The Rock of Ages
On The Move or Stuck in The Groove??
It seems an eternity from March 28th to now! CORVID 19 has had a devastating impact on everyone. Public health has been to the fore, so Rock of Ages has followed all government directives and advice. We are slowly emerging from lock down but there is some way to go before this wretched virus is fully controlled.
A lot has been happening ‘behind the scenes’ hence the summer update
We will continue to update on what’s happening in the band, how we are preparing for better times and, once booked lots of info on:
Where we will be appearing, stories about the band, new material we’re looking to introduce, and all kinds of musical ‘stuff’.
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
Rock of Ages is not a ‘one trick pony’ group. We love playing Rock ‘n Roll but we know our audiences want a selection of music. Let’s face it at the end of an evening a love ballad goes a long way, & some 12bar blues makes for easy listening.
Other Stuff :
At a practice session (before lockdown) we had a special visitor. A fellow musician who has been teaching drums for a considerable time and is a professional player. His feedback was both encouraging and extremely helpful. This chap has just decided to retire from live music & has gifted John his set of Premier’s!!
We have brought in some additional audio equipment in the form of feedback monitors and a wireless mic. The band love audience participation so a wireless mic will allow our audience (or some of them) to join in the chorus on some of our ‘signature’ covers like Mustang Sally, Gloria & Rockin all over the World!!!
Corona Virus (Covid 19) has driven a coach and horses through our planned gigs and rehearsing. We have used our enforced lay-off to plan the balance of 2020 and get ourselves in shape for the time when some form of normality returns & we can go ‘live’ again.
Currently we are hopeful that July will give further easing of the lockdown with the social distancing rules relaxed to 1m?
Alongside some new material the ‘audios’ will be revisited and updated. The current audios on our website were recorded through an unsophisticated audience placed microphone at live events.
Ok it’s cool listening to background conversations, interesting to hear ‘chat up lines’ going on, and ‘join in’s’ with the vocals but not really the best way of hearing the Rock of Ages Musical Experience? Our ‘new’ recordings will feature on our web site once completed & can be downloaded – we hope you will enjoy the experience? Watch this space!!!!
Well that’s an update on the band, new equipment and our impatience to put this Corona 19 virus safely behind us all.
See you later in the year at one of our gigs???
Thanks for visiting The Rock of Ages web site. 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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