Après une absence de quelques années, Matchbox revient.
Ce groupe des années
70 et 80 qui a vendu des millions d’albums à travers le monde, ceux que
l’on se plaisait à appeler les “Rockabilly Rebels” reviennent avec
la formation originale qui compte entre autres Graham Fenton et Steve
passent en revue tous les grands hits avec leur légendaire tempo et leur
was originally formed back in 1971 with a line-up that included both Steve
and Fred. Graham joined them from the Hellraisers in 1977, but it
was their amalgamation a little later with Jimmy and Gordon from the Cruisers
that formed the band we know today.
Their big breakthrough came soon after when they were selected to back Bo Diddley and support Carl Perkins on a sell-out European tour.
Following reviews in the music press, they were approached by Magnet Records and offered their first major recording contract.
The rest, as they say, is history...
The release of Buzz Buzz saw the band get enormous airplay as it crept to a respectable position in the charts.
The next one, Rockabilly Rebel, became a worldwide hit, quickly followed by When You Ask About Love, Midnight Dynamos and Over The Rainbow.
Over 5 Million records were sold in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, etc. Numerous TV shows and tours with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and many more, established the band as a major headline attraction.
Throughout this period, Matchbox always remained true to their roots.
Eventually time and changing tastes meant the hits stopped coming and the various members went off to do other projects.
Graham still performed occasionally with whichever rockabilly desperadoes were available at the time.
Then, back in 1996, as the rockabilly and rock'n'roll scenes saw another surge of interest, someone had the good sense to get these five guys back together again to do a couple of shows.
Then they did a couple more......
Graham Fenton began his rock'n'roll career with the Houseshakers; did a lot of gigs and recorded a couple of albums with them.
In 1976 the Hellraisers went their separate ways and Graham joined Matchbox.
Steve Bloomfield has the distinction of not only being being an excellent guitar player, but of being the band's main songwriter. He was reponsible for their anthems, Rockabilly Rebel and Midnite Dynamos, amongst a host of other fine tunes.
He often switches from guitar to electric mandolin, which is very much
a part of the distinctive Matchbox sound.
Steve was one of the founder members of Matchbox and has always had a strong influence on their musical direction.
He plays both slap bass and electric bass, depending on how the mood takes him. He also joins in on the backing vocals.
Gordon Scott was originally lead singer and rhythm
guitarist with a neat little rock'n'roll band called Rocking Pneumonia,
in 1976 he concentrated on the vocal emphasis with his next band,
the Cruisers, where he met Jimmy Redhead.
Along with Jimmy, he was recruited to the new look Matchbox in 1977 to help fill out the sound and provide an extra vocal element.
Gordon takes the lead vocal spotlight at various points in the band's
set, allowing Graham to do a costume change or take a rest.
He also plays the harmonica breaks on several of the band's songs.
He's even been known to have a go on the banjo when the occasion demanded!
Jimmy Redhead plays the drums and does a lot of the harmony vocals.
He was once a member of the Cruisers, along with Gordon, but made the move to join Matchbox and has never looked back.