Climax Blues Band 2020
In reviewing the album ‘Hands Of Time’ for Get Ready to Rock!, Pete Feenstra wrote: “It’s the sound of a mature band drawing on historic roots…to explore polished songcraft through a mix of deep funky grooves with a soulful feel, born of bluesy antecedents.”
In this interview special, Pete chats to the band’s frontman, vocalist and songwriter Graham Dee with tracks from the album.
It was recorded at Silk Mill Studio’s in Staffordshire, UK and is a mixture of bluesy funk, soul and jazz-rock, all of the ingredients that have kept the band working for over 50 years.
The German Tour video was a pre-announcement for a tour from February 8 – 21, 2020. This sellout tour was staged in conjunction with On Stage tour and concert promotion. The gallery shows photographs from Climax Blues Band performing at Bordesholm, as part of their sold-out 2020 Germany Hands of Time tour.
Germany Tour February 2020
February 11, 2020
Photos by © BEATE GRAMS www.bluesbea.de
Skegness Rock & Blues Festival, UK
January 19, 2020
Photos by Haluk Gurer
Climax Blues Band 2019
HRH Blues Festival, Sheffield, UK
April 14, 2019
Photos by Haluk Gurer
February 02, 2019
Photos by Patrick Frischknecht
Climax Blues Band Press Release
Hands of Time is the 21st album by Climax Blues Band, consisting of 13 new original songs, plus a bonus unreleased track ‘Getting There’ with the late Colin Cooper.
It was recorded at Silk Mill Studios in Staffordshire, UK and is a mixture of bluesy funk, soul and jazz rock, all of the ingredients that have kept the band working for over 50 years.
The album has a fresher more modern feel to it than on previous releases and is being well received by the industry. You can hear a selection of the new songs played live by the band when they embark on their major UK & European tour staring in 2019 to promote the album’s release.
Colin was the founder member of Climax Blues Band back in 1968 and led the band with Pete Haycock through great success and recognition through the 1970s and 1980s, with huge selling albums like FM Live and Gold Plated, hit singles Couldn’t Get It Right and I Love You.
George Glover joined the band on keyboards in 1981, Haycock left in 1984 and Lester Hunt came into the re-vamped Climax in 1985, Roy Adams joined in 1987 and Neil Simpson in the early 1990s. Colin Cooper was leading the band with a return to the kind of blues that got the band started before his untimely death. His wish was the for the band to continue and the recruitment of Graham Dee and Chris ‘Beebe’ Aldridge was made with a view to broadening the Climax sound again and take on new musical influences, move forward creatively which was the Climax Blues Band trademark, rather than rely on the past glories.
The live album Security Alert was released in 2015 and reflected this move forward and the fact that Climax were delighting old and new fans alike throughout the UK and Europe. Roy Wood of ELO and Wizzard fame mixed the live album.
Graham Dee as a focal point is a larger than life front man who holds the audience in the palm of his hand. His amazing vocal range sets him apart from the field and he is quite happy to go walk about in the audience to spread the joy…. Chris Aldridge is more laid back and does his talking with his outstanding virtuoso sax playing, easing through soul, jazz and blues influences with great style.
With the 30 year experienced bedrock rhythm unit of Adams and Simpson, Climax veteran George Glover holding everything together from the keyboard stand as band leader, and Les Hunt’s supreme guitar skills transcending all the musical areas Climax find themselves in. Hands of Time pulls all this together and makes a firm statement of intent: Climax Blues Band are very much still proudly flying that flag in 2019, moving forwards, blending the old with the new, and loving making music.
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