Local rockers get legendary call-up

Bowden and Williamson Band
Bowden and Williamson Band

LEIGH rockers have jammed their way into a British tour with classic rock’s most legendary names.

The Bowden and Williamson Band start gigging with the mighty 60 million record selling Nazareth next month.

Fronted by ex-Animals Johnny ‘Guitar’ Williamson, and vocalist Mike Bowden, ably assisted by the solid rhythm of Jim Moseley (Bass) and drummer Big Vern, the veteran borough rock men are fast gaining a reputation as a great live act in their own right.

And they will be playing a selection of tracks from their new album ‘Right Band Wrong Planet’ on the Nazareth tour.

They also expect to make a number of rock and blues festival appearances this year.

They performed before more than 3000 fans at the Skegness Rock ‘n’ Blues Weekend late last year.

A spokesman for the band said that they were delighted to be asked to join the legendary Tartan rockers on tour, which follows a number of gigs in Sweden.

He said: “Their atmospheric music should prove to be a perfect complement to the sound of the hard rockers!”

Regarded as one of the country’s finest rock four pieces, Nazareth have enjoyed an enviable 40 year long career of recording and live performance.

They are perhaps best known for their breakthrough albums, ‘Razamanazz’ and ‘Loud ‘n’ Proud’- (both 1973) and their chart-storming singles, ‘Bad Bad Boy’, ‘Broken Down Angel’ and the smash hit, ‘Love Hurts.’

The tour – nearest local gig will be Liverpool – will be used to showcase their new album ‘Big Dogz’ which sees them return to their roots with pure rock music – class Naz straight from the 70s.

l Tour date: Friday March 16: Liverpool, O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street, 7pm £17.50 www.O2academyliverpool.co.uk;