About The Band

About the Band

 

To put it simply, The Rock Legends band perform the hit songs of the legendary bands and musicians that they have worked with over their musical careers, which includes
The Animals, Smokie, Status Quo, Joe Cocker, Dire Straits, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Saxon, and many more.


The concept of the Sensational Rock Legends show is that it consists of a wide repertoire of hit songs from legendary sensational rock bands of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s instead of performing the songs of only one band. Having such a wide variety of songs in the concert guarantees that their show is not only very entertaining, but it also satisfies a very wide selection of musical tastes, age ranges and gender.


With each of the band members holding the credibility of having worked with so many famous bands and musicians, The Rock Legends can rightfully perform such a wide variety of hit songs in their show.


The Rock Legends are a professional UK band that regularly headline at concerts around Europe with audiences of up to 50,000 people per show. They have performed live on many TV shows, some of which have been simultaneously broadcast to over 100 countries worldwide.


History of the band


In 2006, Polish promoter Marian Knapczyk required a British band to perform in Poland at a number of corporate events he was arranging. He approached the British band Lieutenant Pigeon to ask if they would be interested in performing on the shows. Following a pilot show in Poland on 1st December 2006 in which the Polish promoter announced the band as 'UK Legends', an established line-up for the band was soon created for further shows featuring Simon Hough (Simon Van Downham) on guitar and Vocals, Martin Bland on Bass, Geoff Hammond on drums and Steve Hutchinson (Stevie Hutch) on keyboards.

In the following years Steve Hutchinson started to promote the UK Legends band worldwide and as he was now undertaking all of the promotion, administration, website creation, media advertising and bookings for the band outside of Poland he officially registered the UK Legends name in 2007.

In 2009 the band unfortunately split up due to an internal dispute and it totally disbanded. This is when Polish promoter Marian Knapczyk gave Steve the opportunity to create a brand new UK Legends band to undertake future performances in Poland using musicians of Steve’s choice.

The previous two band members Simon and Geoff from Lancashire were being pushed forward for the new band but Steve instead decided to re-enlist the previous bass player Martin Bland into the newly reformed UK Legends band along with two other North Eastern UK musicians; guitarist Graham Hunter who had previously worked in Eric Bell's Thin Lizzy band, along with Ade Evans who was Chris Rea’s rehearsal drummer.  Alan Silson the original guitarist from Smokie was also brought in to complete the line up but he was soon replaced by Bernie Lowery ‘The voice of Smokie’.

The band continued to perform many shows in Poland with this line up but for some reason there were quite a few changes of drummer throughout the years. At one point Paul Thompson from Roxy Music performed on some of the shows, then Paul Elliot a top session drummer joined the band for a few years followed by Mickey ‘Mad Dog’ Davis the drummer for John Miles.

 

In 2012 Steve re-named the show as 'UK Rock Legends' when the band started to perform its shows in the UK without Bernie Lowery. This was because the rock songs that Graham Hunter performed in the show were more popular in the UK than the Smokie songs.


In 2014 Steve formed his own tribute to The Animals under his previously registered name of 'Animals III' using former Animals vocalist Tony Liddle and former Animals guitarist George Fearon along with two of the UK Legends band members. The Animals III band has performed shows in Scandinavia, Belgium and the UK. The Animals III band continues today with different band members under the newer name of 'Animal Tracks' performing 'The Animals Greatest Hits Show'. Details of the band can be found at www.animals3.com


In 2015 Graham Hunter left the UK Rock Legends band and was replaced by Saxon rock vocalist Tony Liddle and Tygers of Pan Tang guitarist Steve Lamb.


In 2016 Graham Hunter re-joined the band and Steve Hutchinson changed the name of the band back to 'UK Legends' to suit the audiences in the UK's social clubs.


In 2016 Steve set up and registered the Smokie tribute band 'Songs of Smokie' featuring Bernie Lowery (also known as The Voice of Smokie) using the UK Legends band members to perform shows at the Butlins 70's Weekends and other holiday camps.


In 2017 guitarist Steve Lamb re-joined the band in place of Graham Hunter


In 2019 George Defty joined the band playing alongside Stevie Hutch, Martin Bland, and Steve Lamb. Bernie Lowery was also brought back into the band at this time to perform on the UK Legends shows in the UK.

 

In 2021 due to a dispute over the marketing of Steve's Animals III band Martin Bland, Steve Lamb and George Defty left the UK Legends and Animals III band to persue their own careers. This resulted in Steve Hutchinson bringing in new band members Howard Baker on vocals, previous Animals band member Graham Hill on bass, White Heat drummer George Waters, and previous UK Legends, Animals III and UK Rock Legends original guitarist Graham Hunter. This is the current line-up of the band today.


In 2021 the band also stopped using the word 'UK' in the name so that the band could perform a wider variety of songs from around the world in their show. The band is now known under the name of 'The Rock Legends' and they perform 'The Sensational Rock Legends Show'.






The following are legally binding certificates of registration held by Steve Hutchinson for the band names: UK Legends, UK Rock Legends, Animals III, Animals 3, Songs of Smokie, Voice of Smokie, The Animals Greatest Hits Show, Animal Tracks, Rock Legends and The Sensational Rock Legends Show. These names have all been historically registered with the UK based company Log Networks Ltd t/a bandname.com with each certificate giving clear documentation of the dates of ownership.

 
 
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