Chris Spedding

Nells Jazz & Blues, London.

3 North End Crescent

West Kensington,


W14 8TG

Nearest Tube - West Kensington

Bus - 74, 190, 430, N74 & N97

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In almost every newspaper or magazine feature that has been written about Chris Spedding, the same four things appear in the opening paragraph – that he turned down the Rolling Stones – that he stood in for Jimmy Page – that, not only was he the first person to record the Sex Pistols but it was the demos that he produced which got them signed – and… he was a Womble. While this is all true, it barely touches the surface of what, this year, is the 50th anniversary of a stellar career. Often called ‘British rock’s unsung guitar hero’ – it’s a description that, although well intended, does him a disservice – in that, he is widely regarded, amongst his peers, as one of the greatest guitarists this country has ever produced - it’s just that he doesn’t shout about it! And, although he is best known for his work as a session player – what sets Chris apart from the other ‘big name’ studio musicians, is that he has spent much of his career on the road – having formed bands with Jack Bruce, Pete Brown and Andy Fraser, as well as having been a permanent feature of Bryan Ferry’s solo band, Roxy Music and Robert Gordon’s band for 30 odd years, as well as Roy Harper, John Cale and Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. Then, there’s his work as a solo artist… Chris has recorded 15 solo albums, in his career – from which his he released his seminal hit single “Motorbikin’” in 1975 – the song that resulted in his being approached by Malcolm McClaren to record the Sex Pistols, when no on else would touch them, producing the demos from which they were signed by EMI. However, it’s his work as a session player, for which is best known within the industry – and the list of artists for whom he has played reads like the who’s who of modern music – from rock, jazz, pop, blues, soul, funk – you name it. Everyone from McCartney, Daltrey, Elton, Dusty, Gilbert O’ Sullivan, The Pretenders, Joan Armatrading, Bryan Ferry, Harry Nillsson, Paolo Nutini, David Essex, The Drifters, Art Garfunkel, Frankie Miller, Shirley Bassey, Sid Vicious, Willy DeVille, Dave Edmonds and the Bay City Rollers. Not to mention, having been called upon by some of the most innovative bands and artists of the last 30 years, to help create their unique sound – including, The Cramps, John Cale, Nina Hagen, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and Ginger Baker. And, to name the classic hits upon which he played would be an endless task – but there was hardly a Top of the Pops in the 70s and 80s, on which Chris was not featured on one or more of the Top 10 hits – let alone his work on Jesus Christ Superstar, the movie soundtrack for Serpico and dozens of classic TV theme tunes. As the years have progressed, his workload has in no way decreased. His last studio album, entitled "Joyland" - featured guest appearances from Bryan Ferry, Arthur Brown, Glen Matlock and Johnny Marr – and this year, his 50th year in rock n’ roll, there have already been 2 box-sets of his solo work released – one on Cherry Red and the other on Repertoire and he touring for the first half of the year, with Bryan Ferry and the last part, on the War of the Worlds, finding time in the middle to do some shows with his side project Sharks as well as performing a special show, as a celebration of his landmark achievement. In the words of Paul McCartney, when he was making “Give My Regards to Broad Street” – “George Martin and I thought, why not get the best – the people I love to listen to and have always wanted to work with… Chris Spedding.”