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Godfathers fan on the drumstool; SARAH PROBERT.

THE Godfathers are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new album and UK tour, which calls in on Birmingham this week.

The London rock 'n' roll legends unload at the Hare & Hounds, in Kings Heath, tonight, on the eve of their annual and traditional St Valentine's V Day Massacre gig back in the capital.

The Godfathers, founded by brothers Peter and Chris Coyne, first played Birmingham back in 1986 at Burberries - and the 2015 edition of the band now has a Brummie sitting on the drumstool.

Tim James is the band's new recruit and has spent the early part of the month playing to raucous crowds in Germany with the sharp-dressed men.

Moseley-born Tim had been a fan of the band for years and struck up a friendship with them while playing in their support act during a previous Birmingham date.

When The Godfathers formed in 1985, following the demise of the short-lived punk band The Sid Presley Experience, they brought a blistering pared-down rock 'n' roll sound which contrasted with a cleaner synthesized sound dominating the consciousness at the time. The smart gangster look - brothers Peter and Chris adopted the Kray Twins sneer - chiselled an image which barked a no-nonsense attitude. They quickly earned a reputation as one of the best British live acts of the era.

The Godfathers eventually called it a day in 2001 after a handful of line-up changes but reformed seven years later with the original five members.

Now, with Peter and Chris the two original members still driving the band onwards, the Godfathers are writing material for a new studio album to be released this year.

A new single is due for release in May and the hard-touring rockers will be gigging all over Europe and beyond.

? Tonight's date at the Hare & Hounds includes support from The Black Bombers and Stay Sick DJs with Carmageddon. Tickets are PS12.50 in advance, more on the door.

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Date:Feb 13, 2015
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