Robin George Biog 2015
George has worked with many more artists and projects than most realise, and
during the ‘80s he built up a name for himself as a guitar player, musician,
producer, songwriter and solo artist. e),
and keyboard players Mark Stanway and Alan Nelson. The band’s first live gig was
Radio One's In Concert recorded at the BBC’s famous Paris Studios, opening for
Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam.
Born and raised in Wolverhampton, England, Robin began playing guitar at an
early age. A plastic Beatles’ guitar Christmas present from his mom and dad set
him on his way when he was eight years old, then his mum, recognising his
talent, bought him an acoustic guitar which he later swapped for his first
electric guitar, a Watkin’s Rapier 33. He took his guitar to junior school,
family parties and at 14 he was asked to join his first band. Robin was expelled
from Wolverhampton Boy’s Grammar School, where he was, allegedly, the first
person to be expelled for 100 years. When he started his next school it was like
a new lease of life; released from the power of the cane he was encouraged to
embrace the power of music and became the guitar player in assemblies and school
dances. He soon rebelled and was expelled again, however!
Robin began College but was invited to tour Europe, so he ditched education
without a second thought and became a journey man. His dad, an engineer, told
him to get a real job and if he lasted a year he would have his full support. He
did it by working all day then driving to London at night to play and sing
sessions in the legendary Denmark Street Studios. So, for his 21st birthday, his
mom and dad bought him his beloved Gibson Les Paul Custom…he had proved himself.
After a tour of Denmark, Germany and Belgium, including US Army bases, Robin
recorded his first single Too Late, featuring Dave Holland (Judas Priest), Pino
Palladino (The Who) and Mo Birch (Culture Club, UB40) for the History album.
Robin taught himself to engineer at this time; an influential moment in his
career. The History album cover photo was taken by the great Finn Costello and
featured as Kerrang’s front cover, issue 52. Finn also took the iconic cover
photo for the Dangerous Music album with art and design by the renowned Andie
Airfix, who also recently created the artwork for the LovePower & Peace sharing
Robin was working with Daniel Boone (Beautiful Sunday) who introduced Robin to
the former Uriah Heep vocalist, David Byron, suggesting Robin mix Byron’s
forthcoming single Every Inch of the Way. This he duly did, and they almost
immediately formed The David Byron Band with Robin producing and playing guitar
on the subsequent album ‘On the Rocks’. The pair worked well together, both
playing and writing, and this work would sadly be David’s last recorded
1981 and 1982 saw Robin continue to work with Daniel Boone. He also toured and
recorded with Roy Wood (The Move/ Wizzard /ELO), doing both live gigs and TV
shows (bootlegs exist of this live work). It was at this point that Robin met
Roy Cooke, his current press manager and web designer and he’s taken photos of
Robin ever since. Robin also produced and sang backing vocals with Pat Hannon on
Raymond Froggat’s Now and Then album. Robin engineered and recorded with Slade’s
Noddy Holder as well as producing Diamond Head; the start of a long time
association with the band. After co-producing the Climax demos for their next
album with Pete Haycock, Pete invited Robin to join The Climax Blues Band, which
he did for a short time, playing on their Sample and Hold album. He bought his
BC Rich Bich 10 string from Pete, who had bought it from Slade, and this iconic
guitar launched logos, album artwork, the Kerrang front cover and more. Robin
still has the Bich in his guitar collection.
1983 proved just as busy, with Robin producing Witchfinder General’s Friends of
Hell LP and Quartz too, before releasing the History 12" and his Go Down
Fighting single on Arista. Ted Nugent would cover this song the following year.
Robin engineered a couple of singles for Tony Clarkin of Magnum which led to him
joining Magnum for their highly successful 11th Hour tour of the UK.
1984 also saw Robin produce the Debut LP for Wrathchild’s Stakk Attack and also
the beginning of the Dangerous Music project leading to a deal with Bronze
Records who released his acclaimed debut solo album Dangerous Music in 1985
which launched the era of techno rock. This iconic album featured, amongst
others, Dave Holland (Judas Priest), Mark Stanway (Magnum) and Thin Lizzy’s Phil
Lynott; strengthening the bond between Robin and Phil who played bass on
Showdown. Robin’s groundbreaking single, Heartline, charted worldwide.
Robin’s touring band in 1985 was Dangerous Music and featured ex Magnum drummer
Kex Gorin, ex Wildlife bassist, Phil Soussan (later with Ozzy Osbourn
During the Dangerous Music tour Robin guested live with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy
Page, Simon Kerr (Free, Bad Company), Brian May (Queen) and The Who’s John
There were live sessions on the Tommy Vance Rock Show on Radio One; both Tommy
and Alan Fluff Freeman made Heartline their record of the year, and many live TV
appearances throughout Europe. Later they were joined by second guitarist Huw
Lucas (ex Korea and Trouble) for a UK and European tour supporting Uli Jon Roth
and REO Speedwagon with the last date being played at the legendary Hammersmith
Robin then worked with Stuart Copeland (The Police) which led to Stuart
suggesting that he, Robin and Derek Holt (The Climax Blues Band) formed a band.
Robin began writing with Derek Holt although this project never came to
1985 also saw Robin record Nineteen at London's famous Roundhouse Studios with
Phil Lynott and Paul Hardcastle. Phil asked Robin and Brian Downey to reform
Thin Lizzy. The reformed Thin Lizzy was showcased live on major TV show The
Tube, in what became Phil's last appearance before his untimely passing.
Robin then formed Notorious with former Diamond Head singer, Sean Harris. The
track The SWALK was Simon Bates’ record of the week for 2 consecutive weeks on
Radio One. However, the ill-fated album was deleted shortly after release in
America due to record company changes. However, the far superior original
recordings are now released on Angel Air. Around the same time Robin was
headhunted by Duran Duran, who were at the time at their peak, an offer he
declined due to other commitments.
Production and writing work with Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath/ Deep Purple)
followed, initially at Robin’s studio then at Ridge Farm where Robin was lucky
enough to duet on guitar with Mel Galley (Trapeze, Whitesnake) but the album
never saw the light of day apart from the track Haunted, which featured in the
film Highlander 2.
Robin then produced and co-wrote an album with Birmingham Metal band, Marshall
Law. The Power Game album is now available on Angel Air. Robin then played
several club dates with Asia; vocalist/bassist John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Phil
Manzanera and Don Airey. Asia asked Robin to join the band but, again, other
commitments prevented him from doing so. He was soon back touring, as Robin
George’s World. He also began working with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant; both
recording and song writing. Robin’s song Red for Danger appears on Robert
Plant’s Sixty-six to Timbuktu album.
At the same time Robin was writing with Uriah Heep’s Pete Goalby; their
co-written song, Mona Lisa Smile has been recorded by Estrella, as well as
writing with John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) and Pete Wingfield (Eighteen with
Robin produced and played guitar on We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use it’s
last single, Your Loss, My Gain. He subsequently produced You, an album for Vix
Fuzzbox which was released on Angel Air in 2011.
Robin then formed Life with Diamond Head singer, Nick Tart and toured heavily
around the UK, recording the Cocoon album over the course of a year in Robin’s
Dangerous Music Studio in Shropshire. The band gained enough of a reputation to
be offered several deals which sadly never came to pass, and they also recorded
a number of sessions for BBC Radio One and live performances for TV shows. The
re-mastered album Cocoon which also showcases previously unheard tracks was
released by Angel Air in April 2010.
During their career the band also featured Marshall Law drummer Lee Morris
(Paradise Lost), bass player Charley Charlesworth, Hammond organist Fred
Skidmore from Dexy’s Midnight Runners and ex Hooters keyboard player Bill
Robin George’s production work continued, and he continued recording other solo
albums: Rock of Ageists, Crying Diamonds and Bluesongs.
George also teamed up with UFO bassist Pete Way. They struck up a friendship
while co-producing then touring the Waysted album, Back from the Dead. They
subsequently decided to form Damage Control. Joining them in the project were
drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm) and Spike (The Quireboys). They released
two CD's, Damage Control and Raw. Both received many rave reviews. Raw has also
been re-released by Angel Air Records.
Robin’s recent projects include producing the sharing project, LovePower and
Peace, which features over sixty artists from the worlds of Rock, Blues, Soul
and Pop who all donated their time and talents. 100% of all profits go directly
to three worthwhile charities. A single, LovePower and Peace, was also released
in aid of MacMillan’s Cancer Care. The project features, amongst others, members
of Alice Cooper, AC/DC, UFO, Asia, Diamond Head, Motorhead, Uriah Heep, Duran
Duran, Mott the Hoople, Marshall Law, the Climax Blues Band as well as solo
artists Ruby Turner, Arthur Brown, Jaki Graham, Charlie George, Freya Copeland
and Vix Fuzzbox.
Mark Sheppard (The Offering) has remixed tracks from the Robin George and Vix
album You, featuring Joy Shannon (The Beauty Marks) as well as Pete Haycock (The
Climax Blues Band) and Mel Collins (King Crimson). Robin also played guitar for
The Medieval Babes and Joan ov Arc; the first British all girl X-Box band.
Robin had teamed up with Pete Haycock and the core members of the LovePower and
Peace sharing album to reform a true supergroup. The band also features Mel
Collins (The Rolling Stones/ Eric Clapton), Charlie Morgan (Elton John/ Kate
Bush), Jacquie Williams (Sister Sledge/ M People) and Charlie Charlesworth
(Dangerous Music). They have completed their superb new album, Broke Heart Blues
which has been mixed by award winning sound engineer, Klaus Bohlmann.
The name of the band is Climax Blues. The CD is released on Angel Air records on
March 9th. On April 8th, Dangerous Music 2 is also released. Produced by Gus
Dudgeon, Robin and Daniel, it features Pino
Palladino, Daniel Boone, Charlie Morgan and Chris Thompson.
Robin George returns to his power trio origins with the Dangerous Music
album ‘Painful Kiss’.
solid band features the powerhouse drums of Charlie Morgan (Elton John), the
solid, melodic, thundering bass of Charley Charlesworth (Dangerous Music) and
legendary cult guitar hero Robin George (Robert Plant, Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy
et al) guitars and vocals.
performances from special guests; Robin´s faithful friends the late great Pete
Haycock (The Climax Blues Band) fabulous awe-inspiring slide guitar, Mel Collins
(King Crimson) virtuoso, soaring saxophone and Jacquie Williams (Sister Sledge)
superb soulful backing vocals.
features Robin´s original versions of many songs covered by household name
artists over the years. A fascinating insight into Robin´s original writing as
well as his inspired new songs.
Back to the
roots in 2015 for Robin and the Dangerous Music band.