Fabulous Rock Covers Band
In 1986 one of Essex's key rock covers band's disappeared from the local music scene for no apparent reason.
In 2008, fuelled by a desire to bring back rock music, they reformed. Today, they are still cranking out classic rock numbers wherever it is needed.
If your venue has dull entertainment or your function isn't as exciting as it could be... if no one else can help... and if you can find them...Then maybe you can hire...
Free Beer and Stripper....
'Rockin' Ron Scates
Lead Guitar and Vocals
The only original member of Free Beer and Stripper, Ron previously was a founding member of Random Black, an Essex based Rock group. Ron is an ardent fan of the 'Flying V' guitar, owning a vintage Gibson model he has had from new and more recently, a Dean Michael Schenker replica. Ron also plays several 'normal' guitars including a Fender Stratocaster and Schecter Omen 6.
Steve 'Stevie T' Treadgold
Guitar and Vocals
Steve and Ron met as work collegues and both share a love of the guitar. Steve joined the band after visiting a couple of rehersal sessions. Steve is a big fan of Eddie Van Halen and has spent a considerable amount of time and money trying to emulate the sound and style - so far without success! Steve's main guitar of choice is his trusty Washburn although Steve also is a Stratocaster user.
Jonathan 'Jonjo' Scates
Jonathan is Ron's son and joined the band when their original Bass player had to leave due to personal circumstances. He is the youngest member of the band. Jonathan can also be found out and about with his own band, The Noise Merchants playing lead guitar. When on FB and S duties, Jonathan plays a Aria bass but can also be seen in the Noise Merchants brandishing a Fender Stratocaster or Gibson SG.
Nigel 'Nige' Barber
Drums and Percussion
A chance meeting between Nige and Ron was what bought about the band after such a long hiatus. Nige's key skill is hitting the drums very loudly and provides a rock solid rhythm for the band. Nige plays Premier drums and is also an accomplished artist. He can also be found mucking out his daughter's horse at the stables most days.