Master of Rhythm
Wizard of Drums

The Glitter Band

How It Started:

June 1972 saw the emergence of new artist, Gary Glitter with his first single: "Rock and Roll (Parts 1 and 2)".  The instrumental Part 2 was better received than Part 1, and the anticipation that there would be a need to appear on Top of The Pops and other TV shows of the time, was growing.  Although the track had a big sound, it was with limited lyrics - mainly a catchy guitar instrumental, with an infectious drumbeat and overdubbed chants, so it was decided it would look better for Gary to appear with a backing band.

Under the name Paul Raven, Gary had previously worked with a band in producer/manager Mike Lander's stable called The Boston International Showband, but had left to pursue a solo career.  Therefore, with limited time to put a fresh band together, or for any auditions, it was the brainchild of Mike Leander to use some of the members of The Boston International Showband to support Gary, and thus it fell conveniently into the lap of John Rossall, Gerry Shephard, Harvey Ellison, Ray Moxley and John White to become The Glittermen.  The first Top of the Pops appearance was on 22nd June 1972 and, as a one-off, featured Mike Leander on guitar alongside the Glittermen.

Prior to the Top Of The Pops appearance, it had been decided that, unusually, there would be two drummers to reproduce the double-tracked drum sound of the records when playing live. By coincidence, Pete Phipps was looking for a new challenge, and with an already established pedigree, came highly recommended by Jeff Hanlon, who affectionately described him as a "monster drummer".  Pete was offered the job before the Top Of The Pops appearance, with orders that he was to watch the Show, and start the following day!

As well as the uniqueness of two drummers, another feature to make the band stand out was  the highly visual, gold, star-shaped guitar, with which Gerry had the responsibility of replicating the distinctive distorted slide guitar sounds.  This first incarnation of the star guitar was made from a mish-mash of a short-scale guitar neck, plywood body but with the essential Gibson SG humbucker pickups.



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The Full Line-Up

By Christmas 1972, the incumbent bass player was John Springate, previously of Elegy, Clem Curtis & The Foundations, and Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon, who had answered an advert in Melody Maker and passed the subsequent audition, with flying colours.  It wasn’t without some trepidation on John’s part, however, as he didn’t know what to make of the glittery catsuits that he’d caught the band wearing on Top of the Pops.  John had said to his mum “But what about my image?”  His mum brought him down to earth with her matter of fact reply though: “What image?  You haven’t got an image!”  Drummer John White left at this time, and Pete Gill was hired as his replacement to sit as 2nd drummer alongside Pete Phipps.

Immediately after the first Top Of The Pops performance, saxophonist Harvey Ellison, had an enforced 6 month break from the band as he'd been involved in a road accident.  During this time he was replaced by Bob Edmunds.  In early '73, Harvey returned to the Glittermen and for a short while there were three brass players until Bob Edmonds departed shortly afterwards.

By the time of ‘I’m The Leader Of The Gang', Pete Gill took his leave of the Band.  Auditions for a new drummer were soon set up with Pete Phipps on the panel for choosing his drumming partner.  Numerous drummers from up and down the UK were considered, but Pete recalls that it wasn’t until the very end of the auditions that Tony Leonard walked in and demonstrated that he was the man that they had been looking for.

Except for one member, this line up of musicians backed Gary until 1976, and they were soon to become increasingly better known as "The Glitter Band”.  Having showcased their talents behind Gary, the Band were beginning to command their own recognition and following.


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The Glitter Band Go It Alone

The Band were also by now keenly expressing interest in doing their own shows and recordings; and as this received the full backing and encouragement from the management, Mike Leander arranged some studio time in December 1973.  During these sessions, at Mayfair Studios, London, the band recorded an initial version of a song that would go on to become a million seller worldwide. Gerry Shephard and John Rossall (with the help of Pete Phipps) had written - "Angel Face", along with "You Wouldn’t Leave Me, Would You?", "Gonna Be With You Tonight", "It’s Alright Baby", and "Teenager In Love". 

The first version of Angel Face that was recorded, with Gerry on lead vocals and Mike Leander producing, was somewhat different to the song that was eventually released, having been given some re-arrangement and lyric changes, and the full Mike Leander-"Glitter-feel" production, with that distorted slide-guitar sound, the heavy snare-led drumbeat, the "heys!" and the catchy chanted chorus.  The song differed in style from the songs that Gary and Mike would write together, so it retained its own identity, and this added weight to the Band justifiably going out on their own.  All agreed that the song would make an excellent first single. It was decided that the band would be called “The Glitter Band” and Angel Face would be its first release!
The Band’s first gig took place on 15th February 1974 at the Aquarius Club in Lincolnshire, where they were billed as a "mystery band"’ The set consisted of a number of their favourite songs from the 1950’s and 60’s.

Bell Records signed the Glitter Band as a new artist, and Angel Face was released on 1st March 1974.  It met with instant success and reached. no.4 in the UK charts, remaining there for 10 weeks. This was the start of a time when The Glitter Band toured the world amasing millions of record sales.

Without Gary, the Band made their first of what was to be many appearances on Top Of The Pops, on 21st March 1974.   It was obvious that follow up success would be swift, and whilst they wanted to pursue their own career, they felt that it was only right to continue working with Gary, as well as doing their own thing. This often provided the management with no end of headaches in trying to organise the separate and joint diaries for the two now separate entities!

The schedule became extremely hectic - the Band's first album "Hey" was recorded in less than two weeks, and was released in August; it charted at no 13 and remained there for 12 weeks.  The album featured a mixture of some of the Band's compositions and some of those favourite cover versions that they enjoyed performing live at their own gigs, with Gerry and John Springate alternating on the lead vocals.  The band's second single, which followed the same formula as Angel Face, was also lifted from this album. Gerry and John Rossall’s song 'Just For You' was released in July 1974 and reached No 10, and hung around the charts for 8 weeks!


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The Glitter Band Gathers Momentum

The Band's gigs quickly turned into official tours, and there were hysterical scenes wherever they appeared. It felt odd at first for them to be regularly playing large venues like they had been with Gary, but they soon got used to it and enjoyed every minute!  They had amassed a fan following by now, and a regular activity was being photographed and interviewed for teen-mags and musical publications of the time.

The next single to be released in October 1974 was a further Shephard/Rossall composition, "Let's Get Together Again"; Gerry was still on lead vocals, and the song reached no 8 in the charts - it was at about this time that the band was thrown into the movie business.

The Band had already appeared in Gary’s “Remember Me This Way” documentary, and this time around, a film had been devised to include a few of the GlamRock bands of the time -  The Glitter Band, Mud, and The Rubettes. It was titled "Never Too Young To Rock", and when put on general release in early 1975, the film was a box office success, despite the fact that it was lacking an identifiable plot!  The musical content was obviously what sold the film.  Hhow the film ever saw the light of day, considering the confusion and disorganisation that ensued, the Band will never know, and they are still amazed to this day that it actually reached the cinemas of the country!  Their experience was that of complete and utter confusion.  They had been given a rough outline of the film and turned up to do their filming with barely any information as to what they had to do on the day.  Their filming started in the small hours of the morning, with almost no direction from the Director.  It seemed as though it had all been made up as it went along, (ie., “if it looked alright, it made it onto the screen").  The band are particularly amazed that the finale with all the bands on stage together, was filmed in a way that didn’t capture the awful mistakes, mishaps and general chaos that was taking place!  The film was popular and the musical performances were well worth watching: rather like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, it's one of those clult films which everyone should watch at some point.

After this brief encounter with the film industry, and having just completed Gary’s "Oh Yes You’re Beautiful" tour, November 1974 saw John Rossall leave the Band to attempt a solo career - he had been in the band only 15 months.

The new 5 -piece Glitter Band were getting more and more public exposure. They featured on many UK TV shows of the time such as "Top Of The Pops", "Geordie Scene", "Supersonic", "Crackerjack", "Lift Off With Ayshea", and the Bay City Rollers' Shang-a-Lang amongst others.  They were also regularly appearing on TV in Europe and other territories, and were also playing to larger and larger crowds at more high profile music venues.

Their first single of 1975 released in January, was a song penned by Gerry, inspired by personal experience, with a change of lead vocals to John Springate, entitled ‘Goodbye My Love'.  This song was of a markedly different style from the previous singles, and was their most successful single, reaching no 2.  At almost exactly the same time, John Rossall released his first solo single, "I was Only Dreaming", which notably flopped.

Next for the band was the single "The Tears I Cried", which was released in March 1975, reaching no.8.  Again a Gerry Shephard composition, with John Springate on lead vocals, this song confirmed that the 'Glitter' style was changing.  The whole band was capable of writing some very good songs, and the Band’s second album "Rock 'n' Roll Dudes", released in April 1975 was a cross between their old Glitter leanings, and the new pure pop/ballad type material that they were now writing.

The Band's next single brought another surprise for everyone. We'd been treated to some great vocal harmonies up until that point, but "Love In The Sun", released in August 1975 and written by Gerry Shephard and John Springate, certainly gave the Beach Boys a very strong run for their money!  Love In The Sun reached no 15 in the charts.

A little prior to this release, Gerry’s first star guitar suffered a few accidents too many at the Newcastle City Hall, and was subsequently consigned to a skip!   After some further unusable models were tried out, guitar maker extraordinaire, John Birch, built a new, better quality star guitar with a silver finish. Although still described as ‘highly unplayable’ by Gerry, this guitar was to remain as the treasured icon of the band and served Gerry fairly faithfully for the years to come.

Only 6 months after the "Hey" Album, the band’s 3rd album, "Listen To The Band" was released in November 1975, which in itself was a testament to how prolific they were as song writers.  Listen To The Band was an agreed masterpiece!  The album featured a truly eclectic mix of musical styles and also featured the bonus of lead vocals from Pete and Harvey on their own compositions; "My First Mistake" and "Watch The Show" respectively.

The uncomplicated and moody style of "Alone Again", written by John and Gerry, was lifted from the album in November as the next single, aimed at the Christmas release market.  Sadly, it failed to chart, though it remains a favourite track of many fans.

The Band were by now touring extensively overseas - Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan, amongst others and it was during a short break in their schedule that Gary announced his retirement from the music scene. The Band's priority then became that of supporting him on his "Farewell" tour in March 1976 (a tour which saw renowned keyboard player 'Sir' Peter Oxendale, with whom Gerry worked a few years later, join the band for the live shows), combined with continuing to promote their own new single, "People Like You And People Like Me", again penned by Gerry and John, which had just been released in February, which reached No.5.  The song's lyrics showed that Gerry and John were disenchanted with the selfish attitudes of society, and this was their 'protest song'.  This song was one that, like others before it, had been re-recorded.  It was decided to rearrange the song slightly to suppress the original country music feel of the existing recording, and give it a slight disco feel, in line with the club sound style of music that was in the charts and being played in venues of most of the major cities.  Interestingly, the B-side of this single, the funk genius that was "Makes You Blind", (also from the album), received a lot of plays in the discos and nightclubs, and was a minor hit in the United States.


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The G Band

Following the final split from Gary Glitter, The Glitter Band were now entirely independent, so their next move was to look long and hard at their future aims, together and the direction that they wanted to go in.  In an attempt to establish a new beginning, severing as best they could the more hindering ties of the past few years, the guys decided it was time to try to put the “Glitter” to rest, and they subsequently re-named as "The G-Band"!  It was quite a natural decision for them to adopt this name, as they had been nicknamed the G. Band by their management staff for quite a while.

Not wishing to waste too much time, the G-Band quickly released the single "Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep" in May 1976, another song written by Gerry and John, (on which Gerry played banjo!).  However, despite being featured as a new release on Top Of The Pops, and other television shows, the single didn't reach the charts or get the airplay it deserved. 

Recognising a commercial opportunity when they saw it, Bell Records had quickly churned out a Glitter Band's Greatest Hits album, to mark the occasion of the name change and to ride on the wave of increased popularity that the exposure of the Farewell tour had.

It wasn't long after this that the band signed to CBS Records, and once they were settled in, progress was made in completing the band's fourth album in Paris, still with Mike Leander's involvement.  The resulting album, "Paris Match", released in October 1976 showed yet another progression in their collective songwriting and musical style, incorporating more of the Reggae, Funk, straight Rock and Soul styles that they had already been showing signs of on "Listen To The Band".

The album and the singles taken from it; "Lay Your Love On Me" released in November ‘76 and "Look What You've Been Missing" released in March 1977, received little exposure however, and regrettably failed to make it.   As John had suffered a foot injury, some of the promotion for "Lay Your Love On Me" featured Gerry on lead vocals -  in fact John’s first appearance on TV show, Supersonic, showed him singing the song sitting down with a cushion under his foot.  Peter Oxendale also appeared with the band again as Lay Your Love On Me had prominent keyboards within the track.

By now it was clear that the G-Band name didn't really stick; people still thought of the Band with their original name.  The tracks were still good,  but sales were slow.  A further single was released in May 1977 in the form of a four track EP, the title track being "She Was Alright" shown as being recorded by the Glitter Band again.


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Branching Out

With the limited success of the repackaged re-release, Gerry, John and Pete decided to continue working together as a threesome and recorded a number of new tracks for a further album, which showed a leaning towards The Eagles style.  It was decided to release one of the tracks under a new alias "Air Traffic Control" - the single released in September 1977,  "Got To Get A Message Back To You" on the Epic label, was a catchy and polished tune, but missed out on proper exposure.  It was a shame as the single was very strong, and the B-side "Move On Up" was a track that could have easily been recorded by The Police who were breaking onto the music scene at the time.

The Air Traffic Control album (tentatively titled "Starchaser" after one of the recorded tracks), never surfaced unfortunately, and the remaining band members took some time out to diversify.  Gerry and John met up together once in a while to go and see the Sex Pistols and other Punk bands of the time, which made them realise that the age of glam rock was probably over in favour of punk and new-wave.

At this time, John opened his recording studio (called "Rockstar Studios") in London's West End, and started producing and releasing his own singles, the first of which was "Merry Go Round".  He also began to consider a possible future as a solo singer.  Gerry and Pete started up a three piece band with bass player, Nigel Hardy (Nigel later played with Gerry and Pete in The Glitter Band, and can be found more recently playing in Paul Jones's Blues Band). 
Much to everybody's amazement, Gary Glitter made a comeback early in 1977 without the Glitter Band backing him.  Experimenting with the disco and cabaret scenes, he had some sprinkled commercial success, and after a year or so he'd found support from all manner and number of audiences - the Punks and Skinheads loved him, he was to them "The Leader"!

Whilst he was re-building his career, Gary was joined for a short while by Tony Leonard on drums and also by Harvey Ellison, who had now moved to playing bass.  They were not part of The Glitter Band, but the loyal fans truly appreciated them being involved in the shows.  Harvey and Tony had also been spending their time doing some studio engineering after the break from touring.

Gerry Shephard teamed up with writing and recording partner, Peter Oxendale, in 1979 and together they produced an album of joint compositions titled "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is".  During this period, Pete had been doing plenty of other studio work, and working with a number of bands, notably Random Hold, but he was also enlisted to play drums on this album. 

In 1980, Gerry also recorded vocals for a single for the dance group 'Shock", produced by Richard Burgess of the electro band, Landscape, with assistance from Visage and Rich Kids drummer Rusty Egan. The song was none other than a new electro version of the Glitter Band's very first single - "Angel Face"!

Gerry had been keeping his eye on what was going on with Gary, and in early 1981 he was writing and recording with John Rossall.  Amongst other songs, Gerry and John penned a tune called "Until The Next Time", a Glitter Band type song where Tony Leonard played drums, and which Mike Leander produced.  It was too tempting not to release it. However, they only managed to get it onto a small independent label, Polo.  Regrettably, the song was only played a couple of times on the radio and failed to enter the charts. 

Also in 1981, punk band, the Stiffs released a powerful version of "Goodbye My Love", and Gerry and John couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to visit the studio during the recording.


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The Glitter Band Goes Full Circle

In July 1981 Gary was about to set off on the innovative and inspired "Rock Circus" tour, when his then guitarist fell ill, so someone was needed in an emergency who knew all the songs without having to learn them.  Naturally Gerry got the distress call!  Bit by bit other Glitter Band members were persuaded to rejoin Gary.  Tony Leonard came back in to give Gary two drummers again, and finally John Springate was enticed away from his studio work to replace the bass player who had broken his arm in a cycling accident the day before they were due to go out on the road!  Along with three remaining members of Gary's band up until that point; Brian Jones on saxophone, Terry Popple on drums, and Eddy Spence on keyboards, the Glitter Band name was being used again. 

Although the Rock Circus tour didn't enjoy the success that it should have done, this new Glitter Band line up remained to support Gary.  It became evident through numerous enjoyable soundchecks that the band were getting a great buzz out of playing together and they felt that they should get some gigs arranged for themselves. The band started doing their own gigs again in July 1982, hitting venues such as the Marquee in London, with Tony as lone drummer.

In the meantime, Pete was busy recording and touring with bands such as the Eurythmics, Mike Rutherford, XTC, Hugh Cornwall, The Stranglers and Roger Chapman (formerly of "Family"), but when his other work allowed, he returned to the Glitter fold to replace Terry Popple at Gary’s gigs. 
A song that Gerry and John had written together in 1982 called "Heartbeat To Heartache" turned out to be a popular choice for Gerry, John, Tony, Brian, and Eddy to record.  It was fortunate for the band that Springy had his own studio, so John naturally did the honours on producing the track and its B-side, another Shephard/Springate composition "I Don’t Want To See You Tonight", and they then persuaded ex Slade Manager, Chas Chandler, to release it in October on his Cheapskate label.  Once more, the song didn't unfortunately receive any airplay.  A little later, some extra backing vocals were added for an Australian single release.  However, it did not fare any better than in the UK. 

Interestingly, also in 1982, another punk band, the Outcasts, decided to record and release Angel Face as a single.

Early in 1983, the band was invited to appear on two TV shows; 'Unforgettable' and 'Greatest Hits', to remind the public of their songs and to let them know that they were back together.

In 1984, a company called Autograph were putting together a series of cassette only releases of many artist’s work.  The Glitter Band were invited to be one of the bands included.  The concept was for the band to record some new versions of their hits and to add some new tracks.  They re-recorded some of their hits to avoid copyright restrictions and they turned out excellently.  John had been producing a band called the Passion Puppets and this led to John and Pete writing with Ray Burniston of the band.  They wrote and recorded some excellent tracks such as "Halfway To Hitchcock", "I Must Be Crazy" and "Bring Back The Night". The resulting cassette album was released under the title of "Greatest Hits" late in 1984.

By 1985 Pete had permanently returned to the band replacing Tony, who initially bowed out of playing Glitter Band gigs, and then eventually those with Gary also, to concentrate on his own producing and concert PA projects.  Brian Jones also then took his leave to concentrate on other projects, but carried on playing as part of The Glitter Band backing Gary.


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The Glitter Band as a 4-piece

The four piece Glitter Band of Gerry, Pete, John and Eddy Spence were determined to get some further material released as they were getting exceptional receptions from their audiences.  Gerry and John were doing some writing and a few songs soon found their way into the live set.  It was eventually decided that a live album should be recorded to capture the power and attraction of the band as live artists.  The legendary Marquee in London was chosen as the venue, and on 28th April 1985 the gig was recorded to tape, along with a some promo video footage.  The resultant recording certainly captured the energy, the musicianship and the enjoyment that the band had when performing on stage

John found himself getting increasingly busy with his recording and producing work and had already released some solo singles, "A Song For Christmas" and "My Life".  In June 1985, although no longer backing Gary, John continued playing with the Glitter Band for their own gigs

Record company, Polo who had released the single, "Until The Next Time" in 1981 decided to re-release it again in July 1985. But regrettably, this met with no success again.

For over a year, the band had been promising their audiences that one of the new songs they had been playing live, "The First Time" would be released as a new single.  It had been recorded, but in the later part of 1985 the band wrote another song, titled "Nothing At All" with a singer, Richard Barnes, who was one of the singers on the Mike Leander/Eddie Seago "Matador" album that John had also appeared on.  Nothing At All was recorded, and then released in February 1986 on another independent record label, Tempo, though despite being as catchy and comparable as songs by contemporary bands like Level 42 who were doing well at the time, it didn't reach anybody's ears
The "Live At The Marquee" album was eventually released in January 1986 and although it sold out in the shops very quickly, it only reached the die-hard fans and didn’t make an impact, despite receiving some rave reviews in the music press
In the middle of 1987 the Glitter Band were told by Gary's management that they wanted to make his shows even bigger and more successful than before.  They wanted a bigger and more 'theatrical' backing band, and to accommodate this they needed cheaper musicians, so the Glitter Band were no longer required!


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Moving On

Gerry, Eddy, Pete and John weren't daunted, they carried on regardless, now able to fit in many more of their own gigs.  Later in the year though, John had to leave the band due to his own increasing commitments.

Gerry, Pete and Eddy started working in earnest on the Glitter Band’s live appearances, employing replacement bass players, including Cliff Richard and Bucks Fizz bass player, Steve Stroud. Later in the year, however, Eddy also left the band and Roger Saunders was subsequently brought in on guitar.  With the various line ups that followed, with Gerry and Pete as the mainstays, the Glitter Band continued to pull in plenty of gigs and tours in the UK and Europe. 

A number of Glitter Band hits CD’s were also starting to be released, although, in common with many other bands, the Glitter Band members never really benefited financially from them.  In 1989, Gerry and Pete were approached by Switchback Records to record a new version of "Angel Face" which was released in June.  A number of fresh ideas were tried out for the track, however the final mix chosen, produced by "Big" George Webley (composer of the "Have I Got News For You" theme song!), was a bit of a muddle.  There was a supposedly more dance-like drum sound, the guitar sound had been rather subdued, and a rather inadequate borrowing of ideas from the Shock recording of the song was added via a synthesiser.  It wasn't an appalling recording at all and it was a shame that more time couldn’t have been given to the production.  Consequently, the track was never heard on national radio.

In 1992 Pete was approached to join a new band, Denim.  Gerry was also featured in some videos that Denim made.  It was while playing for Denim that Pete met Bill Phillips and Pete asked Bill to join The Glitter Band.

John Springate who had been working heavily on Hi NRG dance music production, recorded a version of the song "Total Eclipse Of The Heart", with singer Nikki French, in 1994. The track was released a second time in 1995 with the legendary Stock, Aitken and Waterman  involved and the single reached no 5 in the UK charts.

In 1996, Pete and Gerry were contacted by Alan Williams, lead singer of the Rubettes, to contribute some new songs to a Christmas album.  Gerry and Pete promptly recorded and produced the classic "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" and two new compositions, "All Over The World" and "Christmas Has All been Sold", at Gerry’s house.  Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, and All Over The World were included on the CD which was duly released.

Also in 1996, Gerry and Pete were invited to take part in the very first identity parade on the brand new “Never Mind The Buzzcocks” TV comedy quiz show.

In December 1997, the Glitter Band and John Springate were invited to appear as special guests in Gary’s "Last Night Out With The Boys" Christmas Gangshow.  Brian Jones was also invited to play saxophone with the band.  The Glitter Band and John Springate truly shone during these concerts and the whole tour was a special event.  However, revelations about Gary’s private life were beginning to become known which would, undeservedly, start to become a stumbling block for the Glitter Band’s own career.

In 1999, on the eve of the new century, as King Penguin, Pete and a re-branded Glitter Band had adventure in sound and style, incorporating different genres, rock, R&B and even some country.  

In 2000, John Springate and Gerry Shephard decided to rekindle their successful song writing partnership, and worked on writing a song for the Eurovision song contest.  A good number of songs were written and recorded together, and Nikki French was brought in to spearhead their bid on their track "Don’t Play That Song Again".  The song won the Song For Europe competition and Gerry and John’s song was more than adequately fronted by Nikki in the Eurovision itself.  However, the usual Eurovision tactical voting prevented the song from winning. 

In 2001 Gerry and Pete’s paths diverged. Gerry had joined Tony Leonard in a band billed as ‘Tony Leonard’s New Glitter Band’. Pete continued to work as The Glitter Band.

Tragically, Gerry who had been battling with cancer for some time, passed away in May 2003. This was a massive shock to all Glitter Band fans, the sadness of which is still felt today.

Dogged by the repercussions of Gary’s hatred from the press and the public, Pete who had continued as the Glitter Band, continued to secure gigs, many of which were in Germany and other territories.  It is as well to note, at this juncture, that The Glitter Band, were a group of guys hired and contracted to perform as Gary's backing band - whilst touring with Gary, they were never involved in, or invited to post-gig parties or press conferences, and invariably they were put into separate accommodation. The fact that, due to the alleged crimes of Gary Glitter, the band name is guilty by association of the word Glitter, is regrettable - the guys and the music have done nothing wrong.

John Springate, who had been living and performing in Spain for some years, decided to return to the Glitter Band and subsequently to the UK in 2009, and in the same year, Eddy Spence also re-joined the band on keyboards and saxophone. 

John Rossall and Harvey continue to perform Glitter Band music with their own tribute act. Court restrictions prevent them from using The Glitter Band name, which is held under trademark and legally owned by Pete Phipps.

The current official Glitter Band line up of John Springate, Pete Phipps, Eddy Spence, and Dominic Rodgers have been striking out with an unashamed, accurate and powerful ‘Glitter’ presentation, reminding us of the value that the songs have for us and that the Glitter Band stand out as probably the  most creative and talented of the bands from the Glam rock era. Playing those old favourite hits: Angel Face, Just For You, Let’s Get Together Again, and Goodbye My Love, as well as other storming rock and roll classics, today’s Glitter Band has the power, energy, rhythm and superb musicianship to emphasise those unforgettable songs, adding new twists and harmonies that retain the spirit of the ‘70’s but keep the band sounding fresh and the audiences coming back for more. Much has been said and written about Gary Glitter in recent years but nothing can change the huge impact that he made to popular music in the early Seventies. No other 'Glam' act was selling out Arenas during the mid Nineties or has since. The Glitter sound was and is a unique and integral part of the soundtrack of the lives of millions of people worldwide; it remains a force like nothing else and The Glitter Band deliver it like no other band.


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