The Sharpeez is a London based band, formed from the ashes of the 70s band Rebel, who mostly played in and around the London and Kent areas. At this time the Sharpeez were Bill Mead, Pete Goodey and John Smith until the band suspended activities in nineteen eighty four, which wen on to be a twenty year resting period.
Bill reconvened the band in two thousand and three, but this time with Baz Payne on bass, Spencer Blackledge on drums and of course Bill Mead playing guitar and lead vocals. This is the current band line-up with the exception that Brendan O’Neill (Rory Gallagher/9 Below Zero)
The core of the band is sometimes augmented during live performance.
The band enjoys an extremely busy touring schedule throughout the UK and Europe and is frequently described by Pete Feenstra as “the busiest touring band in Europe”. The Album ‘Mississippi Thrill’ is ranked at No 9 on June 2014 chart for the most played tracks by the Independent British Blues Broadcasters Association.
Musical Influences: Rory Gallagher / Tom Petty / Robert Plant / Dr Feelgood / George Thorogood / Free / Bad Company
William James Mead (founder, dong writer, lead guitar, vocals)
Bill has a long history of writing and recording music.
He released his first single ‘Rocka Shocka’ with a band called Rebel who played at most of the prestigious venues around Kent and London during the late 70′s and early 80′s.
After reforming the Sharpees in1980 he was signed by Fischer Z Management and he wrote and recorded an album called Strangers in New York, which was released by Red Admiral Records. His next album called ‘Open for Surgery’ was recorded in 2011 and the latest album called ‘Mississippi Thrill, which was recorded and released during 2014.
In 2017 Bill changed the band name into the SharpeeZ .
Loz Netto (guitar)
Professional status:Musician/Composer/Songwriter/Vocalist/Guitarist/Keyboardist/ Producer/Engineer/Programmer/Film maker.
Loz Netto started his professional career at seventeen playing guitar on tour for Ben ‘E’ King (Ex lead singer for The Drifters, playing songs such as ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Under the Boardwalk’ He then joined the cult soul/funk band Moon as guitarist and songwriter and signed to CBS records, recording two albums with the band, while touring the U.K and Europe.
Loz then went on to become a founder member of the band ‘Sniff ‘n’ The Tears’ who had a world wide award winning hit record with the song ‘Drivers Seat’ from the acclaimed album `Fickle Heart` The single is still constantly played on BBC radio 2, across Europe and the U.S
Loz recorded two albums with the band and toured most of the world including a three month tour of the U.S.A playing large seating capacity football stadiums. While with the band Loz appeared on various T.V shows including Top of The Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test, European and U.S.A T.V
Fergie Fulton (bass)
Clive Edwards (drums)Clive is probably best known for playing with outstanding guitarists, such as Pat Travers, Brian Robertson, Uli Jon Roth, Bernie Marsden, John Cale, Dennis Stratton and Laurence Archer.
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