Back from across the globe, after 25 years and 5 divorces!
Before last year’s reunion, the last time the original members of Marseille performed together was at a huge stadium in Miami, Florida in June 1980. This was the last gig of a two month, critically acclaimed, US tour supporting Nazareth and Blackfoot. The band, buoyed by their success and ready to take the world by storm, arrived back in the UK only to witness the implosion of their management/record company,Mountain Records!
Marseille were at the very forefront of what later became known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). They toured with such legendary rockers as UFO, Whitesnake,Judas Priest and Ian Gillan. They were the first new wave heavy rock band to secure a recording contract and the very first of the NWOBHM bands to tour America. However, the legal entanglements surrounding the demise of Mountain kept the band sidelined and off the road for two critical years. By the time they had fought their way clear their “slot” was gone, already filled by other very talented acts.
The band reluctantly split in the early 80’s. Neil Buchanan went on to become the well known TV celebrity, artist and producer of ART ATTACK! Steve as the owner of a music biz PR company in Liverpool, Andy the owner of a theme park design agency in the USA. Keith as a manager at a well known London media company. They all kept in touch with each other through the years, often rehashing old Marseille “war stories” of life on the road.
Fast forward through 25 years …and five divorces! Marseille are back for some Unfinished Business. An appropriate title for their new album of 10 kick-ass tracks.
With the original founder members Neil Buchanan and Andy Charters providing the guitar fire power, the two are joined by fellow rockers Nige Roberts (vocals), Ace Finchum (drums) and Rob Brooks (bass) creating a newer, no nonsense outfit.
Following several months of recording and warm-up gigs, including their official ‘rebirth’ at the Hard Rock Hell III festival in December 2009, the band have been described in reviews as:
- “In-your-face-hard rock and rip-roaring anthems”
- “Catchy to the point of cardiac arrest – they’d even get the furniture dancing”
- “The twin guitar attack from these classic rockers is fantastic to hear”
- “100% British Beef”
- “Aerosmith, AC/DC, Kiss and pinch of Slade in a blender”
- …and the band’s favourite quote from Classic Rock’s Dave Ling, “Muscle and Melody”.
The band are filming a new live DVD in 2012 and are currently writing new material for release later in the year