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Joe Pastrami
Electric Bass & Multi-Musician

We have known Joe Pastrami a few years now, seen him struggle with so many ideas to find direction ~ his direction. Along side his love of music and a mind full of fresh ideals, there is a spark in this talented young musician which sets him apart from many of his contempories. On the many roads he'll travel, this will make all the difference, this extra burning spark he possesses, plus talent, will see him through the pit-falls to acheive success as a musician and reach his goals there after.
THE START
Joe Pastrami
Joe Pastrami
North of England bass player Joe Pastrami is still only 18 years old but has been around the rock and blues scene for many years now. Hailing from Stanley, near Wakefield, the tall teenager plays regularly on the Northern pub and club scene with the Gold Star Agency band Rock Legacy. Joe started his career jamming with tribute bands in West and South Yorkshire. His musical taste is wide and varied playing Rory Gallagher material with Raw Gallagher, ZZ Top material with The Fandango Brothers, through to AC/DC with Optic Nerve.

FIRST DREAM
Walter Trout (left) and Joe Pastrami on bass
Walter Trout (left) and Joe Pastrami on bass
At just 14 years of age he had accomplished his dream of performing on stage. As a pupil of Outwood Grange School he played in both the school band and the percussion only Samba band, but rock and blues were his musical heartland. His passion for playing blues was satisfied by playing bass on a number of occasions with the Blues Matters recording artist Danny Bryant. By the age of 17 Joe had played alongside the American blues superstar, Walter Trout pictured above, and in 2005, he repeated the enviable task by playing at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms with the hugely experienced Bluesman.

INFLUENCES
Joe Pastrami
Joe Pastrami on drums
Joe cites The Blues Brothers classic cult movie as a great influence and often quotes Elwood's famous statement "We're a 106 miles from Chicago, we've a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes. It's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.......HIT IT! "
Influenced by his parent's wide taste in music, (his father being a rock/blues music journalist), Joe was bound to take the "rocky" road in his musical career and so he joined Rock Legacy permanently, after a temporary stint as a stand-in on rhythm guitar and bass guitar (although not at the same time!). The band's high standing soon brought Joe's curly hair and rare Silvertone Apocalypse bass trademark to the attention of other musicians on the rock scene. Joe counts members of Saxon and T Rex among his friends. Original drummer with T Rex, Paul Fenton, and present T Rex vocalist Rob Benson invited Joe to jam in 2005 after seeing him at the Bootstock Festival. Yorkshire guitar superstar Graham Oliver of Saxon is another of Joe's jamming colleagues as well as the New York guitar player Adam Bomb. Joe turned down a European tour as Adam's bass player in August 2005, being fiercely loyal to his Rock Legacy colleagues. Young Pastrami is a multi-instrumentalist, dabbling in keyboards and guitar, but Joe is also an accomplished drummer, owning a Premier 5 piece acoustic kit and a Roland V Drums electronic kit for practice. Joe regularly plays drums during the Rock Legacy showcase encores!
Joe Pastrami with his Silvertone Apocalypse bass
Joe Pastrami with his Silvertone Apocalypse bass
This young musician has many years ahead of him on the live music scene and is proud to be associated with The Phil Brodie Band Website and wishes to thank Phil Brodie for the Fender machine heads that Phil so kindly gave him for an old Stratocaster that Joe was refurbishing.. (Thankyou Joe, our pleasure) But Joe himself is no stranger to the internet as he built the Rock of the North website, the Rock Legacy site, and is an ICT Technician during daylight hours ~ We are all wishing Joe the greatest of success which we know he will acheive
in the sometimes sadly traumatic, sometimes overwhelmingly gratifying career as a musician.
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