Now in 2016 the band find themselves doing another World Tour the third in as many years. The band have now released their new album IT’LL END IN TEARS along with their new film THIS BAND IS SO GORGEOUS about the band’s 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 had many line up changes but the most notable was Jimmy Pursey’s departure following his sacking in 2006, in which he was immediately 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 three successful selling albums along with World Tours and major festivals…and he has clocked up more shows than any other previous line up.
The band currently features, along with Tim V, the band’s longest serving drummer at 30 years behind the kit for SHAM 69, Ian Whitewood.
On Lead Guitar we have Paul Brightman who has a pristine pedigree in punk after serving many years with various touring bands. On the Bass guitar we have Al Campbell who joined SHAM 69 in 2009, Al’s crdentials in punk are great as he served the UK SUBS for 13 years as well as touring on guitar for Marky Ramone and Jayne County’s Electric Chairs.
Last but not least the band decided upon returning to SHAM 69’s original format of two guitarist’s and so on rhythm guitar we have Neil Harris who formed the band with Jimmy Pursey in 1975. Neil Harris was along with the other original members Albie Slider, Johnny Goodfornothing, Billy Bostik and Jimmy Pursey performing live with such hits as Borstal Breakout and Hey Little Rich Boy prior to the bands second line up change in late 1977. With over 12 line up changes since Punk pundits worldwide have sited this change to be the best yet with the sincerest force since the days of ’77 punk.
Now with such anthem like songs as SING WHEN YOUR WINNING making the charts both here in the UK and Europe and other songs in the last four years such as LAST GANG IN LONDON being used in movies the band have achieved so much against the tide. The band who are praised for kicking arse onstage and at a ripe age are dumbfounding audiences world wide with their passion and total stage presence.
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.
Vocals – Tim V
Rhythm guitar – Neil Harris
Lead guitar – Paul Brightman
Drums – Ian Whitewood
Bass – Al Campbell