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Acoustic Wildhearts Tour

This December, Ginger and CJ will head out on a small, intimate tour of the UK, where they will play a selection of Wildhearts songs in an acoustic setting!

Tickets for these shows will likely sell out quickly, so don’t delay in getting yours from www.omerch.eu/shop/thewildhearts!

They will be visiting the following towns:

09th December 2017 – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
10th December 2017 – Bar Metro, Bolton
11th December 2017 – Fulford Arms, York (SOLD OUT!)
12th December 2017 – Plug, Sheffield
13th December 2017 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
14th December 2017 – Bannermans, Edinburgh (SOLD OUT!)
18th December 2017 – The Globe, Cardiff
19th December 2017 – Cavern Club, Exeter
20th December 2017 – Engine Rooms, Southampton
21st December 2017 – The Live Rooms, Chester

UPDATE: The Edinburgh and York shows have already sold out, so don’t delay getting your tickets for other shows!

Ginger’s Schecter Hellraiser “Chutzpah!” Guitar, Could Be Yours!

Ginger is selling his dark red sunburst Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 guitar – the very guitar used in the writing and recording of Chutzpah! and Chutzpah! Jnr, and played during the Chutzpah! tour and more recent Wildhearts tours.

Extensively customised through his trademark application of stickers and decals, this is a chance to own a one-off piece of rock history.

Ginger says:
“When Chutzpah! came out, to roaring reviews, most people complimented us on the guitar sound. Even live, people would delight in the fact that we had a modern edge, and it was all down to this thing before you.

This beautiful guitar was responsible for the writing and recording of Chutzpah! and Chutzpah! Jnr, and the world tour that followed.

Of course it didn’t retire there, as I played it, almost exclusively, for many volume packed years, as my go-to guitar. Perfect tone, insanely good tuning (I never owned a tuner in the years I played this one live) and now covered in stickers from all round the world.

On opening up the box there was even an original tour set list, so as an added bonus I’ll chuck in some personal items from the time. Just bits and pieces from that period in Wildheart’s history.

But the main draw, obviously, is this sublime piece of our story. The Chutzpah! guitar.

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It is being auctioned from Ginger’s official eBay page at www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ginger-Wildhearts-Schecter-Hellraiser-Solo-6-guitar-dark-red-sunburst-colour/292226690419. You can see the details about the guitar and shipping details on the listing page.

Check it out in action playing Mazel Tov Cocktail on stage during the 2009 Chutzpah! tour (this was before it was stickered up),
on YouTube here.

The auction will run until Monday 4th September – let’s find this a good home!

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 11 Ramblin’ Man

RAMBLING’ MAN FESTIVAL, 23rd July – Day 11

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Ginger Wildheart Band Photo by Trudi Knight

So here we are, the final date of the Ginger Wildheart Band tour. The show that served as the very reason for doing this tour in the first place.

I wanted to get the band as tight as a cod’s shit portal, and boy has that happened. It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of the month we hadn’t played together as a unit, and now we enjoy an on-stage chemistry that reeks of respect and authenticity. Who’da thunk it?

Well, we did, as it happens. Conny, Toshi and Denzel waltzed into this agreement fully in the knowledge that this tour had only one outcome, and that’s to perform as a devastating rock machine.

Climbing onto the Ramblin’ Man main stage today, as the sun beams down overhead, felt like the goal that we’ve worked to achieve. It felt comfortable and classic, like the old California Jam footage of Aerosmith from 70’s.

A slick musical entity… check.

Baking audience, smiling in alcohol induced joy… check.

One of Dead Daisies staggers off the stage after their performance.

“Man, it’s hot up there”. They tell us.

After the tiny furnace shows we’ve been playing, this is the only show of the tour that has a steady wave of oxygen pumping across the stage. It feels effortless.

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Ginger Wildheart Photo by Adrian Hextall

The show is amazing, with audience sing-a-longs, cheering and general bonhomie. The band click like the engine of a Porsche being fired up, and crank up the energy throughout the set until we’re done, spent, baked, finished and empty.

With every morsel of fight poured onto the stage, we head back to the dressing room area, where I find myself surrounded by friends from through the years. Ricky Warwick and I regale the growing throng with tales of 90’s debauchery. Agents past and present arrive to offer collective congratulations on a great set. And the bus celebrate in victorious glory.

Rambling’ Man offers an astounding vibe much like the smaller festivals I used to attend as a kid. Great service, great food and and genuine love for music that permeates the very core of the event.

I’m left hoping that I get invited to next years Ramblin’ Man, such is the lasting memory of this amazing end-of-tour party.

Thank you to my incredible band for this tour, to Toshi, Conny and Denzel. Men that I hope to play with again.
Special thanks to our awesome crew of Jane, Dunc, Izzy, Oli, Matt and Tim.
And thanks to the bands that have played with us, Massive Wagons, Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors and The Main Grains. And special thanks to our new crew mate, Pam.
And a final thanks to everyone who has attended the shows on this tour.

Tonight we travel with a full bus of musicians and guests, drinking heavily into the night, and I’m fairly sure that tours don’t get better than this one.

Halloween Hootenanny 3

Halloween wouldn’t be the same any more without Ginger’s annual gathering of the corpse painted clans, aka the Halloween Hootenanny, which returns for its third year in Wolverhampton Slade Rooms on Saturday 29th October.

Ticket pre-sale for those in the know (with exclusive Halloween Mug option) begins 5pm, Friday 29th July: http://thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings

General ticket sale: 9am, Monday 1st August: http://wolvescivic.co.uk

Full bill to be announced. Doors 6pm. Band Curfew is 12 midnight. Rock Disco til late. Age 16+. Dress to distress!

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 10 London

LONDON, Brooklyn Bowl – 22nd July – Day 10

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Hey! Hello! Photo by Trudi Knight

A fully rested tour party arrive at the palatial Brooklyn Bowl, to be greeted by my old buddy Jake Szufnarowski, who runs the venue. His warm smile is accompanied by endless jugs of beer and cider. Hey! Hello! are here to open the show. Sean Hill has turned up to tattoo people. Delicious food is being served. Today couldn’t be less typical and more welcome.

After soundcheck, with good company and a fresh tattoo of the new Hey! Hello! logo (in a very painful part of the ribs) eating up the hours and it’s time for Hey! Hello! take to the stage for the first gig in a few weeks. It is a lovely feeling to be with the band and, with sound gremlins aside, it’s a well greeted and fun set.

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Ryan Hamilton and Ginger Photo by Trudi Knight

I get to jump up onstage with Ryan and the boys again, for another run through of ‘Take It On The Run’ by REO Speedwagon. Bittersweet feelings envelop me as I finally realise this will be the final show with Ryan. We have become great friends with him and his wonderful pack, and seeing them all leave later will sting with a familiar parting stab. The best thing about touring is making new friends, the worst is saying goodbye to them at the end.

The headline set welcomes my good friend Micko, from Courtney Love’s band, up onstage for a run through of ‘If You Find Yourself In London Town’, which has just been released today. It’s a passionate rendition that conveys the emotions that everyone is feeling.

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Ginger Wildhearrt Band Photo by Trudi Knight

My in-ear gizmo finally shits the bed, so I rip it out of my ear and get to play the final half of the set with the full, onstage bombardment of Marshall mayhem. It’s a great send off as we retire to the comfortable dressing room to say goodbye to friends new and old.

Someone offers me a line of coke. Hey, it’s the last show, why not? What could be more fitting?

The next day I will find out it was, in fact, MDMA, and I will lose hours of time evidently microwaving anything that will fit into the microwave, and generally behaving in an uncontainable and jolly yet distinctly out of character fashion. Of course I remember nothing other than I woke up in my clothes and the bus was full of different people.

As painful goodbye’s go, it was an agony free transition.

Bye Ryan, travel safe and hope to see you soon.

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 9 Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, The Portland Arms – 20th July – Day 9

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Ginger Wildheart Band Photo by Trudi Knight

We wake up outside Cambridge Junction, where the bus is parked and hooked up to power. We’re using their toilets and showers. I can’t help but wish we were using their venue, as we wait for over an hour for a taxi to take us to the Portland Arms.

We needn’t have worried about keeping people waiting as the PA guy is over two hours late anyway, and when he finally arrives it’s obvious we’re going to have problems. For the first time on the tour the PA system is a mess of cross wiring that takes an hour to unscramble and rewire. The audience are beginning to file into the outside bar area when we are asked to soundcheck. We opt for a quick line check (playing songs from the set while people wait outside feels a bit lame) and retire to what is without doubt the hottest, most uncomfortable backstage area in the country.

We have traveled the length of Great Britain to find the worst backstage area and have struck gold. The only tiny window opens out to a heating system below, which ensures that the toasty dressing area is fully baked. People are sitting in pools of sweat. It’s not much fun.
The hottest room of the tour, however, is waiting for us downstairs. It is painfully obvious that The Portland Arms is unsuitable for a three band rock bill in a heatwave. A steady flow of sweat drips from my wrist before a note is played. This wasn’t going to be a hot gig. this was going to be an endurance test.

As photographers with zoom-in lenses are jostled about from their two foot vantage point, my concerns are focused on audience welfare. There isn’t a security guard in the building, and this tiny venue begins to look like a threat to public safety. Especially when the fire doors are flung open, which sees even more people squash into the minuscule venue.

An hour of breathing in sweat steam, and with one look at Conny, I can see we are in some kind of trouble. The room begins to spin and it’s all we can do to keep breathing, keep singing, keep playing. There is no side-stage so we plough through the set and into the encores while struggling to keep our heads up and legs from buckling. The audience forms a very uncomfortable mosh pit which forces the front row towards to stage. The sight of people having their shins crushed is all I need to call it quits for the night.

Once back in the mini sauna upstairs I’m greeted to the sight of Ryan being dragged into the room by crew girl Pam. He has passed out downstairs, and with the severe heat exhaustion he is currently in a state of body shock. Pam has to also be taken outside for a breather as the conditions worsen. This is the first time on this tour that she has left her position at the merch table. She is mortified.

When we finally make our way to the bus, conversation obviously points to tomorrow’s show, in the same venue, in the same conditions. The smart money is to protect people’s health, so the decision is made to cancel tomorrow’s show. With the final weekend of gigs on the horizon, risking people’s health and safety would be idiotic.

The Portland Arms is probably a great acoustic venue, but a dangerous and disorganised sweat pit for sold out rock gigs in hot weather. I’m sure that some bands might see this as a punk rock bonus. Until someone is eventually seriously hurt this should not serve as any kind of credential.

Band and crew will get a much deserved day off tomorrow. We will finish this tour in style.

The Birthday Bash Is Back

To celebrate Ginger’s half-century in style, the Birthday Bash is back again for 2014.

Says Ginger: “I suspect this one is gonna be a bit insane.”

Details are scant at the moment, so we can’t even say ‘expect surprises’ with any certainty.

Tickets for ‘Oh Fuck I’m 50’ at London’s Kentish Town Forum, on Dec 17th, go on sale Tuesday April 29th.

Metal Hammer – This Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Ginger explains to Metal Hammer how the music industry is changing, and how he is leading the revolution.

Metal Hammer 
article - This Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Metal Hammer article - This Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Metal Hammer 
article - This Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Ginger’s Birthday Bash: Tickets Now On Sale

Following sellout shows over the last four years, we once again return to London to celebrate Ginger’s Birthday on the 17th December 2013.

Arguably the most anticipated live show of the year among fans, this year’s event will be held at KOKO in Camden.

In past years we’ve had reformations, reunions and special guests galore. What will happen this year? The only way to find out is to be there!

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketweb. This event will sell out, and quickly, so don’t delay or you risk missing this year’s surprises.

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event page. See You There!

New Year, New Twitter Handle

To mark the beginning of what’s looking to be another very busy year, Ginger has decided to change his Twitter name.

If you were already following him on Twitter then you still will be, but if you’re an occasional reader who usually looks him up at @GingerNYC then you’ll now find him at his new address @GingerWildheart.