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6th April 2017

guns n roses

John Otway has completed the recording of the first album on Montserrat since The Rolling Stones 'Steel Wheels' in 1989.

'Montserrat' by John Otway And The Big Band will be released on May 14th via Red Bowler Records and it's also the first Otway album in ten years.

John Otway was pretty determined about his idea last year after musing: "Where do real rock stars go to make an album?"

The answer was loud and clear. Montserrat was the go-to-place in the 70s and 80s for The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Dire Straits, The Police, Status Quo, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran and many others to make their records but two hurricanes later and one erupting volcano and that totally changed.

Air Studios fell into disrepair, the capital city became a modern day Pompeii and half the island became uninhabitable due to the spread of ash.

Then, in 1989, Hurricane Hugo effectively destroyed Sir George Martin's Air Studios making 'Steel Wheels' the last album to be recorded there, until now.

Otway liked the idea of following in the footsteps of the stars and visited the Island with a view to recording in January 2016.

The people of Montserrat are incredibly proud of their iconic musical status and when the Otway team arrived in the tiny seven seater plane (the only current commercial transport onto the island) they were greeted at the airport by the Premier, several members of the cabinet and Miss Montserrat. The Islanders were delighted that someone was coming back to record.

Air studios was no longer an option but Sir George Martin had a house in the north of the island. It had a basement with a soundproofed room that used to house a radio station and it was the perfect size for a four-piece band. Sir George, like the islanders, liked the idea of someone going back to record, and gave the project his support.

Sadly, Sir George Martin passed away on 8th March 2016, however last September the Otway Band found themselves in a Caribbean house surrounded by gold records and Linda McCartney photographs with Prodducer Chris Birkett.

John Otway told us:

"It was a big job. The band flew in from the UK, the producer from Canada, the amps from Miami and the fans from all over, but it was incredibly well worth it.

"Given the pressure and the expectations that you put upon yourself it's amazing what you can do. No one wanted to let the side down and no one did.

"I wanted to make a better album than 'Steel Wheels' – and I did!"

And as a generous footnote, the band left the amps on the island for future visitors to use along with the islanders themselves.

'Montserrat' tracklist:
Dancing With Ghosts
Seagulls On Speed
Real Tears From Both Eyes
I Shouldn't Be Doing This
Five Kisses
Already Missing You
Somewhere Else To Go
There's A War Going On
The Conductor's Waltz

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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