Rupert Irving : Drums/B Vox
Better Things to Do Single 1983
Demo 84 Demo 1984
First Strike Full-length 1986
One More Time! Full-length 2000
Boogie, Booze & Birds Full-length 2000
For Old Time’s Sake Compilation 2000
Bootlegged Compilation 2008
Final Concert Live album 2010
Original line-up, Malcolm Hanselman, Steve Tarrant, Trevor Short and Pete Gentil. After losing the battle with Paul Di’Anno over the rights to the name ‘Lone Wolf’ the band became ‘DEALER’ (much to the disdain of someof the popular music press at the time). When they set out, DEALER never saw themselves as part of the ‘NWOBHM’ movement, they just wanted to play Heavy Metal the way they liked it, largely influenced by the likes of AC/DC, Budgie, Judas Priest and many, many more… “You can almost tell which album I was listening to when I wrote each song” jokes Trevor.
So playing Heavy Metal is what they did! Finding places to play was very difficult back then, so they decided to just hire local village halls and see who turned up. Much to their surprise these gigs were very popular and very soon the band had established a name for themselves locally. (Not so popular however, with Chedworth Village Hall, who’s new and freshly decorated hall got a bit torn up by DEALER’s pyros!). Encouraged by this they set about making a recording and 1982 saw the release of ‘Boogie, Booze & Birds’ recorded “live” in the bands’ rehearsal space, (Steve’s Dads’ shed) mixed (in the greenhouse) by Dave Short (Trevs’ brother) straight onto 1/4” stereo tape.
Thanks to a piece in Kerrang’s ‘Armed And Ready’ section it became easier to get gigs, so CHRIS GENTIL, who was very much the 5th member of the band, did just that and very soon the band were playing in venues up and down the country, sometimes. it has to be said, to 3 people and a dog!
After about a year of intensive gigging it became clear that Malcolm’s day-job commitments were making it very difficult for him to sustain this lifestyle so DEALER were forced to look for a new drummer.
Enter Andy Jones… and the start of a new era for DEALER. First seen playing in a band from Purton, DEALER quickly ‘poached’ him! Andy’s wider range of drumming styles opened new doors for Trevors’ song writing. In no time the band were ready to start gigging again…And gig they did! Anywhere that would have them! Chris really came into himself. sending demos everywhere. One of which landed at local radio station GWR; who were running a competition in conjunction with local independant TV station HTV to find the “Best Band West”. Listeners were asked to vote for their favourite band, the top 6 acts to play on the televised final. DEALER were short-listed and eventually asked to appear. Although they didn’t win the contest, the exposure did them no harm at all and they were invited to play support to MOTORHEAD and GARY MOORE.
Editado por elciorockers em Mai 5 2012, 11h35
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