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Old 05-05-10, 12:42 AM
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Default Chris White (Saxophonist)

Saxophonist Chris White should really have been an Olympic swimmer. 'That's what I wanted to be,' he says with a wryly regretful smile. What went wrong?

'I don't think I could swim fast enough.' At thirteen, he discovered the saxophone, having seen someone playing the instrument on TV and suddenly the pool had lost its allure.

White took up the saxophone at the age of 13, whilst a pupil at Lawrence Weston Secondary School. He started gigging a couple of years later, and was soon playing in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and touring with other musicians (such as France Gall).
He joined Dire Straits in 1985 for their two final world tours, and played at both the Live Aid concert and Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Concert in 1988.


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Default Michael Weston (Guitarist)

(The Lilac Time with Stephen Duffy)

Probably the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain, his credits include Jimmy Nail, Leo Sayer and Deana Carter while his most recent tour was with Robbie Williams. He also formed the band ‘The Lilac Time’ with Stephen Duffy and Nick Duffy.


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Old 05-05-10, 12:55 AM
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Default Neil Taylor (Guitarist)

Neil Taylor is a guitarist best known for his long-time affiliation with Robbie Williams and for formerly being a member of the backing band of Tears for Fears.
Taylor started playing in local bands in his youth before joining Neon as a session musician in the early 1980s. During this time he met Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal who, after founding Tears for Fears, asked Taylor to play guitar tracks for their sophomore album Songs from the Big Chair.

Taylor's spell with Tears for Fears continued into the early 1990s, and he was again featured on their 1989 album The Seeds of Love. After the group disbanded in 1991 he went on to play with several artists before becoming a permanent member of the Robbie Williams band in 2003 and replacing Fil Eisler.
Ever since then he has performed live on tour with Robbie playing concerts for up to 100,000 people a night!

One of his memorable achievements was playing to a staggering 375,000 people, over three days In Knebworth Park, August 2003.
This was one of the biggest music events in British history.

Neil has also played and preformed with other music legends such as Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, The Pretenders, Van Morrison Paul Young and Morrissey.

Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair (1985)[1]
Red Box - The Circle and the Square (1986)
Climie Fisher - Everything (1987)
Jane Wiedlin - Fur (1988)
Holly Johnson - Blast (1989)
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair (1989)
Morrissey - The Last of the Famous International Playboys (1989)
Tears for Fears - The Seeds of Love (1989)[1]
Easterhouse - Waiting for the Redbird (1989)
Propaganda - 1234 (1990)
Tina Turner - Simply the Best (1991)
Howard Jones - In the Running (1992)
Simon Climie - Soul Inspiration (1992)
The Beloved - Conscience (1993)
Wendy James - Now ain't the Time for Your Tears (1993)
Chris de Burgh - This Way Up (1994)
Heather Nova - Siren (1998)
Robbie Williams - Sing When You're Winning (2000)
Natalie Imbruglia - White Lilies Island (2001)
Naked Eyes - Everything and More (2001)
Nick Carter - Help Me (2002)
Robbie Williams - Escapology (2003)
Brian McFadden - Real to Me (2004)
Natalie Imbruglia - Counting Down the Days (2005)
Robbie Williams - Intensive Care (2005)
James Morrison - Undiscovered (2006)
Robbie Williams - Rudebox (2006)



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Default Melvin Duffy (Guitarist)

Melvin Duffy is regarded as one of the leading world’s pedal-steel guitarists which secured him a place in the studio with such names as Robbie Williams, Tina Turner, The Bluetones, Gomez, he was also a member of the Lilac times.



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Default Chris Sharrock (Drummer)

Birkenhead butcher's boy Chris Sharrock was eight when he sat behind his first proper drum kit. He hasn't stopped since, working with Dave Stewart, Lou Reed and Del Amitri amongst many others. He met Guy on World Party and has been with Robbie since the beginning. a position he held for the next 8 years.

Backstage, you'll more likely than not find him rolling his own cigarettes or hanging out in Robbie's room, where he's become something of a champion Uno player. Modest about his mystical side, he enjoys a few minutes of quiet meditation under the stage before each gig.
'All the best drummers in the world are dead,' he muses. 'And I include myself in that.' 'He's my little mate,' says Robbie, 'even though he's ten years older than me. I've asked a few drummers who they think the best drummer in the world is - and it's Chris. He's Keith Moon incarnate.'

Sharrock joined Oasis in 2008 after previous drummer Zak Starkey left the group. Chris did not play on the band's 2008 album, Dig Out Your Soul, but played on the subsequent tour. Noel Gallagher said in an interview for MOJO, regarding the appointment of Oasis' new drummer, "Liam is still not happy about Chris Sharrock, because he's Robbie Williams' drummer. I went home and thought about it and it was just too much of a temptation to piss Robbie Williams and Liam off in one phone call." Sharrock made his live debut with Oasis on 14 August 2008, in front of 150 Oasis fan club members.


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Default Gary Nuttal (Guitarist)

Gary Nuttall is a Liverpool born guitarist and vocalist who in March 1997 joined Robbie Williams after playing in numerous bands up and down the country for the likes of The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales & many other pubs!
Since then Gary has played & sang on all but two of Robbie's albums, contributing to some of his best known tracks including 'Angels' (acoustic guitar & background vocals), 'No Regrets' (guitar) and 'Feel' (guitar & background vocals).
Gary has also been a mainstay of Robbie's live band from his first solo tour in October 1997 to his latest 'Close Encounters' world tour in 2006

As well as playing with Rob, Gary has been involved in various projects, highlights of which include one-off gigs with the late, great John Entwistle & the legendary Ringo Starr.
Gary has also recently played in the band that inducted Beatles producer George Martin into the UK Hall of Fame. Other band members included Roger Taylor on drums & Jose Gonzalez on guitar.

Gary likes catching up on his sleep between gigs. 'I do admit,' he says, 'that laziness is a problem in the usual day to day running of my life! Bed is very important to me.' But you'll never catch him using Room Service. 'I'm extremely tight,' he confesses, 'and I refuse to pay a charge for bringing food up in a lift.'

He prefers a brisk walk to the local MacDonald's or Burger King, saving up his 'per diem' payments to take his wife out to nice restaurants in the Englefield Green area on his return home. Gary has his own small but dedicated group of fans, who admire his kindness and the fact that he bothers to stop and talk to them. They like to stand just below him with four bits of white cardboard saying G, A, R and Y.

One day, he laughs, there may be enough to spell N, U, T, T, A, L, L. Not that he can see them anyway; he takes his glasses off for the gig and admits, 'the front row is a bit of a blur'. 'The quiet man of the bunch,' says Robbie. 'He's a huge dark horse in the band. He goes away for days on end and doesn't come out of his room. He's a creature of habit and a creature of comfort. A comedic and musical genius.'


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Default Karl Brazil (Robbie's New Drummer)

Karl Brazil grew up in Solihull, West Midlands and was taught by Ian Palmer's Uncle, Steve Palmer. He has fast become one of the busiest drummers in the UK and is known for his feel and ambidextrous style. This is because Karl plays a right handed set up but is actually left handed and left footed.

Over the last few years, Karl has played and worked with many different artists and bands emphasizing his versatility. Over the last five years he has performed with James Blunt, Feeder, Natalie Imbruglia, James Morrison, Jason Mraz and recently accepted an offer to work with Robbie Williams on his forthcoming album promotional tour.

Following The World's Greatest Drummer concert at Town Hall Birmingham, Karl acknowledged that this was one of the toughest musical undertakings he has been involved with, particularly performing alongside his peers in an environment which none of the drummers would normally reside.

Coming from a big musical family, Karl has a wide range of musical influences and was introduced to music from an early age. Apart from travelling the world bashing pots and pans, Karl loves nothing more than spending time with his family, a beer with his mates and a trip to St. Andrews to watch his beloved football team, Birmingham City play.


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Default Jerry Meehan (Bass)

Director of Wendyhouse Productions, writer, producer and bass player; the last 3 years Jerry has mainly been working with Robbie Williams as writer/producer and playing bass in his band. He studied bassoon composition and conducting at Chatham’s School of Music in Manchester and went on to win a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jerry was principle bassoon in the National Youth Orchestra and a finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition in 1984.

Since leaving the Guildhall he has worked extensively within the music industry, with artists including Stevie Wonder, Beth Orthon, Talvin Singh, Omar, Midge Ure, Boyzone, Bryan Ferry, Roger Daltrey and Will Young. In the classical field he has worked with names such as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez and Jesse Norman. Jerry has written the music for many commercial musical projects including “Starsky and Hutch”, “The Visitors” and "The Emperor’s Wife", which won Best Film Score Prize at the Rome film festival. He has also worked on TV commercials including campaigns for Ford, Harvest Crunch, Doritos, Müller, Pizza Hut, and Sanderson.



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Default Dave 'BISH' Bishop (Musician)

Dave 'BISH' Bishop started playing the clarinet aged eight. 'And I found it quite easy. I wanted to be an engineer like my dad.

But he said, "Don't do that, whatever you find easy and enjoy, that's the way to go." So Bish stuck with music, moving to the sax at ten. 'When you fall into playing the sax it's relatively easy after what you've gone through with the clarinet.'

He loves the look of the thing, the noise it makes. 'It's the most diverse voice of all. You can really tell sax players apart from the noise they make.' His sound? 'A clean, edgy noise.' He started playing professionally with Thin Lizzie in the late Seventies.

The usual word of mouth led him to work with Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, the list goes on. 'To get where we are,' he admits, 'playing has to be all enveloping. It's not just a job. It's your hobby and your interest as well.'

Bish is known as the chief jester of the pack. 'I'm quite fun-loving, I suppose,' he admits. 'I enjoy making people laugh. For what reason I don't know.'

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Fil Eisler (Bass player and Vocalist)

Fil Eisler was a key member of Robbie Williams band, as Robbie’s bass player and vocalist. He also co-wrote and co-produced tracks with Robbie, including the tracks ‘Stalkers Day Off’ and ’Talk To Me’ while touring and recording with the band over a four year period.
Famous for wearing Kilts on stage and being the outspoken one of the group he was featured in the documentary Nobody Someday where he spoke about Robbie's attack on stage.

Fil Eisler is in L.A with his band, but still performs on Robbie Albums the last one being RudeBox.
He has been with his own band called Izlar since 2004 and released his 3rd album last year.
But their official mysapce is still empty.
His brother in law has shares in Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club (Scotland) and he use to go there pretty often to watch the games.

As an artist, Fil has worked with such producers as Mike Pelanconi and Ed Raso (Notorious B.I.G., Black Rob).


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