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Background information
Birth name David Walls
Born December 17, 1964 (1964-12-17) (age 45)
Origin South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1989–present
Labels Various
Associated acts The Wildhearts
SilverGinger 5
Ginger & The Sonic Circus
Website The Wildhearts
Ginger and the Sonic Circus
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul

Ginger (born David Walls, 17 December 1964, in South Shields in the North East of England) is a rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his band The Wildhearts.




Early career

Ginger saw his first success as a member of English band, The Quireboys but after being sacked from them, he went on to form The Wildhearts.

The Wildhearts

Side Projects

Whilst intermittently continuing with various incarnations of The Wildhearts, he has also formed a variety of side projects, including a number of solo albums.

Over the years, these side projects have included:

Solo career

In early 2001, Ginger set out to release one CD single featuring three new tracks every month for the entire year, in a project known as The Singles Club. This would be the first material released under the name Ginger, and was continued in parallel to tours with Silver Ginger 5 and the recently re-formed Wildhearts. Owing to financial/record company problems at Infernal Records, only 18 tracks were recorded, and only five singles ever released. A compilation of all 18 tracks was released in 2005 as a double album entitled A Break In The Weather.

Following a brief stint at the start of 2005 as a second guitarist within the Brides of Destruction, Ginger's first proper solo album, Valor Del Corazon (Spanish for 'Strength of Heart') was released for fans on 19 December 2005, with an official release on 9 January 2006. It was recorded in 2005 with record producer Ralph Jezzard, and a range of session musicians in Willie Nelson's studio in Texas.Valor is a Two Disc CD featuring songs such as 'This is only a Problem' and 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah' and was heavily praised in the press, leading Ginger to headline the Gibson Stage at the Download Festival in June 2006.

Prior to the "official" solo follow-up to Valor Del Corazon, Ginger also released the country album World of Filth under the name Howling Willie Cunt[1] before his next solo offering, Yoni, which was released once again to critical acclaim 22 January 2007.

Following Japanese, UK & US tours in 2007 with the newly reformed Wildhearts (who released a new album also in April 2007), the end of the year saw Ginger living in New York and once again playing as solo performer in addition to his Wildhearts commitments.

A new solo album 'Market Harbour' was released in early 2008: Ginger also played some acoustic gigs in the UK featuring guitarist Scott Metzger from America, who isn't Scott Sorry contrary to what earlier rumours may have been.

2009 - 2010

In March Ginger began writing a regular feature for Classic Rock’s website entitled ‘Gingers Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll' where he would discuss lesser known album releases[2].

Ginger embarked on his first full band UK solo tour on May 1st for 2 weeks. The set consisted entirely of Ginger solo material (starting from Silver Ginger 5) and would feature no Wildhearts songs. The tour took in 13 dates (including Belfast)[3] and was met with rave reviews including a 4K Live review from writer Steve Beebee in Kerrang! magazine.[4] Laika Dog, the rock outfit fronted by Tony Wright (the lead singer of Terrorvision) was support on the tour.

On the 25th of January 2010 ex-Hanoi Rocks lead singer Michael Monroe held a press conference in Los Angeles, USA announcing his new band named after the lead singer himself. Ginger was introduced as the lead guitar player of the new band. Michael Monroe Band will tour around the world in the spring of 2010 and they are heading into the studio at summer. The first album of the new band will be released at the fall 2010.

Ginger is one of the characters in the book Sex Tips from Rock Stars by Paul Miles to be published by Omnibus Press in July 2010.[5].

Great White Monkey TV & The Great White Monkey Special Edition CD

During his UK tour Ginger revealed 'Great White Monkey TV', an internet TV channel that would follow him on tour and upload backstage video from everyshow. This is set to continue following him throughout 2009 [6]

On June 1st ‘The Great White Monkey’ special edition live acoustic CD was officially released on Round Records (distributed through Cargo)[7] The CD was an expanded edition of the ‘gig’ only release that was available to buy at Ginger acoustic shows in 2004. The version featured 2 cds (rather than just one) containing both sets from the 2003 Rugeley Rose acoustic show.

Camden Rocks Festival, Guilfest & Trashstock Appearances

Ginger was the penultimate act at the Kerrang! Sponsored ‘Camden Rocks’ festival at the Underworld in London on June 6th [8]. Pete Doherty headlined the event. Gingers performance was considered by Kerrang! Magazine to be the highlight of the day and awarded 5 out of 5[9]. Desk on bass guitar and Nathan Bennett on keyboards were introduced as the latest band members.

Ginger also played a one off warm up show at The Asylum in Birmingham on July 9th [10], before his mainstage festival appearance at Guilfest on July 10th alongside Motorhead and The Stranglers[11]. Desk, Victoria Liedtke & Vix Vixen were introduced as the latest members of his solo band at The Asylum show.

Ginger is due to headline the third Annual ‘Trashstock’ festival in Nottingham on August 8th[12].

Ginger & Friends in LA and Camp Freddy

In July Ginger brought together Billy Morrison, Scott Lipps and Michael Butler in Los Angeles to perform a predominantly Wildhearts heavy set under the guise ‘Ginger and Friends’[13] . The band had two rehearsals (the last rehearsal was streamed live over the internet[14]) before taking to the stage at the Viper Room on July 16th and El Rey on July 17th. Another show was quickly booked for August 26th[15] at the Viper Room featuring the same lineup, and included special guests Michael Lee Smith (from the band Starz) singing 'Loveshit' and Steve Stevens performing guitar on 'Rebel Yell' (with Billy Morrison on Vocals) and also performing lead guitar on the Wildheart's 'My Baby is a Headf*ck'. Supported by the band Jetboy, the entire sold out gig was streamed live on the internet, and notable names in attendance included Tre Cool, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Duff McKagan & Mike Clink.

Along with Billy Morrison, Ginger performed with Camp Freddy at The Joint in Las Vegas on August 30th[16]. Ginger played guitar and sang 'Surrender', 'You've really got me' and also contributed guitar to Anarchy in the UK. Other performers on stage included Corey Taylor, Duff Mckagan,Matt Sorum, Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney, Dave Navarro, Steve Jones and John 5. The night was finished with 4 songs performed by Ozzy Osbourne.

Ginger's Birthday Bash

The Relentless Garage in London was chosen as the venue for Ginger's Birthday show on 17th December 2009 under the guise 'Ginger & Friends'. The event sold out in two weeks [17] and featured 2 sets and a rotating band of musicians playing a variety of Ginger solo songs, covers and side projects along with Wildhearts rarities. The band line up changed throughout the 3 hour show, and some of the musicians who took part included the current members of The Wildhearts Scott Sorry, Ritch Battersby & CJ along with Chris McCormack (3 Colours Red, Grand Theft Audio, Gary Numan) Nathan Connolly (Snow Patrol), Tom Spencer (Yo Yo's), Rich Jones (Black Halos/Loyalties), Olga (Toy Dolls), Victoria Liedtke, Willie Dowling (Honeycrack/Jackdaw 4), Jens (Gigantor), Conny Bloom (Electric Boys), Denzel, Vix Vixen (Fuzzbox), Givvi, Alex Kane (Antiproduct) Dirty Harry, The Rev (Towers of London/Dirty Harry), Nathan Bennett, Snell (Towers of London/The Loyalties), Jon Poole (Cardiacs), Nigel Mogg (The Quireboys), Chris Catalyst (Eureka Machines) and Michael Butler (Exodus/Jetboy). The gig was the first live pairing of Ginger and Alex Kane as Clam Abuse in almost a decade. The show also marked the onstage return of Silver Ginger 5 for the encore.

Solo discography


Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums


  • "I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter" (2001)
  • "Cars and Vaginas" (2001)
  • "And This Time I'm Serious" (2002)
  • "The Saga of Me & You" (2002)
  • "Virtual Love" (2003)
  • "Yeah Yeah Yeah" (2006)
  • "Holiday" / "Casino Bay" (2007)

Selected discography

This list attempts to bring together the major albums Ginger has released under various guises throughout his musical career and focuses on albums that contain original studio recorded material i.e. not live recordings or greatest hits.

Additional appearances

Notes and references

External links


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