Robin George Biog 2018
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.
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 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. 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
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 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.
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
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
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.
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