Toseland’s Rev ‘n’ Roll

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With the exception of the MK Dons, and a smidgen of Formula One action,we don’t really ‘do’ sport.

But this week, we break with routine and give space to former double world superbike champion James Toseland.

When injury put the brakes on his career in motorsport, he was able to push forward with his first passion – music.

James, who is married to singer-songwriter Katie Melua, hooked up with Toby Jepson of Little Angels fame and set about writing some music.

The resulting tracks proved to be a job well done too, as recent single Renegade proves.

The album isn’t coming until early next year, but the band has already proved their worth in the live arena – having supported Little Angels and The Darkness and they tackled this summer’s Download Festival.

This isn’t the sound of a man dabbling with a hobby either.

Toseland is the sound of a super bunch of players entertwined with a commanding rock voice.

On Thursday, Toseland park up at The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton to prove their power before the new city crowd with a set of rhythmic and hard-edged deliveries.

Ahead of the full roar, we asked James to spill the musical beans in our Cue and Play session...

Tell us about the first record you bought or downloaded

Crossroads by Bon Jovi. Living on a Prayer was never off the radio and everywhere I seemed to go, but the whole album was full of hits

An album you can’t live without and why

Guns n Roses – Appetite for Destruction. The absolute best of Guns n Roses for me, and every track is just such high energy

The most embarrassing record in your collection

Backstreet Boys! I can’t understand how it ended up on my shelf and it’s probably best left at that!

Your favourite cheesy disc...

It has to be Lionel Richie – the ultimate cheesy legend

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t

Queen (Live at Wembley) One of the best live concerts ever played I think

What about your favourite artist of all time? What is the attraction?

Freddie Mercury. Queen were the first rock band I ever heard and I became a massive fan of their music

I loved Freddie’s ‘I’ll do what the hell I like’ attitude to life and for me he is still one of the best lead men/vocalists there’s ever been

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be and why

Queen and Freddie Mercury. They have been one of those bands that have influenced my taste in music throughout my life, and growing up with their music I have some amazing memories that go with Queen tracks

What question would you ask them

I’d like to ask each individual member ‘Was Queen’s music everything you hoped to be playing when you were growing up as a young musician?’

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Rock N Roll by Led Zeppelin

And one that chills you out

Love over Gold by Dire Straits

What was the first gig you attended

Gary Moore, god it was loud!

Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store, and what the appeal is

Because of my impatience to get something I want, I ‘m really boring and go straight to iTunes

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol. Who do you choose and what do you do?

Freddie! I would love to have done the Wembley show

Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear

There was a French band called Boy who supported my wife last year and I thought they were fantastic

Tickets are on sale at £8, and doors open at 7.30pm. Chrome Molly support.