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The Band Members
Everything you probably want to know about 'the Trucks' ... in their own words too!


LEIGH
"Hi, as the guitarist in The Midnight Pumpkin Trucks, I like to use guitar sounds that are similar to the sounds used on the original records.

For the lighter stuff, mainly use a USA Fender Telecaster, which has a Seymore Duncan Broadcaster pick-up in the lead position. For the heavy songs that need a thicker, more powerful sound I use a Gibson Les Paul standard, which is great for the rock stuff. I also have a Rickenbacker 330, which I mainly use on the beatles numbers. It's a bit limited on what you can use it on - but it looks great and does have a unique sound! I use a Vox AC30 re-issue amp, which does a good all-round job, a Boss GT3 effects pedal, plus a separate Boss OD3 overdrive pedal.

I have a wide range of musical influences, mainly sixties music, such as The Beatles, early Stones and also some American artists like The Band and Elvis. I met James Burton, Elvis’ guitarist a couple of months ago, which was great. He also played with another favourite of mine - Ricky Nelson. Our band plays many of the songs I like and I’ve also played in a Dr Feelgood tribute, which I enjoyed."



PAUL
Started playing guitar & singing at the age of 12 with my first school band…Formed ‘August Rong’ with Paul Guerin (The Red Dogs/The Quireboys) at the age of 17. Since then have played & sang with ‘Techno-notice’ ‘Jam the Gap’ ‘Eve’ ‘The Overdogs’ & ‘Xit’ playing many hundreds of gigs over the years. Recently Tour Managed ‘The Quireboys’ ‘The Down n’Outz’ & ‘The Burning Crows’ through the UK, Europe, Scandinavia & South America where I Played Bass for The Quireboys too! Looked after backline & Guitars for Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) & Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) & made many good friends in my years as TM but nothing beats the thrill of performing live!....so here I am, with The Midnight Pumpkin Trucks! Rock on!! I use the fantastic ‘Orange’ Valve Amps (Rocker 30 & AD30TC) on stage for that great British clean/crunch sound and play one of my 3 PRS Starla’s as my main guitar. For my acoustic duties I play an Ovation Elite Dark for a great natural sound with zero feedback. My earliest musical influences came from the Glam Rock era of the 70’s from Alice Cooper, T-Rex, The Sweet, Slade, David Bowie, Mott The Hoople, but today I get inspired by the latest Guitar based bands producing brand new material such as Muse, Stereophonics, Slash & The Conspirators, Alter Bridge, Creed, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro….in fact anything with a great guitar riff!!


GEORGE
" Hi im George 55 years of age. I know I don’t look it. Been playing the bass guitar since I was 5 years and have gained my experience performing with Frankie Vaughan’s backing band. After this I worked with the Wombles band but after 5years in the suit I found it difficult to have a bath. I use a Proline bass amp which is Curry’s own brand and a Branston guitar, one of few made by the pickle factory employees. Currently single and looking for that Miss right, age immaterial, looks immaterial, few bob would help. Just to be fair though bad habits include wearing women’s underwear and fantasying about Jo Brand. Also eat a lot of beans. Got the sack from my last job for standing on a snail but it was following me around all day.


STEVE


I started playing bass at age 13 although drums are my first instrument. Since then I have done hundreds of gigs including many at cool venues such as Rock City, Nottingham, The Cavern, Liverpool, Barfly in Birmingham and also on a beach by the Mediterranean in the South of France. I love playing all styles of music but my favourite bands tend to be from the classic rock era such as Zeppelin, Hendrix and The Who. Influences on bass include John Entwistle, John Paul Jones, Flea and Sting. I use a Fender Jazz bass for recording and gigging. Worst gigging moment is running around Liverpool looking for a music shop after breaking my bass an hour before a show. Best gigging moment is playing a sold out show at Assembly Rooms, Derby. Currently working with Miss 600, check out the web site.



The Crew
These guys help the gigs go smoothly. Thanks guys!!


TERRY aka JOHNNY DIAMOND (The Legend)
Second drummer, roadie and comedian all rolled into one! Terry is a seasoned musician and played drums with various bands over the years, but as "Johnny Diamond" he is developing a cult following on his road to super stardom.He is getting so popular now he is bringing out his own line of thongs for sale, just for the ladies!


THE MITCHELL BROTHERS aka RIGHT SAID FRED
Welcome to Matt & Dovey, the new YTS roadies, also here to look after their cousin Billy Mitchell. These two young aspiring humpers (in more ways than one) are crucial to us and are worth their weight in gold ( well beer actually), as us old farts in the band are knackered and worn out. Watch out girls they like a nice cooked breakfast!

MORE GREAT BANDS
Not to be missed!!!


BAZ STORER
RICKY AND THE RETROS another great band fronted by Barry Storer. ( Rock n Roll ...babies !!! )"


DANNY PAGE
LORDS AND THE NEW CREATURES, another great band fronted by Danny page!

Photographs on this page by Brian Leverington and Haydn Williams
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