Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Dury’s album New Boots and Panties on the first Stiff Records tour of the UK.
The Blockheads are now fronted by one of Ian’s best friends Derek ‘The Draw’, the band’s vocalist and wordsmith. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band and the current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and a rolling line up of saxophonists including Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards or Dave Lewis.
These legendary Brit-Funkers will be playing all the old favourites and new material.
In 1978 Chaz composed ‘Hit me with your Rhythm Stick’ with Ian and in 1979 had a number one hit record.
In 1982 Ian Dury & The Blockheads disbanded and were not to play together again until 1987 when they went out to Japan to play three shows, disbanding again until 1990 when the death of Charlie Charles in September of that year re-united them to play two Benefit gigs at The Forum, Camden Town in aid of Charlie’s family.
The last performance by Ian Dury & The Blockheads was February 6th 2000 at The London Palladium.
Ian died at 9am on 27th March 2000.
At this point the band had to make a decision to either stop or continue. The choice was made and the band has continued making albums and touring the world.
Now after almost 16 years since Ian passed away, The Blockheads still perform to packed out venues around the world.
Supporting The Blockheads will be the Roz Bruce Infusion
After forming in 2012, The Roz Bruce Infusion have consisted of Roz Bruce on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Gaf Evans on Bass Guitar and occasional backing vocals and are currently on their fourth drummer: Lee Shaw.
The Infusion play gigs all around the UK, and have enjoyed support slots with bands Blockheads, Arthur Brown, Evil Blizzard, Gong, Knifeworld, Space Ritual, Pretty Things… and we played many festivals in ’14 and ’15 including Festival 8, Kozfest, Blind Cat Festival, Onboard The Craft, Tannerfest and more.
“One of the most technically gifted guitarists I have ever seen, channeling Hendrix, Satriani and Vai in equal measure in her guitar and PJ Harvey, Suzanne Vega and Bonnie Rait through her vocals. Roz nearly knocked me off my chair with her dark, twisted and beautiful songs.” – Off Beat Magazine
For further information on THE BLOCKHEADS, check out the following websites / social media links:
Website – http://www.theblockheads.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BlockheadsPage
You Tube Links – https://www.youtube.com/user/blockheadsofficial
Tickets for THE BLOCKHEADS – Bilston Wolverhampton – Robin 2 show taking place on Friday 24thFebruary are available from:
WOLVERHAMPTON – Robin 2
Box Office No: 01902 401211
Tickets – £20.00 on the door / £18.00 (advance)
Doors open 7.30pm