Stray and Groundhogs
Live at The Roundhouse - Events Hall, Dagenham, United Kingdom
Originally formed in 1966 STRAY are no strangers to the Roundhouse having played the venue fourteen times between 1971 and 1975 and also two reunions. The band recently celebrated their 50 th Anniversary with a reunion of their own at the Borderline in London which reunited all the original members (DelBromham, Steve Gadd, Ritchie Cole & Gary Giles) as well as the current line-up of Del, Karl Randall, Stuart Uren & Pete Dyer. Once managed by Charlie Kray the band had a successful time in the 70’s with their debut album and others such as Suicide, Saturday Morning Pictures, Mudanzas, Move It, Stand Up and Be Counted & Houdini. They have supported such giants as KISS & RUSH and even IRON MAIDEN who liked the track All In Your Mind so much they recorded it themselves. In recent years, they have continued to record albums such as 10, Live In Yer Face, Valhalla and a live offering from their recent tour of Japan.
KEN PUSTELNIK’S GROUNDHOGS
The history of the GROUNDHOGS goes back even further than that of STRAY with the band first coming to light as long ago as 1962. The band were formed by Brothers John & Pete Cruickshank and it was later suggested they change their name from The Dollar Bills to John Lees Groundhogs, they backed bluesman JOHN LEE HOOKER who had written a song called Groundhog Blues so that is where the name was chosen as suggested by guitarist Tony McPhee , they also backed famous bluesman like JIMMY REED, LITTLE WALTER & CHAMPION JACK DUPREE.
The band released their first album Scratching The Surface in 1968 with the now famous line-up of Tony McPhee (Guitar), Pete Cruickshank (Bass) & drummer Ken Pustelnik. They went on to tour the world and release a great catalogue of albums which included Blues Obituary, Thank Christ For The Bomb, Split and Who Will Save The World with the last three all reaching the top ten in the album charts.
With the departure of Ken Pustelnik in 1972, the band continued to tour and record under the guidance of Tony McPhee with various line-up’s until he sadly had a stroke and was unable to perform live anymore in 2014.
In recent times Ken Pustelnik having played alongside Pete Cruickshank again as the Groundhogs Rhythm Section has decided to form his own version of the band and perform many of the favoured tracks he recorded with the band during their heyday, the current band consists of Ken Pustelnik (Drums), Chris D'Avoine (Guitar/Vocals), Sol Latif (Guitar) & Latch Manghat (Bass).