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9th December 2009

First three Toby solo show setlists added.....

3rd December 2009

Great show in Glasgow last night which featured 'Fight For The Right' in the encores!  Full tour setlists and info uploaded to the Tourography page!

1st December 2009

New songs uploaded to the Music page.  Gun tour details coming soon.....

31st October 2009

New songs uploaded, including a show I've had many requests about......see the Music page for details/downloads......

28th October 2009

MelodicRock are reporting these two pieces of news:

The classic
Little Angels debut album Don't Prey For Me will be re-issued on November 12th on Cherry Red's Lemon Recordings label. It features the album as it was sequenced on the original vinyl LP and adds Pleasure Pyre from the cassette/CD issues with bonus tracks including the whole of the "Big Bad EP" and the two studio tracks from the "Get Radical EP", ie. "Radical Your Lover" and "Don't Love You No More".
Stay tuned for more info!"

French rock label Bad Reputation have announced their latest re-issue, a remastered version of the excellent
Little Angels album Young Gods + 5 Bonus Tracks.
Track Listing:
1. Back Door Man 2. Boneyard 3. Young Gods (Stand Up, Stand Up) 4. I Ain't Gonna Cry 5. The Wildside Of Life 6. Product Of The Working Class 7. That's My Kinda Life 8. Juvenile Offender 9. Love Is A Gun 10. Sweet Love Sedation 11. Smoke In My Eyes 12. Natural Born Fighter 13. Feels Like The World Has Come Undone 13a Featuring The Angels' Anthem. Bonus Tracks: 14. Go (As You Please) 15. Bad Imitation 16. Babylon's Burning 17. Funk 49 18. Oh Well.
WebLink: www.badreputation.fr."

Toby knew nothing about these when I quizzed him about them; and confessed that he has very little memory of 'Don't Love You No More'!  So I sent him a copy. 

No "new" material but some rare b-sides/bonus tracks which may not have been previously available on CD in some cases.

27th October 2009

Lots and lots of new news today!

1) Popkiller mini-album available for pre-order here

2) Lead track and live favourite 'Let Your Hair Down' available as a free download via Rock Radio

3) Ace Spanish tour finished on Sunday with a great gig in Barcelona, following equally great gigs in Valencia, Madrid, Gijon and Bilboa.  'Popkiller' was debuted in Madrid and 'Let Your Hair Down' was very well received at all the shows. 

13th October 2009

New video; A Day In The Studio With Gun on 24th September 2009 available on YouTube.  Directed by yours truly.....

11th October 2009

Gun will be appearing at The Krusher Klub at The Embassy tomorrow (Monday 12th October) for their new EP and tour launch party.

Toby and Jools will be meeting and greeting the fans, playing an acoustic set and will be available for a signing and photo session.

The Embassy is close to Bond Street and Piccadilly Circus tubes. Click here for a map.

It's only £5.00 entrance which has to make it the cheapest Rock Night in London, possibly the UK. You can get a huge Jack and Coke for just £4.00 so what's stopping you coming down on Monday 12th for what will be one hell of a memorable night...

Need more details? Call Steve on 0207 237 3148 or mail here...

(Shamelessly stolen verbatim from the official Gun site)

3rd October 2009

New songs added to the Music page - some classic live Angels tracks from an awesome show.  I'm also re-designing the website a little so expect a few changes over the next few weeks or so-nothing major, just a little facelift here and there.....

24th September 2009

Two bits of good news today:
The new www.tobyjepson.com site is now up and running.....and Gun are currently in studio recording their new EP!  More news as and when I have it (or can release it.....)

And a new promo video has been released for Gun's Portuguese appearance in November.....enjoy!  It's a compilation of live clips, backstage footage, interviews etc from various places 2008 and 2009 featuring audio from Glasgow on 20th December 2008.

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13th September 2009

Very good Toby solo acoustic show last night at The Queens Hotel in Bridlington.  No new material sadly but it was great to hear the old Angels and Toby solo tracks-including the live debut of Paperthin and the acoustic debut of Motivated.

Full setlist was: Unwind, Motivated, Some People Are More Equal Than Others, All Roads Lead To You, Forgiveness, Out Of Sight Out Of Mind, Weight Of The World, Don't Pray For Me, Paperthin, Happy Ever After, Soapbox, I Ain't Gonna Cry, Womankind, Young Gods ~ Won't Get Fooled Again, Too Much Too Young, Soapbox

29th August 2009

Been a bit slow to get all these updates posted but here goes:

·         3 Gun shows in Paris announced for 2nd/3rd/4th October:
These shows will be an amazing return to Paris for the first time in what must be over 15 years!!!

And to make them even more extra special than they already are, we have discussed recording all 3 shows in full for possible future release. We will hopefully have more information on this nearer the time. Stay tuned....

For ticket and venue details please visit:

·         UK support bands announced
"New Device will take the first dates on the tour, as follows:

12 Nov – Newcastle Academy2
13 Nov – Manchester Academy3
14 Nov – Nottingham Rock City
15 Nov – Sheffield Corporation
17 Nov – Bradford Gasworks
18 Nov – Leamington Spa Assembly
19 Nov – Cambridge Junction
21 Nov – Gloucester Guildhall

Riot:Noise will take the second half of the tour, dates as listed below:

22 Nov – Wrexham Central Station
23 Nov – Bristol Academy2
24 Nov – Southampton Brook
26 Nov – London Islington Academy
27 Nov – Milton Keynes Pitz Club
28 Nov – Brighton Concorde2
29 Nov – Swansea Sin City
1 Dec – Carlisle Brickyard
2 Dec – Glasgow ABC1

New Device will also rejoin the tour for London and Glasgow."

·         GUN are to make a welcome return to Portugal, another of their spiritual homes in Europe, for a special one-off show.

The band will the perform at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon on Friday 6 November, with the fantastically awesome band D.A.D. It Seems as though our very own Toby is a massive fan, so he's really looking forward to it...as are we all...

Tickets available from www.ticketline.sapo.pt or by phoning 707 234 234.

This is a line up you don't want to miss...so don't hang about...book your tickets now!

Download and print the flyer here...tell all you friends that they NEED to be there...

·         And finally, the Gun show for Bradford has been moved to Rios in Leeds.

Wow-I think that's all!

18th August 2009

Skin support slots confirmed-Tour page updated with links to buy tickets!

10th August 2009

www.skindex.co.uk are reporting that Toby will be the support for their December tour which is:

  • Dec 6th Leamington Spa
  • Dec 7th London Islington Academy
  • Dec 8th Norwich Waterfront
  • Dec 10th Bristol Thekla
  • Dec 11th Manchester Academy
  • Dec 12th Nottingham Rock City

9th August 2009

This might be nothing or it might be something but SeeTickets have Toby booked as a acoustic support act for Skin at Rock City on 12th December 2009....link

1st August 2009

Toby solo show fully confirmed - tickets on sale here...!

27th July 2009

This hasn't been confirmed yet but I've heard it rumoured that Toby will be performing a solo acoustic show on Saturday 12th September 2009 at the Rock-It venue in Bridlington, East Yorkshire......more details as and when......

22nd June 2009

Another awesome gig last night-setlist up on the Tourography page.  Let Your Hair Down is being very well received!  And as a bonus the November/December tour dates have been released-tickets on sale today!

Secondly, Toby is a guest on the new Saxon album, Into The Labyrinth.  He sings backing vocals on various tracks...

21st June 2009

Last nights' show in York was undoubtedly the best I have seen Gun play!  Awesome stuff...can't wait for tonight!

14th June 2009

GUN have added an appearance at the Main stage of the Open air Derrame Rock Festival in Asturias, Northern Spain on Saturday 11 July 2009 to their summer tour dates.  For more info please visit www.festivalderramerock.com.

31st May 2009

What a great mini-tour!  New song Let Your Hair Down sounded awesome and it was a blast to hear the old Gun songs again.  Plus Gun have a great group of fans who is was good to see again/meet.  Tour reviews/photo's/videos coming soon-setlists up now!  See the Tourography page...

23rd May 2009

www.tobyjepson.com is nearly ready....!  In the meantime, proving that it hasn't been completely forgotten or abandoned, Cool Head have a brief preview of the fabled Chepstow DVD on their site....see here

17th May 2009


"We are very sorry to have to report that GUN will no longer be appearing at The Indie Guitar Festival on 25th July, as the event has been cancelled.

The promoters have had to make the decision for this year due to financial problems that would have meant it would not have been as good a day as they would have liked.

Any ticket purchases will be refunded in full.

For further details please visit www.indieguitarfestival.com"

30th April 2009

Gun tour dates released, with more to be added (hopefully in the North!).  See Tour page for details...

12th April 2009

Update from Mr Jepson himself finally-have a look at the official site.

1st April 2009

Unfortunately Castle Park Rock at Caldicot Castle in South Wales on May 30th 2009 has been cancelled. Here is the official statement issued by the event organisers:

"With great sadness we must inform everyone that a very difficult decision has been made to cancel Castle Park Rock for 2009.

This year’s festival faced a major hiccup earlier in the year which delayed getting details of the festival out to the public. This when added to the current economic situation has forced our hands to pull what we believe (and what many have told us) to be an absolutely superb festival line-up.

Terrorvision/Gun/It Bites/FM on one bill would have been superb! All fantastic UK bands!

We can only apologize to all the fans, we are genuinely as disappointed as you are.

Anyone who has purchased tickets to the event will be refunded in full, (tickets ordered via ‘Townsend’ have not been charged/debited).

We thank each & every one of you for the continued support for Castle Park Rock.

We continue to look at plans for later in the year and also towards 2010."

Just in case you are wondering-this is NOT an April fool. I wish it was!

24th March 2009

Classic AOR band, Airrace are reforming for a handfull of shows this year. They will be supporting Thunder on there Fairwell tour at Sheffield City Hall and Cambridge Corn Exchange and Asia at the Cambridge Rock Festival, they will also be appearing at the FirefestVI at Rock city Nottingham. The band features Laurie Mansworth (More - and composer of all 'Roadstar' albums and EP's), Keith Murrell (Brian May, George Harrison), Toby Sadler (Jagged Edge) Dean Howard (Bad Company, Gillan, Toby Jepson Band), Dave Boyce (Samson, Toby Jepson Band) and Simon Dawson (The Outfield).

Please check out the Airrace site for dates and details.

10th March 2009

It has just been announced that Airrace are special guests on two dates for Thunder on their final UK Tour - Sheffield City Hall on the 4th July and Cambridge Corn Exchange on the 5th July. The rumour has the lineup as:
Keith Murrell (Vocals) 
Laurie Mansworth (Guitars) 
Dean Howard (Guitars) 
Dave Boyce (Bass) 
Toby Sadler (Keyboards) 

with drumming duties still not confirmed.....

As for Toby himself; he has been talking to Townsend Records this week regarding EP3; it's still scheduled for summer and there two more tracks to finish before the final 5 are chosen.

1st March 2009

Rumour has it that Dean Howard and Dave Boyce will be playing with a band called Airrace at Firefest at Rock City in Nottingham on 24th October 2009 with the possibility of more gigs to be announced.  More on this when I have official confirmation.

For more information on Airrace see here.  If you want to check them out they have re-released an album entitled "Shaft Of Light".  Their drummer is none other than Jason Bonham.....

5th February 2009

Gun to play Castle Park Rock!!!

Gun will be playing at Castle Park Rock at Caldicot Castle in South Wales on 30th May 2009.  Also performing will be Terrorvision, It Bites and FM.  Tickets are £27.00 and all purchases come with a free 4 track EP featuring 1 track from each band on the bill; the Gun track is 'Word Up' recorded live at Decembers Glasgow Academy show.

Tickets can be purchased here.  And the official website is here.

2nd February 2009

I've finally finished a new video using footage from Gun's December tour-all set to a live recording of 'Shame On You' from Glasgow.  See TJTV!

Oh, and I've added Fastway performing 'Easy Livin'' to the list as well-enjoy!

25th January 2009

Happy New Year y'all!  Latest word on EP3 is to expect it in "summer"-that's a quote from the man himself.

In the meantime, Humbug has put his recording of last months Shepherds Bush Empire show on line for your listening please.  It's a good recording of a very good show and you can download it here.  I'll throw some artwork together for it shortly.....

Also, you can hear 'Word Up' from the soundboard recording of the Glasgow Academy gig over on the official Gun MySpace page.

And finally I should have a new video from the December tour ready shortly too.....

21st December 2008

Two great shows ended the bands mini-tour; the first night at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on the 18th December comprised of:
Money (Everybody Loves Her), Don't Say It's Over, The Feeling Within, Can't Get Any Lower, Money To Burn, Girls In Love (first ever live performance!), Taking On The World, Something To Believe In, I Will Be Waiting, Inside Out ~ So Lonely, Word Up, Steal Your Fire, Shame On You, Welcome To The Real World, Better Days

Big Jim was again pulled up for Better Days in the encore.  See the video here.

But it seems the boys saved the best for last with an amazing show at Glasgow's Carling Academy on the 20th:
Money (Everybody Loves Her), Don't Say It's Over, The Feeling Within, Can't Get Any Lower, Money To Burn, Girls In Love (first ever live performance!), Taking On The World, Something To Believe In, I Will Be Waiting, Inside Out ~ So Lonely, Something Worthwhile (with Dante on vocals), Word Up, Steal Your Fire, Shame On You, Welcome To The Real World, Seems Like I'm Losing You, Better Days

Former Gun drummer Scott Shield was brought out to play on 'Better Days' which was a surprise and treat.  The bands they played a 6 song mini-set at the aftershow in Rockers later that night which included Dante singing 'Fight For Your Right'...plus Steal Your Fire, Better Days, Word Up, Don't Say It's Over and Shame On You....

17th December 2008

Gun rocked The Tackaroo in Cannock last night with another 70 minute set (the same as the previous nights).  The were twice as good as Monday night-the sound was ace, the crowd were great and the band themselves seemed to have a blast.  Awesome stuff and it bodes well for London and Glasgow.....

16th December 2008

Gun stormed Vivaz in Scarborough last night with a 70 minute set featuring:
Money (Everybody Loves Her), Don't Say It's Over, The Feeling Within, Can't Get Any Lower, Money To Burn, Girls In Love (first ever live performance!), Taking On The World, Something To Believe In, I Will Be Waiting, Word Up, Steal Your Fire, Shame On You, Welcome To The Real World, Better Days

Tonight: Cannock!

10th December 2008

(l-r Toby Jepson, Bruce John Dickinson, Mark Plunkett, Jimmy Dickinson)

Together in the same room for the first time since 1994 (so I'm told); the Little Angels all met up at Michael Lee's funeral in Darlington last week.  Jimmy Page was also in attendance.  

Link to Northern Echo report
Link to Independent Obituary
Link to Times Obituary

Link to Guardian obituary
Link to Classic Rock article

25th November 2008

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Little Angels' drummer Michael Lee.  As well as been their drummer he also found fame drumming with Page and Plant, The Cult, Echo And The Bunnymen and a reformed Thin Lizzy.  He died peacefully in his sleep sometime on Sunday evening/Monday morning.

Michael joined the Angels on 16th August 1988; he was there for their first single '90 In The Shade', the Big Bad EP and played on the debut album 'Don't Prey For Me'.  He was a fantastic drummer and will be sorely missed.  RIP.

Michael Lee
Born: 19th November 1969
Died: 24th November 2008

Toby also posted the following message on MySpace/His forum...

"I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to Michael Lee’s family at their loss.

I met Mike for the first time back in 1988/89 when the Little Angels were seeking a new drummer. We had all but given up hope of finding anyone that could do the job. He arrived last in the only clothes he owned, a pair of sticks and a huge grin; anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Mike will know what I mean. He then proceeded to play the life out of the rubbish kit we had hired for the auditions. He was so good that he actually made me laugh! It was the only honest reaction I could muster. I had never experienced raw unadulterated talent like that nor have I since; it was an incredible display that quite simply took my breath away. He was awesome to behold. He was simply one of, if not the greatest drummer of his generation. He had everything: groove, power, musical precision, technical ability, sass and he made it all look so easy.

When he left the band and went on to achieve the heights he did with The Cult, Page and Plant, Echo and the Bunnymen and most recently Thin Lizzy and Ian Gillan. We lost touch but I followed his career from a far and was sad when he seemed to have stopped playing and dropped off the radar. I know, like us all, he had his problems and demons, but I choose to remember, and will never forget that fun lovin’ easy going lad that seemed to be about 100 feet tall…

The world has lost a true musical genius and a wonderfully eccentric character. It was a privilege to have worked with him. RIP"

Thanx to Robin Ellwood who was lucky enough to meet Michael a few months ago in Darlington and have this picture taken with him:

6th November 2008

Toby and Jools will be supporting Lauren Harris at the Cathouse in Glasgow on 10th December!  They will also join her on-stage for 'Steal Your Fire' during her set!  Click here for tickets (they're only £7.50 each!)....

1st November 2008

Gun rocked The Garage in Glasgow for the second time this year on Thursday with a Rock Radio sponsored gig apparently in promotion of The Rocker.  The 80 minute set ran:

Welcome To The Real World
Don't Say It's Over
Money To Burn
Better Days
Taking On The World
Inside Out ~ So Lonely
Something Worthwhile
Word Up
Crazy You
Steal Your Fire
Money (Everybody Loves Her)
Shame On You
Fight For The Right (To Party) *

* featured Dante on vocals and Toby playing bass guitar.  The boys were also joined by a keyboard player who may or may not have been called Greg.

I was also able to get some info from Toby regarding EP3 (three tracks practically finished and another two over 50% done; featuring Matt E on drums and Toby basically doing everything else) and the DVD (finished-sorting out the details with Townsend about how/when to release it..)

Oh, and Toby described one of the three finished tracks as "one of the best I've ever recorded".  Sounds good to me.

Finally, all being well - there will be a brand new Gun album next year.

18th October 2008

Two Warm-up shows for the 'Taking On The World' gigs have been announced - Vivaz in Scarborough on 15th December 2008 and The Tackaroo in Cannock in the 16th December 2008.  The band have reported that the warm-up gigs will be definitely content to the main shows.  Both venues should be familiar to Toby fans......

Tickets from Townsend...


Alan Thornton has announced that he is to leave his position as GUN drummer due to personal reasons. Al made the announcement through the official GUN Myspace page:

The band would like to sadly announce the departure of drummer Al Thornton who leaves for personal reasons. Al Said,

"I have some personal stuff to deal with at the moment and these leave me little time to give 100 percent to the band. It's not what I want but, unfortunately, it's something I have to do right now. It's a real shame cos I was there way back at the start with Jools and I have a real passion for GUN but it can't be helped. I know Gordon, who has been brought in to replace me, very well and I know he's a great drummer and will do the biz for the boys superbly. I had great fun playing with the lads again and wish them all the greatest of luck for the future. My heart will always be GUN but, no doubt, I'll be back playing in the not too distant future, so keep an eye out. Thanks guys and best of luck."

The band wishes Alan well for the future. He is to be replaced by Glaswegian player Gordon McNeil.

24th September 2008

Gig at The Garage on 30th October 2008...see www.ticketweb.co.uk for tickets....

December 2008 - Takin' On The World
18th - Shepherds Bush Empire, London
20th -Carling Academy, Glasgow

Click the poster to buy tickets.  See you there :)

21st September 2008

Saturday 20th December: Carling Academy Glasgow
Forming in Glasgow in 1986, GUN enriched the glory days of rock 'n' roll having shared stages with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Iron Maiden. Following a ten year break, the band reform to play their debut 1989 album 'Taking On The World' in its entirety for the very first time.
Tickets on general sale Monday 22nd September at 9am
Tickets available online @ www.ticketweb.co.uk or phone 0844 477 2000

1st September 2008

Ooops - forgot the songs at the start of August!  The final three tracks from Milton Keynes are available for download now.....!

21st July 2008

Yes www.tobyjepson.com is down (for now - all new site coming soon) but you can still access the forums at http://www.tobyjepson.com/forum/

20th July 2008

New video added to the TJTV page - GUN performing 'Don't Sat It's Over' from Rockers.....enjoy...

13th July 2008

Rockers, Glasgow - 11th July 2008

Shame On You
Welcome To The Real World
Better Days
Money To Burn
Taking On The World
Don't Say It's Over
Inside Out ~ Enter Sandman ~ So Lonely
Word Up
Steal Your Fire

Money (Everybody Loves Her)
Suffragette City

Main Stage, T In The Park, 12th July 2008 - Unconfirmed setlist

Shame On You
Welcome To The Real World
Better Days
Don't Say It's Over
Word Up 
Steal Your Fire

6th July 2008

Well, my 30th birthday present from the band was a very enjoyable set on Clyde Radio tonight.  The tracks played were Welcome To The Real World, Better Days, Don't Say It's Over, Shame On You, Steal Your Fire and Word Up.  And it sounded ace! bodes well for Rockers and T in the Park next weekend.  And 'Don't Say It's Over' is rapidly becoming my favourite Gun song.

Click the banner below for a download.....

30th June 2008

The next three tracks from Milton Keynes are up on the Music page, as well as the entire Gun set from Manchester....enjoy....!

26th June 2008

The gig planned on 10th July 2008 at Rockers has been cancelled due.....recording commitments by the band!  I've no idea what this concerns yet but will post details as soon as I have them!

Card purchases for tickets are being refunded or tickets can be returned to the place of purchase.

21st June 2008

The 11th July show at Glasgow has sold-out and the band have added an extra date at the same venue on Thursday 10th July 2008!!! Tickets are also £10.00 in advance and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.seetickets.com - see you there!  Support is again from Fakes.

18th June 2008

Three new videos uploaded to TJTV; Toby and band playing the best version of 'Don't Pray For Me' I've heard (yet!).  And two videos of Toby acoustic at Rock Radio in Glasgow in January 2008.  Enjoy.....

15th June 2008

Gun will be playing a session on Billy Sloan's Radio Clyde show on Sunday the 6th July (my birthday no less!). You can listen in online here, from 7pm UK time but note that fans outside the UK may not have access this stream due to licensing restrictions.  However, I'm sure someone will record it and put it online ;)

Also, Gun will be warming up for their appearance at T In The Park with a gig at Rockers in Glasgow on Friday 11th June.  Tickets are £10.00 in advance and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.co.uk and www.seetickets.com - see you there!  Support from Fakes (whoever they may be.....)

And I've finally had something resembling enough time to type up the Angels bits and Toby's quotes from April's Classic Rock magazine.

""We believed we had the biggest balls on the planet" says Toby Jepson (Little Angels).  "It's part of growing up in Scarborough.  The place itself generated a feeling that everything was possible.  We emerged out of this white middle-class England with all the energy in the world, and watched Bon Jovi explode on the scene and wanted to be that.  We had no streetwise sense at all.  I wanted to be Bon Jovi.  I'll tell you why - we always used to moan, there's never any rock on the radio, never any on TV.  We'd all cram into each other's houses to watch The Tube and hope there'd be a metal band on, and there never was.  I think they did a Motley Crue special once and we couldn't believe it.  So when Bon Jovi happened they blew open the doors.  It was okay to play guitar and look like a girl."

"I remember Bruce [Dickinson, Little Angels' guitarist] turning up in a codpeice because he'd got this week's Kerrang!  and there was Manowar on the cover.  He had this fur codpiece he'd made.  We said: 'Bruce, maybe not...' I remember going on stage in my dad's ruffled shirt.  Daft.  We had an idea that we should be dressing up, and we approximated it"

"Every single time we picked up Kerrang!  everything was in the Marquee," says Toby Jepson.  Me and Bruce got on a National Rapide bus and stayed with some friends of his father in St John's Wood.  We walked the streets of London for four days.  Everywhere there was a sign that said live music, we walked in and asked if we could play.  Being as green as grass we had no idea they were going to say: 'Well yeah - if you pay..'"

"GN'R were the greatest band I've ever seen live," says Toby Jepson.  "It made us realise what a real band was about.  It was a turning point.  We went down there thinking: "Who are this band?  They're gonna be rubbish.'  We went back to Scarborough thinking: 'You know what?  That was the real deal.'"

"My experience of the major label system was that we were 'the rock band' at Polydor.  As we got a bit older and a bit wiser we realised they were trying to flog us as a pop band.  It was very much 'Let's try and make them look like skaters or surf dudes'.  We'd go into A&R meetings and ask: 'What do you think of the demos?' And the A&R guy would go: 'I dunno, what do you think?'"

"It might sound hopelessly naive, but I don't really know why the Little Angels split up.  We were treading the boards at the Albert Hall, we'd just had a No. 1 record and toured with Van Halen and Bon Jovi.  I can remember the discussions were: 'America's never going to accept you because of Nirvana.' But we were always very eclectic and we could have emerged with a record that sounded different.  I think we could have survived."

"I came out bereft that we'd split up and for the next six months, I didn't know what had hit me.  I'd spent 10 years working, and it had come to nothing.  I put out my solo album and it was a disaster.  I thought to myself: 'Man, this business is fucking tough...' I ended up in a van, having to tour-manage myself.  It was a stark world.  I realised I hadn't understood the business at all."

The word is that Little Angels won't reform - Bruce Dickinson is now a successful music teacher, Mark Plunkett manages Ronan Keating and Mark Richardson now plays in Feeder.  Toby is writing songs, singing with Fastway, and appeared with Gun at their recent re-formation show. "I'm absolutely committed to re-entering this business," says Toby Jepson.  "I feel a lot more ready for it now.  What it's made me realise is that there is a market for classic rock.  I said to Steve, my manager, the other day: 'What I am is a good rock singer'.

"You have to have an appreciation of what you're good at because at this age it's all you've got, and I'm a rock singer."

Little Angels - Don't Pray For Me: The big chorus wasn't an entirely American phenomenon.

5th June 2008

The Rock and Blues Festival (at which Fastway are playing) is now back-on!  See their website at www.rockandblues.uk.com for information/tickets etc.  It's a two day event 25th and 26th July 2008 - Fastway are playing on Saturday 26th July.

Also, the next three songs from Milton Keynes are on-line now.  In the next few days I'll get the recording of Gun from Manchester on-line for you to listen to......

21st May 2008

Watch Gun & Toby performing 'Word Up' and 'Steal Your Fire' live from Manchester on the TJTV page....!

6th May 2008

Toby (with Gun) played a blinder in Manchester yesterday celebrating the launch of Rock Radio's Manchester station.  Organisers were expecting about 1,000.  Apparently they stopped counting at 3,000!

The 40 minute set featured:

  • Welcome To The Real World
  • Better Days
  • Money (Everybody Loves Her)
  • Don't Say It's Over
  • Taking On The World
  • Steal Your Fire
  • Word Up
  • Shame On You

More gigs are planned but the next confirmed show is T In The Park.

See here for some Gun fans re-actions to the show.  Seems Toby is being well-received though that shouldn't surprise any of you......

30th April 2008

Toby is now confirmed as the new lead singer for Gun following his debut with them in January.  They are playing Manchester (as below), T In The Park on 10th July 2008 and have also mentioned new material and a headlining tour as well as a few other festival appearances.....

In celebration/happy co-incidence I have uploaded Gun (with Toby of course!) playing Better Days to the Music and TJTV pages.....as well as the usual monthly solo MP3s.....enjoy!

24th April 2008

Toby is confirmed to play at Rock Radio's Manchester launch party with Gun on 5th May 2008.  It's a free for all in Manchester city centre and Gun will be onstage about 4pm for 45 minutes.........see you there!!

4th April 2008

Last week Toby posted an update on his website - link here.  The gist is that this year will be more focused on Fastway and Gun than the solo stuff; although EP3 of Guitar, Bass And Drums is definitely coming.....

I've uploaded the next three tracks from Milton Keynes to the Music page for you to enjoy, including an awesome Somebody Else......

20th March 2008

Toby features quite a lot in this months (April 2008) Classic Rock magazine.  There's a 6 page feature on "Brit-Rock" which includes several quotes from Toby (taken from an interview from March last year!) as well as a review of The Garage gig in Glasgow on 10th January 2008.

"The ever-likable Toby Jepson does a short, well-received acoustic set.  His big moment is yet to come."

And is equally positive about his turn fronting Gun too.  The second last paragraph of the review reads...

"Before the gig, Toby downplayed any suggestions that this could be a permanent move.  After the gig, people around him are talking about tours and putting big venues on hold and, and... we'll see."

There's also a small picture of Toby in the now-famous kilt, as well as few other pics from the show including Thunder.

I've uploaded Toby, Bruce and Rich playing 'Womankind' on MTV's Most Wanted in 1993 to YouTube.  Watch the video on TJTV or download the remastered MP3 on the Music page.....

4th March 2008

I know the news is a little quiet at the moment but I'm told it's all go behind the scenes, EP3 hasn't been forgotten for a start!

In the meantime, here are the first three live tracks uploaded from The Pitz, Milton Keynes on 14th September 2008

31st January 2008

Had a lot of requests for this so I'm please to announce that you can now download the three acoustic tracks played by Toby at The Garage in Glasgow on 10th January 2008 on the music page.

Also, if anyone is interested.....I am currently in the process of transferring all my old Little Angels videos onto DVD with a view to making a compilation DVD.  So if anyone has any footage they'd like to contribute please email me.....

14th January 2008

On 10th January 2008 Toby played at The Garage in Glasgow.  Twice in fact!  Firstly a short acoustic set on his own, and then fronting Gun.  Gun had recently received an award from RockRadio who asked them to play at their 1st Anniversary bash; original Gun frontman Mark Rankin was unavailable/unwilling to do it so Toby got a call and fronted instead!  

Now rumours are flying around about a Gun re-union tour. Linky here.

And you can read Gun fans' reactions here

Toby Acoustic Set:
Happy Ever After
Don't Pray For Me
Young Gods ~ Won't Get Fooled Again

Gun Set:
Welcome To The Real World
Better Days
Steal Your Fire
Taking On The World
Word Up
-- Encore --
Steal Your Fire


  • This was the first time Toby has ever played 'Happy Ever After' acoustically!
  • This was the first time Gun have played live for about 12 years!
  • Gun only found out they were headlining on the day of the gig. As such, they only had 5 songs rehearsed. During soundcheck they jammed a version of 'Won't Get Fooled Again' with a view to playing it. In the end, they decided they weren't prepared and so played 'Steal Your Fire' again!
  • Toby was wearing a kilt for the Gun set. In true Scots' fashion WinkApparently he would have been crucified if this was not the case!
  • 'All Roads Lead To You' was on Toby's acoustic setlist but was unplayed. 'Unwind' was also mentioned as a contender.
  • Toby had all the words for the Gun songs taped to the stage. Luckily he didn't seem to need them.


30th December 2008


The final 3 tracks from Fastway @ Download are now available for download, and I've uploaded pictures (finally) from the September/October tour.  See the individual pages on the Tourography.....

30th November 2007

The next three Fastway tracks have been uploaded to the Music page, along with a new TJTV page featuring Toby videos from over the years (mainly the ones I've uploaded to YouTube).

Also, I've uploaded a September/October 2007 Tour "scrapbook" featuring a load of photo's I took whilst on tour.  Some concert pics, some soundcheck and some completely random ones......clicky here

BTW, if there is anything you would like to see on this website then just let me know!  Email is nige@jepfans.com

19th November 2007

I've uploaded the first video from the September/October 2007 tour to YouTube - watch it here!!  More coming soon....

1st November 2007

Hopefully another "exclusive" on the Music page for you guys to Download - the first three tracks of the Fastway set at the Download Festival, Donnington on 10th June 2007.  I've also updated some of the September/October tour gig pages with tickets scans/setlists etc....


During the day yesterday Toby and band held a "materclass" at The University of Hull in Scarborough (!). This comprised of an introduction/Q&A session, a performance (of Happy Ever After and Ta-loo-la and associated deconstruction of both songs) and then some workshops.

Then in the evening a full scale concert was performed, two support bands Indecent Disco and ?????? then the main act:
Happy Ever After
Kickin' Up Dust
Somebody Else
All Roads Lead To You
Slippin' Through Your Fingers
Inside Out
Doing The Best That I Can
Young Gods


  • Too Much, Too Young was on the setlist but wasn't played due to the 22:30 curfew.
  • During the show, when introducing Kickin' Up Dust, Toby joked how none of the audience would remember his former band as they probably weren't even born when the song came out! One person seems to know the words but that didn't stop everyone enjoying the show; Slippin' Through Your Fingers was especially well received......
  • Toby only managed to break one string!
  • but he did follow this by ripping out all the remaining strings on his guitar (during Young Gods)
  • Luckily this wasn't on the guitar he had "borrowed for a couple of days" back in January 06 for the Thunder tour. The rightful owner eventually got it back post-show last night!
  • The University Of Hull was where parts of both Guitar, Bass And Drums EPs 1 and 2 were recorded

6th October 2007

Final two songs from Bristol unloaded finally.  Full lyrics to Guitar, Bass and Drums EP2 are now available!  Lots of tour stories, photos, setlists and gubbins coming in the next two weeks.  Once I've caught up on sleep........

I've also updated a few other songs' lyrics in places, and added brief details on a "new" Mr Thrud song.

1st September 2007

The next two songs from Bristol are now available for download.  The final two songs won't be available until after the tour ends now (i.e. Mid-October)!

6th August 2007

EP #2 recording is now completed with mixing currently on-going in sunny Scarborough.  The final tracklist of the second (of three) EPs is:
1. Ta-loo-la
2. Money Goes (Ebb And Flow)
3. Lucky
4. Learn To Fly
5. Doing The Best That I Can

Release date is 11th September and the EP can be pre-ordered here

Also, the next three songs from Bristol have been uploaded.

5th July 2007

Setlists from Dirty South and Chepstow are up, along with the next three songs from Bristol

8th June 2007

The first of two videos for 'Overloaded' - this is a compilation of clips from the March/April 2007 tour -see here

5th June 2007

Fastway’s first gig for 17-odd years is a secret warm-up gig tomorrow (Wednesday 6th June) at the Islington Academy Bar, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, London, N1 0PS


Tickets are £6 and doors open at 7:00pm.  There will be a support act.  Fastway will only be playing for 45 minutes; they will be running through their festival setlist.


This will be Toby’s onstage debut with the band.  Rehearsals have been going well and Toby is very keen to get out on the road!

The Fastway events scheduled so far are as followed:

Sweden Rocks 9th June
Download Tuborg Stage 10th June (on-stage 7:30pm)
Fields of Rock Holland 16th June
Grass pop Belgium 22nd June
Wakken Open Air Germany 3rd August.

1st June 2007

Toby has been announced as guest lead singer for Fastway on their upcoming Festival appearances over the summer.  For most of you - this will mean their performance at Download on 10th June.  Toby has stressed that this will not affect his solo career - the September/October tour poster is still going ahead as planned etc and work is well underway on EP #2 which should be recorded in June/July....more when I have it!  Track rumours so far include the long-in-development I Never Lied To You (I Just Didn't Tell The Truth), Picking Up The Pieces, a re-recording of Twisted Rhapsodies track Pure but I'm also told that Toby has been busy writing loads of new material too!  I guess we'll see.

In the meantime, enjoy the new downloads on the music page - the next three tracks from Bristol.......

4th May 2007

New audio tracks uploaded - the first three tracks from the Fleece in Bristol on 28th March 2007.  So if you didn't make it to any of the gigs (and if not - why not?!?!?!) then this could your first chance to hear Toby's new band.

Pretty swish poster for the Chepstow gig!  

26th April 2007

New tour dates announced for September/October :)  Also, mini March/April gigs reviews uploaded.  Pics and proper reviews coming soon.....

12th April 2007

What a great tour!  Highlights must include the stealing of the show at Shepherds Bush Empire and the final three shows (Newcastle, Scarborough and Cannock) which were simply awesome!  Especially the version of Somebody Else at Cannock!  Full tour details/reviews/photo's coming soon......

22nd March 2007

Guitar, Bass And Drums EP#1 is released today!!!  Tour starts tomorrow in Edinburgh!  Lyrics (as best I can make out) are available on the Albums page and there's a sample of 'Overloaded' on the Music page.

I regret that the final two tracks from Hammersmith Odeon won't be available until after the tour now.  But I figure Toby touring is better anyway!  Especially since he's promoting an awesome new EP.  This is some heavy stuff and I can't wait to hear it live - especially 'Somebody Else'.....

13th March 2007

Wanna hear a new song??!!??  Go to http://myspace.com/burnoutbandslam and listen to 'Overloaded' (lyrics and chords coming soon) and enjoy!  This is a good representation of the rest of the EP in terms of rockiness!  Great stuff!

7th March 2006

Two new Hammersmith Odeon tracks added, along with the front cover to Guitar, Bass and Drums EP#1. 

7th February 2007

The Scarborough gig has been moved to 5th April 2007 - all tickets remain valid for the re-scheduled date.  And an extra gig in Birkenhead on the 24th March has been confirmed.....tour pages updated accordingly.......

1st February 2007

Well - it's been a while since I updated the Albums page but I'm very very very pleased to report that I've done so!  Guitar, Bass and Drums EP#1 is now up.  No cover art or lyrics yet sadly.

Also the next two tracks from Hammersmith Odeon are available now too.....

27th January 2007

Tour dates are here for March and April are here:  Scarborough, Edinburgh, London, Bristol, Mansfield, Hull, Farnborough, Oxford,  Newcastle, Leighton Buzzard and Cannock - I'll see you soon!  

See the Tour section for venue details and links to buy tickets etc.....

I'm told that there may be a few more dates added soon......

Also the first (of 3!) EPs has been announced.  Guitar, Bass and Drums EP#1 will be released on 5th March 2007.  Pre-orders are being taken now(ish) at Townsend Records.

1st January 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR Everybody!  Here's hoping 2007 does prove the be the year of Toby Jepson.  Tour dates and release dates for the new tracks should be coming very soon and frankly (to quote an old Little Angels demo) I can't wait!!!!

In the meantime, I've uploaded another two tracks from the Hammersmith Odeon gig for you to enjoy.  And if anyone wants to design some artwork for the show then that would be great.  Might even have a competition and give something away to the designer of the best set.....

1st December 2006

The final three tracks of CD1 of Hammersmith Odeon 91 are available now....

1st November 2006

The next three tracks (Product Of The Working Class, Kickin' Up Dust & Juvenille Offender from Hammersmith Odeon 91 are available now!

9th October 2006

First of all - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOBY!  The main man is 39 today.  In celebration/happy coincidence I've uploaded a load of new songs to the Music page - Enjoy :)

29th September 2006

Reviews and setlists are up for the tour, along with a video of 'Too Much Too Young' from Dudley!

25th September 2006

Tours over :(  But it was great to say the least.   Pictures, reviews and setlists all coming very soon along with some "new" songs......

If you haven't checked the Music section out yet I advise you do so soon as I'll be removing all the old tracks soon to make way for the new ones.

18th August 2006

Only a month to go now; new tour posters are out there right now!

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19th June 2006

September Tour announced.  See Tour page for details!

2nd June 2006

2 new gig dates added to the tour section, plus one unconfirmed.  Full tour details coming soon.....

8th April 2006

Toby is confirmed to play at Z Rock 06 Pt 2 on Sunday 24th September - Dudley JB's.  Tickets for the show will go on sale April 18th!

7th March 2006

Tour and Tourography pages updated, several songs added tot he Guitar page

15th February 2006

Toby Jepson is playing a one off show in London as a warm up for the Norwich show at:
Amersham Arms, New Cross, London
The venue is right outside New Cross station
It will be tickets on the door, strictly first come first served.
Ticket price £7
Time of show TBC
Opening act will be 'The Dean Howard Band' (Ex T'Pau) + another TBA
Box office 0208 6922047

5th February 2006

A new download (on the music page) and some more gigs reviews/setlists up.  Photo's will be coming soon I promise!

New guitar chords added to Guitar page; Paperthin, Juvenile Offender, Forbidden Fruit and I Want Love

23rd January 2006

New reviews on the Tourography page plus two new downloads; Unwind and Forbidden Fruit - both played acoustically by Tobe and Nick on Radio York on 13th January 2006.  Enjoy!

By the way, if you attend any of the upcoming shows I'd love setlists/photo/reviews wherever possible.  My next gig will be either Birmingham or Manchester. 

18th January 2006

Last night was a blast!  Vivaz in Scarborough got rocked by the band and it was great to see Toby and the guys back on stage finally.  Full review on on the Tourography page.

A few people asked me about this last night I'll mention it here; Nick will be selling copies of two of his solo albums (Kiss My Stupid Mouth and Godspeed) at the shows, priced £8 each (I think!).  They both showcase Nick's amazing guitar playing which you are familiar with as well as his piano playing, song-writing and singing skills which are equally good.  The albums are less main-stream than Toby's music but very good nonetheless, best described as a mixture of Frank Zappa, XTC, Francis Dunnery whilst retaining their own individuality!

21st November 2005


Due to a small cock up, the date for the YORK FIBBERS warm up show is changing.

Instead of WEDNESDAY the 18th JAN the show will now take place on the following day THURSDAY the 19th JAN

Tickets will obviously be honoured and refunds made in full should this need to be the case.
Please contact the venue for details, the website address and box office numbers are below or accessible through the live page on www.tobyjepson.com

FIBBERS Box Office: 0870 9070 999

Unfortunately the club double booked Toby with an act that cannot change due to it being on a scheduled tour.
We sincerely hope all those who hoped to attend still can.

The support act are a local Scarborough band called the Variants and they are fantastic.

11th November 2005

Toby and band will be playing 2 warm-up gigs at Vivas in Scarborough on 17th January 2006 then Fibbers in York on the 18th January 2006.

And also - thanx all! I've been inspired by your emails and have dug out some more MP3s to share - not the best quality but I hope you like them!  See the Music page for details.

I shall be removing some of the older tracks soon so if you've not downloaded them yet - get them ASAP!  Also, if there's any tracks you'd like to see put up let me know and I'll see what I can do......

9th November 2005

Well, I've waited  along time to post news this good but finally - Toby will be touring with Thunder in January / February 2006!  Sorry it took me so long to post this news but I've been on holiday!

Dates are:

Wednesday 1st : UEA, NORWICH, ENGLAND

15th December 2004

Photo's and reviews added for the two shows from the weekend in Scarborough.  See the tourography page.  Also, download a short sample of Unwind from the first nights gig on the Music page.

11th December 2004

Review and setlist of Tobe's first show since 2002 on the tourography page.  Photo's coming soon.

3rd December 2004

Tobe has added an extra show on Friday 10th December at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough as part of Mojos Music Cafe Night.  Tickets can be bought from the SJT box office (01723) 370541.

25th November 2004

Dean Howard's Volume One CD featuring Toby is available now from www.townsend-records.co.uk.  Toby wrote and sings on the track 'Cacophony'.  Lyrics on the lyrics page!


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11th November 2004

Toby will be performing for the first time since H2002:beached on Sat 11th December 2004 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough at Mojos Music Cafe Night & will be performing new material. Tickets are priced at £6.50 (with 3 supports all acoustic) and can be bought from the SJT box office (01723) 370541.

Please note that this is an all acoustic show & has very limited tickets (only 100!) & it's a very intimate gig so hurry! over half have sold already.
Any queries to dicko@beached.net

8th October 2004

I've had loads of people ask about this track, so....in celebration of Tobe's birthday (tomorrow!) - I've uploaded Toby singing with Six Yard Box on 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' from their 'Imagination Is Greater Than Knowledge' album.

For those of you who haven't heard about this; Toby sang vocals on this track for the band in 1993.

1st October 2004

Toby has made a guest appearance on Dean Howard's debut solo album.  The album also features Ian Gillian, Danny Bowes and Ben Matthews.  

NB: Dean, the former T'Pau/Ian Gillian Band/Bad Company guitarist, is the guitar player on the original demo version of 'Forgiveness'.  

No release date yet but Dean has a distribution deal with Townsend Records so they should carry the album soon hopefully.

15th September 2004

Another couple of downloads, this time 2 acoustic Angels tracks from May 1990.

26th August 2004

A new MP3 has been added to the music section - Toby singing with Rolan Bolan (see below) from the H2004 Beached festival!

25th July 2004

Another photo from H2004 Beached - Toby duetting with Rolan Bolan on 'Twentieth Century Boy' from the Saturday show!

20th July 2004

Some up to date photo's of Toby from H2004 on Scarborough beach.


Also, a photo of Tobe and Nick having a last minute rehearsal before their set in 2002:

25th April 2004

A couple of new downloads, 'Slipping Through Your Fingers' and 'Some People Are More Equal Than Others' performed by Toby & The Whole Truth.

2nd April 2004

Add guitar chords/tab to 'Beginning To End', 'I Won't Be With You' and 'England Rocks'.

28th March 2004

A couple of new downloads.  See the music section for details.

22nd March 2004

Nick Dunne (Tobe's guitarist on Refresh) is currently on tour with Kate Rogers - dates below:

For those of you interested, here is a link to a video of Nick playing piano on the title track of Kate's new album St. Eustacia.

Kate Rogers UK tour – Spring ‘04

Tues 23rd March - Brighton: Komedia Theatre, 44-47 Gardner Street
(info: 01273 647100 / tickets: 01273 647100) - buy tickets here (email)

Wed 24th March - London: Arts Café Shoreditch, 28 Commercial Street
(tickets: 0207 2475681) - buy tickets here

Fri 26th March - Birmingham: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham
(info: 0121 2445160)

Sat 27th March - Manchester: Life Café, 23 Peter Street
(info: 0161 833 3000) doors 7:30 -10:30pm - buy tickets here

Sun 28th March - Nottingham: The Maze, 270 North Sherwood Street
(info: 0115 947 5650 / tickets: 0115 947 5650) - buy tickets here

Mon 29th March - Leeds: New Roscoe, Bristol Street
(info: 0113 246 0778 / tickets: 0113 245 5570)

Tues 30th March - Glasgow: Barfly, 260 Clyde Street
(info: 0141 221 0414 / tickets: 0870 220 1116) - buy tickets here

Wed 31st March - Edinburgh: Bongo Club, 14 New Street
(info: 0131 558 7604 / tickets: 0870 220 1116) - buy tickets here

23rd December 2003

A Christmas present for you all - the other Rock City tracks taken from a bootleg recording.  See the music section.

Twisted Rhapsodies is finally out now.  I also received a bonus 3 track CD as an MP3 Club member.  Lyrics to all tracks are available now.

16th December 2003

Add the words to 'Overrated', 'Schizophrenia Blues', 'Babylon's Burning' and 'Might Like It Better' in the lyrics section.

18th November 2003

Twisted Rhapsodies is available for pre-order finally at www.townsend-records.co.uk - tracklist and lyrics are on the albums page.

14th November 2003

Nick Dunne (Toby's guitarist on 'Refresh' on the March and July 2002 tours) has recorded a new album called 'Anhedonia' which is available now - send me an email for ordering information.

The tracks are:
* Anhedonia Pt. 1
* Born Yesterday
* The Knot
* Anhedonia Pt. 2
* Bez do pice
* Seen And Not Heard
* Lucy

8th August 2003

Some new live tracks to download in the music section, taken from the Leeds gig in March last year.

25th July 2003

From an email Toby sent out today


At long last we can announce the imminent release of Toby's final album.  The release will be a double album, one CD will be a full live album recorded at Nottingham's Rock City Venue on the tour this time last year, and the second CD will be 14 tracks from various stages in Toby's career post Angels, illustrating his eclectic writing style. There is something for everyone, with many styles of recording demonstrated and we are sure it will enthral, delight and surprise in equal measure. There are also 3 tracks included on the live album recorded absolutely live in the studio, rough mixes only, but chosen by Toby to bookend the two albums.

The album will be called: 'Twisted Rhapsodies' and is the debut release from the newly created record company arm of Townsend Records and will be available through the web site via the usual 'on-line' link to 'townsendrecords.co.uk' or simply by visiting townsendrecords.co.uk and typing in Toby Jepson in the songwriters search section.

Townsend records will be emailing you all very soon with the planned date of release as we are still adding the finishing touches to the sleeve and details.

BEACHED H2003...BEACHED H2003...BEACHED H2003...BEACHED H2003...BEACHED H2003...BEACHED H2003...

The annual Beached festival is taking place in Scarborough on the 9th and 10th of August and will feature 'Spear of Destiny' as headliners on the Saturday, and 'The Quoirboys' on the Sunday with a whole host of other great rock and pop acts throughout the weekend (full running orders can be seen on the beached web site: www.beached.net

The festival takes place at the South bay, next to the spa on the beach and promises to be a fantastic event (as long as the weather holds!!!!!!!!!!!)"

31st May 2003

A tiny little snippet from this months 'Classic Rock' magazine (no photo):

"Former Little Angels singer Toby Jepson has announced an 'immediate withdrawal from the music industry' following his inability to attract a deal for a solo album.  Jepson still intends to offer a double album via his website at www.tobyjepson.com"

30th May 2003

Weight Of The World added to the guitar section

27th May 2003

CD2 of the Dudley bootleg is available for download.

5th May 2003

New bootleg available to download!  See music section for details.

1st May 2003

  • Added lyrics to 'Paper Thin', this month's MP3.
  • Added the full MP3 Club CD listings to the albums page.

5th April 2003

  • Lyrics updated to 'Twisted Rhapsody' which is this month's MP3 from Townsend Records.
  • Toby recently gave a talk at the ACM (where Roger now works).  He gave the students an inside view into the highs and the lows of the music industry.
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  • Roger also recently jammed with Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith who made his fourth visit to the ACM.
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    (With Steve Harris)          (With Pete Friesen & Ace)

27th February 2003

Lyrics added to new MP3 track 'When Will We Learn'.

11th February 2003

Sad news today unfortunately - Toby has announced his decision to leave the music industry (see his email below).  I intend to keep this website open and I'll provide live songs for download periodically (both Toby and Angels stuff).

Toby's email reads 

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my immediate withdrawal from the music industry.

This may come as a shock to you but I am afraid I have no option. I will try to explain.

As you may have read in the press over the last few months, the industry is under enormous strain, with large and small operators unable to function and going out of business due to the changing landscape.

I have been involved in the music business for almost 16 years and have never seen such a change and it simply means that, with all the best of intentions, someone like me operating at such a low level, cannot find the support within the industry base necessary to sustain a company intent on trying to achieve the things we set out to achieve.

I went into the re-start of my music career with both eyes open, fully aware of the risks and all guns blazing ready to take on the world. Two tours, one EP and a reasonably successful web site later, I find that I am no nearer even the first step to getting to where I need to be. The problems are many, most of it centered on the cost of touring and paying the personnel to do the necessary duties. The crux of the problem is that I have simply not sold enough records to keep the company afloat.

There are many reasons for this, lack of exposure due to the cost of advertising, slow uptake due to the time it took to let the fans know I was back, poor radio/magazine coverage etc, but the fact is that I simply cannot MAKE people buy into me or my stuff.

Our plan after the EP was to seek out a partner to help finance the making of an album, it is a catch 22 situation; without an album my agent won’t put me out on tour as there is nothing to promote and so stimulate interest from the fans, but touring is the only real way I have to generate that interest. 

From the very beginning of this project I have scoured every country and virtually every indie and major record label on the planet, in an attempt to find such a partner, but to no avail. 

I have always tried to remain level headed and realistic about my position. The fact is that I do know the mechanisms of this business and most of it is hidden from view. The music business is dense and wide reaching, as well as very politically motivated. It takes a variety if things to all come together to stimulate any kind of momentum and I have simply not set those fires alight this time. It would also be naïve to assume that I can do this totally independent of outside help, even though it was always my intention to remain as independent as possible. Even the most independent companies have great distribution, large investment usually from major companies, and a string of other artists to help keep the company coffers turning.

I have championed you the fans and you have been tremendous, coming to the gigs and being so unbelievably supportive, it is something I and the boys in the band will never forget and it is what makes this decision so hard for me.

As a final departing shot, I intend to release a double album of all the tracks that have never seen the light of day, finished masters, demo's etc and also the live stuff from Rock City in July last year, it will be released through Townsend records on-line site, details will be forwarded to you in due course should you feel compelled to buy.

All that remains for me to say is an enormous ‘thank you’ and a heavy hearted ‘we tried’ 

I sincerely hope you can understand the problems we have had to face and realise what a hard decision it has been for me to take.

I wish you all the best in the world and invite you to comment if you wish on the situation.  Please do not reply to the PO Box, please email if you wish."

6th January 2003

First of all - HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

I've added the lyrics to 'Pure' and 'Lullaby' as well as a review of the Beached H2002 festival appearance from August.  I've also put a little info up about two unreleased Little Angels tracks - see the lyrics section for details.

22nd November 2002

  • New song for download - a great acoustic version of 'Unwind'.  
  • All July tour concerts reviews added.  
  • Partial words for 'When Love Has Gone' and 'Twisted Rhapsody' added to the lyrics section.

18th August 2002

Two new live tracks added along with lyrics to 'Weight Of The World'.

11th August 2002

Some July tour photo's added

28th July 2002

The tours over :(  Complete setlists are now available.  Pics and reviews coming very soon.

The band recorded the Nottingham gig for a live EP.  Now word on the release date yet.

24th July 2002

More July tour setlists added

21st July 2002

Updated tour section with setlists from the first three July shows.

28th June 2002

An advert for Toby's July tour has been added to the Photo's page.

11th June 2002

More March concert photo's added

8th June 2002

More concert photo's and lyrics added

18th May 2002

Tour dates now available - see the Tour section for details.  Ricky Warwick is confirmed as tour support.

6th May 2002

Ricky Warwick (ex-The Almighty) might be Toby's support act for the July/August tour.

28th April 2002

Toby will be touring the UK again in the last two weeks of July and early August.  Haven't heard the dates and venues yet sadly....

21st April 2002

www.jepfans.com goes live!!! - more updates coming soon.

I'm told Toby will be touring the UK again in the last two weeks of July and early August - similar venues to the last tour with 1 or 2 exceptions.  Nothing confirmed yet but keep an ear out and an eye to the ground (or something!)

1st April 2002

And so endeth the tour, 17 fantastic gigs.  Concert reports and photo's coming soon but setlists available right now.

27th March 2002

Download a live version of 'Don't Pray For Me' on the music page

11th March 2002

Yorkshire TV are recording tonight's Leeds concert for a TV documentary.

10th March 2002

Refresh is out now!

17th February 2002

Sample of the new Toby track, 'Breakdown', is now available for download on the music page <-----

5th February 2002

'REFRESH' EP Track listing:
Refresh Yourself
My Aim Is True

Tentative release date is the 22nd February.  One track has been left off and the EP is now a 5 track, presumably either 'Pure' or 'I Never Lied To You, I Just Didn't Tell The Truth' - both of which were recorded during the sessions.  In which case I suggest Toby sell the latter to Meatloaf - looks like one of his song titles after all!

1st February 2002

  • The remastered and repackaged 'Ignorance Is Bliss' is now available from Toby's website.  The 'Refresh' 6 track EP can be pre-ordered now (you get a signed copy if you do).  Posters are also available although the t-shirts are not ready yet.
  • The new EP has been completed this week - no release date has been set yet but the official posters say March 2002.
  • Toby has also just confirmed a distribution deal meaning the EP will be available in stores, as well as over the net and at concerts.

27th January 2002

20th November 2001

  • Toby will be recording an EP over Christmas in Scarborough.  The promotional tour will be nation-wide in March.  The plan is then to record a full album in Summer

31st October 2001

  • Toby will be touring his new album soon, expect a mixture of Little Angels and solo tracks.  Toby will be playing the popular Angels songs like 'Too Much Too Young' and 'Womankind', along with some of his personal favourites too.   Dates will be announced very soon.

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