SHOWADDYWADDY have long been established as Europe's most successful ever exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll. The record simply speaks for itself! The band are 40 years old and have unveiled a 2013 UK tour and new solo single from former lead singer Dave Bartram to celebrate!
15 massive selling albums (including the Christmas number 1 in 1978) An incredible live show - acclaimed the world over! In excess of 50 Top of the Pops performances, and countless Industry awards.
Former lead singer Dave Bartram still manages the band after handing over vocal duties to Andy Pelos. Dave has also makes his literary debut with his book ‘The Boys of Summer’ charting the rock n roll life in the 1970's, through to the last decade when the heady days of teeny-bop hysteria were long gone. In this bitter-sweet account Dave Bartram candidly recollects the extraordinary occurrences of 10 weeks in the UK's bucket & spade resorts, which strained every emotion to breaking point.
23 Top 40 hit singles, including 10 Top 5 hits (Under The Moon of Love, When, You Got What It Takes, 3 Steps To Heaven, Hey Rock & Roll, Etc!)
Bill toppers at the prestigious Golden Orpheus World Music Festival before a staggering TV audience of 300 million people - making history in the process by becoming the first western-world band to be screened live in communist Cuba!
As if the band's amazing success through 4 decades were not enough, here well into the 21st Century the demand for these legendary performers is every bit as strong, which is surely a testament to their outstanding reputation as live artists.
Late 2004 saw the release of the band's re-mastered "Very Best Of" collection, which helped the band achieve their first Gold Album award for more than 20 years, with the album staying on the chart for 3 months and it's phenomenal success exceeding all expectations.
This once again confirmed Showaddywaddy as proven recording artists, and it was not long before the boys were requested to record their first album of new material for 15 years.
The record was entitled "I Love Rock & Roll", and was a classic collection of covers of hit songs by their 70's contemporaries. The album was released during late 2006 on DMG, and once again was a huge success, with outstanding reviews and healthy world-wide sales.
Late '08 saw the much anticipated release of the band's concept album & DVD entitled "The Sun Album". Researched from 9800 original Sun titles, the band had lovingly created 'the album they always wanted to make,' at the same time as achieving a long time ambition in the process by recording at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The CD/DVD were released to amazing Industry and public acclaim, and inspired by this there are plans to record a further collection very soon.
From 2009 thru 2011 the band performed a series of unique concerts across the UK under the title of "An Evening of Rock & Roll with Showaddywaddy". The gigs featured the band delving into their formative years, along with selected songs from The Sun Album in an exclusive opening set, followed by a stirring second half full of the band's many hit singles.
On the back of these hugely successful concerts, and after massive public demand, the band again toured extensively with a brand new show in the spring of 2012, with an expanded line-up to perform "The Greatest Hits".
The show featured 2 drummers for the first time since the glam days of the 70's, and has been hailed as 'an adrenaline fuelled nostalgic treat.'
2013 marks a very special year for the band as they celebrate 40 years of rock & roll with a landmark 40+ date nationwide tour, which is expected to include many surprises along the way.
The band's track record and versatility are without question - concerts, corporate conventions, festivals, universities, colleges, clubs & private functions the world over still clamor to book the remarkable SHOWADDYWADDY!
After 40 incredible years, rock & roll music is truly alive and kicking in the hands of this amazing band.
LEAD VOCALS ANDY PELOS
DRUMS ROMEO CHALLENGER
BASS GUITAR ROD DEAS
KEYBOARDS/VOCALS DEAN LOACH
LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS PAUL DIXON
DRUMS/GUITAR/VOCALS ROB HEWINS