SHAM 69 + Vice Squad + 16 Guns
Fresh from the dawn of 2014 the band finished a successful 2013 with a 2 month tour of the UK and Europe. The band had just released their new Album THEIR FINEST HOUR along with their new film THIS BAND IS SO GORGEOUS about the bands successful tour of China which has been premiered around the world at various film festivals and continues to do so.
The band which was formed in 1975, to which its original founding member and guitarist Neil Harris still remains today. With hits such as BORSTAL BREAKOUT and HEY LITTLE RICH BOY being performed in 76-77, the band went on to have others such as HURRY UP HARRY, ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES and the anthem IF THE KIDS ARE UNITED.
The band has had many line up changes but the most notable was Jimmy Pursey’s departure following his sacking in 2006, in which he was replaced by the now vocalist Tim V.
Tim V’s reign saw him take the band from its lowest point to get it touring worldwide with 3 successful selling albums along with World Tours and major festivals…and has clocked up more shows than any other previous line up.
The band currently features along with Tim and Neil the bands longest serving drummer at 28 years behind the kit for SHAM 69.. Ian Whitewood.
On Bass guitar we have Al Campbell, Al who has a pristine pedigree in Punk after serving 13 years with the UK SUBS and also playing guitar with both MARKY RAMONE and JAYNE COUNTY AND THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS.
Last but not least the band decided upon returning to SHAM 69’s original format of 2 guitarist’s and so on Lead guitar we have Tony Feedback. Tony is most noted for leading the Mod revival with his band LONG TALL SHORTY and his string skills saw him join the ANGELIC UPSTARTS during their most successful period.
So this is SHAM 69 now and though many have scoffed at their existence they have come to regret it having been overwhelmed by the power of the performance.
The band new single SING WHEN YOUR WINNING is now out on I-TUNES and the video is available here: