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ATL | 14:06 UK time, Friday, 29 June 2012


For the first of our ‘The Making Of....’ series, who better to speak to than one of the latest acts to be added to the bill for Vital this summer (supporting the Foo Fighters, no less)?

Here’s Tom Harte to tell us about the making of his band, Trucker Diablo....


The first record I bought was Pearl Jam’s "Daughter", in Woolworths.

As for the last record I bought - that’d be ‘A little Piece of Dixie’ by Blackberry Smoke. A great southern (America) rock band, very like Skynard, set for big things.


The one gig that made me want to be in a band was Iron Maiden in the Kings Hall, 1993. That pretty much sealed the deal for me.... However, the one musician that inspired me to start performing was James Hetfield - definitely a massive influence. Every 15 year old when I started playing guitar wanted to be him, I just wanted to riff like him!

The last gig Trucker Diablo watched together was Ginger Wildheart in the Mandela hall a few weeks back...awesome show!

The last collection of music we listened to as a band was probably a tour compilation. We got an American greatest rock songs compilation at a service station when we were playing down south, and we had a few beers and listening to that!

The one local act we’d happily share a stage with every night - that would have to be Million Dollar Reload, a great group of guys and extremely talented.

The first cover version Trucker Diablo ever tried was ‘Dangerzone’ by Kenny Loggins! The last one we tried was ‘Proud Mary’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

And finally, an act we’re into that may surprise people would be Foy Vance. What an amazing song writer, loads of passion and loads of soul!


Lurgan 4 piece Trucker Diablo play The Playhouse, Portrush this Friday (June 29) with Baleful Creed. The play Vital in August. They released their debut album ‘The Devil Rhythm’ last year.


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