The 6 Dangerous Gangsters were supposed to be a really brief incarnation of a band for one specific social function. Most of the band were my partner’s work colleagues, and I was invited to join in March 1999 as they needed another guitarist.
Our remit was to quickly learn up a set of covers for a party that was due to take place some 2 months after. But finding the right songs proved to be very tricky and the setlist changed almost every week. But still we perservered, and eventually the gig occurred in July 1999 at the Windsor Arts Centre. It was almost exactly a year since I’d played my last gig with Albedo and I’d forgotten how exciting gigging was.
The set encompassed a real mix of material from Oasis and Stereophonics, through to Van Morrison and Blues Brothers songs. And when the gig finally happened we had a brass section too – dubbed the Horny Hayes Horns.
The gig was a great experience, but it was the last I had to do with performing for some years. My next project would be the Life Line album.