Chris Spedding’s Diamond gig

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Veteran guitarist and performer Chris Spedding who has contributed to some of the world’s most influential and classic albums, brings his band to The Diamond, Sutton tomorrow (17th April).

Chris, who is celebrating 50 years as a much sought after solo artist and producer will have as special guest Steve Rodgers, son of legendary FREE and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers.

Spedding has been a mainstay of the British session scene since the late 60s .

His musical CV reads like a collaborative journey through many musical eras and genres.

Chris has played with just about everyone from Nucleus, Jack Bruce, John Cale, Elton John, Mike Batt, to Paul McCartney and The Bay City Rollers (anonymously!).

He had his own chart success in 1975 with Motorbikin’ before moving on to become a massive influence on the punk and new wave scene.

Spedding produced the demos that got the Sex Pistols their first record deal and has been acknowledged as helping them mould their unique sound.

Chris also joined ‘Sharks’ with FREE bassist and songwriter Andy Fraser.

He moved to the United States shortly after this, contributing to records by such as Joan Armatrading, Willy DeVille, Robert Gordon and Nina Hagen.

Chris moved back to UK in 2006 and is in great demand in the studio and for tours with artists like Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, and with the touring version of Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds”.

Spedding played on the original record in 1977.

This year he has a new album coming out, with tracks featuring many different artists he has worked with including actor Ian McShane.

More recently he has appeared on records by Katie Melua.

In 2006 Spedding’s biography, “Chris Spedding: Reluctant Guitar Hero” by Kimberly J Bright was published.

His latest solo CD, “Pearls”, was released last year on Repertoire Records.

Spedding is also a member of the band KING MOB whose “Force 9” was released last year on SPV Records.

His most recent collaboration with Robert Gordon, “It’s Now or Never”, is on Rykodisc.

Steve Rodgers (son of Paul) toured last year with Deborah Bonham and Midge Ure.

He has performed as the special guest of Bad Company, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and the Robert Randolph Band.

Tickets are £8 and £10 non-members. tel:01623456617 or e-mail golden.diamond@tiscali.co.uk

The Diamond is on Stoney Street, NG17 4GH.