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Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen Remix Competition

Posted in Bands, Pop Culture, Recording on December 18, 2011 by WeeMann

I’ve entered a competition run by Queen to remix their hit Don’t Stop me Now.  Please have a listen to it by clicking the image below and vote for me!

Don't Stop Me Now

Trip To London, Part 2

Posted in Pop Culture, Special Events on February 24, 2011 by WeeMann


Rob’s arrived and now we’re getting ready to head into town for a quick beer before the main event.

Trip to London. Part 1

Posted in Pop Culture, Special Events on February 24, 2011 by WeeMann


Spent the morning in the First Class carriage of the Virgin Trains service to Euston. Very nice trip, must do First Class again some time. I’m now sat in Starbucks waiting for Rob, whose train from Hull has been delayed.

On the way here I passed the Shaw Theatre, the location for the Live Aid rehearsals for Queen.

I can’t say more about why I’m here yet, but the above is a small clue…

Studio Blog 6A

Posted in Bands, Pop Culture, Recording, Special Events on October 12, 2010 by WeeMann

Sat 17:00. We ended up doing no more last night. Mike had to run and Steve and his brother got chatting to Paul, a studio owner from New York who they’ve met with and who seems to be very interested in what they’re doing.  A lovely bloke who’s worked with people like Bill Withers, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole and Michael Bolton, among others. He’s a bassist (which, based on his experience, made me a little nervous while I was recording with him in the room!) and it turns out he and I both had the same first couple of basses – a Maya and a Columbus. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who’s even heard of Maya before, let alone owned one! I had mine stolen many years ago, but I still have the Columbus, which is the fretless I used yesterday.

This afternoon I went into Birmingham with my mate Jason to see a bass clinic by Billy Sheehan, one of my favourite players. He’s currently recording the new Mr Big album with Kevin Shirley at the helm. Based on the results of the last album by Iron Maiden I’m looking forward to this.

Billy’s always used Ampeg amps, but has recently started using Hartke (my amp of choice). He hasn’t got his tone completely nailed yet, but it’s recognisable as his sound.  I videoed a couple of clips of him with my phone.  Unfortunately the sound was overloading the phone’s mic, but you get the idea!

The first is the solo section from Mr Big’s Alive & Kickin’ from their Lean Into album:

The second is a 5 minute solo:

For better footage of him live, check out this “Solo” duetting with Paul Gilbert:

Back into the studio tomorrow to finish everything off.

Darth Vader Voices Tom Tom

Posted in Pop Culture on June 12, 2010 by WeeMann

It seems Lord Vader has been in the studio recording for Tom Tom.
Click here to see the video.

Long Time, No Blog. Some Updates.

Posted in Bands, Gigs, Pop Culture, Special Events, Updates on June 9, 2010 by WeeMann

Well, a few things have been happening in WeeWorld and I just haven’t had a chance to blog, suddenly 6 weeks have passed! So here’s a quick roundup.

Jenny completed the London Marathon in 5 hours and 14 minutes – a great achievement and one which also helped to raise over £2300 for HemiHelp.  Well done Jenny!  Last week we went on holiday to St Ives in Cornwall with Jenny and her family. Very relaxing and very welcome!

The Alchemy gig in Telford went well.  The pub was full, although there were a few faces who couldn’t make it.  Our only problem was that even though we’ve reduced the amount of gear we lug around, we still took up a large portion of the pub!  It got very hot and my fingers all but melted.  It was also the first public outing of the DoddCabs, with both Dodd and Harj using them.  They sounded great, although someone did comment that Harj’s sound was a little harsh.  We think that was due to a setting on the back of his amp, but other than this we were very happy with the outcome.  Watch this space for news of further Alchemy gigs.

Alchemy at The Duke

Talking of gigs, I’ve been playing regularly with Usual Suspects.  I’m a lot happier with the material now and feel that I’m ‘part of the band’ now rather than just the new boy.  Mike (guitar) has written a few few songs which he is demoing.  Our friend, Kev Bartlett, has recorded some drums and Mike’s asked me to do the bass.  I’m currently getting the songs in my head, getting ideas of what I want to play.  Once I’ve got an idea I can do some rough takes for Mike to OK, then I’ll heading down to The Smash Room to record them for him.  So far, one that’s grabbed my attention is a track called Queen Of Pain.  Think I can do plenty with that one.

This week further news came out about Iron Maiden’s new album.  Called The Final Frontier, it will be released on 16 August (just in time for my birthday!) and the first single was released this week as a free download.  El Dorado is up on YouTube:

It’s available from

To me it sounds like it has the heaviness of their earlier material mixed with Bruce’s solo material, along with the slickness of more recent outings.  I like it and can’t wait for the album.

The Lostees

Posted in Pop Culture on March 18, 2010 by WeeMann

Just been sent a great image (thanks Orpheum!). It’s the characters of Lost as drawn by the Simpsons crew. Click below to open the whole thing:

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Posted in Pop Culture, Special Events on March 17, 2010 by WeeMann

I’m not Irish, I have no Irish blood in my veins (as far as I know) and I’ve only visited once (although I hope to change that).

However, today is a great excuse for drinking Guinness and listening to Thin Lizzy, so happy St Patrick’s Day and if you have Spotify, fire up this playlist, sit back and enjoy, whilst supping on a pint of the black stuff: Thin Lizzy

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

New Iron Maiden Album

Posted in Pop Culture on March 14, 2010 by WeeMann

Seems Maiden are just in the midst of finishing off their new album, due for release in the summer:

The Final Frontier

It’s being produced by Kevin Shirley, just like the last album.

Terry Pratchett’s Nation

Posted in Pop Culture on February 1, 2010 by WeeMann

I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s work.  I’ve got all the Discworld novels and most of the other books he’s written, so when my mate, Gareth, and I were bought tickets by our respective wives to go and see Nation at the National Theatre just after Christmas, I think it’s safe to say we were both excited.

The book is all about two survivors of a tsunami in the south seas in an alternate Earth, one the last of his people from the island (the Nation) and the other a girl who lands on the island after the ship on which she is passenger is wrecked.  Others arrive throughout the book, but it is their story really.

The show was fantastic. Visual effects were stunning and the sound was brilliantly done.  All in all it was a wonderful night out.  So when I heard that they were beaming it live to cinemas across the globe on Saturday, I just had to go again, this time with my wife, Karen.

I didn’t know quite what to expect, but the show transferred well to the big screen.  Some of the visual effects weren’t quite as stunning, but as they had been designed for theatre goers rather than a cinema screen I think that’s fair enough.

I’ll let Terry and Mark Ravenhill, writer of the play adaptation, give you a little more info.

I believe the show is on until the end of March.  If you’re a Pratchett fan, or even just a fan of well produced theatre, I urge you to go see this one.

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