Q: Do you still keep in touch with your old band members?
A: Well, certainly not as much as I'd like. I occasionally hear from Norman who formed Inner Vision with me. He and my brother Ryan from Stripped have been playing very successfully as a covers band The Hangmen for the last few years. I recently made contact with Marc Carey again from Inner Vision and intend to keep in touch. We've even talked about getting together with a few beers and guitars sometime in the future which would be fun. I'd love to hear from Jason and Geoff again.
Q: And what about The Norwegians?
Well Paul I haven't heard from since he left the band in '94 other than a brief encounter outside a Belfast pub a few years back while he was visiting home. Richard I used to see occasionally before I went overseas and Gary I've had a little more contact with over the years although again not as regular as I'd like. Gary had continued success after The Norwegians with another band Faith In Rachael. They and Stripped even shared a billing together at one show. That was pretty special. I'd love to work with Gary again sometime.
Q: Finally, what are Stripped doing these days and what does the future hold?
A: Well obviously I'm in regular contact with Ryan seeing as he's my younger brother. As i've mentioned he's still gigging regularly with my old mate Norman from Inner Vision in a covers band called the Hangmen.
It's hard to believe I've known and worked with Aaron for 15 years now!! He's workin as a guitar tutor these days and we keep in regular contact. Stripped are all still the best of friends. He and Alwyn even came over to New Zealand for a visit when I was living there and we got a wonderful chance to play together again. Sadly we missed an opportunity to play together again at Alwyns wedding due to other commitments.
Since my return to the UK, who knows we might get it together again in some shape or form. After being quite lazy musically this last couple of years I've recently bought a little 4 track studio for doing demos. I've started playing guitar again and even recently started learning the Ukulele which is a great little instrument. Aaron and I have have recorded some demos and all of the band will be meeting at a later date so with regards to the future there'll definitely be something happening, probably a mix of solo stuff and group stuff. My interest has been sparked and I'm keen to start writing, recording and just looking forward to making music again...