The Rock of Ages
Meet the new Rock of Ages set up.
Lead singer and Rhythm Guitarist
Tony Brown lead vocals & rhythm guitar. Tony started as a lead vocalist with: The Latest Happening, then Nest before picking up an acoustic guitar and forming Reload as rhythm guitarist and lead vocals. Tony has added a Taylor T5z hybrid guitar to add to his collection. This guitar was chosen for its versatility. Forming a perfect ‘bridge’ between acoustic and electric.
John Elliott our percussionist. Delivering a great drum roll or soft mellow touches for our slower numbers!! Along with Bill John delivers the bands heartbeat. Driving the rhythm forward in a new and exciting partnership. Not exactly shy when it comes to ‘beating the skins’ it’ll be hold onto your hollyhocks when we next rock on!!
Bill Sutton: An accomplished and experienced guitarist and our new bass player. Part of the ‘engine room’ of our band alongside John Elliott. Bill has played alongside Tony B in Reload – great to have you aboard Bill.
Bill has purchased a couple of basses including a Gibson EB4 to add to his collection of electric & acoustic guitars.
His addition gives the band more ‘depth’ through his playing versatility, he will also add to our harmonies along with John & Tony G.
Tony Gornall lead guitar and backing vocals. He like the rest of the band has a real appetite for Rock ‘N Roll. Tony recently acquired a new ‘valve amp’. Valve amps are the choice of many musicians for their clarity, tone, depth and graunch! This is now complimented with a new Fender Telecaster in two tone wood or his Gibson Les Paul.
The Rock of Ages
Hitting The Road In Style
This picture was taken as a promo shot for our marketing. We all liked it so it was entered into the MG Car Club photo competition, and is in the top 70 worldwide entries. At the time of going to press we’re hopeful it will go through into the top 10 (musical undertones there)???? For aficionados it’s a 1959 MGA Mk 1.
The band thought that as a symbol it represented the swinging 60’s and the Rock N’ Roll music we all love to play & sing.
The car belongs to Tony B (second from left) it’s a throwback to a misspent youth when Tony owned 2 MGA’s and an MGB (not at the same time).
New Band Line-up
Bill Sutton is our new bassist who Tony Brown played alongside in ‘Reload’ a previous band. Harry Gee decided to leave Rock of Ages for personal reasons. We were sorry to see Harry depart but welcome Bill who has made the transition from 6 strings to 4 string bass seamlessly thumping out those feet stomping bass lines.
During the enforced restrictions we have, when ok to do so, met up under social distancing, to consider new material to play, rejig our session lists, and look to the future. During these all too few opportunities we met with a couple of musicians who expressed an interest in Rock of Ages. One guitarist in particular is an accomplished ‘lead’, who our drummer (animal John – of muppet fame!!) played with in a previous group (Just Live). Neil also plays mouth organ and joins in backing vocals. He will be joining us for ‘jamming’ sessions once restrictions permit. It could add a new dimension to the band in the future?? Watch this space!!!!
Tony G has invested in a new ‘axe’. A Fender Telecaster has been added to his collection. A favourite with many top guitarist’s Fenders are legendary. With people like Eric Clapton & Jimmi Hendrix favouring the Fender in either Stratocaster or Telecaster format.
Tony B is looking to concentrate more on vocals with some acoustic guitar inclusion, with the possibility of Tony G playing rhythm guitar and a ‘new addition’ on lead? It’s a little speculative right now so more to follow
The rollout of the new vaccine gives renewed hope and optimism for a return to normality. Our best wishes go to NHS staff, scientists, research workers and public employees who have battled manfully through troublesome times to keep us safe.
We apologise for the lack of updates to our web site but due to Corona Virus everything has been disrupted and news ‘sparce’. There is now a light at the end of the tunnel (hope it’s not the oncoming train??) so we will be uploading some new recordings onto the pages just as soon as we can.
The important bit is to get back rehearsing and planning for ‘gigs’ in 2021!! Last year saw the postponement of Longton Live, Penwortham Live, Golden Ball VE Day celebration & the Corporation Arms Beer Festival all planned for Spring 2020.
We will be raring to participate in similar venues in 2021.
Thanks for visiting The Rock of Ages web site. We wish all our many fans and supporters a happy and healthy Christmas & a Covid free New Year.
Rock on Santa
Please feel free to contact us for any updates and if you’d like to get us to play at your special event?
All the best from Tony B, Tony G, Bill Sutton & John Elliott
The Rock of Ages – Music Played with Soul
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