A journey through a man’s journey through depression, low self esteem and borderline alcoholism through to acceptance and forgiveness of himself. Using the music of Deep Purple as a reference point the book is a series of short stories explore such concepts as institutional abuse, violence, loyalty, betrayal, love, loss and death
Trapeze was the merging of two bands. Terry Rowley and John Jones were in a band called The Montanas. Hughes, Galley, and Holland were in a band called Finders Keepers.
According to Johnny Jones: In 1969 he and Terry Rowley were taking the train into London when they discussed forming a new band and talked about all the people they’d like to play with. Terry had worked with Holland and wanted him as the drummer. This was on a Friday and by Monday the original 5-piece lineup of Trapeze was together.
Hughes says that Terry was very well educated musically and he wanted to have strings and orchestrations involved a they were all very taken with what the Beatles were doing. For that same reason they really wanted to have multi-part harmonies.
Jones says that Yes was also a big influence on them.
In the 2CD Remastered release liner notes Malcolm Dome says: “The band name Trapeze was suggested by Rowly, and immediately gave them a sense of sophistication, which was highly appropriate when you consider what the debut album sounds like.
Jones says he originally suggested the name “Trapezium” because he knew of a folk band called Pentangle. Terry it is suspected suggested shortening it to Trapeze.
Hughes describes the first time seeing Johnny Jones at a Montanas show on stage with sunglasses on and thinking this was the first rock star he’d ever seen.
According to Hughes they came close to signing with Apple. Hughes says that in the end things just fizzled out.
Instead of the Beatles it ended up being The Moody Blues who offered Trapeze a deal and John Lodge, the Moody Blues bassist, agreed to produce their album.
Like many albums at this time they didn’t have time for pre-production but they had songs written so they went into the studio and performed them.
Hughes says that he believes Lodge hadn’t produced anything before
Bass, Guitar [Six-string], Piano, Trombone, Lead Vocals – Glenn Hughes
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John and Nate, share their journey into Deep Purple plus all the roots and branches. We’ve all had those sweaty palms, thumbing through the racks to find rare imports,and memorabilia, and it’s those shared experience that I reflect on as we travel the road to Purpledom! The tone of the show is dedicated,welcoming, fun, humorous but willing to take on differing opinions, to the usual handed down rule of thumb! Keep in up fellas. From,Simon Ford,Glastonbury, U.K
He started in the 1950s in a group called The Rockafellas.
In 1960s he formed the group Powerpack and put out singles in 1966 and 1967.
He was a founding member of Procol Harum and was in the band when they recorded their number 1 hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”
Harrison and the band’s guitarist, Ray Royer, quit shortly after that to form the band Freedom.
Freedom would go on to play dates with Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, and The James Gang. They got a lot of attention for their cover of The Beatles’ “Cry Baby Cry.”
This album is considered by fans to be the “missing link” between Freedom and Snafu.
The material on this album was originally intended to be material for Freedom. He wanted to get more away from R ‘n’ B and more into funk.
Freedom’s last album was called “Is More Than A Word.”
In 1972 Harrison left Freedom and started collaborating with Micky Moody who was playing in “Juicy Lucy.”
This is considered the “missing link” between Freedom and Snafu. Freedom’s last album was 1972. Snafu’s first album was 1973. This album was released in 1975.
Harrison: “I didn’t know really what to do after Freedom broke up, and I was approached by my management to do a solo album. So I thought, “Okay, I got all these songs floating about.” I decided also that I could pick and choose all these musicians.
Harrison says that this album was ready to go but the record company shelved it for a while, that’s why it came out after Snafu was out for a couple of years.
The album was released and got to No. 76 in the Billboard charts.
Harrison says he never received any money from Captiol Records from the album’s release.
Harrison was upset doing the album with all of these incredible musicians and the label deciding not to put it out initially.
After this album Harrison and Moody formed Snafu which also featured Pete Solley who would also later join Whitesnake.
Harrison: “Bringing together a bunch of top quality players like the ones I had on this album can work out very well, but it can also be a total disaster. I was very lucky it worked well. WE worked at some very famous studios too, mainly at Olympic No. 1, but a few tracks were also done at Trident and Morgan. I remember clearly doing the tracks with Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath at Morgan.
Snafu’s first album was the self titled “Snafu” released in 1973.
In the early 1980s Snafu broke up and Harrison moved to Iceland.
Bobby Harrison is currently in a band called Journey that plays Christian-oriented rock in Essex.
Short concert recorded on 14th May 1977 at the Rainbow in London.
The Rainbow used to be The Finsbury Park Astoria which was a large cinema complex build in the 1930s. It had a theater and a cafe as part of the structure. In the 1960s it began being used for rock bands, notably bands from the Stax and Volt label who performed the first ever large format American soul music show in the UK.
The venue closed in 1970 and was filled with guard dogs to prevent people from trying to live there.
Chrysalis bought the venue in 1972 and improved its acoustics so that it could be reopened as a rock venue.
It was renamed The Rainbow and “The Who” opened the new venue with its first show.
It quickly became one of the boat well renowned venues for rock music in London.
In 1975 Chrysalis pulled out due to the expenses needed for maintenance and new fire regulations.
1975 – The theatre ran into money trouble, with Biffo facing a bill for £180,000 to keep the building in a preserved state.
1976 – Hernweave, a company owned by Jamie & Lawrence Bloom, Alan Shievren & Sean Casey take over management of the theatre.
It reopened briefly in the 1980s but is now owned by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.
On June 30, 1972 Deep Purple played there where their noise level was recorded earning them an entry in 1974’s Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest band in the world, a fact much lamented by the members of the band.
On June 4, 2021 this was released on SingSong Music:
‘Live At The Rainbow’ is the first in a series of live and studio demo compilations from Singsong Music, complementing the band’s three studio releases to capture comprehensively this period in the career of one of rock music’s most highly-regarded entertainers.
I was curious as to the length of the show. Was this just a short promo show or was this video part of a longer performance. I asked Ray Fenwcik about it and he responded: “The show was edited ..a lot of the lengthy solos were shortened..it was a normal show, but Chris Blackwell CEO of Island Records was in the audience overseeing his new signing.”
This was indeed a full show with Strapps opening for them.
Ray Fenwick from the CD liner notes: “Apart from many premier rock festivals we performed at, certain “highlight concerts” come to mind, one was a two night show at The Budokan in Tokyo and the other was at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park in London.
“It was on the 14th of May 1977, in front of a fullhouse. We were promoting the “Clear Air Turbulence” album on Island Records; Chris Blackwell the label owner was there that night checking-out his investment!”
Ray Fenwick interview 4:19
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