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Eastside Events presents:

Diamond Head

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  • Date: Sun 23 Jan 2022
  • Venue: The Cluny
  • Advance tickets: £17.50
  • Doors: 7pm

DIAMOND HEAD BIOG 2019Inspired by his older brother David to learn the guitar at 14, Brian Tatlereventually recruited school friends Duncan Scott, Sean Harris and Colin Kimberlyto form Diamond Head in 1976. At the age of just nineteen they becamepart ofthe New Wave of British Heavy Metal, gigging and performing their own materialacrossthe country. In 1980 they openedfor AC/DC and Iron Maiden whilstrecording and releasing their debut albumLightning To The Nationsaka ‘TheWhite Album’ on an independent label.This masterpiece is now a heavy metalclassic, revered by bands such as Metallica and Megadeth who cite DiamondHead as one of their greatest influence.The group signed to MCA in January 1982 and releasedLiving On Borrowed Timewhichentered the UK album charts at 24. An appearance at Reading Festivaland a UK tour at major venues including London‘s Hammersmith Odeonconsolidated their burgeoning status.The following year saw the release of the more progressive styleCanterburyalbum.This was a difficult album torecordand the pressure resulted in thedeparture of twooriginal band members,Scottbeingdismissed and Kimberlyleaving the group.A new line upDiamond Head opened the Monsters Of Rock Festival in1983 andcompleted a 15date European tour supporting Black Sabbath. This was followedby a further UK, Odeon sized tour.MCA now requested that management shouldbe transferred from Harris’s mother and partnerReg Fellowsbut Sean refusedand the label dropped Diamond Head in January 1984. That line upended thefollowing year butBrian & Seanreunited in 1990adding new drummer KarlWilcox and bassist Eddie Moohan. They releasedDeath & Progressin 1993featuringMegadeth ‘s DaveMustaine on the track ‘Truckin’ plusa co-writeandguest appearance from Black Sabbath ‘s Tony Iommionthe track‘Starcrossed’.A release date was planned around Diamond Head openingfor Metallica andMegadethat Milton Keynes National Bowl.The group folded again shortly after.In 1998 Metallica released‘Garage Inc’a double album of coverson VertigoRecords containingfour Diamond Headsongs, thiswent on to sell 5,000,000copies and introduced Diamond Head to a whole new generation of listeners.Following a reconciliation of Brian and Sean in2000,Diamond Head sparkedbackinto lifeto tour the UK and perform for the first time in the US. Theirpartnership permanentlyended after making an album,then Sean wanting itreleased under a newband nameHost. In 2003 Brian decided to continueDiamond Headwithout Seanandrecruited vocalist Nick Tart.This resulted in the2005 album AllWill Be Revealed.The band embarked on a 22 date Europeantour supporting Megadeth, which turned out to be a massive success, impressinglong standing fans andpicking up new younger ones along the way.What’s InYour Head?Was released in 2007 on Cargo Records andsaw the addition ofAbbz onsecond guitar. Various tours and festivalsfollowed, includingopeningforThin Lizzy , Europe andthe Big 4(Metallica,Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax) atSonisphereUK and France. Nick Tartemigrated to Australia in 2008 andalthoughthe band tried to make it work for five yearsit made writing,rehearsing and touring very difficult and expensive.

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