A dog’s life

A MUSICIAN has been lured back to the local music scene after 23 years. Dave Smith who is the front man and lead vocalist for Stevenage band Black Dog, will be returning to the stage with the microphone firmly in his hand this year. When Dave left the mus

A MUSICIAN has been lured back to the local music scene after 23 years.

Dave Smith who is the front man and lead vocalist for Stevenage band Black Dog, will be returning to the stage with the microphone firmly in his hand this year.

When Dave left the music industry more than two decades ago he thought it was for good but his love for music has 'enticed' him back.

"When I left the music industry I said 'that's it time to move on' but I was enticed back into it and I'm having a ball! I feel I still have something to offer."

Black Dog covers tracks from Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and The Who and so far he said the response has been 'amazing'.

The other musicians in the band are Chas Stutley on drums and percussion, Tony Kemp and Ben Stutley on lead and rhythm guitar and Ron Cowie on bass guitar.

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Over the years Dave has worked as a vocalist and front-man for bands such as Kalaba, ESP and Left Hand Drive.

He said: "When I look back I have been privileged to have worked with so many talented musicians.

"But it wasn't a lot different to what it's like now. We just had longer hair and wore really weird clothes - some things don't change!"

As well as fronting Black Dog, Dave is also the lead vocalist for Bedfordshire band Unforgiven and is back working with Dave Montgomery from his ESP days.

He said: "We are constructing some really great tunes and hope to play them live at some stage. We may even resurrect some of the old tunes from ESP and see if they can't be revamped for the modern listener.

"But my immediate plans for the future are to entertain. There is nothing that can give you more of a buzz than a crowd who appreciate what you're playing. I would like to think that any one who comes to see Black Dog can go away on a high and want more."

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* Dates for Black Dog's gigs are to be fixed.

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