Bill’s band is blues who’s who
Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Guild HallFriday, November 15
Rock and roll icon, author, restaurateur and photographer – legendary ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has seen it all and continues to live life to the full.
For over 30 years he was part of the best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.
His latest musical rebirth, as the driving force behind the fabulous Rhythm Kings, sees him return to his musical roots with a set of legendary virtuoso musicians.
Wyman says the band – who last month set out to tour the UK are bringing to life the classic rhythm and blues that inspired him to pick up the guitar as a teenager.
“The whole idea behind the band was to play music we love and you can hear and feel that on our records,” said Wyman.
“Playing live, doing gigs, means everybody in the band does it for the same reasons as I do; to have a good time and send the crowd home with smiles on their faces.”
The Rhythm Kings line-up is a virtual blues who’s who.
Albert Lee, who’s lightning-fast speed has earned him a reputation as the guitarist’s guitarist, also known as Mr Telecaster.
Georgie Fame, jazz and blues vocal star and organist, who released hit records in the 60’s such as: ‘I Love My Dog’, ‘The Ballad of Bonnie’,’Clyde’, ‘Yeh Yeh’, ‘Get Away’.
Frank Mead, saxophonist, has played alongside blues legends BB King, Albert Collins, and Jimmy Rogers and recorded with Paul McCartney, Squeeze and Manfred Mann.
Geraint Watkins, the legendary rock and roll, boogie and blues pianist who has given his skills to some of the biggest names in music during his 30 year plus career on both piano and accordion, from Van Morrison and Carl Perkins to Paul McCartney. He’s Bob Dylan’s favourite pianist.
Terry Taylor – ex-Tuckey Buzzard and The Arrows –has performed with the legendary Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, among others.
Graham Broad, on drums, has worked with artists including Roger Waters, Tina Turner and The Beach Boys.
Nick Payn on sax, has performed with Lonnie Donegan, and The Gary Moore band, among many others.
Beverley Skeete, who has been the featured vocalist with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings since the band’s formation in 1997, has also recorded with acts ranging from Robbie Williams to Elton John.
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