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  • Grounded on Ice...

    Before you get too excited, this is not some festive winter extravaganza at the ice-rink!

    Unfortunately, due to changing commitments & diminishing personnel availability, Grounded have decided not to seek any bookings for the foreseeable future.

    Hopefully, this should allow band members to pursue any other projects they may be currently involved in, (or want to explore), without them worrying about it adversely affecting the equilibrium of Grounded.

    Whilst this may be sad news for some, it does not necessarily signify the end of the band. Those of you who have followed Grounded from its inception eighteen years ago will remember that they took a hiatus previously, 2004-2007, only playing four ‘secret’ gigs at special private events during this period.

    It is not beyond the realms of possibility that the band could be seen again in the future. Whether that be a reunion of the latest line-up; with the incorporation former members; Grounded plus friends; or perhaps even in a trimmed-back ‘unplugged’ guise! Never say “Never”!

    Grounded would like to thank all their followers for the support over the last eighteen years, - you’ve been great & we have many memories to cherish & stories to recount!

    Keep it ‘Live & Loud’…

    Rhino, Kev, Mark, Ed & Adee are...

    GROUNDED

    UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE

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  • Back On The Road...

    Spring is almost here; the winter hiatus is over, and Grounded are about to get back on the road again...

    The last time the boys performed in public was 3rd December, although they did have the opportunity to 'blow the pipes out' at the end of January when they entertained at the Nottingham Conference Centre for the British Parachute Association 'Skydive Expo' AGM.

    Opening gig for 2017 is this Saturday, 11th March, at:

    Great Doddington Club, 41 Lower Street, Great Doddington, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. NN29 7TL

    Around a dozen further gigs have already been secured for 2017 & confirmation for a number of others is expected imminently - details to follow...

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  • Grounded perform their last gig…

    …of 2016, this coming Saturday 3rd December, at the King’s Cliffe Ex-Servicemen’s Club. The band has entertained here twice before, both times for 'Help 4 Heroes' charity gigs – they opened the show in 2014 & headlined in 2015.

    This is a much anticipated return to the friendly venue for Grounded and, (judging by a number of accounts), the Club as well.

    Owing to a number of other commitments within the band, it has been a comparatively quiet year for them. Therefore, the boys are ready to unleash & see the year out in style…

    Are you ready to ROCK?

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  • Special thanks to…

    Spike T Smith & Charlie Rogers, who deputised for regular drummer Mark at the Market Inn, Kettering gig on Saturday 15th October.

    Mark had a call-up for stage show ‘Rock of Ages’ in Wisbech & it was too good an opportunity for him to turn down http://www.anglestheatre.co.uk/rock-of-ages.html. Rather than Grounded cancel their gig, they called upon the undeniable talents of Spike & Charlie.

    Although Mark’s son, Charlie, has made a couple of one song appearances in the past, it was Spike’s first outing with the band. There hadn’t been any opportunity for rehearsals with either. However, Grounded were unfazed by this…

    Spike is an outstanding drummer with a plethora of live & studio experience including tours with ‘Morrissey’, ‘The Damned, & local metal outfits ‘English Dogs’ & ‘The More I See’… to name but a few! He is also an exceptional drum tutor & one of his current students is Grounded lead guitarist Ed! Thanks Spike, it was an honour to have you appear with us & we enjoyed some interesting fills & double-kick! http://www.spiketsmith.co.uk

    Charlie is a third generation drummer, having grown up listening to his dad and his grandfather, Paul, of ‘One Eyed Cats’ notoriety. He was a shoe-in on the four numbers he performed & will undoubtedly be making more appearances with Grounded in the future.

    Having a different line-up kept the regular band members on their toes. There were many communicative facial expressions & hand gestures to orchestrate along the way, which resulted in some improvisation & alternative endings… it all went a bit Prog Rock a couple of times!

    Thanks again to both; we had a really enjoyable evening.

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  • Fifty, Not Out...

    Fifty, Not Out…

    Following a six week festive break, Grounded opened their 2016 account on Saturday 16th January with another appearance at the Stanwick Club in Northamptonshire. The band have made a couple of visits a year to the friendly club since their debut in March 2013, and have always been made to feel very welcome. It is a popular venue with music-lovers from the village & beyond and is always well attended, Saturday being no exception...

    On this occasion, Grounded were in attendance at the behest of ‘Cheesey’ - a regular who was celebrating his 50th birthday. The place was packed out from the start with many familiar faces, plus a good number who were about to watch the boys perform for the first time.

    Two one-hour sets were delivered to an appreciative audience, prompting many plaudits when proceedings came to a conclusion at midnight. The birthday boy was still bipedal & intelligible at the end of the evening, and beholden to the boys who were ‘the only band he wanted’ for his celebration.

    Grounded felt honoured to be requested for the special event, and it was the perfect gig for them to get their year rolling.

    Happy half-century, Cheesey!

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  • Season’s End…

    Congratulations to Steve Blake, who retired last week from the Met Police & celebrated with a party on Saturday 5th December at the Queen’s Head in Nassington.

    Steve had contacted Grounded some five months earlier after having seen them perform at the Help 4 Heroes festival in Kings Cliffe – this was the band he wanted to entertain his guests at the party. The boys checked their diary only to find they already had another gig booked for this date. They regretfully sent their apologies saying they wouldn’t be able to oblige on this occasion.

    However, immediately after delivering the bad news the band contacted the other venue, with whom they have a very good relationship. It transpired that Grounded had just been requested by a regular of that club to play there for his birthday in January. After a short discussion with the venue it was decided that it might be better to switch the dates to accommodate the birthday party. All of a sudden the boys had become available for the retirement party! A quick email later, and Steve’s initial disappointment turned into elation.

    The evening started with drinks & a buffet in the function room. This was followed by many embarrassing anecdotes at Steve’s expense. The band then fired-up at just gone 9pm & rocked straight through a 2 hour 20 minute set.

    The acoustics of the room were great; the dance floor was always busy; there was audience interaction throughout; and hardly anyone sat down at all for the entire gig. The boys seemed to have delivered just what was required.

    It was the last gig of the year for Grounded & it was an immensely enjoyable one for them to bring their season to a close.

    Enjoy your retirement Steve!

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  • Market Square Heroes…

    When Grounded rocked up to the Old Market Inn on Friday 13th November, it was exactly a year since they’d last played there.

    This was their final public performance of the year, and as they set-up on the slightly raised stage area in the back corner of the Kettering town centre pub, they were conscious of the fact that there were not many patrons present. They were a little concerned it might be a quiet one as they were aware they were competing with international football & Children in Need. However, they needn’t have worried…

    The venue is a popular haunt for music-lovers in the manor, and by the time the boys fired-up at just gone 9.30pm there was a reasonable-sized audience in attendance. Numbers continued to swell throughout the evening, and the band recognised quite a few faces that they’ve seen before when playing in the area.

    The first set ended up being 70 minutes long, so there was only short break before the boys took to the stage again. The second set was around 65 minutes which was followed by a rousing chorus for an encore. One song clearly was not going to be enough to satisfy the excited crowd, so Grounded duly obliged with a couple more numbers before switching their amps off.

    This turned out to be a little hasty - the encore calls kept coming, even louder that the first demands. They had no option but to appease with another tune. By the time the band finished they’d been rocking-out for the best part of two-and-a-half hours. Grounded would like to thank the staff & clientele for an enjoyable evening.

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  • Back to Donington…

    It was a welcome return to Donington Park on Saturday 10th October as Grounded were summoned to entertain the members of ‘No Limits Racing’ once again.

    The boys arrived late afternoon to the arousing sound of motorcycles screaming around the famous circuit. It was the final meet of the season for a multitude of classes & the attendance was high.

    Setting up quickly in the Paddock Suite, the sound check was complete by just after 5.30pm giving them a chance to watch the last racing of the day. This was followed by dinner & the awards ceremony, which saw much hardware presented to the winners of the day & champions of the season.

    The band fired-up around 8.30pm and played for the best part of two-and-a-half hours without an interval. As before, their performance was well received & featured a fairly lengthy audience participation section during ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’, a number rarely aired over the last few years. There were other previously unheard songs included to avoid too much repetition whilst still retaining the un-droppable classics.

    There were more antics from honorary Grounded member Gemma, who made another appearance on-stage assisting with vocals & gyratory dancing as she did back in May. This time, Rhino provided her with her own waistcoat, bandana & tambourine! The boys were also abetted by Jo from the ‘Iron Maidens Road Race Team’, who was ‘helping’ Mark on drums; and Caroline, whose frolicking over & around Kev succeeded in putting him off & reducing him to basic power chords! There was also a guest slot for bass player Ade’s daughter, Zoe, who took her father’s guitar off him & played ‘Paranoid’, as she has done on occasions in the past.

    The band wrapped-up proceedings just before 11.00pm, allowing the competitors to go to bed before another day of racing on Sunday. Grounded had another fun evening & would like to thank ‘No Limits Racing’ for having them back again.

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  • Barrel of Fun…

    The boys bowled back to Buckinghamshire for the Barrel Bikers bash on Friday 2nd October. Setting-up in the middle of a field just outside Milton Keynes, they had the honour of being the opening act for the occasion of the 35th GPO Rally.

    By 5pm, when band members started to arrive, the community was already well established. There were several retail stalls; a well-equipped dining marquee, replete with chandeliers; the obligatory real-ale & cider marquee, (which also housed the stage); and right in the centre of the field was a huge pile of old pallets which was clearly destined to fuel the weekend bonfire. It looked as if the fantastic weather of the last two weeks had encouraged the bikers to take the day off - hundreds of happy, leather-clad campers were enjoying the warmth of the late summer sunshine and looking forward to a weekend of silly games & general merriment.

    Grounded always enjoy being able to perform on a stage with a good PA; lights; & sound engineers supplied. The line-check was all done over an hour in advance of the 7.45.pm start time, and the boys had been allotted a straight two-hour set to get the party rocking. However, it didn’t quite all go exactly to plan…

    The band opened with their usual attention-grabbing rendition of ‘Ice Cream Man’ & then rolled straight into ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. Two verses in, and all was going well. Then, just as they reached the end of the chorus & the point where they ramp-it-up into the third verse, all the amps went off & the stage was plunged into darkness!

    The band joined in with the cheers from the audience, who entertained themselves with the “Woo-Woo’s” they had been anticipating. Torches were on back-stage and a collection of sound engineers & knowledgeable bikers were gathered around the power distribution point scratching their heads... this had never happened before. Meanwhile, someone went off to check the generator some distance away.

    Something just over five minutes later, more cheers went up when the power was restored. Drummer Mark clicked the boys back in & they resumed the song from the exact point where they had been so rudely interrupted. They progressed almost to the end of the number, then, “POP!”… it all went off again, to a louder chorus of cheers.

    More frantic rushing around in the wings ensued, with various theories being discussed as to what the problem could be. After another five minutes or so, someone arrived back from the generator with the answer – the 32amp feed had been supplied to them with 16amp breakers!! The maths and “cause & effect” isn’t difficult to work out!

    To the relief of all those present, the scenario hadn’t been the fault of the organisation or the engineers but the firm who had supplied the equipment… no doubt they will be made aware of this on Monday morning!

    Another feed was laid back-stage and there was some quick swapping around of supplies to distribute the load. The knowledge & understanding of those who were involved in rectifying the problem saved the day – the band fired-up again & were able to press-on to 9.45pm uninterrupted.

    There were a few casualties from the set-list with some numbers being dropped due to lost time, but this didn’t affect the enjoyment of the ensemble who danced & sang all the way and were intent on having a good time no matter what.

    Following their performance, the band mingled & chatted with the bikers & received many compliments – it was evident that Grounded had been a popular choice to kick-start proceedings.

    Several apologies were made to the boys because of the unforeseen difficulties, but they reassured the organisers that they were completely unfazed by it all - they'd enjoyed themselves immensely & had gained yet another ‘on-the-road’ story to remember!

    Grounded wish Barrel Bikers & friends all the very best... Stay Safe…

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  • It’s Been a Long Time, Long Time…

    It was a blast from the past for Grounded last Saturday 26th September when they returned to the old haunt of the Golden Fleece in Stamford. They’d first rocked-out at this venue back in September 2000, the year of their inception. A further 24 appearances followed over the years but they had not performed here for 6 years, (almost to the day).

    Although it had been a while, it was familiar territory to the boys as they stepped up to the oche. The limited ‘stage’ area necessitated a smaller drum kit for Mark. But this was quite convenient anyway, as his usual John Bonham replica Amber Vistalite kit was being used as a show-piece at the UK National Drum Fair in Birmingham… complete with Bonzo symbol kick-drum skin.

    The set-list has changed somewhat since their inaugural gig at the Fleece, but of course the favourites from back in the day have been retained. Dancing & singing ensued & it was pretty much business as usual at a Grounded gig.

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