Gig : The Hamsters – Birkenhead – 17 Nov
Posted on: Sunday, Nov 5, 2006
The Hamsters -Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead on Friday 17th November.
Tickets 0151 647 0752
Performing a three set special: HAMSTERS material, then a JIMI HENDRIX & ZZ TOP SHOW
The Hamsters say..
We return to Pacific Road for our annual concert as part of their Guitar Festival, but we’re playing a different show to our norm this time: we’re ‘supporting’ ourselves by first performing a set of new material from our latest studio album ‘Open All Hours’ (‘Terrific’ – Bob Harris) then, for a change, we’re going to play two full sets of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top songs. We don’t do many of this type of show around the UK.
Now in their twentieth year together, recently performing their 3,750th concert and with a national mailing list exceeding 20,000, the Hamsters are established as the UKâ€™s premier blues-rock attraction. This has been achieved purely by hard work with the band handling all their own affairs, thereby disproving the popular misconception that it canâ€™t be done without major-label “muscle”.
The Hamsters have been voted one of the UKâ€˜s best unsigned bands by Kerrang magazine. (We already have a record deal, but itâ€™s a nice compliment). Even BBCâ€™s Top Gear magazine recognises the band as the UKâ€™s hardest working, and featured them in an article on in-car entertainment, the Hamsters being the ideal people to ask as theyâ€™re always travelling somewhere.
Although primarily performing their own brand of material, they are also widely regarded as our leading interpreters of the music of Jimi Hendrix and more recently ZZ Top.
Originally forming for their own amusement (and taking their name from the Sex Pistols, who once used it as a pseudonym to outwit hostile councils), the Hamsters enjoy the irony of being an aggressive band with a cuddly name. Although serious about what they do, they donâ€™t take themselves too seriously.
Members have performed with artists such as Eric Clapton, Alison Moyet, Doctor Feelgood, Walter Trout and the late, great gentleman of British Blues, Alexis Korner.
World Champion Formula 1 driver Damon Hill is a fan, and was spotted wearing a Hamsters tee shirt at the Hungarian Grand Prix!
Slim has been voted one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in a radio poll on LBC .
Our version of Hendrixâ€™s “Voodoo Chile” has been used in an edition of BBC TVâ€™s Top Gear.
Slim is featured in a book called “17 Watts? The First 20 Years Of British Rock Guitar”, talking about his early musical experiences alongside Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, George Harrison and David Gilmour.
The bandâ€™s album “The Jimi Hendrix Memorial Concerts” was rated Album Of The Month in Germanyâ€™s leading musiciansâ€™ magazine, “Guitar and Bass”.
Their version of Bob Dylanâ€™s “All Along The Watchtower” is included on an album of Dylan cover versions, featuring artists such as Bryan Ferry, Joe Cocker, The Byrds and many others, released throughout Europe by Polygram in â€˜93.
Slim was interviewed for the Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison editions of “Mojo Working”, a Channel 4 TV series broadcast through Summer â€˜92 documenting the most influential figures in popular music.
Slim also writes for Guitarist magazine when he has time, and was featured talking about his equipment(!) in the September â€˜94 edition of Guitar Techniques magazine. He has also been included in the “Guitarist Magazine Book of Guitar Players”, published in â€˜94. In addition, Guitar Techniques has asked Slim to contribute a recorded lesson on how to play the Blues each month, for inclusion on the CD which accompanies every issue.
The band have been interviewed and filmed live by MTV Europe and German national TV, as well as being featured in session and interview on Radio One for Bob Harris and Johnny Walker, Radio Two for Paul Jones, for GLR in London, B.F.B.S in mainland Europe and Dutch national radio.
Early in â€˜95, the band released ROUTE 666 which entered the New Musical Express chart at number 7. The Observer newspaper even pinched the idea from the CD booklet, for the cover of a colour supplement! Photographs for the album were taken by the celebrated snapper, Gered Mankowitz, who is especially known for his seminal photographs of Hendrix and the Stones, among many other Rock icons.
The Hamsters are: Slim â€” Guitar, Singer / Rev. Otis â€” Drums, Sings a bit / Zsa Zsa â€” Bass, Sings a bit.