of us have had hot dinners. A founder member of eighties metallers Tobruk, he has toured everywhere and played with everyone. He fronted Essex stalwarts The Donkeys from foalhood to knackers yard, and finding himself footloose and fancy free, has decided to lend his powerhouse rock vocals to Stealer. We are thrilled to have him on board.
Kevin Mason - sound
Please give a big hand for our man at the back twiddling the knobs of our Peavey desk and making sure our 2.7kW rig of RCF bins and horns and Wharfedale monitors sound as good as Wenceslas' snow looked - deep and crisp and even.