Band hope to get Sheffield pub rocking again

Sheffield band Greensleeper
Sheffield band Greensleeper

Veteran Sheffield rock band Greensleeper have organised a music gig at the Old Crown pub, London Road in the hope that other bands will follow, so that it becomes a regular music venue again.

Drummer Pete ‘Kipper’ Billingsley said: “Years ago it was a famous rock venue with bands every week.”

Singer Albert Bennett added: “We’re trying it out really. If we’re successful, they’ll probably keep doing it.”

The band cover six decades of rock, with the earliest song in their repertoire dating back to 1959.

Albert said: “We do quite a lot of 60s stuff and more up-to-date songs.”

Greensleeper were formed in 1970 and have had various line-ups and breaks over that time.

Over the years the band have supported Badfinger, Be Bop Deluxe, Medicine Head, Super Sister, UFO and Saxon. They were chuffed to discover that Worksop-born Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden mentioned them in his autobiography.