Robin George Biog 2019
Robin 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.
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 album.
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 material.
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
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
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. In 1985 his
publishers, Dejamus, brokered a deal with Bronze Records who released his
acclaimed debut solo album, Dangerous Music, 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 Osbourne), 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.
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 Entwistle.
Dangerous Music made many live TV
appearances throughout the UK and Europe and the band frequently performed on
the Tommy Vance Rock Show on Radio One. Both Tommy and Alan Fluff Freeman made
Heartline their record of the year. A national radio tour followed. 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 Odeon London.
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 fruition.
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.
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
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 a Bullet).
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 Rudolph.
Robin continued writing, recording and
producing albums including solo albums Rock of Ageists, Crying Diamonds and
Bluesongs. He also played guitar for The Medieval Babes and Joan ov Arc; the
first British all girl X-Box band.
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.
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
LovePower. 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 returned to his power trio origins with the Dangerous Music
album ‘Painful Kiss’. This bedrock solid band features the powerhouse drums of
Charlie Morgan, the solid, melodic, thundering bass of Charley Charlesworth
(Dangerous Music) and, of course, legendary cult guitar hero, Robin George.
There are also star
performances from special guests; Robin´s faithful friends. The late great Pete
Haycock plays fabulous awe-inspiring slide guitar, Mel Collins showcases his
virtuoso, soaring saxophone and Jacquie Williams (Sister Sledge) adds superb
soulful backing vocals.
The album 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 2016 for Robin and the Dangerous Music band.
2018 brings Rogue Angels; a storming album, driven entirely by the mighty
talents of power rock duo, Robin George and Charlie Morgan.11 haunting, heavy
songs with inspired performances on guitar and vocals and rock-solid power
drums. Sometimes wild, sometimes moody and melancholic, always melodic. Every
chorus is a hook with massive, mind-blowing guitars and drums and dark & stormy
lyrics that transport you to a world of surreal dreams. This innovative album
ushers in a new era of creativity and mastery of their art for Charlie and
Robin has also produced & written SavageSongS, an album featuring the fabulous
Jenny Darren available through Angel Air Records now.
So, 2019 unites Robin and Sean Harris (Diamond Head) so,
here they go again, Notorious, writing and recording their brand-new album!
Watch this space!