Geordie triumph at Giants of Rock - and announce Newcastle & Kinross dates!
April 24, 2019
Finally back on the road, original band members - without Brian Johnson, - Geordie are and still knocking them out wherever they play! Early in 2019 the newly revitalised band stormed both the Great British Rock & Blues Festival and Giants of Rock festival:
“The guys tore through a heavy set that had the crowd bouncing along…Johnson’s spot was taken by Mark Wright who had the vocal prowess to more than fill the frontman slot” (David Wilson, Get Ready To Rock! review)
Of course, they don’t have the same hairstyles, but they still pack a punch and deliver a storming rock gig. It’s time to relive the good times folks!
Formed in early 1972 and comprising four seasoned pros from the local club circuit in the Northeast, it didn’t take the band long to realise their aspirations lay far beyond their geographical location.
Original material was taking shape almost immediately and following the recording of a demo, the lads headed to London to tout their tape to the major record labels. During a six week assault on the capital the band finally signed to industry giants EMI with the first single ‘Don’t Do That’ already earmarked. The song entered the top 40 in December after extensive and popular radio play. The album ‘Hope You Like It’ followed close on its heels and Geordie were well and truly on their way to wowing the Cockneys.
February 1973 heralded the release of the follow up single ‘All Because Of You’ which reached number 6 in the national chart. Soon after, ‘Can You Do It’, ‘Electric Lady’ and ‘Black Cat Woman’ also enjoyed chart success.
Always a hard-working band, extensive tours were undertaken around the globe reaching as far as Australia where they were firm favourites. Especially big in Newcastle NSW, Oz – (I wonder why?) At the same time, some key support slots including Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’tour and Chuck Berryin Germany, were gaining valuable exposure for them.
1974 saw the release of their second album ‘Don’t Be Fooled By The Name’ along with further touring in territories familiar and new. In 1980, world renowned rock band AC/DC recruited Brian Johnson into their fold after the untimely death of their vocalist Bon Scott.
A brief reprise in the 80’s with new vocalist Rob Turnbull yielded most notably the ‘No Sweat’ album. In 2018 Tom Hill and Brian Gibson decided once again to play these great songs live with a brand new line up comprising Steve Dawson, formerly of Animals II, on guitar and the powerful voice of newcomer Mark Wright taking on vocal duties.
“Geordie did it again…Howay the lads. Smashed it for a second week running. Geordie mean big business in 2019” (Mark Taylor, Record Collector)
Original guitarist and primary songwriter Vic Malcolm is happily still involved on the writing/recording side and right behind the band. Geordie are one of the iconic bands that helped to shape the music scene of the Northeast. Now in 2019, they are picking up rave reviews for their music and energy. This is not just nostalgia, this is a full-on rock gig at its best.