My main work is in the band for the Queen musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, London, and I’ve been doing that since 2002. In 10 years I’ve played over 2,400 shows to maybe in excess of 2,500,000 people. I play on average 4 or 5 shows each week – band members can put in a substitute musician (‘dep’, short for deputy – same as ‘sub’ in the US) for as many shows, or weeks, or even months, as they like, but you have to pay the fee for that shows or run of shows to the dep, so unless you have other paid work or money in the bank it gets expensive quite quickly!
I’m also a member of Snakecharmer, which follows on from Company of Snakes (1999-2003) and M3 Classic Whitesnake (2003-2006), which featured ex-Whitesnake members from the early, blues-rock period, playing mostly Whitesnake songs in the style of the original version of the band. The lineup is:
- Micky Moody (ex-Whitesnake): guitar, slide guitar, vocals
- Laurie Wisefield (ex-Wishbone Ash, Tina Turner): guitar, vocals
- Chris Ousey (also in Heartland): lead vocals
- Harry James (ex-Thunder, Magnum): drums, vocals
- Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath): keyboards
- Neil Murray: bass
We have also been writing and recording new material for an album, which we hope will be released in late 2012.