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Simon Dawson Steve Harris British Lion



I started off playing Premier and have been doing so for thirty years. They have never let me down, always sound great, and just keep getting better!


My first kit was made out of boxes and tins with parcel tape for heads, and I played along to ‘Made in Japan’ and ‘Live and Dangerous’ with tremendous gusto! At sixteen, I persuaded my parents to sign the loan agreement, and I purchased my first kit, a silver Premier Elite. After this it was a case of putting in the rehearsal hours, gigging relentlessly and bombarding the record companies with demos.

I’m originally from Suffolk but have spent most of my musical life in London, touring and playing with many artists including The Outfield, Tony Iommi, Airrace, Dearly Beheaded, One Minute Silence (when they were called Near Death Experience) Dirty Deeds, Chariot and Deep Switch.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a wide and varied career, and I’m still keen and hungry; you never stop learning. I was filled with a mixture of excitement and apprehension on meeting and playing with Steve Harris. Iron Maiden and Nicko are a massive influence on me! Although, Steve soon put me at ease; I’ve learnt a lot from him, and playing in British Lion just gets better!

Simon's Discography:

  • Steve Harris British Lion (2012)                      
  • Airrace Back to the Start (2011)                      
  • The Outfield Live in Brazil (2001)                     
  • The Outfield It Ain’t Over (1998)                      
  • Dearly Beheaded  Chamber of One (1997)    
  • Dearly Beheaded  Temptation (1996)             
  • The Outfield Rockeye (1992)                             
  • Deep Switch 9 Inches of God (1986)                



Premier Series Elite

  • 24" x 14" Bass Drum
  • 13" x 8" Rack Tom 
  • 16" x 16" Floor Tom
  • 18" x 16" Floor Tom
  • 14" x 8" Extreme HR Snare Drum

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