NAME Ben James Read
D.O.B 19-04-1976
FROM Wolverhampton, UK
INSTRUMENT Lead and rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic and I can play my face when required.
FAVOURITE BOOKS Guitar related magazines, on line news websites (it's free) and sport autobiographies. 
FAVOURITE MOVIES Marvel films, Bourne trilogy, The Crow, Spinal Tap, Underworld, National Treasure films and the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy.
FAVOURITE TV Monty Python, The Office, Alan Partridge, old Red Dwarf, Extras, Fawlty Towers and Blackadder.
FAVOURITE FOODS Homemade cottage pie, Sunday roasts, lasagne, Indian, Chinese and Mexican food.
FAVOURITE DRINKS Koppaberg cider, JD and coke, Coors lager, caramel latte, Monster energy drinks.
HOBBIES & INTERESTS Football, tennis, guitar practice, listening to music and a bit of PS4.

BANDS: Kamelot, Firewind, Dream Evil, Dio, Dokken, Ozzy, BLS, Pantera, Megadeth, Early Dream Theater, Mr Big, Extreme, Judas Priest, Europe, Malmsteen, Van Halen, TNT, to name but a few.

GUITARISTS: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Lynch, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jake E Lee, Gus G, Gary Moore, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Nuno Bettencourt, Andy Timmons and Andy James.

VOCALISTS: Devin Townsend, Roy Khan, Snowy Shaw, Chity Somapala, Mats Leven, Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Dickinson, Tony Harnell, Bob Rock, Corey Taylor, Sammy Hagar, Zakk Wylde (especially P&G time).

BASSISTS: Billy Sheehan, Stu Hamm, Mark King, Nathan East, Flea, Les Claypool, Steve Harris, John Myung, Stanley Clarke, Phil Lynott.

GEAR Esp and Ltd guitars, Laney Ironheart 120, Line 6 Helix, Randall and Laney cabinets, Morley pedals, Ibanez strings, Steve Clayton Spike .73 picks and Gator cases.
PERFECT TOUR LINEUP Valous, Disturbed, Steve Vai (with sex and religion touring line up doing that album), Firewind and Kamelot.

I spent many years as the son of two music teachers trying my hand at the violin, trumpet, and piano amongst others in an effort to find my instrument.

In 1988 a friend played me Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien album and I knew then the guitar was gonna be my instrument, and the rest as they say is history.

Spent years like most musicians in local bands with varying degrees of success and in 2006 I auditioned for the vacant lead guitar role within UK based metal band Cloven Hoof.

I spent 4 years playing across Europe in countries such as Holland, Germany, and Greece, and had the opportunity to play some fantastic stages and meet some top musicians, recording a studio album and ep on the way.

Having spent the last few years in hiatus after leaving the Hoof, I'm back on the prowl and ready to raise the roof again by joining the boys from Valous for some mindless metal destruction.
Bring it on!!