This band have been around since 1969 and are still going strong. Hailing from London, they have a substantial fan base in North America as they have frequently toured here and are a band who have a host of high profile admirers including Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and Slash from Guns N' Roses amongst others. Their songs, like 'Doctor, Doctor', 'Lights Out' and 'Rock Bottom' are rock classics.
The musicians who have passed through their ranks reads like a Who's Who of rock: Pete Way (God bless him), Michael Schenker, Larry Wallis, Bernie Marsden, Paul Chapman, Billy Sheehan, Jason Bonham, Aynsley Dunbar and more have all done time in one of the most enduring, and endearing, bands.
The secret to their success is their longevity. If they make it to 2014, they will celebrat their 45th anniverary and founder member Phil Mogg is still on vocals. They have cut over 20 albums during this time. Plus, they never stop working and pleasing old fans, as well as winning new ones.
This affectionate look at the band, which has a reputation for playing loud and partying hard, covers their beginnings as space rockers in London, through to the 'glory years' with Schenker in the 1970s, and the various break-ups and reformations.
They'd kill you for saying it, but they are a bit of a Spinal Tap. The wife of Pete Way, the original bassist, was sick of him touring so much. So, he didn't tell her he had a tour planned, went out to get some cigs (with his passport) and returned 3 months later! They are that kind of band.
This is a hard rock group, which means their fans are intensely loyal. There is only one other book about the band and it is only available from the author's own website and currently out of print.Fans are waiting for this book.
High Stakes & Dangerous Men includes a foreword by Eddie Trunk which will carry weight in the States and an afterword by British rock journalist Peter Makowski.