FM Rockville

Posted: March 11, 2013 in metal
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Piccy.info - Free Image HostingIt all started in the summer of 1984, over a few drinks in a London pub, FM was formed. Comprising the ex-Samson pair of bassist Merv Goldsworthy and drummer Pete Jupp, the formidable Overland brothers – vocalist/guitarist Steve and lead guitarist Chris; both formerly of Wildlife – plus the keyboard talents of Philip Manchester (better known as sci-fi nutcase Didge Digital), the band wrote six songs.  In December of that same year they secured a recording contract with the CBS/Portrait label.
The first public appearance of FM was on Valentine’s Day of 1985, attracting rave reviews. The debut album, INDISCREET, wasn’t far behind.  A fully-fledged masterpiece, every track hit the spot and the mega-ballad ‘Frozen Heart’ caused lips to quiver and tear ducts to moisten whenever it was played.
‘Frozen Heart’ was heard in many venues during 1986 and FM hit the road in Europe supporting Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Foreigner, Gary Moore, Status Quo and Magnum, also opening for REO Speedwagon at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.  At the year’s end they were delighted to accept a spot with the white-hot Bon Jovi on the ‘Slippery When Wet’ tour.
Queensrÿche/Dokken producer Neil Kernon was engaged to oversee 1989’s TOUGH IT OUT, a harder-edged second album that saw FM at last realising the sound they’d envisaged all along.
To promote TOUGH IT OUT the band set out on a gruelling 42-date UK tour that would see them returning to Hammersmith Odeon, this time as headliners (Romeo’s Daughter were the trek’s special guests). Soon afterwards, however, Chris Overland decided to leave FM, his final performance taking place at the sold-out Town & Country Club.
In his place, FM recruited Andy Barnett, His debut with the group, 1991’s TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS album, was a more than creditable achievement.
TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS didn’t prepare anyone for the following year’s APHRODISIAC, a collection of heart-wrenching ballads (‘Closer To Heaven’) and balls-out rockers (‘Breathe Fire’, ‘Blood And Gasoline’).
Their last record was the aptly titled DEAD MAN’S SHOES album.  Shortly after it’s release in 1995, the band quietly slipped away to pursue a variety of other opportunities.
The individual members soon discovered however, that it was impossible to get through an interview without being quizzed about the possibility of an FM reunion. The re-issuing and re-packaging of most of their albums on CD simply served to turn up the heat.
And so it came to pass. At Nottingham Rock City on 27th October 2007, Merv, Steve, Pete, Andy and Jem finally played together again in public for the first time in 12 years.  What a deeply emotional experience it turned out to be.
This set the scene for FM’s first new album in 15 years – the highly acclaimed METROPOLIS, released March 2010.  The band celebrated the release of METROPOLIS by putting on a release party gig with 600 FM fanatics crammed into a sold-out Roadhouse in London’s Covent Garden at the beginning of February 2010.  In May the band released Hollow / Flamingo Road as a single and the band soon found themselves playlisted on radio stations in many countries, not least on the UK’s biggest radio station BBC Radio 2, where Hollow remained on the playlist for a month.
FM ‘live’ was very much the theme for the rest of 2010, with the band playing to packed houses all over the UK throughout the year.   The resurrection was completed with invitations to play the main stages at Download in June and Hard Rock Hell IV in December.
FM started 2011 with a show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on January 22 with Thin Lizzy. They were also invited back to play at Download Festival again.
In January 2012 FM headlined the Sunday night Rock Stage at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival and during March they staged three special concerts in Glasgow, Manchester and London to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of their début album INDISCREET.  These shows saw FM play INDISCREET live in its entirety for the first time ever as part of a full show.  FM ended the year as Special Guests with The Treatment on Thin Lizzy’s Nov/Dec UK tour.
With their new album ROCKVILLE set for release 11 March 2013, FM have announced a series of UK dates, below with Special Guests It Bites, Vega and Serpentine.  FM will also be appearing at Hard Rock Hell AOR in April 2013.

Line-up – Steve Overland – vocals & guitar / Merv Goldsworthy – bass
Pete Jupp – drums / Jem Davis – keyboards / Jim Kirkpatrick – guitar

March
UK Tour
15 Pontypridd Muni Arts Centre
16 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
17 Glasgow King Tutts
18 Bingley Arts Centre
20 Newcastle O2 Academy 2
21 Manchester Academy 2
22 Nuneaton Queens Hall
23 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

For Ticket details and more info go to http://www.fmofficial.com

Original 2007 biography by Dave Ling (Classic Rock Magazine).  http://www.daveling.co.uk

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