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Pocket Rocket (UK)

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Pocket Rocket began life as a studio project for ex-67 singer and guitarist Toby Burton and his drum machine, ‘The Phantom Limb’ in 1998. Before long, Burton began drafting in musician-friends to back him up live, and by 2000 Pocket Rocket could be seen playing both electric and acoustic sets, with various instrumental support around both London’s rock and chilled-club circuits. The earliest line-up (Pocket Rocket, Mark I) included Toby’s lifelong friend Michael Wilson on bass, Stewart George on saxophone and Jean-Marc Brunerie on drums. Jean-Marc was later replaced by ex-67 drummer Gavin Richards, and Pocket Rocket (Mark II) continued without George, as a three-piece, and reuniting the original 67 line-up. This incarnation was short-lived, and despite another drummer (Mark III) playing with the band just long enough to record the ‘Happiness’ CD single, between 2004-2007 Burton, tired of getting drummers up to speed and then losing them, redrafted The Phantom Limb back into the line up (Mark IV).

In September 2007, Burton began rebuilding the band (Mark V) drafting in ex-Demented-Are-Go guitarist ‘Lex’ Luther Taylor and ex-Fairground Worker Nigel Edginton-Vigus on drums. This line-up lasted a couple of years before Edginton left to focus on his professional career. In October 2010 Burton and Wilson decided to continue as a 3-piece, and recruited another Nigel (Nigel II) to play drums in the Mark VI line-up.

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