Sunday 23rd November 2014
FM - 30th annivedrsary tour + HAND OF DIMES
Comprising the ex-Samson pair of bassist Merv Goldsworthy and drummer Pete Jupp; the Overland brothers – vocalist/guitarist Steve and lead guitarist Chris - both formerly of Wildlife; plus the keyboard talents of Philip Manchester (AKA sci-fi nutcase Didge Digital), FM's first public appearance in the UK on Valentine’s Day of 1985 was swiftly followed by the release of their début album, INDISCREET. FM hit the road in Europe supporting the likes of Tina Turner, Foreigner, Gary Moore, Status Quo and the white-hot Bon Jovi on the ‘Slippery When Wet’ tour.
For the next 12 years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of British melodic rock, touring everywhere they could to promote releases such as 1989's TOUGH IT OUT and 1992's APHRODISIAC. By 1995 when FM released DEAD MAN'S SHOES Chris Overland and Didge Digital had gone their separate ways to be replaced by Andy Barnett and Jem Davis. In 1996 however, with 'grunge' fever sweeping the world, the band decided to call it a day...
…until October 2007, when FM at last played together again for the first time in 12 years, headlining a sold-out Firefest IV at Nottingham Rock City. The reaction to this one-off appearance ensured that FM swiftly decided to make the reunion a permanent fixture but with Andy Barnett unable to commit long-term the band were forced to seek out a new guitarist.
Cue Jim Kirkpatrick who made his FM live début at Winstanley College in March 2009, followed by a return headline spot at Firefest VI the following October, as well as playing on the WILDSIDE EP released that same month. 'Wildside' set the scene for FM's first new album in 15 years. The highly-acclaimed METROPOLIS (released March 2010) spawned singles 'Hollow' and 'Bring Back Yesterday' which found the band playlisted on many radio stations worldwide, not least on the UK's biggest station - BBC Radio 2. FM played to packed houses across the UK throughout 2010 culminating with main stage appearances at Download in June and Hard Rock Hell IV in December.
2011 saw FM return to many overseas strongholds of years gone by – headline shows in Holland and Spain; a show with D-A-D in Portugal; Sweden Rock; Graspop in Belgium; dates with Journey and Foreigner in Germany, Belfast and Dublin, and the guys were honoured to be invited back to play at Download for a second time.
In January 2012 FM headlined the Sunday night Rock Stage at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness 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 on Thin Lizzy's Nov/Dec UK tour.
March 2013 proved to be a busy time for FM – their seventh studio album ROCKVILLE was released 11 March 2013 via Membran, followed by the release of companion album ROCKVILLE II 25 March 2013. On 15 March the band set off on their UK tour with Special Guests It Bites, Vega and Serpentine, culminating with their return to London Shepherd's Bush Empire for the final night of the tour on 23 March 2013. With barely time to catch their breath FM released the DVD INDISCREET 25 LIVE at the beginning of April 2013 and headed off to Rotherham for the inaugural HRH AOR festival where on 06 April 2013 they shared the stage with other luminaries of the genre Tesla, Danny Vaughn and more, including past tour-mates Romeo's Daughter and Vega.
2014 sees FM open up for US/UK Rock legends Foreigner on a full UK tour.
Line-up – Steve Overland – vocals & guitar / Merv Goldsworthy – bass / Pete Jupp – drums /
Jem Davis – keyboards / Jim Kirkpatrick – guitar