From page 93 of Classic Rock Magazine March 2007
For one night only...
Reunited Welsh 80s glamsters Tigertailz play a one-off date at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall this month. Guitarist Jay Pepper says it’s good to be back, and explains why the band are taking things gradually.
How’s bassist Pepsi Tate’s stomach illness now?
He was able to do the Wildside Festival in Nottingham with us, but he’s lost three stone and is still pretty sick. Back in the day, we used to drink Tennent’s Super, and Pepsi once burst his pancreas, so it’s not a new situation.
Health issues aside, are you enjoying being back on the rock scene?
We’ve been taken aback by the reception to the album [ Bezerk 2.0 ]. We’re having to turn down lots of offers.
Returning to the same venues you played years ago and playing in front of mostly old fans, you must experience déjà vu. Does it sometimes make you remember why the band split up?
That’s the danger, and we know it only too well. Nobody wants it all to turn sour again. That’s why we’re cherry-picking those offers – doing festivals with Journey, Whitesnake and Deep Purple. We could play the usual venues week in and week out, but although it’s tough for the fans that want to see us on a regular basis, there’s absolutely no attraction in that.
You held a competition among local school bands, with the winners to open at your Cardiff show, and eventually settled upon a young group called The Harrowing.
[Laughing] Yeah. We stole that from Gene Simmons’s Rock School programme. It seemed like such a great idea.
Is the Tigertailz vs Tigertailz situation now fully resolved?
Yeah. Steevi [Jaimz, original singer] having another band called Tigertailz was a very regrettable business. It caused a lot of acrimony and confusion. In fact, as a token of goodwill after the patents people made their judgement, we offered Steevi’s [newly named] band a link from our website [www.tigertailz.co.uk], but they just didn’t wanna know.
• Tigertailz play Cardiff St David’s Hall on February 10