At their peak, Nazareth were huge, selling vast quantities of albums and hit singles, pulling in enormous crowds to their shows all over the world.
Like all the best bands, Nazareth came from humble roots. They formed in Dunfermline, Scotland, and played the Scottish clubs throughout the 1960’s in their original incarnation as the Shadettes. The name change to Nazareth came in 1970 and in 1971 the band moved to London to start what was to become a long and illustrious recording career.
Even with the passage of time and line-up changes, Nazareth are routinely hailed as that rare thing - pioneers who became legends in their own lifetimes.
Original singer Dan McCafferty retired due to ill health in 2013 and Nazareth eventually returned to the road featuring new singer Carl Sentance (Don Airey, Krokus, Persian Risk). Carl has certainly made his own mark with the Nazareth’s legions of fans across the globe - standing proudly alongside founder member Pete Agnew (bass) and long time band members Jimmy Murrison (guitars) and Lee Agnew (drums).
With the bands’ 50th anniversary came Nazareth’s first album with Carl, ‘Tattooed On My Brain’ and new label Frontiers arriving in 2018 and was universally acclaimed, with regular references to how the band continue to move forward:
“Tattooed on my Brain is Nazareth at their best. Make no mistake” (www.newwaveofbritishheavymetal.com )
“This feels like a new lease of life for the band and the gamble has paid off in a big way. The sound is still distinctly Nazareth, so older fans will be comforted, but there is also an energy and vibrancy to these songs which comes with being reborn. Something tells me this is just the beginning of an exciting new chapter” (Mark Lacey, PowerPlay magazine)
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“Arguably, Nazareth stole the show with good-old hard rock…Pete Agnew, who is a beast on the bass. His son, Lee Agnew, played drums, and long time guitarist Jimmy Murrison and new vocalist Carl Sentance rounded out the group. They sounded like they had been together for decades”.
(Nazareth/Deep Purple review, Columbus Despatch, August 2015)