WageR are a five piece Rock Band based in the West Midlands, England. We play a selection of Original material and popular Rock covers featuring songs from The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Feeder & The Foo Fighters to name but a few.
Our primary goal is to produce our material to proffesional standards, from our CD's to our live shows.
We are currently unsigned and are looking for a Label/ Record company to take us further and help us develop our musical carrer.
For more information logon to http://www.wagerpromotions.co.uk
Wager first formed in late 2001 when Alan Bell and Wayne Hughes met after playing in a covers band called Chapter VI. Alan and Wayne started writing and recording original material together to pass onto various record companies. After recording a few demo tracks Wayne met soul legend Edwin Starr whilst taking a crafty fag break at his place of work in Tamworth, Staffs.
Wayne passed on a demo tape that Alan & Wayne had just finished recording the weekend before meeting Edwin. With only a few days after meeting the soul legend, Edwin contacted Wayne and arranged a meeting at Wayne's house with Alan and Wayne on the following Friday.
Edwin sat and chatted to Wayne and Alan about the material that he had heard and decided to take Wager under his wing. He asked to hear more material and started the ball rolling to help the guys record and produce a 2 track demo of "King For A Day" and "Fire And Ice". In the mean time Alan & Wayne put a 5 piece band together ready to record the two tracks.
Alan contacted Pix, Sutty and Jeff 3 excellent musicians Alan had played with in previous bands and projects. The band was now complete and the scene was set and rehearsals were underway at Touchwood Studio's Cannock. Together with Edwin the guys rearranged the songs and were ready to head to Network Studio's Nottingham to record the 2 songs.
Not long after Recording the 2 track demo Edwin took the demo to America to a few Record companies and Radio Stations. The demo received airplay in Phoenix, Arizona and various other states that Edwin visited. After getting positive feedback from a couple of Record Companies Edwin stressed the need for more material to be written and recorded.
Over the following months Wager returned to Touchwood Studio's and Wrote an 8 track album called "Closing In On The World". Edwin kept a keen eye on the material and would visit regularly to see how things were going and shared his experiences and knowledge with the guys. It was now time for Wager to meet the public. With the album near completion a few small gigs were arranged and Wager took to the stage and performed valiantly. The gigs were a success and Wager were invited to be interviewed by Chris Mills for Centre Fm in Tamworth.
April 2nd 2003 Following a heart attack Edwin passed away at his Nottingham home and not long after Wager split due to musical differences. Sutty and Pix carried on to play with "Bloke" a band they had both been involved with whilst playing for Wager. Jeff started his Green Day Tribute band called "Green Bay". Meanwhile Alan and Wayne auditioned various musicians and continued to write and record.
After a few months Wayne and Alan stopped writing material together and took on some other projects. Wayne did some solo performances and Alan got involved writing and recording with various artists at his studio. During this time Alan also co-ran a small independent record label and entertainments agency which is where he met Spence Mabley the drummer for a Who tribute band called "Renown".
Whilst rehearsing with a covers band Alan met John Winterton a keyboard Player, who like Alan at the time wasn't happy playing the material they were playing with the covers band. After hearing and liking the 8 track album Wayne, Alan and John met to discuss the future of Wager. Alan called Spence the following day and the 4 guys head off to a Rehearsal Studio in Walsall, West Midlands to give the Wager material a blast.
Wager was reborn. A week later Mike Tromans auditioned and became the bands Bass player. The band, now once again fully complete headed back into the studio and rehearsed a selection of Original material and Covers ready for gigging starting in September 2004. During the rehearsals John made it clear he wasn't happy with how the band was taking shape and aired his decisions on how he felt. Wager started advertising for a new Keyboard player.
Early September 2004 Alan received a call from Nic Smith a talented Pianist/ Keyboard player. After watching Nic play Alan & Wayne decided to invite Nic in the studio for an audition. The audition went very well and Nic became the bands new keyboard player. With a tight schedule ahead the lads are back in the studio getting ready for their debut Gig 19th September 2004 at the Trent Bridge Inn, Nottingham.
Mainly round the West Midlands, UK. But were looking to spread our music across the globe and universe. But if there is a gig and we can get there we will play it and give it 100%.
We have a wide range of influences from everywhere. I like to think that we have a unique sound and we stand out as unit that works together to acheive our goals.