• Weapon

    Main Stage | WinterStorm 2021

WinterStorm Rock Weekender


Saturday 27th November 2021 | Main Stage | 4.30pm

WinterStorm are delighted to welcome Weapon to the Main stage in Troon for the 2021 line up. The band will be landing in Troon to treat you with their NWOBHM briliance.

Weapon were formed in March 1980 by Vocalist Danny Hynes & Guitarist Jeff Summers. After a couple of gigs they replaced the original rhythm section, bringing in a couple of their friends, bassist Baz Downes & drummer Bruce Bisland. A showcase for Laurie Dunn, then head of Virgin Publishing, resulted in the band being immediately signed to a worldwide deal with Virgin. After playing a gig at The Virgin owned ‘Venue’ in London, Motorhead guitarist Eddie Clarke (who happened to be in the audience) suggested to the band that Weapon should open for Motorhead on their forthcoming U.K. tour. A showcase gig was hastily arranged at The Music Machine, Camden for Motorhead and their management, after which Weapon were offered, and accepted, the tour!

After a couple of warm-up shows in London they headed of to Germany to play the Headbangers Open-Air Ball on Saturday 8th July, 2005. The boys then went their separate ways again, Danny returned to his band, Paddy Goes To Holyhead, Bruce to Andy Scott’s Sweet and Jeff to Statetrooper. Sadly, Baz, had to retire from live music due to illness.

In 2019 the band went into Scream Studios to record their album 'Ghosts Of War'. On the title track Ghosts Of War Danny felt there the Mid 8 needed an Irish female voice so asked his friend, former Thundermother vocalist, Clare Cunningham if she would do it. Clare was delighted to oblige and recorded her part in the USA where she is building a successful career. Some more road work, including an appearance at Mearfest on Sunday 2nd June. With the album, produced by the band, completed it’s time to find someone to mix it. After a couple of false starts Tony suggests Pete Newdeck@ PN Productions who was thankfully available and did an amazing job! The single, Ghosts Of War, was digitally released on 29th August and the album will be released worldwide by Pure Steel Records and distributed by The Orchard/Sony on Friday 27th September. Over the years Weapon have played shows in Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Wales.

Plans to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the bands formation with a European tour were postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.. Meanwhile we’ve unearthed a couple of cassettes of the band live on Motörhead’s ‘Ace Up Your Sleeve’ Tour These have since been digitised and mastered and will be released, warts and all, on limited edition vinyl in March or April 2021. 

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