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Goodge

Guitar and Lead Vocals

Goodge has always put no less than 100% into music. Starting briefly as a bass player in local bands with friends, he was hungry to play and learn, feeding off as many gigs and jams as he could find. This led him to play guitar for the highly respected and long standing classical/rock fusion legends The Enid at only the age of 17. 

He went on to play with acts under Tribal management (X-Wildhearts and 3 Colours Red), working closely with Big Mick Hughes (Metallica's long standing sound engineer and regularly voted best sound engineer in the world). This led him to work with members of Wolfsbane most notably. He has also played with members of Placebo, The House Martins, The Stranglers and has recorded in some of the top studios in the UK.

" As a child I was introduced to the vocal melodies and popular songwriting of The Beatles, especially John Lennon, as well as other 60's artists. It was a friends parents when I was in my early teens who opened me up to the true magic music held. I was blown away to listen to albums in their collection such as Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You were Here and The Wall by Pink Floyd, Ziggy Stardust and Aladine Sane by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin IV,  The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and many others that I would listen to over and over again. Then I was given the first 3 Yes albums on Vinyl, Close To The Edge especially blew me away, and the album Argus by Wishbone Ash. At this time I was also enjoying a healthy dose of popular rock such as Green Day, Love/Hate, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, The Almighty. The Almighty's second album Soul Destruction was one of my favourite. Faith No Mores The Real Thing was also often listened to. I was a huge fan of the energy and songwriting skills of Ginger and The Wildhearts. The Wildhearts are an amazing live band and give 100% to everything they do. 

I was lucky enough to see AC/DC on their Razors edge tour as well as at Donnington Monsters of Rock and they were one of the most amazing live experiences ever, such energy! Mike Scott of The Waterboys has a very impressive energy live, he fills the venue. Metallica at Milton Keynes bowl in 1993 was also one of the most impressive live shows I have seen, it was their album Masters Of Puppets that really turned me on to rock and metal and still to this day stands as an extraordinary piece of work. I also thought Rage Against The Machines first album is still an astonishing bit of work and the for-runner for many that followed. 

I enjoyed listening to varied music, especially creative or delivered with true commitment,  but over the years it has been my ever increasing journey into the World of Frank Zappa that has been the most influential. He was pure musical genius. He wrote and performed just about every genre of music there is, he invented many, he crossed all. Now one of his sons Dweezil continues his work with a band called Zappa Plays Zappa. I went to see them at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in 2009. It stands still as the very most impressive thing I have ever experienced in music. The level of musicianship was unsurpassed but still delivered with great energy and in complete understanding of the essence of the piece. Absolutely astonishing."

Goodge uses a Big Apple Fender Stratocaster, a Crybaby Wah-Wah and a Yamaha DG Pedal.

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