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Dep Auditions Taking Place

1 January, 2014 | Tubesnake News

Happy New Year Everyone. It’s early days yet as far as our guitarist Tom’s future plans are concerned but it’s looking like he’s gonna be out of the country longer than a month, maybe two or three months in fact. Tony Cawson and Steve Gilroy are still helping us out on guitar. Tony has just covered our Beamish Mary Inn gig in Stanley on Saturday 28th December and our New Year’s Eve gig at The Bonny Moorhen in Stanhope last night. However, we’ve taken the decision to look for a more permanent guitar dep. If Tom is going to be away for another three months we feel it would be better to have a stable line-up over that period with just the one dep in order to maintain some form of continuity at our gigs. We’ve already had a very positive audition a couple of weeks ago and have one more to check out in the next week. Both lads are aware that we’re looking for someone who is a quick learner and can commit to a good two or three months with us until we suss out what’s happening with Tom. We’ll keep you posted.

Sardines For Christmas

22 December, 2013 | Tubesnake Gigs

Pubcat Craig David feeling squashed (photo by alan gordon)Teatime slot at The Free Trade Inn in Byker, Newcastle on Sunday 22nd December 2013. The spirit of Christmas was undoubtedly in the air today as what seemed like a never-ending stream of punters continued to squeeze themselves into this pretty small venue. It wasn’t long before the audience was packed in like a tin of sardines which, of course, created a tremendous atmosphere for the gig. Even the pubcat, Craig David, who normally has the run of the place, had to resort to hiding in the bass drum. Well done to pub regular Alan Gordon for getting that photo! Guitar dep, Steve Gilroy (SGB and The Dirty South), once again stood in on guitar since Tom is still gigging in Abu Dhabi at the moment. You did a great job Steve and everyone was suitably impressed with your Santa hat by the way. That’s the spirit! This was a brilliant gig at The Free Trade with a fantastic crowd who still found room to dance and smash a few pint glasses in the process. Merry Christmas, one and all, from Tubesnake.

Deps Recalled As Tom Flies Off Again To Rock The Casbah

16 December, 2013 | Tubesnake News

Tony CawsonSteve GilroyAfter some deliberation, our guitarist Tom Atkinson boarded a plane today to begin another bout of gigs abroad. This time he’s starting in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. We say “starting” since we are unsure when, or if, he will be coming back. We’ll have to wait and see. We are pretty impressed by his sense of adventure though! Once again, Tubesnake will continue to meet all gig commitments with the help of guitar deps Tony Cawson (a founder member of Tubesnake) and Steve Gilroy (SGB and The Dirty South) who both performed depping duties for us earlier this year through May/June while Tom was gigging in Eilat, Israel. This coming Friday, 20th December we have Tony on guitar when we play The Saltgrass in Sunderland. Two days later, at 5pm on Sunday 22nd December, Steve steps up when we play The Free Trade, Byker, Ouseburn. Exciting stuff!

Wham, Bam, Thank ya Ma’am!

24 November, 2013 | Tubesnake Gigs

“Wham!” Storming gig at The John Duck in Durham City on Friday 22nd November. Lots of ladies invading the stage and strutting their stuff. “Bam!” A short trip across town to sister pub The Angel on Saturday 23rd November for a blistering gig with a hyper audience and another well stocked dance floor. “Thank ya Ma’am!” Third gig in a row, Sunday 24th November, at The Mill House near Birtley. Party time in the second set pandering to requests from a Beatles loving audience with off the cuff versions of ‘Lady Madonna’, ‘Back In The USSR’, ‘Get Back’, and finally ‘Hey Jude’ accompanied by tremendous audience vocal support. Cracking weekend and three great gigs for us!

TUBESNAKE Facebook Page Launched Today

13 November, 2013 | Tubesnake News

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Penny For Your Thoughts

3 November, 2013 | Tubesnake Gigs

Tubesnake at The Penny Gill (photo by gillian adlington)Sunday afternoon, 3rd November 2013. Excellent! A pub that looks like a Rock Venue as soon as you step in the door. Welcome to The Penny Gill in Spennymoor. The walls are plastered with rock posters and there’s musical instruments and other paraphernalia hanging from the ceiling. A sound system literally “blasts” out rock tunes at the far end of the room where the band set up and a black-out blind is lowered to shut out all daylight, adding to the atmosphere and helping create that real rock venue feel. We’d played here three times previously when it was your normal looking pub back in January and October 2000 and once more in July 2001. We kicked off at 4.15pm with our eyes on the road and our hands upon the wheel, playing to a brand new audience in a room that was made to rock. Many thanks to Warren for booking us. Gigs every Sunday from 3.30pm onwards! … Lenny

The Image Of The Poet’s In The Breeze

27 October, 2013 | Music News

Lou Reed 2nd March 1942 – 27th October 2013.

"All the poets, they studied rules of verse and those ladies, they rolled their eyes ..."

Nightclubbing

13 September, 2013 | Tubesnake Gigs

Just back from another great “club” gig at Wheatley Hill Constitutional Club (The Conshies). A new venue to us and our fourth club gig out of our last five bookings. We’ve had good turn-outs over the last three weeks at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club in Hetton-le-Hole, Buffalos Rock Night at Houghton-le-Spring Comrades Club and St.Peter’s Social Club in Byker, this one also being a new venue for us. They’ve all had a good buzz and given us a bit more leg room to stretch out in.

Summer’s Almost Gone

24 August, 2013 | Tubesnake News

That was a damned good break from gigging which, for me (Lenny), included a couple of days camping near Haltwhistle, Northumberland followed by three days to get my act together before flying off to Portugal. Never been before but loved it. Spent a week hanging out with some mates in a top notch villa in Albufeira in The Algarve. Not a single cloud for the whole week. Great to see the sun hadn’t totally disappeared upon my return to the UK. First gig after the break is tonight, Saturday 24th August 2013, at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club. “Where will we be when the summer’s gone?” (Jim Morrison)

Fancy Dancing

27 July, 2013 | Tubesnake Gigs

Tom’s been back a good few weeks now since his month away gigging in Israel and therefore was on guitar for this stomping gig at The Angel in Durham City tonight, Saturday 27th July 2013. Lots of ‘Fancy Dancing’ and photo opportunities with a great audience. Gimme Shelter (Stones), Creep (Radiohead) and Starman (Bowie) are not in our current set but we put them out following audience requests. Gotta keep ya audience happy! Outta nowhere came Devil Woman with Tom on vocals. Yeah, it may be a Cliff song but it had the place bouncing, including the heedbangers. Who’d have thought? Anyway, it’s now break time for Tubesnake. We’ve had a boat-load of gigs lately and it’s time for a month off. We’re back at the end of August.

Johnny Guitar Deps Tony Cawson & Steve Gilroy

14 June, 2013 | Tubesnake News

Guitarist Tom has been gigging in Eilat in Southern Israel this last month so we’ve just completed six gigs with guitar deps. We’d just like to say thanks to Tony Cawson for covering The Market Tavern, Chester-le-Street and The Barley Mow, Birtley. Guitarist Tony is actually one of the founder members of Tubesnake and played in the band for the first three years beginning in 1992, re-joining for a further three years starting in 1998 before moving on to play in Doctor Sunshine and Skint. We dragged him out of retirement and brought him back up to speed with three practice sessions at Rocking Horse Rehearsal Rooms in Durham City. Many thanks also to Steve Gilroy for covering The Three Tuns in Gateshead, The John Duck in Durham City, The Golden Fleece in Silksworth and Coundon WMC. Steve plays guitar in The Steve Gilroy Band (SGB) and The Dirty South and being an active player he was quite happy to learn our set by candlelight in the privacy of his own bedroom so no rehearsals required there then. Great work lads, and we’ve a feeling we may be using you again in the near future!

Ray Manzarek 1939-2013

21 May, 2013 | Music News

Ray Manzarek, a founding member and keyboardist of The Doors, died yesterday, Monday 20th May 2013, at a medical clinic in Germany. He formed the band with Jim Morrison in 1965 after a chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

Word Of Mouth

20 May, 2013 | Tubesnake News

Many thanks to those of you who put a word in for us at The Pemberton Arms in Cold Hesledon, Seaham on Friday night. Of course, we weren’t gigging there that night, but your recommendations to book Tubesnake have resulted in me receiving a call tonight from Anthony who books the bands. We now have two gigs at The Pem on Friday 5th July and Friday 29th November 2013. Can’t believe we haven’t played there since November 2007. Looking forward to the return! … Lenny

Tom Is Leaving On A Jet Plane

14 May, 2013 | Tubesnake News

Sounds rather interesting! Guitarist Tom is leaving the UK to play a month’s worth of nightly gigs in a hotel in Eilat, Israel, starting today and returning on the 14th June. That should at least put a bit of colour in his cheeks. Tom kept us in the loop so we’ve had time to plan for this and have lined up a couple of guitar deps to see us through any gigs already booked while he’s away. So, no gigs lost! Have a great trip Tom and remember to bring us back a stick of rock each!

Tubesnake: Eleanor Rigby (Live)

1 March, 2013 | Video

Eleanor Rigby (2013)

TUBESNAKE Ninth Line-Up: Lenny (Vocals), Woody (Drums), Chris (Bass), Tom Atkinson (Guitar)

Recorded live at The John Duck, Durham City, Friday 1st March 2013.

thanks to Brian Baty for this video

Tubesnake: Soul Kitchen (Live)

27 January, 2013 | Video

Soul Kitchen (2013)

TUBESNAKE Ninth Line-Up: Lenny (Vocals), Woody (Drums), Chris (Bass), Tom Atkinson (Guitar)

Recorded live at The Free Trade Inn, Ouseburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunday 27th January 2013.

thanks to Brian Baty for this video

Birthday Double For The Kings Of Oblivion

8 January, 2013 | Music News

Both born 8th January, Elvis 1935, Bowie 1947 (montage created by lenny)

Tubesnake: People Are Strange (Live at Stormin’ 2010)

1 November, 2012 | Video

People Are Strange (2010)

TUBESNAKE Ninth Line-Up: Lenny (Vocals), Woody (Drums), Chris (Bass), Tom Atkinson (Guitar)

Recorded live at Stormin’ The Castle, Witton Castle, Friday 3rd September 2010.

Listen to the guy in the crowd singing along to this one. Class!

thanks to Auld Rock Chick for this video

Live Music Red Tape Lifted For Small Venues

1 October, 2012 | Music News

From today, Monday 1st October, the Live Music Act 2012 (LMA) comes into effect. At a stroke it will create tens of thousands of potential new live music venues in England and Wales. The LMA amends the Licensing Act 2003, introducing an exemption from entertainment licensing for performances of live music between 8am and 11pm. If the performance uses amplification there is an audience limit of 200. If unamplified there is no audience limit … Hamish Birchall, The Live Music Forum (extract)

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

12 September, 2012 | Tubesnake News

Tubesnake 20th Anniversary Patch (design by lenny)Saturday 12th September 1992 saw the original 5-piece line-up of Tubesnake take to the stage for the first time in front of a live audience at The Lambton Hounds in Pity Me, Durham.

Fronting the band then, and still now, was Lenny Mustarde, the only original member left in the band. That first line-up consisted of: Lenny (Vocals), Tony Cawson (Guitar), Ken Lamb (Bass), Jeff Cooke (Guitar), John Blackett (Drums).

Back then the band played mainly blues/rock and over the years set-list and line-up changes have kept the band fresh, willing and able to go on.

To celebrate their “20th Anniversary” Tubesnake return to the same pub where it all started. See the band at The Lambton Hounds this Friday 14th September 2012 in its’ current and ninth line-up of Lenny, Woody (Drums), Chris Cowen (Bass) and Tom Atkinson (Guitar).

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