was one of the founding members of Verbal Warning back in the hazy
days of 1979.
those days he was the band’s guitarist but has now switched to the
bass in the new line-up.
started out in 79 and carried on until 1983 before taking a 22-year
sabbatical,” he said. “I was happy enough playing guitar but,
now we have found someone who can play it just as well as me, so I
moved to bass.”
is a huge Ramones fan, but his other big influences are Green Day,
The Damned, The Beatles, The Undertones and current USA band the Groovie
Ghoulies, who reproduce that
fantastic Ramones sound in their songs.
first gig was watching Sham 69 back at Nottingham’s legendary punk
club The Sandpiper in the City’s Lace Market.
his most memorable show was the day Fergal Sharkey and The
Undertones played the opening gig at the new Rock City venue in
said: “It was memorable as it was the first time Rock City had
staged a gig and the band were superb. It was great to watch one of
my favorite bands of all time play
the first gig there.
is still a great venue but, looking back, I saw some brilliant gigs
at Retford Porterhouse as well, particularly by the UK Subs.
being a Beatles fan, another of my favourite gigs was watching the
Bootleg Beatles at the old Musters Hotel in West Bridgford.”
say a fool and his money are easily parted. Well Paul’s no fool
and you try getting a beer out of
him! Best of luck.
used to be singer in a band called Potential Difference who played
several gigs with the old Verbal Warning line-up.
he has now completed a free transfer many years after the demise of
the two original bands!
has always lived in the Long Eaton area and since he finished with
PD, has kept his showing-off to acting with the Riverside Drama
Company or mooning in public bars near closing time.
now back at the microphone, he is looking forward to a successful
future with VW.
first three gigs were The Damned at
Retford Porterhouse, The Buzzcocks and Subway Sect at Derby King’s
Hall and The Clash with the Slits, also at King’s Hall.
was it. From then on I was completely hooked and my school bag was
covered in inked-on band names and the old punk badges which I still
have in my big punk rock nostalgia collection.
favorite band is The Stranglers, followed by The Clash, The Damned,
The Buzzcocks, The Ramones, UK Subs and The Adverts.
is also a massive fan of punk novelty act John Otway and makes an
annoying habit of dragging everyone he meets to see an Otway gig!
However, most go back for more!
current acts on the smaller punk circuit, John is a big fan of TV
Smith (ex-Adverts frontman), Blyth Power, Atilla the Stockbroker,
and Eastfield. And the evergreen Morrissey still makes him smile!
Warning is Lee’s first band, though he is keeping his ears open
for any vacancies in Green Day.
Lee now lives in the more northern wilds of Long Eaton.
baby of the band, his first gig was as recent as the Download
Festival at Donington Park in 1995 (aah!) which was headlined by
metal giants Metallica.
Lee has kept his hair and his riffing on the shorter side and cites
his main influences as Green Day, The Clash, The Ramones, Nirvana,
The Pixies and Stiff Little Fingers.
best ever gig seen was Green Day (that name keeps cropping up) at
Nottingham’s National Ice Arena this year, but a great night
watching Fingers as Sheffield’s Leadmill runs it a close second.
was the first time I’d ever heard them play Strummerville live
and, as a big Clash fan, it was really moving to hear it,” he
favourite guitarist is Green Day (it’s there again) frontman
Billie Joe Armstrong.
modest computer whizzkid, Lee is responsible for the wonderful
design of this very web site.
has been drumming for two years and Verbal Warning represent his
in Watford, he now lives in Alfreton, Derbyshire.
first taste of live punk rock was watching the Stranglers at
Nottingham’s Rock City in 1981.
can’t remember too much about it now as it was such a long time
ago, but it was a great experience and I know my ears were ringing
for three days afterwards,” he said.
Stranglers remain among his favourite bands of all time along with
Green Day, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Prisoners, The Clash
and The Chameleons.
of those great, lost British guitar cult bands of the Eighties, The
Chameleons also provided Ian with his best gig of all time.
a fan I heard they had reformed and I went to see them at Wychwood
near Ashton-under-Lyme,” he said,
was so good to see them again after so many years."
have a collection of everything they ever did.”
favourite drummer of all time is John Lever from the Chameleons. He
also has s soft spot for the late, looney Keith Moon of The Who.
Right folks - The Gig Guide has been
updated with all the latest shows we've got booked
for the rest of the year. Also watch this space for details of a new
t-shirt design as it comes hot off the press