I remember as a kid being mesmerised by the ‘OUT OF THE BLUE’ album cover and in particular the Blue Vinyl. I used to sit with the headphones on and listen night after night reading the lyrics, and getting goosebumps when the thunder said “Ccccoooncerto for a rainy day”
I have been a professional musician all my life playing in local bands, and in 2005 I decided to form ‘The Carpet Crawlers’ Europe’s biggest GENESIS tribute show. We had so much fun learning the material, developing new skills and I also put a hell of a lof of money into building the production side trying to emulate the various stageshows Genesis portrayed.
In 2007 I was contacted by MICK POINTER the founding member and original drummer from MARILLION to sing for his project ‘The MICK POINTER BAND’ performing the early material of Marillion, I was also a huge fan since a kid and this took me all over the World singing music I loved the highlight being performing at the prestigious ‘NIGHT OF THE PROGS’ festival at LORELEY, Germany (where I was later to perform solo)
In 2013, I had a similar dream come true after being headhunted by ‘THE SECURITY PROJECT’ featuring original members of PETER GABRIEL’s band and KING CRIMSON to sing for them covering another hero of mine’s back catalogue. We toured for 3 years together and that took me to the USA and CANADA as well as Europe and was an experience I will never forget.
It was in 2016 when I was playing about with the song ‘Livin Thing’ and recorded a version for fun, and after listening back my Uncle who overheard it said “You should start and ELO tribute show” to which I replied “Oh God! Sounds amazing but a LOT of work!!!”, and then Ray who was in the Crawlers at the time who I knew was a HUGE ELO Fan said the same,…. it circled around in my head for an hour and I decided to go for it and within a few hours after a few calls we had the band!
I had been looking for a new project as I had all this massive production (lighting, sound, special effects, instruments etc.) just sitting there in between Carpet Crawlers tours and this was the perfect choice!
It took a hell of a lot of work deciphering and transcribing the music, it’s not until you break down these stunning songs that you think you have known for years that you truly realise just how good the band were, and how much of a GENIUS Jeff really is!
After what seemed an eternity, we have completed our first shows, and I am SO proud of the family we have and the show we are giving to some of the best music fans in the World and I honestly can’t wait to see where this will take us.
See you all at a show soon!
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