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The Plough, Upton upon Severn.

Friday, 29th September
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The Northern Pub, Bradford.

Saturday, 30th September
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Private Party, Hereford.

Saturday, 7th October
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Bio

The Delray Rockets are: "Oz" Osborne, Gaz Le Bass & Rik. They play Kick ass Rock'a'Billy with attitude... Nuff said!! Read more about the band members below:

Gaz Le Bass 

Gaz Le Bass

I first started playing the upright bass at the age of 15. I really wanted to play the guitar but couldn't afford a Gretsch 6120 which was my one desire back then. It was n't until a Double Bass turned up at a T-shirt shop where a bunch of spotty Punks, Grebos, Rudeboys, Mods and a handful of Rock'a'billys used to hang out that I even considered playing that huge thing.

I enquired about the price, £5!!!! And that was it, bought with a loan from my parents (I paid them back in just 2 weeks with my £2.50 Paper round money) Me and my buddies carried it the 3 miles it took to walk home. I had a few basic lessons off a guitarist friend of mine and the rest I learnt listening to Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley and of course Stray Cats records I had around the house, not to mention raiding my parents Rock 'n' Roll collection for even more inspiration.

It was n't until my neighbour offered me a job playing bass in his 12 piece big band, "The Ken Bruno Big Band", did I really take it seriously, I, being the youngest member by 40 years, used to sit and listen in awe at their tales of being on the road and the antics they got up to all those years ago.

That was it. I was hooked and used to carry that £5 bass to every music bar there was, badgering the other musicians to let me join in, more than often being refused as they did n't want an "out of date" double bass in their band. But I was n't deterred, from there I went on to play in various Jazz, Blues, Swing, Country, Even American Rock bands and of course Rock'n'Roll & Rock’a’Billy bands. Where I feel at home..

I’ve played with a host of great musicians, Darrel Higham, Robert Plant, Dave Edmunds, Charlie Gracie just to name a few, as well as touring with lots of equally great bands, the list far to long to even start.. You guys know who you are and I have great memories of all those great gigs and places we've been..

I have an extensive touring and recording history, taking me all over the UK, Europe and the U.S.A. Not to mention Orchestral and Theatre work. In October 2010 I had the great pleasure of going to Memphis, TN to record an Album with a band, "Sgt. Bilko’s Crazy Combo", spending 6 incredible nights recording at the legendary Sun Studios.(one off the bucket list!!!)

My Moto is…”If It's Rockin' Then Let It Rock!!”

"Oz" Osborne 

"Oz" Osbourne

Ever since I can remember I have been surrounded by music from my parents, step parents and family. There was always Rock n Roll and Country constantly playing on the stereogram or tape deck. From my earliest memories I embraced the Rock n Roll Stars but never took to the Country and Western. I would play my parents LP’s and 45’s which consisted of Elvis, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly and the That’ll Be The Day double album.

 Up until the age of ten I never actually bought a record, my cousins would dare me to do things, and in return I would earn a 45 from their record collection. The first dare earned me ‘Hard Headed Woman’ by Elvis, and with each dare my record collection would grow.

 From the age of five upwards my parents would take me to see live music and I remember being fascinated by the performers onstage and the sounds that came out of their instruments, I knew there and then that playing music was what I needed to do.

 I always wanted to play the drums, but could never split my mind into the four parts required, so at the age of thirteen I bought an electric guitar from a mate at school for £14 and sat in my bedroom listening to records and copying the guitar parts. The first being ‘Peter Gunn’ by Duane Eddy, and then the guitar solo in ‘Red River Rock’ by Johnny and the Hurricanes. I remember thinking, yeah I can actually do this, and so, for me, it was guitar all the way.

 It was time to join a band, so with my school mates we put together a band and wrote songs and covered various Punk, Psychobilly and Rock n Roll songs. Bizarrely, I was also playing in a Bluegrass band, which later morphed into a Rock n Roll/60’s band, sharing the stage with legends such as The Comets, Charlie Gracie and Tommy Sands.

I was in various bands through the 90's including various projects involved in the new explosion of Britpop, and also a Rock n Roll band for about two years. After a lot of thought, I decided I wanted to form a band of like minded musicians; a hard hitting band that had a flavour of the Rockabilly revival of the 80’s that was so ingrained in me. I searched for like-minded musicians and after what seemed like an eternity the magic line-up was found, and thus, The Delray Rockets were born.

Rik 

Rik

Rock n Roll has always been around me in one way or another from day one, some of my earliest memories are of looking through my Dad's LP's and then later on being driven to school in his Zephyr Zodiac with the 8 track playing, I didn't appreciate it back then as most of the kids would say it was like watching Batman and Robin turn up in the Zephyr, but I always had a liking for the music.

As with the Rock n Roll music, I also had instrumeunts around too; Dad played in local bands that sometimes would play close enough for me to go and help set up, so from about the age of six I would be getting behind the kit and letting him hear what they sounded like from the back of the hall (perhaps that's where my hard hitting came from, as there were no mic'd up kits in those days) and then get told to keep the noise down by the club chairman...

When i reached the age of ten I decided that drumming was for me and asked for a kit of my own. My first kit came from the Chepstow British Legion and had been on top of the stage area for about ten to fifteen years, it was an 'Olympic' by Premier ( four piece in white). Now remember this was the 70's and the days of clubs with beer soaked carpets and walls covered in nicotine, so the kit wasn't that white anymore, but I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and the deal was done with Taffy the clubs entertainments manager for the grand sum of a tenner. It served me well, and when I sold it some years later I made £90 profit... so not too bad.

From the early days right up to now I have played many styles of music and have enjoyed them all, but I always wanted to try Rockabilly, but could never find anyone that wanted to play the same style as me. Then by chance I saw a Facebook friend had 'liked' The Delray Rockets page and I thought they were great. A few months went by and up popped the post that they needed a new drummer, I straight away threw my sticks in the ring and the rest as they say..... will be history....


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