EUROPEAN TOUR - 1976
This Year's Model
"A Night On The Town"
"The tour got off to a terrible start. The band and I were
only just getting to know each other and I thought, 'I'll show
you who can drink'. For about three weeks I was staying out
all night and I wasn't eating. It didn't help. Then I got sick.
Well, I was existing on port and brandy afternoon tea and toast.
When we opened at Olympia I felt so bad it was almost like somebody
telling me I shouldn't be there." (Rod to the Daily Mirror)
Wear It Well
Bayou, Tonight's The Night
Side Of Life
Old Heart Of Mine
Little Rock'n Roller
Killing Of Georgie
- I Don't
Want To Talk About It
Keep Me Hangin' On
Know) I'm Losing You
Stay With Me
The Night Away
01 Birmingham, UK
02 Birmingham, UK
04 Leicester, UK
05 Leicester, UK
07 Southampton, UK
08 Southampton, UK
11 Cardiff, Wales
12 Cardiff, Wales
14 Newcastle, UK
15 Newcastle, UK
17 Newcastle, UK
18 Newcastle, UK
21 London, Olympia, UK
22 London, Olympia, UK
23 London, Olympia, UK
24 London, Olympia, UK
30 Glasgow, Scotland
31 Glasgow, Scotland
03 Bergen, Norway
05 Oslo, Norway
06 Göteborg, Sweden
08 Abo, Sweden
09 Helsinki, Finland
11 Brussels, Forrest National, Belgium
13 Stockholm, Sweden
14 Stockholm, Sweden
16 Köbenhavn, Denmark
17 Köbenhavn, Denmark
18 Aarhus, Denmark
20 Amstedam, Netherlands
26 Manchester, UK
27 Manchester, UK
28 Manchester, UK
30 Birmingham, UK
APPICE - drums
Carmine (pronounced CAR-mine) has been breaking new ground
in drumming for nigh on one decade.
New York City, he graduated at 19 from the wedding and bar
mitsvah circuit to a group called the Pigeons, who eventually
became the Vanilla Fudge. With their high-powered harmonies
and expansive sound the Fudge were one of the first pop groups
to take on the so-called "progressive" look. Appice's heavy
handed, innovative drumming helped lift the pop drummer out
of the background role and into the performing spotlight.
He's known Stewart since 1968 and in fact almost joined the
Jeff Beck Group when Rod was featured vocalist. After a stint
in Cactus, Carmine did hook up with Beck in the Beck, Bogart
and Appice combo. That venture lasted a couple of years before
he joined the Barry Goldberg / Mike Bloomfield project, KGB.
has played it all from, he says "Chick Corea crazy progressive
stuff" to the "white ballsy" rock of the new Stewart band. A
vocalist himself, he believes he knows a thing or two about
singers. He's quite content that "rod is the best singer in
to the band yet another musical environment is bassist Philip
Chen. While it may finally be a household name, reggae was
unheard of outside the Caribbean when Chen, from Kingston,
Jamaica, hit London in the mid-60s with Jimmy James and the
Chen came to England with the Vagabonds as a spare guitarist.
His on again, off again membership status in the band often
depended on how much room there was on stage at the Vagabond's
cramped pub venues. If there was room, Chen played. He became
an official member when he replaced the band's departed bassist.
After taking up the four-stringed cause he went to pioneer
reggae with the group for five years until he left in 1970
to pursue studio work.
Stewart asked him to join the Faces but Chen had a previous
commitment, a studio assignment in Jamaica with the Butts
Band and couldn't go out on the road with the Faces.
CHEN - bass
Chen's studio credits have piled up furiously since then, including
work with Jeff Beck, Donovan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Toots and the
Maytals, Pete Townshend (the Tommy soundtrack), Johnny Nash
and Jim Capaldi.
"I figured I covered all the session business", says Chen
explaining his decision to join Stewart's band. "Studio work
wasn't much of a challenge anymore and I always liked Rod's
singing, so it was natural". As surely and tirelessly as
he dedicated himself to session playing, Chen now hurls all
his energies into the Stewart project.
"I'm not interested in any more session work", he contends."I'm
gonna devote all my time to Rod".
Gary Grainger was born in the Kilburn district of North London.
Originally a drummer, he was won over to electric guitar by
"the guitar sound" of the Shadows and Buddy Holly. He is late
of the hard-working English outfit called Strider, which he
joined in 1973.
attracted the attention of Stewart when Strider accompanied
The Faces on a '74 European Tour'. Apparently the impression
was a lasting one. When it came time for an audition for the
new band, he was summoned and quickly selected. Of the three
guitarists in the band, says Gary, "We all have different
ways of playing. I'm more the raunchy kind of player which
seems to blend well with Jim and Billy".
GRAINGER - guitars
CREGAN - guitars
he was born in the pastoral country of Somerset, Jim Cregan
spent most of his life in London cutting a wide berth through
the English music scene. His early credits involve stints
with the post Rory Gallagher-jazz-rock group, Taste, and the
influential Family, the progressive conglomerate with whom
he played bass. Of his past work he considers his work with
English jazz singer Linda Lewis as "musically providing him
with the most enjoyment because it was the most demanding".
He's done world tours with both Linda Lewis and Cat Stevens,
and in addition produces Lewis's records.
notoriety has come from his role in Cockney Rebel, featuring
the inimitable Steve Harley. Cregan logged two years in Rebel
and found considerable artistic freedom within the group,
but when the Stewart offer appeared "it was too god to resist".
finesse player, Cregan compliments the rougher edge of his fellow
guitarists in Stewart's band. "Billy Peek is untouchable on
the rock and roll tunes", he maintains, "while the rest of the
work is between Gary and myself. We do a lot of harmony work
together". Cregan is delighted with the level of musicianship
in the band, and that assured, concerns himself now with getting
the Americans in the group to speak proper English.
at 22 is the youngest memeber of the band. His determined
rise to session prominence has been nothing short of meteoric.
A product of Pasadena, California, he was signed to a publishing
company by the timehe was 15. His big break came when Art
Garfunkel on a recent solo LP used some songs written by a
friend of his. Jarvis was asked to contribute keyboard work
and since has played on albums for Ringo Starr, Leo Sayer
and Stewart's "A Night On The Town".
of Jarvis reveals a fairly well-rounded musician, so much
so that experts are divided on which is chief among his strenghts.
Jarvis's extensive classical background led Garfunkel to conclude
that he shouldn't be used on fast numbers, while Stewart,
who was unaware of the pianist's classical side, wanted Jarvis
the rock'n roller only for the uptempo parts of his album.
Incredibly, Rod Stewart's ban is the first pro band John's
ever been in. "I just never found a band l liked", says the
JARVIS - piano
PEEK - guitars
he's spent most of his career burning up fretboards alongside
Chuck Berry, it's not surprising that Billy Peek has been dubbed
"the rock'n roller" of the Stewart band. A Berry protege, Peek
developed in his years of biting back-up with Berry, a chomping,
old-school style of rockin' very compatible with Stewart's tastes.
Stewart spotted Peek on television performing with Chuck Berry,
and the guitarist wound up playing on "A Night On The Town".
Born in St. Louis, Peek was introduced to music by his father's
guitar-playing. "If it wasn't for him I never would've started
at all". After making the rounds of the club circuit in St.
Louis, Peek in 1969 joined Berry, who "brought me along in his
rock and roll framework". The association led five albums, a
European Tour and heavy roadwork in North America. Peek can
state unequivocably from the experience that "when it comes
to rock and roll I can play it".