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The Blockheads + Eddie and The Hot Rods

After over 45 years on the road, The Blockheads are one of the most influential and irrepressible rock ‘n’ funk bands.

Formed in 1977 to partner the legendary Ian Dury on the first Stiff Records UK tour promoting his now classic New Boots and Panties!! album blending funk, punk, disco, and rock with hit singles and albums that followed.

The current band features original members Mick Gallagher, Chaz Jankel, Davey Payne, and John Turnbull augmented by long-term stalwart John Roberts on drums, a revolving line-up of sax players like Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards, and Dave Lewis, plus frontman, Mike Bennett. The original Blockheads line-up was extended with a host of great musicians including Wilko Johnson.

The legendary band perform classics ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, ‘Sweet Gene Vincent’, ‘What a Waste’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3’, and more.

Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, The Blockheads have endured continuing to captivate audiences with their energetic live performances and a catalogue of hits that cement their status as musical mavericks with fans of all ages.

Eddie and the Hot Rods are one of the most iconic rock groups of the mid to late 1970s.

Their classic hits such as ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’, ‘Quit This Town’, ‘Live at the Marquee’, and ‘Teenage Depression’ along with recent tracks from their 2023 album Guardians of the Legacy are powerfully reprised by this line-up that have been touring worldwide for over 20 years.

The spirit, power, and quality of songs and performance is what makes Eddie and the Hot Rods one of the best bands around.


The Blockheads + Eddie and The Hot Rods

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