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The split up of the band 

I still can't believe the reasons for the split to this day, but here it is!

The record company wanted us to sign to a manager because they didn't want to have to speak to 5 separate people (the band) everytime they wanted us to do a gig or go in the studio etc. They suggested we signed to Selu who had supported us through thick and thin, paid for stage gear, food, transport etc etc. He was a succesful business man but had never managed a band before. None of that really mattered as he understood business, was our friend, and was into the band.

However, Neil wouldn't sign! He said we could do better? The end came when we gave him an ultimatum, "sign with Selu or we would replace him!" He refused, so we sacked him.

The problem was this, Neil wrote most of the songs. The record company asked if he would write the songs and we would perform them, again he refused. Our songs were good, but Neil's creative input was what the company wanted. Neil and his families reluctance to sign with Selu had split the band!

Would we make the same decision again? Yes we would!

We tried to move forward without him but it wasn't to be. Joe and Ian went to the states, Geoff and I met in various bands over the coming years and Neil became a history teacher!

Since Stormchild I have done session work, played in numerous great semi pro bands, but always had a well paid job which always stopped me from chasing a career in music.

Do I have any regrets? Not really, as I still play, but I often wonder what would have happened if we had stayed together because the record company had major plans for us and we were a bloody good band!

I do plan to re record all the tracks we did in the 80's with myself playing all the instruments and singing. The songs are too good to forget about. I have signed a deal with High Roller Records to release our original material.

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Keep the faith,


1999 with the Hollywood Flairz 2010 with my custom Harley chop In the studio with Freewater 2009