GUN TO REFORM WITH NEW SINGER:
April 22, 2008
Legendary UK Rock Band GUN are to reform, with TOBY JEPSON (ex-Little Angels, Fastway). The band will be playing this year’s T In The Park festival and will also do they own headline tour later in the year. Plus there are plans for a new studio album in 2009.
Formed in Glasgow Scotland in ’87, brothers Giuliano (guitars) and Dante (bass) Gizzi, together with vocalist Mark Rankin, guitarist Baby Stafford and drummer Scott Shields created enough of a fanbase to peak the interest of a few record executives as they were eventually signed with A&M Records. Gun’s 1989 debut Taking On The World, which included their debut single, the blistering Better Days – which would reach Top Thirty, would chart at ..44. 1990 saw the group playing the U.S. as well as opening for The Rolling Stones’ European tour. The line up would change as guitarist Alex Dickson (later with Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson) would replace Stafford. Gun would release their 1992 follow up Gallus, which contained the singles Welcome To The Real World and the powerful Steal Your Fire. The band would find themselves playing a few shows along side the likes of Def Leppard. Shields would be replaced by Mark Kerr (brother to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds) as the group would release a rocked up version of Cameo’s Word Up in ’94 charting at ..8. They would release their third album, Swagger, later in the year eventually reaching the Top Ten.
After a tour of the U.K., Europe and the U.S., Gun took a well deserved break and would reemerge almost three years later with drummer Stuart Kerr (ex-Texas) replacing Mark Kerr. Changing their moniker to G.U.N., the group released 0141 632 6326 (named after a phone exchange inreference to current information regarding the band) with INXS keyboardist Andrew Farriss producing. Although a fine recording in it’s own right (the single Crazy You managed to reach a respectable ..21), the album didn’t set well with fans and critics alike with many fingers pointing at the production values. After a few shows the band would break up in the summer of ’97. Gun did manage a few one-off gigs between ’98 and ’99 as their fan base still await for a reunion.
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