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Welcome to the website of Kent based Rolling Stones cover band, Stoned!

Live DVD available now!
‘Stoned Live at the Iwade Rock Festival 2016’

Stoned’s triumphant performance at one of Kent’s biggest annual Rock festivals, in front of an audience of a reported 3000+ people, has been released on DVD and is available to order now!

Another great chance to hear Stoned live, can be found on the live CD album ‘Get Yer Live Licks Out,’ which was recorded and broadcast as it happened around the world on Internet radio, and in front of a studio audience at the Roadhouse Recording Studio, Sheerness in 2015.

The 2012 EP CD ‘The Roadhouse Sessions’ and the 2014 album ‘Let Me Bleed’ are also available now on CD!

For details of any of Stoned’s recordings, or for general enquiries and bookings, contact us by email today!

Email:  swoody07@gmail.com

http://www.stonedtheband.com

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Steven Wood .. Vocals

Simon McIntyre .. Drums

Ian Fletcher .. Guitar

Fred Russell .. Guitar

Paul Skingley .. Bass Guitar

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Stoned were formed in January 2012 by vocalist Steven Wood.

Rehearsals started within a couple of weeks and the band soon began to realise that there was a chemistry developing in the music.

By 2016 Stoned were really perfecting their sound, some line up changes ultimately leading to an even more authentic sound and establishing the band as one of the leading Rolling Stones cover bands around.

The band would like to thank you all for your support.

Meet The Band

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Steven Wood (Woody) – Vocals

Steven is the founding member and frontman of both ‘Stoned’ and his hard rock originals band ‘Clear Water’ who have been active since 2014 and of whom he is also songwriter. “My early musical influences came mainly from my older brother Colin. When I was growing up in the late 80’s, early 90’s he would play CD’s of all the big rock bands of the time – Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana etc and I developed a passion for this kind of music too. My dad gave me his old LP collection and I was blown away by bands like Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. I later discovered Blues too and inevitably, the Rolling Stones. They seem to embody everything I love about rock music and I’ve followed them ever since. In my teens I had a band called ‘Clear Water’ with my brother Rick and friends Darren Miller and James Mills. When that drifted apart I was left for years as a frustrated Karaoke singer – until late 2011 when I decided to get back into the bands scene. After initial attempts at the time to reform ‘Clear Water’ failed, I advertised on-line for musicians to put together a Rolling Stones cover band and in January 2012 we met up for the first time.”

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Ian Fletcher – Guitar

Self taught and a self-confessed Stones nut, Ian formed ‘The Features’ in the late 70’s/early 80’s playing a combination of Stones covers and originals. He wrote the band’s single ‘Drab City’, which you can hear on YouTube. After taking a break for several years he got back into the music game with ‘Nobleox’ before moving on to join ‘The Regulators’, whom he left earlier this year. His main influences are Keith Richards and Mick Taylor, as well as Carlos Santana, Clapton and Jeff Beck. Ian joined Stoned, replacing the bands orginal guitarist Rob Jenks, in May 2014. Ian also records and occasionally performs his own material as a solo act.

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Fred Russell – Guitar

Freddy joined the band in July 2016, replacing Adrian Pounce.  Living in Dover Kent, but hailing from the North West of England, he cut his teeth on the Stones in the 70’s and 80’s.  His early influences of Rock & Roll were realised when Chuck Berry performed his tongue in cheek brand of Rock and Roll, including the track ‘My Dingle a Ling’.  Fred’s yearning to play guitar and songs like ‘Johnny Be Goode’ was the starting block, and it was the R&B of the ‘Rolling Stones’ that was the catalyst to hitting that first riff.  Stretching his relative immaturity to the likes of the late great, ‘Alvin lee’, ‘Cream’, ‘Free’, ‘Faces’, ‘Santana’, and indeed later on ‘Jimi Hendrix’ and anything that created a buzz, the better the lick, the bigger the kick.  Learning and playing these classics was a complete escape for Freddy, which drove his determination and imagination to realise a dream.  By the mid to late 70’s Freddy’s influences were embedded solidly in the Rock genre and he became a regular on the pub rock circuit around Manchester and Liverpool, playing R&B with weekend residencies in the seaside towns of Blackpool and Morecombe.  Playing sometimes up to 4 nights a week and getting the odd support slot with ‘Her and Now’ and ‘Scorpions’.  Fred recalls one notable potential slot supporting ‘The Climax Blues Band’ in Newcastle at the City Hall, which due to logistical reasons was unfortunately impossible to coordinate at the last minute.  They were told the next day that a local band called ‘Dire Straits’ had taken the Gig instead.  The rest is history as they say..  By the 80’s along with the other guys in the band, Freddy took a leap of faith by packing in his day job and embracing his musical career.  Initially playing 60’s, 70’s & 80s covers, in bars and rank messes for the Allied forces bases in northern Germany for 6 months at a time, and on return they worked hard to establish an identity as ‘Spellbound’.  In his late 20’s it was becoming harder for Fred to maintain a living in the music business.  He married and started a family and decided to pursue an opportunity to go back to Electrical Engineering.  He relocated down to Kent and started a new life, whilst maintaining his musical links in the Northwest.  Even after 25 years of playing, his enthusiasm for his guitar hasn’t dulled and his mission is to help ‘Stoned’ deliver the music of the Rolling Stones – arguably the most notable, recognisable and outstanding R&B of the last 50 years.  Enjoy the ride along Route 66!

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Simon McIntyre – Drums

Simon is an original member of ‘Stoned’ and also drums with hard rock band ‘Clear Water’. “My musical journey started at a young age, mostly being bombarded with classical music from my parents and radio 2 from Grandma. My brother Paul would also blast out Black Sabbaths’ Sabotage album and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon from his attic bedroom and dad would pull the fuse out and the turn table would stop. I would have been about 10 when I remember the first song on the radio that really got me and I wondered who was making that magical sound? They must be very magical people I thought to myself. Years later I discovered it was Riders On The Storm by The Doors, I still think it’s cool. At around 17 I tried the guitar but soon realised I hadn’t got the patience. I wanted it to be instant and play like Jimmy Page already, ‘what would be more me’ I thought? I got some drums that were already ancient but they made a good noise and soon met up with people to jam with down in mum and Dads cellar, we locked ourselves away jamming to endless renditions of Masters Of The Universe by Hawkwind.  My mate Alan was a punk fan too but boy was he the best rhythm guitar player ever. Alan is up there jamming with the Disciples now; his life cut short rest his soul. The first real band I played in was ‘Captain Can’t’ and we were an instrumental 3 piece who made a big sound with covers of Led Zeppelin and Tool. We won a battle of the bands at a school which was cool because we dared to try something different and the kids loved it, we were pretty confident just experimenting mostly. ‘Floyd in the Flesh’ who is a Pink Floyd covers band is the group I really learned how to play in again, however after 3 years and the same old gigs I soon tired of it. I felt a musical chemistry was also lacking but there were some powerful shows at times. Answering an ad on Kent Gigs I met up with a group of guys wanting to cover Rolling Stones songs. A change of style but one I was willing to take and an immediate rapport too we had our first jam and it was very positive. So here I am behind the drums and feeling at home, the journey has come this far and I am a happy man.”

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Paul Skingley – Bass Guitar

Paul became Stoned’s third bass player, when he replaced Darren Cast in May 2016. A very talented and experienced performer and musician, Paul has been active on the music scene since the 1970’s, playing with early bands including ‘Bazza’ and ‘Pipedream’, up to more recent bands like ‘Poor Monkeys’ and ‘Split’. He is heavily influenced by rock and blues from the late 1960’s and early 70’s.

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Past Members

Paul Fox (Bass Guitar Jan 2012-Aug 2012)

Former ‘The Bresslaws’ bass guitarist Paul Fox was an original member of Stoned, part of the band from the very first rehearsal through to his final gig at The Aviator Beer Festival ’12 and plays on the first Stoned EP ‘The Roadhouse Sessions’. Paul was a big part of getting the band up and running and is currently playing bass guitar for rock covers band ‘Slipway’.

 

Darren Cast (Bass Guitar Aug 2012-May 2016)

Darren owns the bands usual recording studio and rehearsal room, The Roadhouse Recording Studio, in Sheerness, Kent. Darren was a huge part of Stoned for a number of years, after replacing original bassist Paul Fox. He can be heard on the recordings ‘Let Me Bleed’ and ‘Get Yer Live Licks Out’. He currently plays bass guitar with indie rock band ‘The Narratones’, along with other projects.

 

Glen Smith (Guitar Jan 2012-May 2014)

Glen was an original member of Stoned and a key part of the bands early success. Vastly experienced in performing and writing music having played in numerous bands, most recently ‘Souled Out’ before joining Stoned. He left the group in May 2014 for personal reasons having played on both Stoned CD’s ‘The Roadhouse Sessions’ and ‘Let Me Bleed’. Glen is currently working on new projects.

 

Mark Simpson (Guitar May 2014-Aug 2015)

Mark replaced original rhythm guitarist Glen Smith and was a member of ‘Stoned’for just over a year, appearing on the bands live album ‘Get Your Live Licks Out’.  Mark is currently the songwriter and frontman of Heavy Metal band ‘Shameful Behaviour’.

 

Rob Jenks (Guitar Jan 2012-May 2014)

Rob was part of the Stoned line up from the beginning until May 2014. He left for personal reasons at the same time as Glen Smith, their departures were unrelated. Rob currently plays guitar with ‘The Huxfords’ playing rock covers and originals. He was a key part of Stoned’s authentic sound and features on both Stoned CD’s ‘The Roadhouse Sessions’ and ‘Let Me Bleed.’

 

Adrian Pounce (Guitar Nov 2015-June 2016)

Adrian joined the band replacing Mark Simpson in late 2015 and played with the group for a short time until the early summer of 2016.  He currently plays in another Rolling Stones tribute act ‘Not The Rolling Stones’.

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