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Part of the glam metal scene in the late 1980s, Tigertailz first line-up issued debut album Young And Crazy in 1987. The album featured vocalist Steevi Jaimz, guitarist Jay Pepper, bassist Pepsi Tate (né Huw Justin Smith (1965-2007)) and drummer Ace Finchum.The debut created interest in the band and spawned the anthemic single Livin Without You.

As the band toured the album it became clear that vocalist Steevi Jaimz was not as committed to the band as might be hoped, and several instances of fighting due to the influence of drink were recorded. The band felt they had no choice but to part company with Jaimz in order to progress. They recruited Kim Hooker to replace Jaimz in time for follow-up album 'Bezerk' which was eventually released to great critical acclaim in 1990 on the Music For Nations label.

Hooker's vocals and stage presence took the band to a new commercial level. Prior to the release of Bezerk, the band re-recorded Livin Without You with Hooker and released it as a single. Bezerk saw the band breakthrough as a headline act, selling out medium sized venues and delivering three singles, Love Bomb Baby, Noise Level Critical and Heaven. The album itself made it into the UK Top 40 and Tigertailz frequently found themselves on the cover of leading rock magazines.

Due to a series of deals gone wrong and the onset of grunge, Tigertailz were effectively on ice for many years. They did, however, release Banzai!, a collection of B-sides and re-recorded tracks, in 1991 in Japan. They also put out Wazbones in 1995, by which time the classic Hooker-Pepper-Tate-Finchum line-up had fragmented. Touring proved successful but there was insufficient long term record company interest to sustain the band.

In 2005 the band reformed their classic line-up, with the addition of former City Kidds drummer Matt Blakout who replaced Ace Finchum. The band won a court order winning ownership of the Tigertailz name from a spin-off band fronted by Steevi Jaimz, with Finchum on drums. Some fans had been confused by the appearance of the Jaimz-fronted Tigertailz, a band that in no way represented the classic Bezerk era. This problem resolved, the real Tigertailz were able to work on the long awaited Bezerk 2.0, recapturing the larger-than-life style that originally made them famous, and featuring a suitably OTT, bombastic production.

They completed a short reunion tour of the UK, culminating in some festival dates in Sweden and Spain, playing to over 70,000 people with bands of the calibre of Whitesnake and Twisted Sister. Kerrang! magazine wrote in praise of the reunion - journalist Steve Beebee describing it as "persistently entertaining, with monstrous melodies that reach delirious peaks".

Bezerk 2.0 was released through Demolition Records on 7 August 2006.

In recent times, bass player Pepsi Tate had been fighting pancreatic cancer. The band signed a new record deal with Sanctuary Records and released new album Thrill Pistol on 27 August 2007, barely a year after their previous album release. This release is in fact a double CD packaged with the original 1992 version of the Wazbones album that was never officially released. Steve Beebee again wrote in praise of the new album in Kerrang!, calling on fans to "kindly hail this rejuvenated band for the time-defying devils they are."

Bassist Pepsi Tate (1965 - 2007), was born as Huw Justin Smith. He became a television producer after the bands early success, going on to become the producer of BBC Wales flagship political program "Dragons Eye". One month after marrying his long-term partner, singer Shân Cothi, on 30 August 2007, he died (18 September 2007) in Penarth, Cardiff, from pancreatic cancer, at the age of 42.


"Living Without You"

"Love Bomb Baby"

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Comment by opartmary on August 23, 2011 at 7:55pm
Comment by AndrewAxeman on January 18, 2010 at 11:15pm

With local glam titans Tigertailz celebrating 20 years of the epic 'Bezerk' and KISS looking for a local support band for their fist UK tour in 11 years, Amped Wales couldn't think of a better combination.

If you would like to see the Tailz support KISS get on board with that campaign at:

The campaign has been running for five days and has already drummed up over 700 supporters as well as being featured by Classic Rock Magazine.

Tigertailz are now officially onboard!

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Comment by AndrewAxeman on June 27, 2009 at 11:49am

Tigertailz have been confirmed to appear at this years edition of 'Glam Fest', due to take place at the venue, Estragon in Bologna on Saturday November 7th.

This marks the band's third trip to Italy in as many years, following on from their Gods of Metal appearance in 2007, and last year's special guest spot with Whitesnake.

This year's 'Glam Fest' looks set to be a thoroughly European affair with Swedish 'street metal' outfit, Hardcore Superstar set to headline the event with Tigertailz filling the main 'special guest' slot. Other acts will be announced shortly.

'We're so pleased to announce another stellar date in a country that's really been kind to us in recent years' says Tigertailz guitarist Jay Pepper. 'The Gods of Metal show was immense, and the welcome we received at last years Padova show with Whitesnake was simply jaw dropping. I'm over the moon we'll be playing with Hardcore Superstar again - we both enjoy the heavier side of things, and our London show together earlier this year was a perfectly executed exercise in loud, filthy fun. It's great we get to do it all over again.'

You can find tickets for Glam Fest 3 at

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Comment by CooperTrooper on May 28, 2009 at 3:59am
Comment by Poison Ivy on May 27, 2009 at 1:27pm
God, I hadn't realised that Pepsi died ONE MONTH after getting married... that is tragic..
This was a very cool band. Saw 'em at the Bristol Bierkeller and in South Wales. Energy, image and ... an ass-kicking MEGADETH COVER kicked out furiously live!! A talented group of guys, doubtless. They are missed.
Comment by TAMMY/LOONEYGAL on May 21, 2009 at 4:48pm
I like the sound, but as far as "Glam" goes, these guys are over the top.
Comment by Tommy on March 1, 2009 at 11:16pm
Tigertailz is a great band! One of the most underrated ones out there.

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