Hamsters playing live at theatre

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A BLUESY, rocked-up Americana band is returning to Boston for the first time since 2007.

The Hamsters, currently in their 24th year together, have performed almost 4,500 concerts and will be performing at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, Spain Lane, on Thursday, February 24.

The band members said they originally formed the band for their own amusement, and took their name from the Sex Pistols, who once used it as a pseudonym to outwit hostile councils.

Primarily performing their own material, they also ‘interpret’ the music of Jimi Hendrix and more recently ZZ Top.

The band consists of Slim on guitar and vocals, Otis on drums and Zsa Zsa on bass.

It was voted one of the UK’s best unsigned bands by Kerrang magazine and guitarist Slim has featured in several magazines including Guitarists Blues Guitar Heroes, Guitar Techniques magazines and BBC’s Top Gear Magazine.

The band boasts hard work and handling its own affairs as the key to its achievement which it said disproves ‘the popular misconception that it can’t be done without major-label muscle’.

The band members have performed with artists such as Eric Clapton, Alison Moyet, Doctor Feelgood and Walter Trout.

It performed a series of open-air shows as special guests to Status Quo in summer 2004.

The 1995, album Route 666 entered the New Musical Express chart at number seven.

Show starts at 8pm. Tickets £15 (£13.50 conc).

To book call 01205 363108.