UK outfit Trapeze were formed in the late sixties by bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes ( yes, him again!! ), guitarists Mel Galley and Terry Rowley, drummer Dave Holland and vocalist John Jones. Rowley and Jones left after the bands' fairly weak debut album in 1970, and the remaining trio changed to a more hard rocking and better suiting style of music. Subsequent albums were excellent examples of good old fashioned blues tinged funk rock, with Hughes excelling ( naturally ) in the vocal and songwriting departments. His big break came when he was asked to join Deep Purple in 1974, with Galley and Holland recruiting second guitarist Rob Kendrick and bassist Pete Wright for the next couple of albums. Later Trapeze line-ups would include vocalist Pete Goalby, later of Uriah Heep fame. Holland, in the meantime, moved to Judas Priest, and Galley finally split the band in the early eighties. Galley would go on to feature in Whitesnake and Phenomena. The classic Trapeze line-up of Galley, Hughes and Holland reformed for a series of live concerts in the early nineties, and a great live CD, featuring Geoff Downes of Asia fame on keyboards, called " Welcome to the Real World - Trapeze live at the Borderline", was released in 1998. Another live album, " Way back to the bone", recorded way back (sorry) in the early days, was also released a few years ago.

Trapeze - Will our Love End, from "You are the music, we're just the band", their third album, released in 1972. When you hear Glenn Hughes on this album, you'll understand why Deep Purple snatched him up as the replacement for Roger Glover. Hughes was one of the founding members of this great British blues/funk/hard rock outfit whose roots go back to the late sixties/early seventies. The band started out as a quintet but trimmed down to the trio of Hughes on vocals and bass, Mel Galley on guitars and Dave Holland on drums. When Hughes left to join Purple, he was replaced by bassist Pete Wright. Second guitarist Terry Rowley joined, with Galley handling most of the vocals, that is, until vocalist Pete Goalby joined the band in 1978. When Trapeze finally split in the early eighties, Galley would go on to join Whitesnake and Phenomena and Holland found fame occupying the drum stool with Judas Priest.

Trapeze - Black Cloud, a song that would later become one of their best known concert tracks. Released on their second album, "Medusa", in 1970, it was the first album to feature the "new look" Trapeze, which had been trimmed down to the trio of Mel Galley on guitars and vocals, Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals, and Dave Holland on drums. Formed as quintet in Wolverhampton, England, in 1968, the band also featured John Jones on vocals and trumpet and Terry Rowley on guitar, keyboards and flute. This line-up released Trapeze's self-titled album in 1970, but Rowley and Jones were forced out of the band and rejoined their previous band, The Montana's, leaving our three friends the job of placing this great blues/rock outfit on the map. Galley, Hughes and Holland remained together for the band's next two albums, "Medusa" and "You are the Music, we're just the Band" in 1972, before Hughes, or the God of Voice as he's quite rightly now known, received an opportunity to replace Roger Glover in Deep Purple in 1973. He's replacement was Pete Wright, with Rob Kendrick joining on second guitar. Galley took over vocal duties. This line-up recorded the great "Hot Wire" album in 1974 and the self titled "Trapeze" album in 1975. Kendrick was then replaced by vocalist/guitarist Pete Goalby, who featured on 1979's" Hold On" album. Dave Holland was then offered the job at Judas Priest and he's replacement was Steve Bray. Trapeze disbanded after the "Live in Texas - Dead Armadillos" album in the early eighties, with Galley moving on to Whitesnake, where he enjoyed a fairly lengthy stay. He was also later involved in Phenomena. Hughes, in the meantime, had featured with Gary Moore, Black Sabbath and a host of others. He, Galley and Holland reformed Trapeze for a few live gigs in 1992. One of these shows, recorded at The Borderline on May 16th, 1992, was captured on CD and released as "Welcome to the Real World -Live at The Borderline" in 1998. Trapeze will always be remembered as one of the UK's best ever bands. Other links: 

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Biography by Jason Ankeny
Wolverhampton, England hard rock outfit Trapeze formed in 1968, teaming lead vocalist John Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Terry Rowley (both ex-members of the Montanas, famed for the hit "You've Got to Be Loved") with singer/guitarist Mel Galley, bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Dave Holland. Signing to the Moody Blues' Threshold Records imprint, Trapeze issued its self-titled debut album in 1970; Jones and Rowley returned to the Montanas soon after, and in 1970 the remaining trio resurfaced with Medusa. The group toured extensively both at home and abroad, and although their fusion of rock and funk was cited as a prime influence on bands like ZZ Top, their commercial success was minimal. In the wake of the third Trapeze album, 1972's You Are the Music...We're Just the Band, Hughes replaced Roger Glover in Deep Purple. Guitarist Rob Kendrick and bassist Pete Wright signed on for Trapeze's 1974 effort Hot Wire, followed a year later by a self-titled LP; in 1976, the core trio of Galley, Hughes, and Holland reunited, although no new recordings were forthcoming. Hughes again exited prior to 1978's Hold On, which featured Wright in addition to new guitarist Pete Goalby; Trapeze then disbanded, with Galley joining Whitesnake (and, later, Black Sabbath), while Holland tenured with Judas Priest. Galley, Hughes, and Holland reformed once more in 1991, with a May 1992 London gig yielding the Welcome to the Real World live album. 


Dave Holland
Glenn Hughes
Mel Galley
Peter Goalby
John Jones
Rob Kendrick
Terry Rowley
Pete Wright

Spooky Tooth
Wishbone Ash
Black Sabbath
Bad Company
Thin Lizzy

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Trapeze - 1970 - Medusa - 4.5/5

Trapeze - 1970 - Trapeze (Threshold) - 3/5

Trapeze - 1972 - You Are the Music...We're Just the Band - 4/5

Trapeze - 1974 - Final Swing - 2/5

Trapeze - 1974 - Hot Wire - 3/5

Trapeze - 1975 - Trapeze (Warner Bros.) - 2/5

Trapeze - 1978 - Running - 2.5/5

Trapeze - 1980 - Live in Texas, Dead Armadillos - 3.5/5

Trapeze - 1986 - Way Back to the Bone - 4/5

Trapeze - 1998 - Hold On - 4.5/5

Trapeze - 1998 - Way Back to the Bone-Live - 4/5

Trapeze - 1998 - Welcome to the Real World, Live at the Borderline - 2/5

Trapeze - 2001 - Dead Armadillos - 4/5

Trapeze - 2003 - Live at the Boat Club 1975 - 4.5/5

Trapeze - 2003 - On the Highwire - 4/5



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