introduce our readers to your band, tell us who you are, what
you sound like, and what you’ve been up to over the past
We're The Original Sinners, a Total Rock and Roll band. We were
originally together between 1987 and 1994, back then rock magazine
Kerrang! once said of us "Remember there was a time when
Iron Maiden or Thunder weren't famous either, there's a bright
new star in the sky, wish on it". We were featured in session
on Radio 1's Friday Rock show and did a 36 date UK tour supporting
Paul DiAnno from Iron Maiden. Our 1992 debut album was called
"Love or the Money", Kerrang! gave it 4 out of 5 stars,
and we got similar reviews from Metal Hammer as well.
We re-formed in 2009 to do ‘one last show’ for old
times sake and a fan suggested we entered Absolute Radio's One
Last Dream competition, which we did and then won it. We went
from a chat in a pub garden to releasing a single recorded in
Abbey Road and Playing Hyde Park to 40, 000 people within 3 weeks.....
Dreams sometimes do come true, maybe it was just our time to wish
on our own star...!
After the Hyde Park gig we played the Bulldog Bash in Warwick,
same bill as the Quireboys, UFO and Motorhead, did our own show
at the Nag’s which was sold out, were fortunate enough to
play the Hobble on the Cobbles, which was amazing and means we
can also say we’ve supported Kajagoogoo! We’ve played
a strip joint, appropriately enough for us, and supported Zodiac
So what are your plans for 2010?
We’re currently in pre-production for the next album, which
we aim to have released by May, it’s going to be called
‘Unfinished Business’, a reflection on the fact we
got back together and still have a hell of a point to prove! None
of us ever lost faith in the band when we split in 1994, it was
simply grunge killed off all the rock acts, we would never change
what we did so there was no room left for us. We still won’t
change, we’re still all about big guitar riffs, solos and
massive drums and if people still want us, we’ll always
still be here.
The competition we won is being entered into the Sony Radio awards,
so with a bit of luck we'll get to play that too.
Later in the year we are supporting Limehouse Lizzy at the Wycombe
Swan, headlining the famous 100 Club in London, and headlining
an open air festival in Reading to 3500 people.
We’re so very much looking forward to playing the Aylesbury
Civic Centre, it is a huge opportunity for us and we are delighted
and honoured to have been asked to headline it. We’ve got
a load of new songs so we’ll be airing those as well as
the classics everyone knows and loves.
What is your most memorable band moment so far?
Ermmmm let me think, how about playing Hard Rock Calling in Hyde
Park to 40,000 people!!!
Or was it perhaps Pete nearly getting killed by the 6'5"
Marine husband of the girl who was interviewing us back stage
that he decided to flirt with... (the girl not the Marine). Dan's
vote goes for chatting about karting with Vicki Butler-Henderson
whilst doing the radio shows…
How did it feel opening the Hard Rock Calling Festival
(in London’s Hyde Park) last year in front of 40,000 people?
Park was just the most amazing show ever. We’ve all been
gigging since we were 12 years old and none of us ever imagined
doing anything so big. But the weird thing was, none of us were
nervous, we felt we belonged there and just gave it our all. You
don’t realize how big these things are, the top of the stage
was 5 storeys high and the size of a football field. It was about
30 feet high and the distance even to the front row is huge, I
chucked out a few pics and they got no where near the front row,
Dave managed to get a few people with his sticks though! The roar
from 40,000 people was deafening, but we still had our home crowd
of about 100 people that made us feel even more welcome. Hanging
out back stage was amazing, our dressing room was opposite Seasick
Steve and next to the Magic Numbers, and we were chatting to them
like old mates, and the Magic Numbers guys were moaning about
how long it took the girls in the band to straighten their hair!
Oddly enough they were playing the Pepsi Max stage, so on the
tour T-shirt we were 5th from the top - below Neil Young, The
Pretenders and Seasick with bands like the Fleet Foxes and Magic
Numbers below us. The back stage hospitality was excellent, we
had some great food and you know you’ve made it when you
walk into your dressing room to find a fully stocked bar of beers
and waters and then the artiste relations team pitch up with towels
and a bottle of Jack Daniels! Added to that our single was released
the following Monday and got to No.38 in the iTunes Rock Chart
the week Jacko died, (and everyone started buying his tunes),
without that I reckon we’d have easily made top 30!!!
Anything else you’d like to add guys?
We'd just like to really thank all our old and new fans for caring
about us and coming to the shows, we're amazed at the reaction
we're getting from everyone.
For us being back in the Sinners is a bit like getting your favourite
toy back after 15 years, but we’re 15 years better players,
we’re a much much better band than we’ve ever been.
The Original Sinners are “Back on the Rock” (…little
clue to the next single there…)
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