An Interview with Voodoo Room
Power trio Voodoo Room pay tribute to the unforgettable music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream. The band is made up of Peter Orr, Jevon Beaumont & John Tonks. Between them they have played with Duran Duran, Sting, Bryan Adams and Eric Clapton himself – so audiences can expect a thrilling night of live entertainment packed full of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream hits.
Why are you called Voodoo Room?
The name of our band is an amalgamation of the titles Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) and White Room (Cream).
“Celebrate the work of legends”
What brought the three of you together to want to celebrate the music of Hendrix, Clapton and Cream?
We’ve all worked together in different bands for some time. We had the idea of forming a band featuring Jimi Hendrix and Clapton after a chat about ‘Guitar Heroes’ on the way to a gig on the M1. Melody Maker polls always listed Hendrix and Clapton as the best two guitarists during the late 60/70s so we thought this could be a great way to celebrate the work of legends. We came up with the name ‘Voodoo Room’ at the same time.
What have each of the band members done before Voodoo Room?
Pete Orr, our guitarist and lead vocalist, had a successful recording career and released many singles and albums. He’s worked with The Real Thing, and Boney M. Drummer John Tonks has previously worked with Massive Attack and Neneh Cherry while Jevon Beaumont, Bass, worked with another great legend from the 60s, Arthur Brown.
“Extraordinary period of brilliant rock music”
Why Hendrix, Clapton and Cream – is there something about their music that just works together?
There’s something very special about the sound that Hendrix and Cream made. To make sure we got it right, we invested in some great equipment including a Ludwig drum kit and old Fender Basses. We’re also pretty excited about the guitars – two Gibson, and two Fender guitars (one painted like Clapton’s famous ‘Fool’ guitar that was given to him by George Harrison). Everything’s played through a Marshall amp so we create the best, most authentic sound. It’s well known that Hendrix and Clapton respected each other. Hendrix told Chas Chandler he would come to the UK on the condition that he was introduced to Eric Clapton. So began an extraordinary period of brilliant rock music that the world had not heard before.
What has been your most memorable gig?
Our first gig was in January 2012 and, since then, our reputation has grown. Every year the diary gets fuller! In 2019 we are planning to play more than 70 shows. One of our favourite gigs was in Sweden – the venue was sold out, and the audience gave us a fantastic reception!
Voodoo Room visit Yeadon Town Hall on Saturday 25th May