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Chris Welch

Chris Welch

Chris Welch joined Melody Maker in 1964 as reporter and features writer and became Features Editor in 1970. During the Sixties and Seventies he interviewed and wrote about every major artists and band including Jimi Hendrix, Tom Jones, Scott Walker, Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Who, Cream, Genesis, Yes, ELP and Led Zeppelin. He stayed with the MM until 1979 and became assistant editor of Musicians Only. During the 1980s he was a reviews editor and feature writer for Kerrang! writing about Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Megadeth et al.


In 1989 he became editor of Metal Hammer and Rock World magazine and also contributed as a freelance to The Independent, Daily Mail, Mojo, Rhythm and Record Collector. In 1995 he joined Repertoire Records as a researcher and editorial consultant. Chris has written 30 or more books including Hendrix: The Biography and Ginger Geezer: The Life Of Vivian Stanshall as well as books on Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, John Bonham, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Steve Winwood, Tina Turner, Cream and The Who.

In the 2000s he wrote scripts and conducted interviews for filmed documentaries on Yes, The Moody Blues and Cream in the Classic Artists series and has frequently contributed to radio and TV programmes, most recently Radio 4’s Great Lives on Lonnie Donegan.

His latest book, published in 20011 is Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History

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Ace: Five Aside (Anchor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1974

Tex Comer (bass guitar), Fran Byrne (drums). Bam King (rhythm guitar), Phil Harris (lead guitar), Paul Carrack (organ, piano). Producer John Anthony. ...

Aerosmith

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1975

AMERICAN BANDS USUALLY fall into one of two categories. They are either denim-clad cowpokes, bearded, laidback to the point of collapse, drinking corn liquor from ...

Aerosmith: Rocks (CBS)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

AMERICA HAS until now avoided a head-on confrontation with the big British production or stage bands. ...

Aerosmith: Aero-dynamic

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

HOWARD BUNKER looked down at his instrument panel and spoke softly into the radio. There was no point in looking through the plexiglass canopy, for ...

Aerosmith: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

AFTER MANY years studying the phenomenon of the rock concert, I have made a discovery that might well be hailed as a scientific breakthrough in ...

Aerosmith, Kansas, Styx: American revolution: Aerosmith, Boston, Kansas and co.

Overview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1978

LIKE A FOREST fire, the flames of the new wave roared across the British rock scene, leaving behind a charred and blackened landscape. A few ...

Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South (Atco)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

A HAPPY and clean sound kicked off with the unison guitars of Duane Allman and Dicky Betts on 'Revival'. ...

Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson: Shake A Leg, Jock: Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson and the Scottish Ballet

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

VISIONS OF HIGHLANDERS in hobnail boots and tartan tutus shouting "Hey Jimmy!" were inspired by a rare invitation to drinks with the Scottish Ballet last ...

Jon Anderson: Olias Of Sunhillow (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

An unashamedly romantic solo album that combines grace, taste and power ...

Jon Anderson's Fairy Tales

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

A SPACESHIP, perhaps better described as an earth ship, forms the basis of a bizarre and fantastic story that is the central theme of Jon ...

Jon Anderson, Yes: Yes: When We're Perfect, We'll Stop

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1975

"IT'S BEEN a marvellous year for us, and hopefully it will get even better in 1976, but although we aim for perfection, I hope we ...

The Animals, Eric Burdon, Zoot Money: Eric Burdon and Zoot Money

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1968

ERIC BURDON belongs to a fast vanishing breed. He is the last of the outspoken men of Pop, and the Animals are the last of ...

Argent Delivery

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

ROD ARGENT is a nice chap. Not one of your violent illiterates of rock prone to throwing pints of Guinness over the heads of passers-by, ...

The Artwoods: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1966

IT WAS AN exciting but nerve-racking night for the Artwoods, one of London's finest groups, when they made their Marquee Club debut last week. ...

Brian Auger: Fear Not For The Trinity!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

QUESTION – What happened to Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and the Trinity? Answer – a lot! ...

Back Street Crawler: Second Street

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

A CAPTAIN Midnight character adorns the cover, but he's no way as snobby as a similarly named person who writes in the Sunday Times. ...

Bad Company: Jogging Back to Happiness

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

Two years ago, Bad Company lost their collective bottle after a gruelling American tour. CHRIS WELCH hears how it took Paul Rodgers three months to ...

Ginger Baker's Airforce: Ginger Baker's Airforce (Polydor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1970

GINGER BAKER HAS led a long tough career. He has worked hard, stuck to his musical guns at all times. ...

Ginger Baker's Airforce: Scramble Here Comes Ginger's Airforce

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

"SCRAMBLE!" Ginger Baker, Marshall of the Airforce, rapped out his orders with the cool aplomb of a man in charge of a powerful attacking force, ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker: Ginger Recruits An Army

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

...and they're going into battle shortly with a new album and tour. Ginger Baker, ace drummer and member of the Lagos Polo Club, explains his ...

Cream, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1982

PETER 'GINGER' BAKER had an enormous and profound effect on the course of rock drumming when his playing and personality first began to make an ...

Cream, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker: The Ginger Man

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

PETER "GINGER" BAKER will be 29 soon, and after 13 years of beating drum kits into submission, he is at last able to relax and ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Baker Gurvitz Army: Hearts On Fire

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

NOW REDUCED to four members as Peter Lemer, the keyboard player, has left, the Baker Gurvitz Army are more economically deployed, and where songs require ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Baker-Gurvitz Army (Vertigo)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

WHAT BETTER WAY to start a new year than with an album that truly evokes a sense of occasion and excitement. ...

Syd Barrett: Confusion and Mr Barrett

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

SYD BARRETT is a
happy, creative if
somewhat confused
young man, who gave
the Pink Floyd hits and
headaches when still in
the group of his own
creation, and after
many months of ...

The Bay City Rollers: Dedication (Bell)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

Leslie McKeown, (lead vocals and background), Eric Faulkner (lead guitar, rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals), Stuart Wood (bass and vocals), Derek Longmuir (drums, percussion, vocals), ...

The Beach Boys: A Brave New World – Through Pop

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

IT'S GOING to be a Brave New World through pop. That's the hope of men like George Harrison, Donovan and Mike Love, bearded, humourous hell-raiser ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1969

Natural Born Beatles   ...

The Beatles: Two Magical Mystery Tours

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1967

'Ringo stood on my foot,' said one girl helpfully. 'But I don't know where they've gone!' ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: George Harrison 1943-2001

Obituary by Chris Welch, Guardian, The, December 2001

George Harrison, singer, guitarist, composer and filmproducer: born Liverpool 25 February 1943; MBE 1965; married1966 Pattie Boyd (marriage dissolved 1977), 1978 OliviaArias (one son); died ...

Jeff Beck: When Jeff Was Scared To Go On Stage

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1969

JEFF BECK is a complicated person. He can appear lazy, sullen and difficult. He has an expressive face that appears to give away his every ...

Jeff Beck: When The 'Big Break' Leads To Disaster...

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1967

CHRIS WELCH GOES BEHIND THE GLAMOUR AND GLITTER OF THE POP WORLD TO FIND TRAGEDY ...

Jeff Beck: The Jeff Beck Group: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

JEFF BECK'S band blew a solid set at London's Marquee Club last week to a packed house and proved why they have been so successful ...

Jeff Beck, Donovan, The Equals, Fairport Convention, John Lennon, Love Affair, Hank Marvin, Yoko Ono, Billy Preston, The Rolling Stones, Tony Tribe, Vanilla Fudge, Yes: Rolling Stones, John & Yoko et al Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca) An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us. ...

Jeff Beck, Paul and Barry Ryan, Roy Orbison, The Small Faces: The Small Faces, Roy Orbison, Paul & Barry Ryan, Jeff Beck: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1967

A RIGHT phantasmagorical experience was created by the combined powers of the Small Faces and Roy Orbison at the opening of their tour at Finsbury ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Heavyweight Champions Of The World

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

TAKE A LONG guitar lead. Sit as far far away from the studio as possible. And record some of the funkiest sounds ever laid down ...

The Bee Gees, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: The Bee Gees; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

WE HAVE seen group wars and feuds before, but nothing like the battle for fans between the Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick ...

Maggie Bell: Ding Dong Bell!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

MUCH LOVED Maggie is back in action, and ringing changes in her career that will reverberate around rock. Miss Bell has been quiet in the ...

Blind Faith, Bread and Freedom – Now For The Sweet Music

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1969

BLIND FAITH have not only gained a fine bass player in Rick Grech, who left Family to complete the super group, they also have an ...

Blind Faith: Eric, Or Little By Little

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1969

IT'S SOUNDING good, the Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Ginger Baker Band. Forget about Cream. This is a new group with a new sound. ...

Blind Faith, Donovan, The Edgar Broughton Band, Richie Havens, The Third Ear Band: Blind Faith, Richie Havens, Donovan, Edgar Broughton Band, The Third Ear Band: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

Following Blind Faith to the shores of a lake ...

Blodwyn Pig: Blodwyn: It's Blodwyn, Not Piggy Banks!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

WHAT HAPPENED when the Pig got up and slowly walked away? A new group emerged simply called Blodwyn, with the added new power of guitarist ...

Marc Bolan

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

A MYSTERIOIUS lack of bubble seems to be affecting Master Marc Bolan's latest offering, the Zip Gun Boogie, as it is known to those who ...

Marc Bolan: Bolan's Back!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

MARC BOLAN is a star. Still. However much heavy water has passed under the bridge of rock and roll sighs, Mr B. commands respect. And ...

Marc Bolan: Why Marc Won't Be Giving Up

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

DESPITE the critical savaging that Marc Bolan regularly receives – he ain't gonna do a Jethro Tull and give up. Marc was accused of being ...

David Bowie, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Generation X, Marc Bolan: Bowie and Bolan Get It On

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1977

"OH THAT'S REALLY Polaroid! You've gotta keep the ending!" David Bowie rocked with laughter and Marc Bolan wiped away the tears that had threatened to ...

Graham Bond: Holy Magick (Vertigo)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

ACCORDING TO ancient Druidic and Celtic legend, King Arthur will return in this age of Aquarius to sustain us. And man, he's going to blow ...

Graham Bond: Commissar Bond Is Back In Business

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

"WE DON'T want any of that around here," threatened an elderly lady shaking a palsied fist from one of the ancient alleys of Cambridge, as ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Viv Stanshall, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, at the Pop Think-In

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

FISH: I'm trying to become a pisceculturist. I'm less interested in fish than I am in turtles really. I like evil fish of archaelogical interest ...

David Bowie: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1972

MUSIC FROM A Clockwork Orange heralded the spectacular performance staged by David Bowie at London's Rainbow Theatre on Sunday night. "At least it makes a ...

David Bowie: 'Space Oddity' (Philips)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

DAVID IS A talented young man who has written many fine songs and now concentrates on mime shows. ...

David Bowie: The Beckenham Arts Lab

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1969

"I RUN AN arts lab which is my chief occupation. It's in Beckenham and I think it's the best in the country. ...

David Bowie: Ziggy Storms the Marquee: Bowie’s 1980 Floor Show

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

DAVID BOWIE in action at The Marquee (where it all began) was just one of the many rare and knee-trembling sights to be enjoyed within ...

Geoff Bradford: Jeff Bradford: Bradford Boogies Again

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1975

ROCK MUSIC has taken its toll both of lives and careers, the victims either unable or unwilling to cope with the demands and temptations of ...

Bonnie Bramlett, Grinderswitch, The Marshall Tucker Band: Marshall Tucker Band, Grinderswitch, Bonnie Bramlett: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

YIHAAHS RANG in the ears when the cowpokes came to town on Saturday night. Huge beefy men burst out of their jeans and hammered away ...

Brand X: Unorthodox Behaviour

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

SO MANY bands have broken up in the past, or experienced ill-feeling within the ranks because some of the members have felt restricted, tied-down, perhaps, ...

Brand X: Bristol Hippodrome

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"BRAKES ARE locked. The steering is jammed!" Peter Robinson wrestled with the steering wheel as he drove like a Dalek around Bristol City centre last ...

Brand X: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

IT IS heartening in these disturbing times (as the poet Cedric observed in his massive volume, Away, Dull Cares), to find there are still men ...

Arthur Brown: I Am The God Of Hell Fire

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

"WHO ARE you then?" inquired the pretty young barmaid, as she served the fifth pint of foaming beer, to the customer with shoulder-length hair, clutching ...

Jack Bruce: Jack's Sound of 1979

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

IT SEEMED like the end of an era when we discovered, last week, that Jack Bruce and the Robert Stigwood Organisation have parted company. ...

Jack Bruce: The Heavy Burdens Of Jack’s Shoulders

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

HIGH COURT Judges have often been heard to observe that pop stars have "grave responsibilities." However, they are usually referring to suspected powers of influence ...

Bill Bruford, Genesis: Bill Bruford: 'It's all Ringo's fault!'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

THERE HAS been a lot of stunning lately. I was stunned when Peter Gabriel quit Genesis. And stunned once more when Bill Bruford joined Genesis. ...

Camel Over The Moon

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

WHEN CAMEL became the MM's Brightest Hope in last year's Poll, it caused organist Peter Bardens a wry smile because he had become "an overnight ...

Camel: Moonmadness (Decca)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

IF YOU were haunted by the cry of the Snowgoose last year, and cheered by the success of Camel in the MM's Readers' Poll (they ...

Camel: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

AS BILLY CONNOLLY would say, it was sheer magic, the night Camel broke through into that indefinable sunlit area where a group becomes a supergroup. ...

Canned Heat: Live At Topanga Corral

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

WHITE PLAGIARISTS almost killed the blues as a vital force in popular music. The perpetual rip-off of Elmore James' phrases, and the piquant cries of ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Wild Man Fischer: Frank Zappa: Listen With Mothers

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

FRANK ZAPPA has emerged as one of the most interesting, lucid, energetic, entertaining and creative figures in contemporary music. He has frequently complained of being ...

Chicago, The Doors, Emerson Lake And Palmer, Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, The Moody Blues, Pentangle, Procol Harum, Richie Havens, Taste, Ten Years After, Tiny Tim, The Who: The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Chris Welch, Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

The Chieftains: Montreux Music Festival, Switzerland

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1975

THE CHIEFTAINS MADE much of contemporary rock music sound a shallow fraud, when they took the stage of the Montreux Music Festival in Switzerland last ...

The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Jess Roden: The Crystal Palace Garden Party: E.C. Was Here…But Coryell Was Better

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

THERE IS an aura of faded grace and decaying dignity about Crystal Palace, set upon the heights of Norwood in South London. Perhaps it stems ...

Eric Clapton: Danish Blues Power: Eric Clapton

Review and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

"WE WANT Buddy Holly!... I AM Buddy Holly!" ...

Eric Clapton at the China Garden

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

A TURN UP for the books, and as it transpired, a turn up for the stomachs, when Eric Clapton announced his return to active service ...

Eric Clapton: E.C. Was Here

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

HOWEVER ERIC CLAPTON spent his couple of years in isolation from the world, he returned to active performing refreshed and revitalised. ...

Eric Clapton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1974

Clapton duels with Wood ...

Eric Clapton: King Of The Blues Guitar

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

WHO IS THIS man Eric Clapton, of whom they speak so highly? Is he the world's greatest guitarist? Is he now a victim of rock ...

Eric Clapton: Portrait Of The Artist As A Working Man

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1978

IT HAS OFTEN been said that one of Eric Clapton's major problems over the years has been to find his own identity, a role in ...

Eric Clapton: The Lost Weekend

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1978

THE ERIC CLAPTON MOVIE – LOCATION: A darkened Glasgow street, swept by freezing wind. TIME: Friday night, just after the Burns Howf has closed. ...

Delaney & Bonnie, Eric Clapton: Delaney & Bonnie: Out Of The South Comes 'The Best Band In The World'

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

WHEN A TOP musician becomes an unpaid press and public relations man for a group, it can be fairly assumed that the group must have ...

Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

IT WAS a group fan's dream, when the giants of pop held a three hour jam session, while rehearsing for the Rolling Stones' Rock And ...

Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker and The All-Stars, Jimmy Cliff, Freddie King: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

GREAT THUNDERING jackanapes! An all-round good show at the Saville: No goofs, no cur­tains falling down, great music, a nice audience and even, won­der of ...

Climax Blues Band: Gold Plated

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

IT IS AN extraordinary fact that even the most diligent rock researcher can develop a blind spot. They get quite paranoiac about it. ...

Climax Blues Band: Climax Get It Right

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

COLIN COOPER and PETER HAYCOCK: 'We're playing more of what people call funk today, but it's all rooted in the blues.' ...

Climax Blues Band: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

AFTER A succession or strangely dissatisfying gigs in the giant aircraft hangars of rock (ie Empire Pool, Wembley), how sweet it was to hear some ...

Joe Cocker: Soul Sheffield Style

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1968

WHICH pop star uses the Mario Lanzo method? You're wrong – it's not Tiny Tim, it's our old blues shouting, Beatle bellowing mate Joe Cocker! ...

Cockney Rebel: Harley Street

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

"OH LORD please don't let me be misunderstood" was the classic line Eric Burdon sang with the Animals. It could almost have been written for ...

Genesis, Phil Collins: The Trick of the Tale: Phil Collins Talks

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

PHIL COLLINS IS A spry, restless man with seemingly limitless amounts of energy and intense drive. It is this drive that has made him one ...

Colosseum: The Secret Of Their Success – Good Music

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1970

COLOSSEUM are now rated as one of Britain's and Europe's most popular and creative bands. In two years of furious activity and hard work, the ...

Colosseum: Jon Hiseman/Colosseum

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1982

A SWIRLING barrage of ideas flecked with passion epitomizes the style of one of rock’s finest drummers — the highly-respected Jon Hiseman. Rock music has ...

Colosseum: Jon Hiseman: Why I've Re-formed Colosseum

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1975

DRUMS HAVE BEEN rumbling down in darkest South London, underneath the railway arches. Drums and guitars competing with the rumble of trains overhead, and grim ...

Chris Farlowe, Colosseum: Colosseum: Farlowe That!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

CHRIS FARLOWE and Colosseum – the mind boggles! One of the country's most powerful vocal talents has joined the most explosive force in groups to ...

Colosseum II: Strange New Flesh

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

THERE COMES a moment during 'Dark Side Of The Moog', when the clamour of the strident arrangement fades away, and Jon Hiseman begins a simple, ...

Cream: Wheels Of Fire

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

'White Room', 'Sitting on Top of the World', 'Passing the Time', 'As You Said', 'Pressed Rat and Warthog', 'Politician', 'Those Were The Days', 'Born Under ...

Cream: Background to a Break-Up

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

CREAM ARE breaking up. The world-famous trio that features Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce are to go separate ways in the autumn. Said ...

Cream: Farewell To The Cream

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

A FANTASTIC and highly emotional send-off for the Cream almost gave the group second thoughts about breaking up after their brilliant final performance at London's ...

Cream: Fresh Cream

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

CHRIS WELCH ANALYSES THE WORK OF BAKER, BRUCE AND CLAPTON ...

Cream: Pop Think-In with Ginger Baker

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

MODERN ART: I still paint occasionally, and I've got a big sculpture I've been working on for 18 months. It's got a steel frame with ...

Cream: Sweet 'N Sour Rock 'N Roll

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1966

A THUNDER of blues in a church hall complete with Brownies and caretakers was the bizarre setting for the first tentative creations of the Cream ...

Cream: Eric Clapton: Back To The Blues

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

CHRIS WELCH picks his way through the chicken feathers in darkest Chelsea to chat up the guitar star of the Cream ...

Cream, Edwin Starr: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

GINGER BAKER played one of the finest solos in his career at London's Saville Theatre on Sunday night. ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo's Factory (Liberty)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

The flaw in Creedence's brilliance ...

Roger Daltrey: Who Am I?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Creem, March 1986

TWO YEARS AFTER the final agonizing bust-up of the Who Roger Daltrey can no longer stand premature rock burial. Daltrey never wanted the group to ...

Kiki Dee

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

NOTHING IS more satisfying for a successful artist than helping the less fortunate. Elton John has had his chance to set matters aright for at ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

THIS REVIEW SHOULD have been written in the white heat of anger after seeing Deep Purple play at the Empire Pool, Wembley, on Friday night. ...

Deep Purple: The Smashing-Up Bit Is Valid!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

WHEN DEEP PURPLE smashed up their equipment on a TV show recently, here were howls of protest throughout the land. A flood of complaints hit ...

Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

A CURIOUS MARRIAGE of convenience. That is how the link between American lead guitarist Tommy Bolin and British speed rock band Deep Purple might appear ...

Deep Purple, Keef Hartley, Keith Moon: Various, Drum Bash: Bumpers Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1971

DEAFENING fun! That was the all-star drum conversation held at London's Bumpers Club last week. ...

Desmond Dekker: On The Trail Of Desmond Dekker

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

A FEW years ago Bluebeat, that simple jogging West Indian pop, was all the rage among the mods of Britain. ...

Doobie Brothers, Little Feat: Doobie Brothers/Little Feat: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

CURIOUSER and curiouser. There was no denying the deserving nature of the ovation that greeted Little Feat the boogie band that plays more music than ...

Craig Douglas: The Boy Next Door

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1982

THE SUCCESS American rock'n'rollers in the United Kingdom naturally brought about a wave of British imitators, but the raw aggressive sound of these copyists did ...

Ian Dury: Reasons to be Cheerful: Ian Dury, Kilburn & The High Roads, The Blockheads, Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Welch, unpublished, Summer 1995

In the summer of 1995 Chris Welch visited Ian Dury at his Hampstead home on two afternoons to talk about the glory days of Kilburn ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie and the Hot Rods

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE STORY of the Hot Rods is one to warm the hearts of those who still believe in the essential simplicity and drive of rock ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie and the Hot Rods: "Punk? — We Just Do It"

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

ENERGY, LIFE, YOUTH, ROCK 'N' ROLL! What are these strange ingredients that have suddenly injected themselves into the creaking old rock scene? "We're just DOIN' ...

Electric Flag: A Long Time Comin' (CBS)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

'Killing Floor'; 'Groovin' Is Easy'; 'Over-Lovin' You'; 'She Should Have Just'; 'Wine'; 'Texas'; 'Sittin' In Circles'; 'You Don't Realise'; 'Another Country'; 'Easy Rider'. ...

Electric Light Orchestra: The Electric Light Orchestra: In The Hall Of The Mountain Lynne

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"WHEN I LISTENED to Greig's 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King', I thought our version was much heavier." Jeff Lynn wasn't boasting. He was ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP: The Show That Never Ends?

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

WHATEVER happened to ELP? One of Britain's most successful and popular bands has been surrounded by a wall of silence as impenetrable as the Kremlin ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake and Palmer: England's Robbing Us!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1974

WHEN THE alarm bells ring at "Whyte Eagles," it's not a warning of imminent fire or pestilence, just a reminder to Carl Palmer to turn ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Greg Lake: Rock Will Go Back To Its Roots

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

GREG LAKE'S London home is a rare and impressive sight. A light glows outside a town house in a quiet street that takes you back ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Humble Pie: ELP In America

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1971

BLOOD streaming from his head, a middle-aged man, white, well-dressed, staggered into the headlights of the battered Yellow Cab. The Puerto Rican driver, grinned and ...

Carl Palmer, Emerson Lake And Palmer: Carl Palmer

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1984

CARL PALMER first came to international prominence with Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the start of the Seventies. His dynamic approach to drumming, which combined ...

The Faces: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

"NOW THIS is serious," said the dazzling figure of Rod Stewart, calling for order. "Me brother and sister are here and I'd like you to ...

The Faces: New Faces In The Old Band

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1970

A SOUND not unlike a braying mountain goat echoed across the West End of London this week. The Faces — no longer Small — were ...

The Faces, Humble Pie, The Small Faces: The Small Faces

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1976

WELL – WHAT do you make of it lads? There's Rodney, jetting round the world with his blonde bombshell, the very lovely Britt Ekland. ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"GOOD LUCK Rod!" People like Rod Stewart. And he likes the people. As he stood forming a queue outside ye old Marquee Club (home of ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Sorely Taxed

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

The Faces may split ...

Fairport Convention: Full House (Island)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

AYE, GATHER round me bully boys – once there was a time when Fairport albums were as hard to obtain as a Grope O'Shanter at ...

Fairport Convention's Martin Lamble: Previous Occupation — Child

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

THEY WERE playing 'Meet On The Ledge' at London clubs last week. It is a tune people most associate with Fairport Convention. ...

Georgie Fame: Right Now! (Pye)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

"WELL, WELL, well, hello there, it's been a long, long time." Doesn't that introduction to 'Funny How Time Slips Away' take you back? I address ...

Georgie Fame: Fanning the Flames

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

TEN YEARS HAVE elapsed since Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames pioneered a brand of funky jazz in the sweating cellars of Soho and fought ...

Alan Price, Georgie Fame: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1970

An evening of Pricey nostalgia ...

Alexis Korner, Family, King Crimson, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones et al: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

CHRIS WELCH SAYS: 'Somehow the magic worked' ...

The Firm, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: The Jimmy Page Interview, Pt. 2

Interview by Chris Welch, Creem, May 1985

(This is the concluding segment of an interview writer Chris Welch recently conducted with Jimmy Page in Frankfurt, Germany, following one of the guitarist's premiere ...

The Firm, Jimmy Page: Jimmy Page On Stage '85

Interview by Chris Welch, Creem, April 1985

A GREEN PYRAMID of laser light forms around the figure in white. A violin bow is held aloft and then swishes wand-like across the guitar, ...

Wild Man Fischer: An Evening With Wild Man Fischer (Reprise)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

Frank Zappa's "It had to be done" experiment finally released after some 18 months. Many will already have heard import copies of this two album ...

The Flowerpot Men, Tomorrow, Traffic, Vanilla Fudge: Traffic, Vanilla Fudge, Tomorrow, The Flowerpot Men: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

IT WAS AN explosive opening night For the Traffic-Tomorrow-Fudge tour at London's Finsbury Park Astoria on Wednesday of last week. The Fudge came off the ...

Eddie Floyd: Knocking On The Wrong Wood

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

EDDIE FLOYD IN A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY ...

Focus: Changing Focus

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

FOCUS HAVE been through some changes in recent months, and happily for fans of this Dutch band with an international reputation for fine music – ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops Plan a Motown Choir

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

SWINGING London was practically rocked off its hinges the first time the famous Four Tops descended among us last year – the year of 'Reach ...

Peter Frampton

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

HOW DOES it feel to be a pop star?" The Italian journalist eagerly thrust his microphone at the glamorous vision stumbling out of his limo ...

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

THIS IS THE best set of live performances heard for some time, and it marks the evolution of Peter Frampton into a major rock figure, ...

Peter Frampton: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

"PEDER! Cor what a man," came the strangled gasp from two young chaps in the foremost rows. "Ain't 'ee sexy!" ...

Peter Frampton: How Frampton Came Alive

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

WHAT WAS it about the Fifties that encouraged the birth of so much talent? Was it the result of H-bomb testing or increased sunspot activity ...

Peter Frampton's Camel: A Galloping Success In The States

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1973

PETER FRAMPTON made a flying visit to London last week. But the boss of Frampton's Camel couldn't stay long – too much excitement is happening ...

Humble Pie, Peter Frampton: Dee Anthony: Dee Works!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

From doing impersonations of Al Jolson for 20 bucks a night to managing Humble Pie – that's the story of Dee Anthony. He talks to ...

Gary Wright, Peter Frampton, Yes: Yes, Peter Frampton, Gary Wright: JFK Stadium, Philadelphia

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

PHILADELPHIA: As rocket shells burst overhead and mortars roared only feet away, a lone Englishman with a dapper moustache smiled with delight as he stood ...

Free: Tons Of Sobs (Island)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

...IS A REASONABLY good programme by Free, a group often dismissed as "just another blues band." ...

Funkadelic: The Speakeasy/The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1971

Fun with Funkadelic ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: Genesis to Revelation

Obituary by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

AS PETER GABRIEL QUITS GENESIS, CHRIS WELCH RECALLS A GREAT BRITISH BAND ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel Quits Genesis

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

THE MELODY MAKER last week front-paged the growing doubts about Gabriel's future in the band. Reports, denied by the management of Genesis, indicated that Gabriel ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel: Behind Peter Gabriel's Mask

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1975

PETER GABRIEL'S departure from Genesis was one of the biggest shocks of 1975 for those who admired, nay loved, the combination of perverse talent they ...

Rory Gallagher: Flying Back To The Blues With Rory Gallagher

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Metal Hammer, 1990

AMONG THE GREAT British guitar giants, there are, men with powerful egos, possessed of erratic genius. Then there is Rory Gallagher. And here is a ...

Rory Gallagher 1948-1995

Obituary by Chris Welch, Independent, The, June 1995

RORY GALLAGHER was the People's Guitarist. Unassuming, but tenacious, the Irish blues man devoted his life to touring and playing his beloved Fender Strat to ...

Rory Gallagher: Rory Gets The Acoustic Bug

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1975

RORY GALLAGHER made two startling discoveries during his week at the Montreux Festival. One was that Swiss beer has remarkably potent characteristics, despite its deceptively ...

Generation X: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

MEDALS FOR bravery should be struck for Billy Idol and his mates in Generation X. Would you, dear reader, like to stand on a stage, ...

Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Charisma)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

I WISH that rock musicians would learn the importance of self-editing. A few golden, miraculous notes, and some choice pithy words are worth all the ...

Genesis: Wind And Wuthering (Charisma)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

Phil Collins (voices, drums, percussion), Steve Hackett (electric guitars, nylon classical 12-string, Kalimba, auto-harp), Mike Rutherford (basses, electric and acoustic guitars, bass pedals), Tony Banks ...

Genesis: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

HEAT, DUST, smoke, lasers and Genesis combined to turn the Glasgow Apollo into a replica of Dante's Inferno when the band descended on the city ...

Genesis: Banks Notes

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

GENESIS ARE an enigma, an unknown quantity to the rock business and public at large, mainly because they are among the last of that old ...

Genesis: Chapter and Verse

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1973

GENESIS have lain dormant throughout the summer, at least as far as the public was concerned. Then came the sensational appearance at Reading Festival, when ...

Genesis: Drury Lane Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

GENESIS'S WEEK at London's Drury Lane Theatre, proved that rock and theatre can mix and have a validity outside of mere exhibitionism. The band arc ...

Genesis: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

SO MUCH was happening on stage during the first sensational concert by Genesis at Odeon Hammersmith on Wednesday last week, that one needed stereoscopic earsight ...

Genesis: Masked Idol

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

PETER GABRIEL, man of a thouand faces, is now also a man of several voices. One at least swoops upwards into the stratosphere, gibbers madly, ...

Genesis: The Band Who Want To Be Booed

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1972

A PARTICULAR quality of certain successful groups has been their ability to create moods, to take an audience a little further than the surface excitement ...

Genesis: The New Face Of Gabriel

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1974

Don't lose hope, Genesis fans! Their tour may be cancelled, but there's a new album on the way. And the new-look Peter Gabriel has given ...

Genesis: What Genesis Did On Their 'Holidays'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1973

NOT MANY groups conduct their rehearsals squashed together in a Morris Mini. But if you are in the habit of strolling around the backwaters of ...

Genesis: Wuthering Heights

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

THE PUBLIC has a strange image of rock and roll musicians. Most imagine them to be public school educated, with a passionate dedication to the ...

Genesis: In Defense Of Genesis

Interview by Chris Welch, Creem, October 1987

"BECAUSE I'VE HAD solo success, people say I've suddenly got a stranglehold on the group, who want to make as much money as possible and ...

Genesis: In The Beginning There Was... Genesis

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1971

GENESIS ARE going to cause outrage and chaos in the coming year. Already they are breaking through with a blend of showmanship and original music ...

Greenslade: Greenslade Warming Up

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

THERE'S DEVIL'S work afoot in the world of rock (and indeed roll). Wot wiv the price of petrol and motorway chips it's a wonder there ...

Luther Grosvenor aka Ariel Bender: Ariel Bender: Hot Ariel

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1974

Chris Welch meets ex-Mott guitarist Ariel Bender, now going solo ...

Gryphon: The 13th Century Slade

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"EARLY ENGLISH music? Gah – give us Slade and T. Rex!" Thus one can imagine the reactions of lads and maidens today as they dance, ...

Hall & Oates: Hall and Oates: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

IT WAS ONE of those historic, electrifying events that punctuate the cavalcade of rock, one of those nights that fans will long recall..."Do you remember ...

Donny Hathaway: Everything Is Everything (Atco)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

A USEFUL glossary of soul terms occurs during the title track, a warm, friendly if somewhat meaningless piece of philisophy. ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids: Kid's Stuff

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1974

JUST HOW heavy are the Heavy Metal Kids? They peer at us from advertisements clad in top hats, patched jeans, braces, big boots and flat ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix: An Experience To Remember

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Music Maker, June 1967

POP NEVER loses its powers to produce surprises. Just as the community imagined themselves shock proof and immune to any new madness the Brethren of ...

Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys (Track)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1970

ANY ALBUM from Jimi is such a rare event, one can only be pleased to see his name back on the new releases' rack. Here ...

Jimi Hendrix: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

THE OTHER (WRESTLING) SIDE OF JIMI HENDRIX ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Story

Obituary by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

"JIMMY HENDRICKS," was the name scribbled on a notepad, when Chas Chandler rang the MM towards the end of 1966. "You must come and see ...

Jimi Hendrix: Wild Man Of The Guitar

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

AS A ROCK HERO Jimi was one of the best, one of the greatest. Lying on his back playing flaming guitar with his teeth. Fanitastic! ...

Jimi Hendrix: Mitch Mitchell: 'We're Only Friendly Little Gnomes After All'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1967

MITCH MITCHELL TALKS ABOUT HIS IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

The legend comes to life: Chris Welch catches Hendrix in action ...

Jimi Hendrix: Who Says Jimi Hendrix Can't Sing? (He Does!)

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1967

JIMI HENDRIX can't sing! "Oo sez so?" outraged Hendrix fans will demand, at this startling statement. But before MM readers who dig the sounds of ...

Cat Stevens, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers: Engelbert Humperdinck, The Walker Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1967

A show which proves pop still has something up its sleeve ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Who: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

Jimi Hendrix-Who battle at Saville ...

The Herd: Move 'Em Out It's The Real Herd

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

A POACHED egg is many things to many people. To advertising copy writers, it is a symbol of health and efficiency. To the savages of ...

The Herd, Love Affair, The Tremeloes: The Tremeloes: War Of The Groups

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1968

Pop, crackle, snap – there's friction in the air! ...

Steve Hillage: Live Herald

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

ONE OF THE MOST pleasant incidents I recall from last year was an afternoon spent in a summery open-air cafe in Notting Hill with Steve ...

Hot Tuna: Hot Tuna (RCA Victor).

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

FIRMLY IMPLANTED in my mind is the image of Hot Tuna as an amazingly good, all electric jam band. This follows their appearance at Bath ...

Steve Howe

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1984

IN 1970, STEVE HOWE replaced Peter Banks in Yes and sounded his arrival on record with a spiraling, glittering arpeggio on 'Yours Is No Disgrace', ...

Humble Pie: Exclusive! Marriott & Frampton present HUMBLE PIE

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

When a new group is born naturally the Melody Maker is the first to know about it ...

Humble Pie: Thunderbox

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

STEVE MARRIOTT – hair flying, jaw set at an aggressive angle, knees akimbo and arms flailing over his jutting guitar – is one of the ...

Marsha Hunt Says – I Do What I Dig

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

MARSHA Hunt's trouble is she made one boob too many on TV recently. In fact two boobs too many. She caused a great outcry by ...

Iron Butterfly, Yes: Yes and Iron Butterfly: Allies of Rock

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

Chris Welch with Yes and Iron Butterfly in Holland ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Isle of Wight Pop Festival

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

A SMALL bronze medal should be struck and presented to all the survivors of the Isle of Wight Pop Festival. They are the brave men ...

Jethro Tull: A Passion Play

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1973

IT GIVES ME NO pleasure to report upon this recording. In fact I cannot recall an album by a British rock band that has given ...

Jethro Tull: Live – Bursting Out

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

SECRETIVE lot, Jethro Tull. This "live" double set was NOT recorded at Harold Rumsey's Lighthouse, nor at the Manor, nor on Ronnie Lane's mobile, but ...

Jethro Tull: Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die! (Chrysalis)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1976

ROMANTICISING THE WORKING LAD as a cult hero is a popular theme with rock musicians. They have oft flirted with, or observed at close hand, ...

Jethro Tull: Crime of Passion

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

IT BEGAN TO OCCUR to me that this was very poor music indeed. ...

Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson Tulling It Like It Is

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

"THEY SAY I don't stand on one leg as much as I used to." Ian Anderson stretched out on a sofa and gazed quizzically at ...

Jethro Tull: Rocking In The USA

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1971

This week, Jethro Tull flew out to start their eleventh tour of America. Like other top British Rock acts, they are reaping the rich rewards ...

Elton John Steps Into Christmas

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

ELTON JOHN is a happy man as 1973 draws to a close. He has established himself not merely as an elitist's delight and king of ...

Elton John: Caribou

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

IS IT AS GOOD as Yellow Brick Road? That will be the cry, where 'ere Elton John fans congregate and exchange notes. ...

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

AND HELLO Elton John all set to smash a path to the top of the album chart with this superb new collecion of songs. He ...

Elton John: Here And There (DJM)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1976

DO NOT FEAR a rip-off, for this is a worthy selection of live performances from two major concerts which will long serve as a reminder ...

Elton John: Belle Vue, Manchester

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

FOR THE first time since Bill Haley's motion picture triumph Rock Around The Clock, played at the now-demolished Queen's Cinema, Catford, in 1956, the urge ...

Elton John: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

MAYBE IT WAS the pre-Christmas spirit or the entire packet of chocolate I had just consumed, but a lump rase in my throat during the ...

Elton John: 'It's Not All Down To Elton...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

...he's just part of a band'. And that's the way Elton John's always wanted it, drummer Nigel Olsson tells CHRIS WELCH, in a rare behind-the-scenes ...

King Crimson, Pete Sinfield: Pete Sinfield Has A Nose For Success

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1973

PETE SINFIELD is a poet, and such men do not abound on the music scene. There is Pete Brown of course, and many a lyricist ...

The Kinks: Kinks Ray & Dave Talk To Chris Welch

Interview by Chris Welch, International Musician, December 1981

HEARD THAT NEW BAND THE KINKS?That's how they like to think of themselves. And their fans feel much the same. They have only vague memories ...

Ronnie Lane Changes Face

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

SOME POP stars like to rock. Some pop stars like to roll. But little Ronnie Lane has got the gypsy in his soul. ...

Ronnie Lane: Country Lanes

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1976

From Face to farmer, Ronnie Lane has never been yer typical star. Now he's thinking of quitting rock ...

Ronnie Lane's Circus Comes To Town

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

"CHAOS!" said Ronnie Lane, crinkling his expressive face into a smile against the sunshine raining on his caravan. "Courage," I thought, gazing at the Big ...

Pete Townshend, Ronnie Lane: The Return of You Know Who: Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1977

PETE TOWNSHEND is back — with a new album accompanied by his old mate Ronnie Lane, and with trenchant views on punk. ...

Led Zeppelin: John Bonham: Over The Hills And Far Away…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1975

GOSSIP IN the village was running riot. John up at the farm was going to buy The Chequers. The American in the bar of another ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1970

Zeppelin III is pure magic! Track by track review of the new album from the World's Top Group (MM Pop Poll 1970) ...

Led Zeppelin: Presence (Swan Song)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

THERE IS A MAN I know, a college lecturer, for whom there is only one rock band. ...

Led Zeppelin: Page on Zeppelin III

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1970

Jimmy Page gives a track by track background to Zeppelin's new album. Interviewed by Chris Welch ...

Led Zeppelin: Sounds Like Another Platinum!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1970

Chris Welch flies with Led Zeppelin as they cut their third LP... ...

John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, The Nice: Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, The Nice et al: Bath Festival, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

A ZEPPELIN attacked the City of Bath on Saturday, and gassed 120,000. Airship Com­mander Jimmy Page kept the most fearsome dirigible in pro­gressive blues aloft ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: 'It’s a Massive Compromise, Making Films': Jimmy Page on The Song Remains the Same

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

A WARM HANDSHAKE, twinkling eyes and black hair grown thicker than he has allowed for some while – Jimmy Page arrived at his London office ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: The Power And The Glory

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

WHEN THEY showed Antonioni's classic film of the 'sixties, Blow Up, on TV last week, apart from evoking the real or imaginary spirit of "Swinging ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds: Only Jimmy Left To Form The New Yardbirds

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1968

WHATEVER happened to the Yardbirds? One of the great mysteries of our time, ranking with the Devil's footprints, the Marie Celeste and the Five Penny ...

Gene Vincent, Led Zeppelin: The Enforcer: Peter Grant

Book Excerpt by Chris Welch, from 'The Man Who Led Zeppelin', Omnibus Books, 2001

An extract from Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin by Chris Welch, first published by Omnibus Press in 2001. (256pp, currently available in softback ...

Alvin Lee & Co: In Flight (Chrysalis)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

CLAP YO' hands and stomp those feet, here's some funky music, you can't beat. ...

Alvin Lee: Going Home No More

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1975

ALVIN LEE is getting into self-sufficiency. Along with many fellow Britons, alarmed at the daily news, he is determined to make full use of the ...

Liberace Goes Heavy

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1970

HAS LIBERACE been out-freaked by the hippies? In a word — scarcely. Anti-establishment, anti-materialist acid rock audiences could conceivably view him with distaste — a ...

Little Feat, The Outlaws, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Who: The Who: Who-ray!

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

"Will the people on the lighting tower please get-off because it's very dangerous and we are afraid that tower might go" – Nicky Horne, Capital ...

Love: Out Here (Harvest)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1970

AFTER SUCH a long gap in recording from this legendary West Coast band, among the first of the new wave American groups which emerged in ...

Love Affair: A Love Affair To Remember…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

IT'S EXCITING, it's fun, it's new – it's the Love Affair! ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Spoonful — The Most On The Coast...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1966

TEAM O' genuine hillbillies flew into London last week and if the Lovin' Spoonful didn't actually tote 12-bore shot guns, they looked as if they'd ...

Lulu: Honour Lulu

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

"I SUPPOSE I've sold-out, because I do cabaret. Isn't that what they say?" Alan Price said that recently in his dry, laconic way, understanding full ...

Taj Mahal: At Last — A Welcome New Voice

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

A NEW VOICE on the music scene and a very welcome one, belongs to Mr Taj Mahal a young blues singer and guitarist from Massachusetts. ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: John McLaughlin: Natural High…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

WITH A BAND playing music as tense and demanding as the Mahavishnu Orchestra's, one might be forgiven for expecting them to be (a) nerve wracked ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Worlds (CBS 69216)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1976

THE NAKED BODY of John McLaughlin, surmounted by a beaming face, hints, on the album cover, of purity, devotion and honesty. ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Music Of The Gods

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Free Trade Hall, Manchester ...

Manfred Mann: Angel Station (Bronze)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

MOST OF us potter through life without any clear aims or objectives. Somehow we imagine that having heaved the cat out of bed and wiped ...

Manfred Mann: Manfred Michael Say's — 'It's Like Selling Fish And Chips'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

IS THE era of the pop idol dead? Are the days when Mick Jagger's face could launch a thousand screams over? ...

Manfred Mann: Manfred Still Has That Chart Touch

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

BOB DYLAN and Manfred Mann have never met. Yet there is a bond between them. Manfred gets hits with Dylan songs, and the songwriter approves ...

Manfred Mann: Mann Of The Moment…

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

ARGUMENTATIVE and brittle, Manfred Mann has long been notorious as a man not likely to suffer fools gladly. He has terrorised managers, journalists, publicists and ...

Manfred Mann: Mighty Mike Of The Manfreds

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1968

MEETING MICHAEL D'ABO is to slip back through the years to a long since shattered age of grace and reason. ...

Manfred Mann's Earth Band: The Roaring Silence

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

THERE COMES a point in a band's career when the jig is up, and unless all the pieces fit the puzzle, success will scatter to ...

Mark-Almond: No Drums For Almond And Mark

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1970

WHEN JOHN Mayall led the revolt against volume by dispensing with a drummer in his line-up, he also paved the way for what promises to ...

Marmalade: No Peel For Marmalade

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1968

THEY DON'T like Peel in Marmalade. The well-known voice of hippery has frequently expressed opinions that the Scots lads once known as Dean Ford and ...

Dave Mason, Traffic: Traffic: Dave Quits, But Traffic Keeps Moving

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

DESPITE THE INTENDED departure of songwriter and sitarist Dave Mason, Traffic wheels are turning with renewed vigour. ...

Matthews' Southern Comfort: Second Spring (UNI)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

IAN MATTHEWS' band, slightly changed, steam into their second album, as refreshing and attractive as their first. ...

John Mayall: Bare Wires

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

JOHN MAYALL HAS taken a great leap forward with his Bare Wires suite which takes up one side of his latest Decca album. ...

John Mayall: Mayall's Bare Wires = a progression in attitude

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

JOHN MAYALL has taken a great leap forward with his Bare Wires suite which takes up one side of his latest Decca album. ...

John Mayall: O, Come And Join All Ye The Blues Faithful Crusade

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

ROLL UP! Get your Bluesbreakers masks here. Peter Green 2s 6d, Eric Clapton five bob... ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Paul McCartney

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

WHEN THE Prime Minister, Royalty or a Rear Admiral makes a tour of inspection of a naval establishment, there is a flurry of activity among ...

Melanie, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Tyrannosaurus Rex/Melanie: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

A HANDFUL of musical fairydust was thrown into the air at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday, which baffled some and choked others. ...

The Monkees: Why All This Hoo-Ha About The Monkees?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

OH, THE bitchiness! Oh, the arguments! Oh, the rows! It's amazing how pop can still cause furore and uproar from one side of the Atlantic ...

The Moody Blues: It's A Wonderful Life

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

The rich are not like you and me, said Fitzgerald. That's right, Hemingway replied: they have more money. Just in time for cocktails, CHRIS WELCH ...

The Moody Blues, Patrick Moraz: Moody Blues: Yes To The Moodies

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"I THOUGHT I was God. Then I realised I was just the drummer in a rock 'n' roll band." Graeme Edge and Caligula had the ...

Keith Moon: An appreciation

Profile by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1981

LONG BEFORE the myths and legends of Keith Moon as a rock celebrity began to grip the imagination of the public and sensation-hungry newspapers, his ...

Keith Moon: The White Tornado

Obituary by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

ON THE RADIO they were playing a tribute to Keith Moon. They put on 'My Generation' by the Who. We heard the line that now ...

Van Morrison: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

VAN MORRISON has a special kind of communication with his followers that is reserved for only a favoured few. It's not an hysterical or violent ...

Van Morrison: These Dreams of You (So Unreal, So Untrue)

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1979

OUTSIDE THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, a blizzard raged. Inside, snowflakes dripped and melted into the plush carpets. Waiters scurried while rich Americans and Arabs mulled ...

Dusty Springfield, Mickie Most, P.J. Proby, Spencer Davis Group: Right Then, Who's Backing Britain?

Comment by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

IF BRITAIN is going to the dogs, it is obvious a large section of the (older) community are convinced that sinful pop stars are prime ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention: The Coliseum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1970

PROBABLY only Frank Zappa and his musicians could properly review their concerts at London's Coliseum on Sunday. So much happened in each two-hour segment, one ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention: The Truth Is, They're Not As Ugly As Their Pictures

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

Watching With Mothers: Chris Welch survives a week with Frank Zappa ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa: Reviled, Revered Mother Superior

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1968

FEAR OF THE abnormal isn't a trait confined to Americans, but they do seem to express their fears more vociferously than most. ...

Mott The Hoople: The Ballad Of Mott

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

IAN HUNTER is a great romantic, torn by doubts and secure only in the knowledge that the will to succeed usually bears fruit. ...

The Move: Move's Ace Kefford: If I Hadn't Left

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

ONE OF THE older clichés in pop, exercised whenever a star cracks up, is "it was too much, too soon." ...

The Move: Disgusting, That's Our Stage Act

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1968

"IS OUR stage act sexy? It's disgusting! There's no doubt about it, it's vulgar and obscene, and if I was a father I wouldn't let ...

The Move: Five Really Nice Guys

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1968

Despite what you may think, the Move are really five nice guys – or so they say... ...

Mud, Glorious Mud

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

"HYPE, BILGE, lies, rubbish!" These are the epithets often hurled when a band appears on Top Of The Pops weekly, and soars chartward with a ...

National Health: Of Queues And Cures (Charly)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

THE HEALTHY Ones have been through a whole ring-cycle of changes in recent times, with Dave Stewart out and Alan Gowen back in again. We ...

The Nice: 1968 The Year Of The Nice

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

NICE ARE now one of Britain's top groups, ranking with Cream and Jimi Hendrix's Experience. And as Cream aren't working and are on the edge ...

The Nice: Will Nice Get Lost Among The Commuters?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

WILL BRITAIN'S heaviest group, the Nice, conquer America? After the Cream and Jimi Hendrix, the Nice must be our most spectacular band and well in ...

Nucleus: Alleycat (Vertigo)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

JON HISEMAN produced this album for Ian Carr, and between them they have certainly got the bite and attack of the current Nucleus without losing ...

Osibisa Reborn

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

HAPPY CHILDREN – maybe. Realistic and dedicated musicians – certainly. For beneath the jolly image of Osibisa, there beat sensitive hearts. ...

Osibisa: Ojah Awake

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

WHEN I sat upon my mother's knee during the years of austerity, being spoon-fed National Health bubble and squeak, and listening to the Light Programme, ...

Osibisa: Welcome Home

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

NICE TO SEE Osibisa back in the news and making some chart action after a difficult spell when it seemed they had lost their grip ...

The Outlaws: Outlaw Country

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

TELL US, O beefy cowboy with a stetson drawn over the eyes and a bottle of Jack Daniels old time malt liquor grasped between the ...

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Pasadena Roof Orchestra — Live

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

ONE OF MY happiest nights in years was spent in a dark, sweltering and cramped club in Hamburg towards the end of 1975. It was ...

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Pasadena Uber Alles!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1975

"ALL OVER Germany the people are freaking out...it's their cool English sense of humour...they have to beat off the groupies with sticks." ...

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Up On The Roof

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

MAYBE it's a sign of the times, as the Seventies increasingly take on the atmosphere of gloom and uncertainty that pervaded the late twenties and ...

Pink Floyd: Now It's Pink Floyd Plus The London Phil

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

CHRIS WELCH FINDS OUT WHAT BRITAIN'S TOP 'OVERGROUND' GROUP ARE PLANNING ...

Pink Floyd: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

A SILENT, attentive crowd, joss sticks waving, a huge gong booming, and the Pink Floyd looning. It was strange inside the Royal Albert Hall, London, ...

Pink Floyd: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1969

PINK FLOYD'S Festival Hall concert on Monday was artistry in pop technology. ...

Pink Floyd: The Great Pink Floyd Mystery

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

AS THOUSANDS IN ballrooms and assorted hell-holes across the country are deafened and blinded nightly by the Pink Floyd, the well-known psychedelic group, thousands might ...

Pink Floyd, Soft Machine: Pink Floyd/Soft Machine: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

PINK FLOYD and Soft Machine stunned fans with two sensational shows at London's Rainbow Theatre on Sunday night. It was a splendid evening of rock-co-operation, ...

Billy Preston: Rainbow Theatre, London

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

AFTER A shaky start, Billy Preston tore London's Rainbow Theatre apart on Thursday last week, with a little help from his friends. ...

Alan Price: Price Cuts

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1974

IN A ROCK world where folk tend to babble nonsense at the drop of a hat, blither platitudes, and indulge in half-baked philosophising, it is ...

Procol Harum "At An All-Time Low", says Organist Fisher

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

"I THINK the group position is at an all-time low. People are saying: 'Okay, they've had two hits. Now what else can they do?' " ...

Queen: A Seventies Bombshell

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

"PEOPLE THINK I'm an ogre at times. Some girls hissed at me in the street...'You devil.' They think we're really nasty. But that's only on ...

Random Hold: Against The Masturbatory Disco Experience: Random Hold

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Musicians Only, December 1979

IS THERE STILL room for experimentation with rock music, or is it doomed to be held tightly in the grip of dictates of fashion? ...

Noel Redding: Blowin'

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1976

ROCK LYRICS aren't usually worth printing on the sleeve, but most bands display their adolescent poetry as if Homer played rhythm guitar, and Dostoyevsky was ...

Noel Redding: I Dream Of Jimi

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1976

"THEY'VE gotta name for you people." Eric Bell settled back in a speeding Volkswagen as we wound through the West Cork countryside, and addressed the ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: An Outlaw At The Ritz: Keith Richards

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1979

In which Keef holds up the price of Smirnoff shares, little Marlon holds up his Dad, Anita Pallenberg holds up the interview, and CHRIS WELCH ...

Jess Roden Band: Drury Lane Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1976

IT WAS no use. The smartly attired attendant (he may well have been the manager) just could not get the kids to sit down. ...

Jess Roden: The Jess Roden Band: Jess Keeps His Hat On

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1976

"I JUST couldn't wait to get out of my stage uniform and into a pair of jeans...I may have wasted time, but I sing what ...

The Rolling Stones: Bill Wyman: Dirty Work Behind The Scenes

Interview by Chris Welch, Creem, August 1986

"WE SPENT FIVE months in Paris making the Stones' new album, and it doesn't usually take that long. We messed around for weeks because Mick ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Jagger – It's Time For A Change

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

"SORRY I'm late." "It's all right Mick." "No – it's not all right." ...

The Rolling Stones: Goat’s Head Soup?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"GOAT'S HEAD SOUP," said Mick Jagger pacing about the room. "I might change it. A lot of people don't like it. Too bad." A typically ...

The Rolling Stones: How I Survived Beggar's Banquet

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

THAT custard pies would one day be hurled by the Rolling Stones at the gentlemen of the press was fairly inevitable. ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Decides To Play It Cool

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

"STONES CASH IN on psychedelic craze! Read all about it!" This was the dramatic headline that swam into Mick Jagger's vision as he answered newspaper ...

The Rolling Stones: Oh, What? Own Up! Just Groove!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

MICK JAGGER, vintage 1968. ...

The Rolling Stones: Pop Weirdies Set Out To Play It Grim

Profile by Chris Welch, The Bexleyheath & Welling Observer, January 1964

OF ALL the sensational groups to hit British pop music since the advent of the Mersey Sound and the rhythm 'n' blues revival, the weirdest, ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones Roll Again

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

How Mick's facing up to the brave new world of getting the show back on the road: MICK JAGGER talks to Chris Welch about the ...

The Rolling Stones: Will Charlie Watts Wake Up The World?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1968

BEACH BOYS, Beatles and Donovan chased round the world after the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in search of spiritual peace. ...

Diana Ross, The Supremes: Diana Ross: A Talking Instead Of Just A Walking Doll

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

DIANA ROSS is a living doll. But as an all-talking living doll, her new image came as quite a surprise to the pop scene last ...

Rush: Neil Peart

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1984

NEIL PEART is one of rock’s show drummers, whose uncompromising personality matches his single-minded dedication to music. As one-third of Canada’s Rush, Neil made a ...

Leo Sayer: Leo Raises His Glasses

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1975

LITTLE Leo Sayer leaned across and asked with his usual charm and courtesy: "Have you got any matches?" A surprising request from a non-smoker, but ...

Leo Sayer: One Man Band No Longer

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1975

WHEN LITTLE Leo Sayer does his Michael Crawford impersonation and becomes disaster prone Frank, protective instincts are aroused, and folk cluster around to prevent him ...

Judee Sill: Judee Sill (Asylum)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 1971

JUDEE SILL IS one of those breed of American girls who’ve taken to singing who one supposes were previously engaged in quietly knitting at home ...

Judee Sill: Lunch And Judee

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1972

SHE HAS JUST been discoursing on her past activities as lerpatologist when her attention was distracted. "That's the same man who was lying on the ...

Sly & The Family Stone: 'Everyday People' (Direction)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

IT WAS A pity their first British visit was such a mess up, for Sly and Co seem like a most unusual and interesting group, ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Is All Still Well With The Faces?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

"MAC LEAVING? No — of course not!" groaned Stevie Marriott and Ronnie Lane in unison. ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: Putting A Brave Face On Things

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

STEVIE MARRIOTT is not too horrified by the slow progress of 'Universal', the Small Faces' latest vital waxing. ...

The Small Faces, The Who: A Face in The Who: Kenny Jones

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1979

ZERO HOUR approaches. Soon the Who will be back on stage, and the whole world will be watching. Kenny Jones doesn't mind admitting that he's ...

Sparks: Bright Sparks

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

IT HAD TO BE said. The gentleman with the black, slicked-back hair, Charlie Chaplin moustache and thoroughly English cricket pullover, in no manner resembled a ...

Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood, Traffic: Stevie Winwood: Why I Quit

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1967

MM EXCLUSIVE: CHRIS WELCH probes the Great Break Up and finds the Spencer Davis-Stevie Winwood split inevitable ...

Dusty Springfield: I Just Look For A Song That Suits Me

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1966

"YOU put a smell on me!" sang Dusty Springfield and Madeline Bell to an audience consisting of a monkey in a box. ...

Steely Dan

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

STEELY DAN, in their short time together, have been hailed as one of the best bands to emerge from America in a long time. They ...

Steely Dan: Get Dan And Get With It!

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1974

Steely Dan: Palace Theatre, Manchester ...

Steppenwolf: On Politics and Pop

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

FOR YEARS popular rhythm artists have expressed often in fairly heated fashion, or occasionally with affected languor, political opinions. ...

Cat Stevens: A Rather Cool Cat

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

CAT STEVENS won't purr if you poor him a saucer of milk. But if, as a reward for his sensational leap up the chart with ...

Rod Stewart: A Night On The Town

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

IT'S A long way from Gasoline Alley. Young Rodney is up in the world, aye 'appen. He's going out with a classy lady, he's worth ...

Rod Stewart: Atlantic Crossing (Warner Bros.)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

Producer: Tom Dowd. Musicians include Barry Beckett (keyboards), Steve Cropper (guitar), Duck Dunn (bass), Al Jackson and Nigel Olsson (drums), and Memphis Horns (brass). ...

Stone The Crows: Stone the Crows: Stone the Crows

Sleevenotes by Chris Welch, Repertoire Records, 1997

"STONE THE CROWS!" shouted legendary manager Peter Grant, when he first heard this splendid young Scottish band roaring into action. Although it was the Londoner's ...

Supercharge: Charge!

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1976

Rollers, Quo, Wakeman – just three targets for ace satirists Supercharge ...

Syd Barrett: A Blind Date With Syd

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Uncut, September 2006

Former Melody Maker writer Chris Welch recalls a brief encounter with Barrett in 1967 ...

Ten Years After: Recorded Live

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 1973

WHERE IN 1973 will you still hear a band blowing over a chord structure that sounds not unlike 'Cat Squirrel' and song lyrics that refer ...

Ten Years After: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

TEN YEARS AFTER are currently drawing huge applause and crowds at London's Marquee Club on Friday nights, and it is not difficult to see why. ...

Ten Years After: Ten Year Itch

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1973

WHEN DOES a band become a juke-box? And when does it cease to be a creative musical force? These are the questions that have been ...

Thunderclap Newman: Galloping Across The Downs And A Brief Chat About Bix With Mister Thunderclap Newman

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

SOME WEEKS ago, I went horse riding with Thunderclap Newman. ...

Thunderclap Newman: The Crazy World Of Thunderclap Newman

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

WHO IS THIS strange, Pickwickian character, rumbling and bumbling gaily into the pop scene? ...

Tiny Tim: When Tiny Tim Started To Sing In A High Voice, Even Dear Father Said 'Cissy'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

Chris Welch comes face to face with Tiny Tim ...

Traffic: Stevie's Back On The Beer Again

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1968

ALL IS not lost! Stevie Winwood is drinking beer again! It is pleasing to report the Traffic boss was observed entering a London ale house ...

Steve Winwood, Traffic: Stevie Winwood: 'I'm Gonna Do An Album A Week!'

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1973

IT'S BEEN many a long year since Stevie Winwood has made impact as an individual on the English rock scene. ...

Steve Winwood, Traffic: Stevie Winwood: Sixties Soul Survivor

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

"STEVE'S only 25 you know. When people criticise him and say he's not as good as he used to be in the old days, they ...

T. Rex: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

MARC BOLAN returned to the British stage on Monday night and it was as if he had never been away. There were the fans, mostly ...

T. Rex: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

MARC BOLAN became a star and T. Rex supergroup on Monday. Over 2,000 jammed London's Lyceum. And they cheered. ...

Tyrannosaurus Rex: Marc Bolan: The Man Behind Tyrannosaurus Rex

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

AGE AND world wearyness are the enemies of pop. Marc Bolan has youth and enthusiasm. His are the qualities which must be the saviours of ...

Tyrannosaurus Rex: ...But The Bopping Imp Keeps Bopping

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

CHRIS WELCH UNCOVERS THE TYRANNOSAURUS SPLIT ...

UFO: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1979

"UFO! UFO!" The chant blasts across the stalls, and security men blench at the prospect of a mass invasion. ...

Vanilla Fudge: Fudge Slow Down To Hang On To Success

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

JIMI HENDRIX slowed down 'Hey Joe', previously always recorded as an all-out tear-up, and came up with a giant hit. Then Vanilla Fudge slowed down ...

Rick Wakeman

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

"I'M SURE YOU were all as surprised as I was to find that Rick wasn't here, when we arrived tonight..." Brian Lane, manager, smiled uneasily ...

Rick Wakeman: Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, that was Rick Wakeman's highly successful solo concert at London's Festival Hall on Friday last week. Rick, the keyboard whizz of Yes, brought ...

Rick Wakeman: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

IN CLASSICAL music terms, this composition might be described as "lightweight" or of "little consequence." But as far as popular music is concerned, Rick's composition ...

Rick Wakeman: No Earthly Connection(A&M AMLK 64583)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

RICK ORIGINALLY PLANNED an album dedicated to the gods of ancient myth, but shelved that when he became intrigued by the origins of man on ...

Rick Wakeman: Rhapsodies

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

ONE OF Alfred Hitchcock's most memorable finales comes at the end of Strangers On A Train, when a huge carousel goes into overdrive and runs ...

Rick Wakeman: Liszten To Rick!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

Lisztomania is quite a movie, says Rick Wakeman. He plays Thor in the film, as well as producing the music, and he tells Chris Welch ...

Rick Wakeman: Next Stop – The Gods

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1975

RICK WAKEMAN on ice! It takes a cool nerve to launch a rock extravaganza in an area normally the preserve of pantomimes and hockey, but ...

Rick Wakeman: Sentimental Journey

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

After two years' work, RICK WAKEMAN'S Journey to the Centre of the Earth will be premiered in London tomorrow (Friday). Rick talks to CHRIS WELCH ...

Rick Wakeman: Wakeman On The Attack With His Birotron

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

RICK WAKEMAN is one of a very exclusive breed – the International Heroes of the Electric Keyboard. For Rick's meteoric career has been bound up ...

Rick Wakeman, Yes: Rick Wakeman: British Groups Have Gone Over The Top

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

The American tour was the last of the long ones ...

Rick Wakeman, Yes: Rick Wakeman: Quitting Was An Obvious Move

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

A SQUEAL of tyres, a cloud of dust and Rick Wakeman and wife Ros, drew to a halt outside the "Valiant Trooper," an excellent boozer, ...

Rick Wakeman, Yes: Rick Wakeman: Why I Said No To Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

RICK WAKEMAN has a grand design afoot that could result in one of the most extraordinary, epic concerts in ye history of popular music. ...

Scott Walker Comes In From The Cold

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

IN 1970 Scott Engel's career appeared to grind to a halt. He practically vanished from the scene. He seemed to be forgotten, discarded, after a ...

Scott Walker: I'm Going To Japan By Train

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

IS SCOTT Walker a monster? This is his image among some of the pop fraternity. Is he a helpless innocent, buffeted by pitiless probings of ...

Alan White: Ramshackled

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

IT WOULD BE a shame if this album were overlooked because it is ascribed to the drummer in a famous band (Yes) and is one ...

The Who Sell In

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1979

ARE THE WHO haunted by ghosts? Is the spectral figure of Tommy now joined by the cackling spirit of Keith Moon? ...

The Who: The Story Of The Who (Polydor)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1976

Roger Daltrey (vocals), John Entwistle (bass, brass, vocals), Keith Moon (drums, percussion), Pete Townshend (guitars, keyboards, vocals). Various tracks produced by Kit Lambert Chris Stamp, Peter Kamerson, Glyn Johns and The Who, from 1966-75. ...

The Who: Tommy

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1969

A DOUBLE ALBUM can often prove a boring disappointment these days, with the gimmick presentation becoming more important than the quality of the music. Pete ...

The Who: Bus Ride Back To Pop 30 For Who

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

THE STATES are where the Who now have their biggest hits, most fan fever, and excitement. Pete Townsend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle ...

The Who: Tackling The Most Serious Project Of Their Lives

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

"THAT'S A nasty letter. What's all that about?" inquired a menacing, dramatically dressed Roger Daltrey, clutching a copy of the MM and noting a communication ...

The Who: Vive Le 'Oo

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

After last week's Rainbow triumph the Who continued their return in France at the weekend with an open-air concert and the premieres of their two ...

The Who: Who Needs To Take Pop Seriously? Asks Pete Townshend

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

PETE TOWNSHEND is as unpredictable as a badly made Roman candle. He fizzes and spurts, showers light and occasionally explodes. ...

The Who: Would You Let Your Daughter Marry A Venusion?

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

TYPICAL WHO sound blasted in stereo from a battery of speakers – screaming guitar, vocals, bass and drums. But Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle and Keith ...

The Who: Townshend: Still No Touring

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

What next for the Who?Roger loved it, but Pete's not so sure...After their French concert last week, CHRIS WELCH eavesdropped on the Who's doubts and ...

Wings: Paul McCartney: Abbey Road Revisited

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1975

WINGS flew over Soho this week. But these were of musical origin and did not belong to the rather grubby pigeons that haunt London's home ...

Wings: Paul McCartney: Pressure Cooking

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

Paul McCartney reveals a new national achievement – the first British cooking on record! – and discusses the proposed Beatles reunion with CHRIS WELCH ...

Wings: Wings At The Speed Of Sound (Capitol)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

PAUL McCARTNEY HAS a brilliant knack of taking an ordinary, daily statement and imbuing it with intrigue. ...

Wings: Band On The Run

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

"IT'S NOT A concept," says Paul McCartney, but there is a thread to Wings' newie Band On The Run. The feeling expressed throughout is one ...

Steve Winwood: 'I'm Gonna Do an Album a Week!'

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1973

IT'S BEEN MANY a long year since Steve Winwood has made impact as an individual on the English rock scene. ...

Stevie Wonder: Innervisions

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

WHEN APPRAISING an artist of the stature of Stevie Wonder, there seems nothing worse than to hark back to previous triumphs and make comparisons. ...

Yes: Swiss Rolling And Rocking With Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1969

CHRIS WELCH reporting, with a little Alp from his friends ...

Yes in New York: Swings And Roundabouts

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"EXCUSE me, but what are you writing?" I'm just making notes about the concert and I'm trying to listen to the piano player. ...

Yes, 5,000 Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

"I HEAR we're playing the next gig in My-Rand," said Rick Wakeman, leaning heavily on the bar in the George Cinque Hotel. ...

Yes: Relayer (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1974

Chris Squire (bass guitar), Jon Anderson (vocals), Patrick Moraz (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Produced by Yes and Eddie Offord. Recorded on Eddie ...

Yes: Tales From Topographic Oceans (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

CHANTING VOICES lead us into 'The Revealing Science Of God', and the marathon Yes epic that has occupied so much of their time throughout the ...

Yes: Time And A Word (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 1970

IT'S NICE to have those great Yes arrangements like ‘Then’, ‘The Prophet’ and ‘Astral Traveller’ on record at last. One of the great playing bands, ...

Yes: Tormato

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1978

"RELEASE, Release!" is one of the most significant chants on this happy musical event. It is the hook-line on the fastest, funkiest, piece of rock ...

Yes: Yesterdays (Atlantic)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1975

Recordings between 1969-1971 including material from Yes and Time And A Word. ...

Yes: I'm Not Jumping Into Wakeman's Boots…It Will Be Different

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1974

"THE TEXTURES are so rich...and they work so fast..." Patrick Moraz slipped a sidelong glance across the top of an amphitheatre of keyboards, a mixture ...

Yes: Keep 'Em Yessing

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

"YES ARE LIKE an amoeba. Now an amoeba works on the principle of..do you know, I've no idea how it f***** works!" Jon Anderson grinned, ...

Yes: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1973

A DISTURBING night for a Yes fan at London's Rainbow, when the group unveiled their new work Tales From Topographic Oceans. For despite, the applause ...

Yes: Yes Men On Top

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1973

FLUSHED from their success in the MM Pop Poll, the all-star musicians of Yes held a remarkable summit conference this week. Gathered round the board ...

Yes: Yes Please!

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

AS YES PLAY one of the most prestigious concerts in their career, at Madison Square Garden, New York, this week both their British and American ...

Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (Reprise)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1970

Hot Rats is hot stuff! ...

List of genre pieces

Tamla Motown: Munch, Munch, Munch

Comment by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1969

Chris Welch discovers what it's like to eat his own words… ...

British Steel: How UK rock got ever harder, heavier and more metallic in the '70s

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1983

ROCK CRITICS HAD IT ALL PLANNED: music during the Seventies would become increasingly sophisticated. By dint of hard reviewing all folly would be removed, leaving ...

Jeff Dexter: From Twist Demonstrator... To Dance Band Singer... To High Priest Of Hits...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

Chris Welch tells the strange story of DJ Jeff Dexter ...

Purely Percussive: The Irresistible Rise Of Rock Drumming

Overview by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1982

A GLITTERING ARRAY of drums surrounded by a forest of shining stands and cymbals has been the center-piece of the rock show since the early ...

Roy Hollingworth, 1949-2002

Obituary by Chris Welch, Independent, The, March 2002

Roy Hollingworth, journalist, singer, guitarist and composer: born Derby 12 April 1949; married 1999 Anthea Yeomans; died Kingston upon Thames, Surrey 9 March 2002. ...

Ten Years Of The Marquee

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

When the Stones were rollin' – for £10 a gig ...

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