1977 - 1978
|Bryan Ferry kicked off 'In Your Mind' UK tour|
with Spedding, Phil Manzanera, John Wetton, Paul Thompson, Ann Odell, Chris Mercer, Mel Collins and Martin Drover.
I've known about him for a long time. I always thought he was a jazz player. For the last 10-12 years, he's gained a reputation as one of the most notable session guitar players in England. He used to play with jazz-oriented bands like Mike Westbrook Band. The people in the studio, the engineers, who see a lot of musicians coming through, recommemd to me some of the new ones just for the buzz of playing with different people. They recommnded Spedding and I used him on a few tracks and he really knock me out. I got on quite well with him, so I featured him quite heavily on the new album, along with another guitarist, Neil Hubbard. On 'All Night Operator', he's got a very beautiful solo. He used to be inKokomo and Grease Band. He's got a very different style than Spedding, that's the beauty of it. I go to Spedding for a part I want done very heavy metal.
Bryan's management (E.G.) wanted me to play on his tour so badly that I made them a deal. I would do Bryan's tour if they would put together a tour to promote 'Hurt' afterwards. They agree and that how I came to be managed briefly by E.G. management.
|1||B.Ferry - Goumont Theatre, Southampton|
|2||B.Ferry - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth|
|3||B.Ferry - De Montfort Hall, Leicester|
|4||B.Ferry - ABC Thatre, Peterborough|
|7||B.Ferry - Royal Albert Hall, London|
|8||B.Ferry - Royal Albert Hall, London|
|9||B.Ferry - Royal Albert Hall, London|
|12||B.Ferry - Capitol Theatre, Cardiff|
|13||B.Ferry - Colston Hall, Bristol|
|15||B.Ferry - Odeon Theatre, Birmingham|
|16||B.Ferry - Odeon Theatre, Birmingham|
|17||B.Ferry - Opera House, Manchester|
|19||B.Ferry - Grand Theatre, Leeds|
|20||B.Ferry - City Hall, Newcastle|
|21||B.Ferry - City Hall, Newcastle|
|23||B.Ferry - Apollo Theatre, Glasgow|
|24||B.Ferry - Apollo Theatre, Glasgow|
|25||B.Ferry - Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh|
|27||B.Ferry - Empire Theatre, Liverpool|
|28||B.Ferry - City Hall, Sheffield|
|March||B.Ferry - European tour for three weeks.|
|April 10||John Cale played at Roundhouse in London.|
Spedding played 'Baby, What You Want Me To Do?' together for encore.
|May||B.Ferry - Australian tour|
A show or rehearsal in Sydney was taped
and came out as bootleg Songs From The Soul Of My Suit.
|June 2||Bryan Ferry landed Japan.|
|5||B.Ferry - Shinjuku Kouseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo|
|6||B.Ferry - Kouseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka|
|9||B.Ferry - played for Japanese TV program 'Young Music Show' in the afternoon|
and at Nakano Sun Plaza in the evening.
|10||B.Ferry departed for San Francisco.|
They toured in the US and Canada. They played at the Bottom Line, New York for three days. One of the gigs at the Bottom Line, maybe the early show on 23rd, was taped and aired on FM radio, which put out as bootleg All Night Operator.
The tour ended up.
Ferry went into the studio for his solo album and Spedding had to finish his second album 'Hurt' for RAK.
|September||Get Outa My Pagoda / Hey Miss Betty released.|
And kicked off his first solo tour in UK.
|30||Pavilion, West Runton|
|October 1||Pavilion, Bath|
|2||Town Hall, Birmingham|
|7||Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington|
|14||Corn Exchange, Cambridge|
|22||Strathclyde University, Glasgow|
|26||Sussex University, Brighton|
|30||Hempstead University, Hemel|
In this month, Spedding went to the BBC Wood Lane Studio for TV program Swopshop hosted by Noel Edmonds. It is reported that Spedding played 'Silver Bullet' and 'Get Outa My Pagoda'.
|November 1||Top Rank, Cardiff|
|3||Ardwick Apollo, Manchester|
|12||Music Machine, London|
|24||Tiffany's Great Yarmouth|
|26||Watford College of Education|
|December 3||Country Ground, Northampton|
|9||Regent's Park Bedford College, London|
|12||Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes|
|14||Cockfoster Middlesex Polytechnic, London|
|16||Village Club, Newport|
|18||Hope & Anchor, London|
Silver Bullet / Wild Wild Woman released
It's a personal song to some extent, sort of a statement about myself.
Bustin'out, but it don't feel right. I'm searching where there ain't no light.
One way ticket through today.
I hate to go, but I just can't stay like a silver bullet, can't find a gun
At the time I felt I was doing something quite special, but didn't know where to go or what to do with it. There I was, with all the best credentials, but I didn't seem to be fitting into anything, couldn't identify with what was going down. When I wrote that the 'new wave' was just starting to happen, and while I could have identified with that scene fifteen years earlier, I wasn't young enough anymore.
It is said that Spedding was auditioning for a new band and preparing material for a new album.
|May||Bored Bored / Time Warp released|
The Greedies gig at the Comden Electric Ballroom, London
Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham and Gary Moore from Thin Lizzy, Steve Jones and Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols went on the stage.
Gary Moore explains
We were round Phil's one night and I remember saying,'Wouldn't it be great if you could be in a band with no manager and no record company, and just go out and play for cash?' It came from a conversation like that. And then phil came up with the name the Greedy Bastards, ('bastards' is a kind of discriminating words, so came to simply 'Greedies' later) and everyone wanted to be in. Elton John wanted to be in. Bob Geldof wanted to be in...
Spedding joined just this gig. He played 'Motorbikin'', 'Pretty Vacant' and 'No One Innocent' together.
|October||Gunfight / The Evil released.|
First encounter with Robert Gordon
Spedding's first solo show in the US.|
It was at Max's Kansas City, NYC.
The show opens with the Ventures' 'Walk Don't Run' and he played 'Motorbikin'', 'Wild In The Street' and etc with Henry Gross on rhythm guitar, Rob Stoner on bass and Howie Wyeth on drums.
Then John Cale appears onstage. They offered 'Pablo Picasso', 'Mary Lou' and 'Baby What You Want Me To Do'.
Next, Robert Gordon is up and they did 'All By Myself' and 'It's Only Make Believe'.
They recorded Rock Billy Boogie|
Spedding went Max's Kansas City often, which was two blocks away from a hotel where he was staying. One night, Sid Vicious who was out on bail was playing there and invited Spedding on stage. They did a couple of songs together, one of the songs was Eddie Cochran's 'Something Else'.
In the dressing room after the show, Sid shook my hand and I saw blood in my hand. At first I thought he was cutting my hand with broken glass, but then I saw that it was his blood, and ice, not broken glass. This story could only be about Sid, no one else.
|December 31||R.Gordon played at Passiac, NJ, USA|
Spedding and Scotty Tuener on guitar, Rob Stoner on bass and Howie Wyeth on drums. This show was aired on FM radio.
|1975-1976 / biography / 1978-1985|