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We are Dorsets Premier Classic Rock Experience, playing a wide repertoire of timeless classic rock covers including songs by Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jeff Wayne, Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Queen, ZZ Top, Van Halen, UFO and many more.

We are available to play at Music Festivals, Beer Festivals, pub and club gigs as well as private functions thoughout the southern counties including Wimborne, Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton, Salisbury, Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire and further afield.

“We like to call these 5 great guys our resident rock band. You can guarantee a great night of classic rock will be the evenings entertainment. One member of our club said ‘it was like being at a real concert!’ We as a club always know when they’ve played on a Saturday night, the bar sales go up and a great night goes down.”
 
Karen Porter, Ents. Secretary, Oakdale Conservative Club | August 2017
 

“THE OTHER GUYS are a fantastic band with a big following and a big sound and we always have a great night at THE FIVEWAYS when they perform here. Great bunch of guys playing great music… “

Carina, The Fiveways, Bournemouth | July 2017

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The Other Guys are…

a group of musicians from Poole and Bournemouth who enjoy performing some of the most popular, well known and timeless songs to ever have emerged from the Classic Rock genre.

The band was originally formed as a four piece back in 2011. Les (Guitar), Matt (Keys) and Rob (Drums) remain from that line up. With the recent addition of Piotr (Bass) and most recently Daz (Lead Vocals), the band of the past has morphed into the band of today due largely to our present line up which has the ability to bring to the stage some of the most complex and intricate Rock compositions ever recorded. Our regular “without fail” attitude to rehearsals ensures that what you get, wont be far from “the truth”.

We have a very active Facebook Page so please visit us at The Other Guys Classic Rock Band and LIKE OUR PAGE for regular gig updates, videos and more. Spreading this music to new and younger audiences as well as those people who, like us, have been fortunate enough to have grown up with it is what we will continue to do, so thankyou everyone for your support and we’ll see you at a gig near you soon.

 

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Daren “Daz” Marchbank: Lead Vocals

Age: Older than Matt but not as old as Les!

Influences: Roger Daltry; the songs he sings and the way he sings them suits my vocal style. Pink Floyd, The Who, Alter Bridge, Greenday.

Favourite singer: As a frontman, I think that Freddie Mercury was the best ever! 

My Other loves as well as music are American muscle cars; I’m part of the Can-Am Car Club, and Tattoos, which I have plenty of!

I love singing with The Other Guys. We play great songs by great bands. I’m very happy to be fronting this band. They are like my second family.

Equipment: Sure wireless mic with Yamaha monitoring……Tattoos.

Daytime Job: Carpenter … and more Tattoos.

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Les “The Hat” Lawrenson: Rhythm & Lead Guitar

Age: Younger than Rob!

Equipment used: Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, Gibson Flying V, and Gibson Les Paul Studio, going into a Line 6 Helix, with Yamaha monitoring.
Influences: I grew up listening to the likes of Hendrix, Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Angus Young and Gary Moore among so many others. I have always been drawn to the pentatonic blues played at a blistering speed within the hard rock idiom but with elements of modal scales thrown in to spice things up.
Favourite albums include: Powerage (AC/DC), Rainbow Rising (Rainbow), Led Zeppelin 1, Lights Out (UFO), Still Got The Blues (Gary Moore) and Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd).
Previous bands: VOI, playing original rock/pop material, in the early 90s, in and around London.

I love guitarists who put something of their soul into their playing, and I try to do the same with my work with The Other Guys.

Daytime job: Solicitor

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Rob Booth: Drums/Backing Vocals

Age: Getting on a bit!

Involved in music from an early age as a musician (school Brass Band principal cornet) and as an educator (teaching young people to play brass instruments and drums and arranging music for competition) in the UK’s Youth Marching Band and Drum Corps circuits. Formed “The Funk Zone and “Groove O Matic Deluxe” Jazz funk / fusion bands playing Guitar and Trumpet in these bands for almost 20 years. Influences here were Blue Note jazz and Hammond Organ driven jazz such as Jimmy McGriff, Lou Donaldson, Gene Amons, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor Quartet and Roy Ayres. Came to drumming in the more recent past (since February 2011 with a band called Black Tulip with Les and Matt) but played kit drums “behind closed doors” prior to this.

Influences: Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Camel, UFO, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Guns N Roses, Queen etc.  Other musical influences include fusion acts such as The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Chick Corea Electric Band, John Schofield and The Pat Metheny Group.

Kit List: Pearl Vision VBX in natural Birch finish. 10″ 12″ 13″ rack toms and 14” and 16″ floor toms, 22″ x 18″ Bass. Limited edition Natal 14″ x  7″ Mappa Burl Snare Drum. Pearl 900 Series Hardware, Zildjian 14″ Heavy Hats, Sabian AAX and XS Crashes and Splashes 8″ 10″ 12″ 14″, Zildjian K Dark Custom Crashes 16″ and 18″ with a 20″ Bosphorus Traditional Heavy Ride and a selection of Rototoms.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle

The Other Guys is an opportunity to cover and perform some of the most influential music there has ever been.

Daytime Job: Semi retired.

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Matt “Smudger” Smith: Keyboards/Backing Vocals

Age: Youngish!

I’ve been playing keyboards since very early childhood, but have never had a formal lesson. Throughout school I played drums up to grade 5, but keyboards were always my favourite instrument. For the last few years I’ve picked up a few things on bass guitar which I quite enjoy playing.

My musical influences range from classical composers such as Beethoven and Holst through to metal. Anything that has great keyboard work, orchestration and layered vocal harmonies makes my ears prick up.

Bands that I love are Queen, Pink Floyd and Dream Theater. I also like Muse, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Genesis, Yes and R.E.M amongst many others. Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds is my favourite musical and I’m lucky enough to be able to play a track from this opus (The Eve of the War) with The Other Guys.

Favourite Keyboard players: Freddie, Brian and now Spike (Queen), Rick Wright R.I.P. (Pink Floyd), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Paul Wickens (Paul McCartney band).

Equipment: Korg Kronos 73, Yamaha Motif XF7, Hammond SK1, Roland KC350 amplifier.

I love playing keyboards for The Other Guys. We play such a variety of amazing songs. My keyboard sound is just one piece of an awesome 5 piece puzzle which fits together perfectly!

Daytime Job: Gymnastics/Tumbling/Trampolining Coach

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Piotr “Szugen” Szeliga: Bass Guitar

Age: Youngish…Same as Matt!

Influences: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, Uriah Heap, Primus, Dream Theatre, King Crimson, Buckethead and anyone who has made a mark on my Rock psyche.

Self taught in Poland and love progressive music in all its forms. I started playing Bass quite late in life at the age of 18. I enjoy playing with the band and making my contribution to our overall sound.

Equipment: Emerald Flow bass V, Mark Bass SA450 Amplifier plus Mark Bass 2 x 10 Bass Cab, Digitech Whammy, Boss SYB5, MXR Bass Compressor, Alesis Quadraverb, James Dunlop Bass Crybaby Wah Pedal.

Yamaha Motorcycle.

Daytime Job: Despatch Co-ordinator.

Our Testimonials

“We like to call these 5 great guys our resident rock band. You can guarantee a great night of classic rock will be the evenings entertainment. One member of our club said ‘it was like being at a real concert!’ We as a club always know when they’ve played on a Saturday night, the bar sales go up and a great night goes down.”
 
Karen Porter, Ents. Secretary, Oakdale Conservative Club | August 2017
 

“THE OTHER GUYS are a fantastic band with a big following and a big sound and we always have a great night at THE FIVEWAYS when they perform here. Great bunch of guys playing great music… “

Carina, The Fiveways, Bournemouth | July 2017

 

A really great bunch of guys and very professional. With an eclectic mix of covers including some well-chosen rock material. ‘The Other Guys’ put on a great, 2 plus-hour, non-stop night for us here at Hythe Club.  Add the lights, lasers and professionalism and  you have an outstanding package. Book ’em, you won’t be disappointed !!”

Tony P. Entertainments Secretary
Hythe and District Club
Hythe, Nr. Southampton.
 

The Other Guys played at my 30th Birthday Bash and they where truly awesome!!! They are very professional and I would recommend them to any one who appreciates decent rock music.

David T.  Wareham

 

 

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Repertoire

Won’t Get Fooled Again (The Who)

Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)

Gimme all Your Lovin’ (ZZ Top)

Substitute (The Who)

All the Small Things (Blink 182)

Paranoid (Black Sabbath)

Walking the Dog (Aerosmith)

The Happiest Days of Our Lives  into… Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd)

Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lennie Kravitz)

Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top)

Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)

Pinball Wizard (The Who)

Breathe, Time, Breathe (reprise), Money (Pink Floyd Medley)

Sweet Home Alabama (Lynrd Skynrd)

Black Knight (Deep Purple)

Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)

Hungry Like the Wolf ( Duran Duran)

Paint it Black (The Rolling Stones)

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)

Fire (R.E.M.)

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Bachman Turner Overdrive)

The Boys are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy)

All I Have (Snow Patrol)

Freebird (Lynrd Skynrd)

Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)

Instrumental, O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, (Carl Orff)  into.. Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)

Shine On you Crazy Diamond parts 1 & 2 (Pink Floyd)

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits)

Excerpts from War of the Worlds (Jeff Wayne)

Jump (Van Halen)

Hammer to Fall (Queen)

Try Me (UFO)

Dancing With Tears in my Eyes (Ultravox)

Whatever You Want (Status Quo)

Live and Let Die (Guns N’ Roses version)

She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult)

The Show Must Go On (Queen)

Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)

Comimg Soon….

My Generation (The Who)

Poison (Alice Cooper)

Watch this space….

Don’t Beleive a Word (Thin Lizzy)

Carry on my Wayward Son (Kansas)

Wish you were Here (Pink Floyd)

 

 

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Gigs Calendar

Upcoming Gigs

Apr
21
Sat
9:00 pm Wallisdown Conservative Club, Bo... @ Wallisdown Conservative Club
Wallisdown Conservative Club, Bo... @ Wallisdown Conservative Club
Apr 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
This is the first of two gigs for this year. A small charge may be made on the door. Come and rock the joint with us.
Apr
28
Sat
9:00 pm The Westbourne, Poole Road, Bour... @ The Westbourne
The Westbourne, Poole Road, Bour... @ The Westbourne
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Back at The Westbourne for a the first of two gigs at this great venue. Please come along and support. See you there.
May
19
Sat
9:00 pm West Moors Social Club Classic R... @ West Moors Social Club
West Moors Social Club Classic R... @ West Moors Social Club
May 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
This is our first gig here this year so come down and enjoy another classic rock event at this club.
May
25
Fri
9:00 pm The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
May 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The second of our 5 2018 gigs at this leading Bournemouth Music Venue. Come and enjoy the music that you grew up with, have heard played forever, timeless Rock Classics…. See you there. Thanks go Read More...
Jun
8
Fri
9:00 pm The Coach and Horses, Cadnam, So... @ The Coach and Horses
The Coach and Horses, Cadnam, So... @ The Coach and Horses
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Our second gig at this new venue …. Thanks to Zoe and Rob for supporting live music and their enthusiasm in booking us. See you there.
Jun
16
Sat
9:00 pm The New Inn, Oakdale, Poole @ The New Inn
The New Inn, Oakdale, Poole @ The New Inn
Jun 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
This is the second of 4 gigs at the New Inn for 2018 and it’s Kasha’s Birthday so let’s Rock her party hard with a night of Classic Rock Tunes. Save
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23
Sat
9:00 pm Classic Rock Night at Oakdale Co... @ Oakdale Conservative Club
Classic Rock Night at Oakdale Co... @ Oakdale Conservative Club
Jun 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
This is the second of our notorious Classic Rock Nights for 2018 with one more offering to come in December.  A small charge may be made on the door. Thanks to Karen Porter and the Read More...
Jun
29
Fri
10:00 pm The Bull Hotel, Downton @ The Bull Hotel
The Bull Hotel, Downton @ The Bull Hotel
Jun 29 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 12:00 am
The third gig this year of 4 gigs. They must like us or something! Thanks to James at the venue for the gigs and thanks in advance to you for coming to support!
Jul
13
Fri
9:00 pm The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Back at The Fiveways again for the third of our 5 2018 gigs at this leading Bournemouth Music Venue. Thanks go to Carina for keeping the faith and supporting live music in Bournemouth. Come and Read More...
Jul
28
Sat
8:30 pm The Mudeford Club, Stanpit, Chri... @ The Mudeford Club
The Mudeford Club, Stanpit, Chri... @ The Mudeford Club
Jul 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Back in August 2017 we had a great night…. thankyou Mudeford Club. We look forward to this great gig every year. Cheap beer, nice room, great atmosphere. A small charge on the door secures a Read More...
Aug
4
Sat
9:00 pm The Westbourne, Poole Road, Bour... @ The Westbourne
The Westbourne, Poole Road, Bour... @ The Westbourne
Aug 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Back at The Westbourne for a the last of two gigs this year at this great venue. Please come along and support. See you there.
Aug
11
Sat
9:00 pm The Victoria Cross, Ashley Road,... @ The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross, Ashley Road,... @ The Victoria Cross
Aug 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thanks for the gigs Steve and Anna. This is our third of four gigs at this venue. Thanks for supporting Live Music and please come and enjoy the evening with us.
Sep
15
Sat
9:00 pm Wallisdown Conservative Club, Bo... @ Wallisdown Conservative Club
Wallisdown Conservative Club, Bo... @ Wallisdown Conservative Club
Sep 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Our final gig at Wallisdown Conservative Club for this year. A small charge may be made on the door. Cheap beer, comfortable surroundings and Classic Rock…. what more could you ask for! Come and rock Read More...
Sep
22
Sat
9:00 pm The New Inn, Oakdale, Poole @ The New Inn
The New Inn, Oakdale, Poole @ The New Inn
Sep 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
This is the third of our 4 gigs at the New Inn for 2018. Classic Rock Tunes you’ve heared and loved comin’ atcha… come and join us at this great venue. Save
Sep
29
Sat
9:00 pm West Moors Social Club Classic R... @ West Moors Social Club
West Moors Social Club Classic R... @ West Moors Social Club
Sep 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
This is our second and final gig at this new venue for us this year so come down and enjoy yet another classic rock event at this club.
Oct
6
Sat
9:00 pm The Pure Drop, Ferndown @ The Pure Drop
The Pure Drop, Ferndown @ The Pure Drop
Oct 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The last of our gigs here for 2018. Great pub, great music, great atmosphere. Thanks to Sam for her continued support. See you there!
Oct
12
Fri
9:00 pm The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
Oct 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Back at The Fiveways again for the fourth of our 2018 gigs at this leading Bournemouth Music Venue. Thanks go again to Carina for keeping the faith and supporting live music in Bournemouth. We love Read More...
Oct
19
Fri
10:00 pm The Bull Hotel, Downton @ The Bull Hotel
The Bull Hotel, Downton @ The Bull Hotel
Oct 19 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 12:00 am
The lst Bull gig this year. Thanks to James  for the gigs and thanks in advance to you for coming to support! Great place to play.
Nov
17
Sat
9:00 pm The New Inn, Oakdale, Poole @ The New Inn
The New Inn, Oakdale, Poole @ The New Inn
Nov 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
last gig for us at the New Inn for 2018. Thanks for the support and thanks to Nigel and the crew at The New Inn for the gigs. See you in 2019. Save
Nov
24
Sat
9:00 pm The Victoria Cross, Ashley Road,... @ The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross, Ashley Road,... @ The Victoria Cross
Nov 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
We love playing this venue so please come and see us here at for the final gig at this great pub for 2018. Thanks for the gigs goes out to Steve and Anna for keeping Read More...
Dec
7
Fri
8:30 pm Classic Rock Night at Kinson Con... @ Kinson Conservative Club
Classic Rock Night at Kinson Con... @ Kinson Conservative Club
Dec 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
This is the only gig at this club for 2018 and the first time for 2 years that we have played there.  A small charge may be made on the door for non-members. Thanks to Read More...
Dec
8
Sat
9:00 pm Classic Rock Night at Oakdale Co... @ Oakdale Conservative Club
Classic Rock Night at Oakdale Co... @ Oakdale Conservative Club
Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
This is the third and final offering of 2018 so come and experience an Oakdale Conservative Club Classic Rock Night for yourself. A small charge may be made on the door. Thanks to Karen Porter Read More...
Dec
22
Sat
9:00 pm The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
The Fiveways, Charminster, Bourn... @ The Fiveways
Dec 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Back at The Fiveways again for the last of our 2018 gigs. Thanks go out again to Carina for keeping music live in Bournemouth. We love this venue…. you will too so come along and Read More...

Contact Us


Planning a Party or Wedding celebration you want to spice up? You can call Rob on 07815 994025 to discuss your requirements if you are interested in booking the band. Please leave an answerphone message or text if your call goes unanswered.

For regular pub, club and festival bookings and enquiries, please check our current availability on our Calendar page. Please provide your name and contact phone number at the top of your message.

Many thanks, The Other Guys.

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