Band Profile

Des Marsom – Bass Guitar and backing vocals

Des has been a member of The Midnight Vegas Band since late 2016 and he enjoys it immensely as the fans of the band are amazing!  He has played guitar from 14 years old and bass guitar from the mid 70’s. He played in various bands in his early career and from 1979 into the mid eighties played in ‘Vintage’ a Cliff & The Shadows tribute band and toured the UK playing alongside ‘The Barron Nights’ ‘Showaddywaddy’ ‘Bootleg Beatles’ ‘Mud’ and ‘Jet Harris’.

As a bassist Des has also backed artists from American Johnny Preston, Rip Masters and Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis’s sister) at various festival gigs.  Des has recently been deputising in another band ‘Cliff & The Shadz’ whilst the bass player is away..

Bob Payne – Lead Guitarist / backing vocals and harmonies

Bob played in the club land command performance at the horseshoe bar Blackpool in the mid nineties. Bob regularly played Russell’s nightclub in the seventies with Tom O’Connor. Bob topped the bill at the Gallop in Harrogate for a week. He was part of the professional duo “Spencer and Wayne” in the seventies and toured the whole of the UK. Bob has also toured Germany and featured in many theatre shows. His lead guitar playing is amazing and he also vocal coaches the backing singers within the group creating and arranging the harmonies and backing vocal routines.

Paul Attwell – Drummer

Pauls most famous achievement was that he was the drummer with “Edison Lighthouse” on the number 1 charts hit record “Love grows where my rosemary goes”.  Paul has toured throughout Europe on many occasions and for the last seventeen years toured the theatres and holiday camps with another Elvis tribute band. Paul also played in concert with Elvis’s original backing singers “The Sweet Inspirations” having covered numerous Elvis festivals and fan clubs.

  Paul is certainly Elvis through and through and shows in his performances on stage.

Andy Clixby – Electric Rhythm / Keyboard / backing vocals and harmonies

Andy Clixby has played in many touring bands over his significant musical career. Andy and his band released a single in the nineties that made it into the top thirty. He has supported Brian May in the late nineties, Billy Bragg and Ian McLagan from the “Small Faces” Andy also played at the famous “Board walk” in London and  also supported the Indie bands “Shed 7”, “Ned’s atomic dustbin” and “5:30”. Andy is a multi talented musician who plays electric rhythm guitar and keyboard. His backing vocals perfectly compliment Jims lead and he is a key part of the harmonies.

Mandy Hardisty – The original Sweet Temptation

Mandy performed backing vocals and tambourine for a rock band in the mid eighties. After a twenty year absence Mandy has joined her husband Jim on the stage (after some persuasion) she has worked on harmony arrangements and links up with full harmony arrangements along side Bob, Andy and Des. Mandy recreates the much needed female element of the original Elvis band. Mandy plays tambourine, maracas, claves and has dance arrangements for all the songs. Mandy certainly brings a touch of glamour and class to the band.

Luke Mitchell – Set Sound Engineer

Teacher by day Luke has played guitar from an early age and has a perfect ear for music. Luke is an indispensable member of the team. His skills in this field of engineering ensure that the band and Jim sound every bit as good as they should.

Andy Varley – Lighting Technician

Andy has been with Jim since 2004 and has wowed audiences with his spectacular light shows with a perfect sense of timing and an eye for detail Andy makes sure that the evening will be as visually stunning as it is musically.