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21st March 2018

graham bonnet

Currently on tour with guitar maestro Michael Schenker as part of Michael Schenker Fest, ex-Rainbow frontman Graham Bonnet will play an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland in August through Glasgow based Shock City Productions.

Playing hits from his solo career alongside Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz and Impellitteri, the tour kicks off in Glasgow on Wednesday 8th August and culminates with an appearance at the Stonedeaf Festival in Newark on Saturday 25th August. A full list of dates can be seen below.

Born in December 1947 in the costal town of Skegness, Bonnet had his first hit single, 'Only One Woman ', with duo The Marbles in 1968, a song written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees. After quitting The Marbles, he released an eponymous album in 1977 and shortly after that attracted the attention of Ritchie Blackmore who chose Graham to replace Ronnie James Dio as the vocalist of Rainbow.

This line-up produced the 'Down To Earth' album in 1979 which spawned two hit singles, 'Since You Been Gone' and 'All Night Long'. During Bonnet's time in the band, Rainbow also headlined the inaugural Monsters Of Rock Festival at Castle Donington.

Bonnet left Rainbow in 1981 and released the album 'Line Up' which featured Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody, Whitesnake and Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell, Deep Purple and Whitesnake keyboard player Jon Lord and Status Quo guitarists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt. The album reached number 62 in the UK Album Chart while lead single, 'Night Games', reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.

A short spell with the Michael Schenker Group (MSG) followed but Graham left after one album, 'Assault Attack'. In 1983, he co-founded Alcatrazz with Gary Shea (bass) and Jimmy Waldo (keyboards) of the band New England, former Alice Cooper drummer Jan Uvena, and Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. The band's debut album, 'No Parole From Rock N' Roll', gave the band moderate success in the United States and major success in Japan.

Two more studio albums, 'Disturbing The Peace' which featured Steve Vai replacing Malmsteen and 'Dangerous Games', along with a live album, 'Live Sentence', were produced. Alcatrazz disbanded in 1987, and Graham returned to his solo career.

More recently he has linked back up with Michael Schenker as part of his Michael Schenker Fest project along with vocalists Doogie White, Robin McAuley, Gary Barden and and the group are currently playing to sold out audiences across North America. The bands only UK date is planned for November 2018 at Hard Rock Hell in Wales but we are expecting a full UK and European tour to take place this year.

Support on the headline UK tour comes from a variety of up and coming acts including Doomsday Outlaw*, Gin Annie UK**, Hollowstar*** and Conjouring Fate****. Dates are:

Wednesday 8th August: G2/The Garage, Glasgow**
Thursday 9th August: The Assembly Aberdeen**/***
Friday 10th August: Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh**/***
Saturday 11 th August: Louth Town Hall, Louth**/***
Sunday 12th August: Trillians, Newcastle**/***
Tuesday 14th August: Rebellion, Manchester*/**
Wednesday 15th August: O'Rileys, Hull*/**
Thursday 16th August: Eleven, Stoke*/**
Friday 17th August: Limelight, Belfast****
Saturday 18th August: Button Factory, Dublin (Bash For Philo)
Sunday 19th August: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd*/**
Tuesday 21 st August: The Robin 2, Bilston*/**
Wednesday 22nd August: The Underworld Camden, London*/**
Thursday 23rd August: The Waterloo Music Bar Blackpool*/**
Friday 24th August: The Tivoli Venue, Buckley*/**
Saturday 25th August: Stonedeaf Festival, Newark

Tickets are on sale now right here.

Graham Bonnet's band are:
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Joey Tafolla – Guitars
Beth-Ami Heavenstone – Bass Guitar
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Mark Benquechea – Drums


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