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THE STEVE THOMPSON BAND
Consett born Steve Thompson has written songs that have been recorded by Celine Dion, Sheena Easton, Elkie Brooks, The Hollies, The Searchers, Tygers of Pan Tang, Baby Ford, Colin Blunstone, Elaine Page and Chris Farlowe.‘Steve Thompson Songwriter’ features Steve’s own band playing new versions of the songs that he’s written for many of these and other artists. In the show he also tells the stories behind these songs as well as anecdotes from his time in the music industry, working closely with an equally impressive list of Producers such as Gus Dudgeon ( Elton John, Chris Rea); Rodger Bain (Black Sabbath); Christopher Neil (Mike & The Mechanics, Marillion, Gerry Rafferty) and Peter Collins (Rush, Gary Moore, Bon Jovi)……
In a long and varied career, Steve also wrote and produced some key recordings during the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’ (NWOBHM) including Raven, Venom (both huge influences on rock giants, Metallica) and Tygers of Pan Tang, who at one time featured another collaborator of Steve’s – guitarist John Sykes, who went on to join David Coverdale in Whitesnake.
THE LONG FADE (an album 50 years in the making)
Steve has been in the studio with his band recording new versions of the songs he wrote for the artists mentioned above plus brand-new songs. “The Long Fade” to be released May 30th. Steve was born in Consett and his musical career began there with his first ever gig at the Freemasons Arms. This was with his band Bullfrog back in 1969. Since then he has worked largely as a songwriter and producer. So essentially The Long Fade – for the first time – Steve’s ‘own’ album – 50 years in the making!
Guests have come forward from Steve’s past as a songwriter and record producer and have contributed to the album. People such as John Gallagher of Raven, Steve Lamb of Tygers of Pan Tang, Tony Bray of Venom and John Verity of Argent. But it’s not a heavy metal/rock album. The album contains Steve’s huge pop ballad hit Hurry Home juxtapositioned with another hit for Tygers Of Pan Tang: Paris by air via blue eyed soul for Celine and Sheena: Please Don’t Sympathise. Also featured is Jayne Mackenzie who Steve produced for Neat Records 02 when she was 11 years old. Going even further back is Mick Glancy who formed Bullfrog with Steve in 1969. 50 years later they’re working together again!
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As Steve reflects; “My band did a cracking gig at the Georgian Theatre, Stockton last March. The band members were well chuffed. But then musicians started to leave, falling like dominos. Eventually, there was just me, a bass player and a girl singer left and there’s not much you can do with that. So, we went into a studio and started recording. Eventually, we attracted new people and the project became THE LONG FADE”
“With a cracking band who share a marvellous bonhomie, this show is a must for anyone with the slightest interest in music. It’s entertaining, informative and it ‘works’. Look out for this show. You will not regret it“. Ian Wood, (Get Ready to Rock!) Read the full review at www.bit.ly/stbandreview