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Fiddler’s Elbow Gig – 10 March 2015

This is one of the gigs we would rather not have done in retrospect. Of course it is awesome to do gigs and meet our friends, and for that we are eternally grateful and fortunate. So we truly thank you for being there. From an organisational point of view, and logistics with the promoter we learnt a valuable lesson to not do such gigs ever again.

Fiddlers's Elbow

Fiddler’s Elbow ‘each band must pay £10 to hire an amp’ craziness

With no amps provided by the venue, it was suggested that all the other bands bring their own amplification and share. Normally this works fairly well if the bands can turn up to the venue with their amps and bring them in time for soundcheck. But most amateur musicians have day jobs, and as such carrying heavy amps on public transport in London is difficult. Sometimes some bands do in fact bring their amps despite this problem, and we did bring one amp. The Fiddlers Elbow promoter kept emailing bands to sort out amps between them and also kept the pressure on bands to bring at least 10 people to the gig. And if no amps would be bought we have to pay for them. Disgruntled at this, the headline band pulled out on the night, leaving 3 bands to play…and no amplification equipment available. The back-up plan was to “hire” the venue amps at £10 per amp per band. We hired two amps and singer Atul bought his amp, that was shared by the first band as well. The show went on, and we blasted out our set for our first gig of 2015. The set played on the night was:

The set played on the night was:

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • The Moment
  • Euphoria
  • Crap Day
  • Hypnotised
  • Pointless
  • The Score

The Comedy Gig – 9 July 2013

There were a whole load of really cool things going on at this gig. We launched a brand new song “Euphoria” , we gave a video interview for a blog called The Ordinary Dork and we had some photos taken of us live.

DonkeyBox band interview.

DonkeyBox interview for The Ordinary Dork blog.

Despite there being six acts on the night and us going on fifth on stage we managed to squeeze in 7 of our tunes. The set played on the night was.

  1. Crazy
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Hypnotised
  4. Crap Day
  5. Euphoria
  6. Monument to All Your Sins
  7. The Score

Thanks to Mark from Wheel Tappers Music for putting the night on, Tom for filming us and of course all of you who were there who made the night happen and were there to support us there. You rock!

The Comedy Gig – 7th February 2012

DonkeyBox flyer

DonkeyBox flyer

As we were waiting in that basement at The Comedy pub nervously, band after band had sound checked..we were now the last one to sound check with less than 5 minutes to go before doors opened for the night. Drummer Greg was the last one to arrive and as he’d forgotten to bring casual clothes he was actually out shopping for new casual wear and hence the delay. That’s a first for us but a pretty cool story though!

But none of that was to matter. We really were in true form and total fire for this gig. This was our most energetic performance since our regular return to gigging from September 2011 onwards. Only now have we re-established an energetic, care free, 100% fun fun fun vibe to our live shows.

As for the set list we actually had no idea of what songs we were going to pick for this gig. In the end we settled for a slightly safe option of a repeat of our last gig’s set. Reason being that the other two new songs have been modified since they were launched and we would have probably made a right meal of those if we played them 😉

So the set list played on the night was:

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Out of Power
  3. Just Walk Away
  4. Crap Day
  5. The Moment
  6. Pointless
  7. The Score

The only difference from the last gig’s set being that this time we ended with The Score, which is back to it’s crowing glory as the set ender.

Thanks to all those who were there, and there were quite a few of you! We made new fans and it was great to meet the oldskool ones. We are grateful to everyone who turned up and can’t thank you enough for your support. Rock ‘n roll!

Tommy Flynn’s Gig – 1st October 2010

DonkeyBox flyerWell, this time it didn’t take us 4 whole months to get back on the road, it only took us 2 and a half instead! This sort of irregular gig appearances is totally abysmal given our history of regular gigging.

We were unlucky in some ways because of an earlier gig that was cancelled in September. Nonetheless we were back on the gig scene much much sooner than last time.

Our third ONLY gig of 2010 was easily the best gig we have played this year and indeed in some time. We were a bit nervous no doubt it. Some bad comments about the pub in an online guide to pubs prevented some of our friends coming along, and after sound check it was looking like a sort of empty venue we were going to play at.

But this was not going to make any difference to us, we were going to give it a massive performance anyway.

But, lo and behold suddenly loads of Atul’s friends turned up and other people turned up too. The place was packed and there was even a couple dancing in front of the stage as we opened up with our new set opener “The Moment”.

As we got photographed while we played, we churned out our set confidently; from The Moment, Deep Blue Sea, Crap Day, Out of Power, Pointless, Terminator 2 theme and then our finale that never can disappoint…. The Score.

The sound on the night was totally amazing as well, with crystal clear clarity in guitars, bass and vocals we have never sounded so gorgeously clean and accessible. Thanks a lot to Mark Williams, the sound dude on the night.

Our next gig is in just over 2 months time in Rochdale, we are gigging more and more often now and this is an amazing thing. Love you friends 🙂

DonkeyBox to open with Bon Jovi in London?

Bon Jovi are creating history as the first rock band to stage a residency in London. And they have opened up slots for any unsigned bands to open their massive gigs at the O2 arena in early June 2010, each of their 5 nights.

So we we thought we’d give it a shot… and have applied to open a Bon Jovi gig!

Bon Jovi and their management will personally approve selected acts and if selected they will mention DonkeyBox during their own set.

We cannot hold our excitement on this, really…I mean imagine us playing with Bon Jovi, how cool is that!

Anyway, I hope you will keep the faith for us and fingers crossed. Drop some comments down here and wish us luck.

The Comedy Gig – 19th March 2010

Gig flyerWe hadn’t played a gig all of 3 months. And there was no apparent reason whatsoever for this!

This was clearly insane so we got the band into gear again and did two quick practices both weeks before the gig. By not gigging we had stopped our regular cycle of meeting up for rehearsals, songs and ideas. So by getting this gig we revived the band after a 3 month sleep.

The Comedy was a venue we had played several times before but not on a Friday night. It was great to see a good turnout on the night and we pumped out our classic tunes one by one. The sound was really great and we looked and sounded like a band in great form and shape.

Despite singer Atul having a cold and others falling victim to some London underground transport problems, all was great on the night. Those who were there will remember the treat they got 🙂

Rochdale Gig – 12th December 2009

It goes beyond saying at this point that this was the very best gig played by the band EVER.  Difficult to write about it as well. But let’s give it a shot anyway here.

Preparation and Build-up

DonkeyBox Flyer


A few months earlier and fired with our determination to play a gig in the US, we were ready to travel up anywhere and gig really as long as we had an audience! And the most natural place for that to happen for us in England was going to be in Rochdale (near Manchester). Martin had got us a gig at his childhood/teenage years local Rock pub and we were up for this, hell yeah!!

The catch…well no catch really, we had to play a long, relaxed entertaining set lasting about 2 hours. Nothing we have done that long before, yikes! We’ve always had a fiery 35 minutes set which is well designed for the London unsigned scene. So we had to learn some covers quick…

In fact now we were just learning covers and had to delay the recording of our new EP/album because of this.

Travelling North with Road crew

Ready to go

DonkeyBox roadies ready to go

Two cars full of passengers, a drum kit, guitar amps, guitars and other random stuff. We started off from London meeting at 7am in the morning…the long drive North started to the blazing sound of “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘N Roses 🙂

A lady friend we found at the petrol station in London wanted to come along North with us but only as far as Camden though. As the cars were full we continued without the extra passenger.

On the way we also decided the set list as one does.

The gig!

Well after a bit of afternoon rest and a swift set up we went on stage for our first part of the set. We played a mixture of stuff ranging from our original material to covers. The pub was small but packed and we could even get a drink from the bar while on stage. We got plenty of that and song requests too with the audience being that up close and personal 🙂

After the first half the stage was donned by Rob Martin and Dr. G for some classic rock covers that included “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix and “All Right Now” by Free. That was then followed by a one-off cover version of “Wild Thing” by The Troggs. This particular performance featured Pete Lord on vocals, making it almost a 12 year later re-union of Martin and Pete on stage with that exact song.

Round three and DonkeyBox were on stage again, this time throwing in “Hit Me One More Time” by Britney Spears and also an awesome medley of “Sympathy For the Devil/Freedom/Let Me Entertain You” featuring Martin on vocals. We then got a surprise (given that both Atul and Matt were wearing Guns ‘N Roses t-shirts)..

A request for “Sweet Child ‘O Mine”! Well, who were we to disappoint, the public gets what the public wants..and having never practiced this song in this line-up and not having performed it live for over 4 years we blagged it…and damn well too!

The final acts on stage included everyone who had performed that night finishing off with “You Really Got Me” and “Sweet Home Alabama” to which everyone was singing along.

Our thanks

Going on tour outside London involved quite a few people and we have to say our BIG thanks to:

  • Everyone who was there on the night, you made it 🙂
  • Paul Stark – Official road crew manager; for taking up our gear
  • Rob Martin, Peter Lillitos, Pete Lord; for their supporting slots
  • The totally cool landlord of the pub who was well into this live music thing!
  • The Ewart Family for putting us up and arranging the whole thing

We’ll be back there soon and with a small taste of touring we are keen to hit other cities and towns soon, watch this space 🙂

Bedford Park Gig – 18th July 2009

First things first, check out the video of us backstage at the Bedford Park, a bit of fun and banter

Bedford Park was a brand venue and for us. And it was the first time that the night was powered by almost all our equipment. The story behind how we got this gig is even more fun 🙂 Bass player Martin was getting flyers through his door about a local rock venue and he researched the place up. It seemed like exactly the sort of venue we could play!

So we all popped down to the venue one evening as a band outing and talked to the guys in the bar and contacted the promoter. And hey presto, we scored a gig, result! We were initially supposed to be one of the starting bands playing alongside some reasonably well established heavy and death metal bands. So we tweaked our set a bit to match the night.

But as the night approached, three bands pulled out in succession as they were double booked at some bigger venues, leaving just us and another new band that joined last minute. As it happened The Transmitters were a really cool band who were a good match to our sound too. But now it was up to us to bring all the equipment like drum kit and amps, yikes we haven’t bought our own drum kit for a while! At least never with Greg.

This is where the local advantage came in and we got the drum kit and bass amp driven to the venue.

At the end we had an amazing show. We can say beyond doubt that with every gig, we just improve a notch and it is a pleasure each time to entertain you. Not only that but this time we jammed a few things just to keep it all organic 🙂