- 26 Nov Holmfirth Picturedrome
In the summer of 1984 singer Steve Overland and his brother, guitarist Chris (bothformerly of Wildlife) teamed up with drummer Pete Jupp (ex Wildlife and Samson)and bassist Merv Goldsworthy (ex Diamond Head and Samson) to form FM. Joinedby the keyboard talents of Didge Digital, by December that year they had secured arecording contract with CBS/Portrait and the band headed to Germany for a run ofdates with Meat Loaf.Further tours with Tina Turner, Foreigner and Gary Moore built up the momentum. On8 September 1986 FM released their debut album INDISCREET (featuring the hugelypopular single "Frozen Heart") to great critical acclaim and the year ended on a highwith FM supporting the white-hot Bon Jovi on their "Slippery When Wet" tour.For the next nine years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of Britishmelodic rock, touring extensively as headliners and also joining bands such as StatusQuo and Whitesnake on tours to promote releases such as 1989's TOUGH IT OUTalbum; TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS released in 1991 (with Andy Barnett on guitarreplacing the now-departed Chris Overland); APHRODISIAC in 1992 and what wasto be their 'final' album, 1995's DEAD MAN'S SHOES with new recruit Jem Davis(Tobruk, UFO) on keyboards.In 2007 - after a 12 year sabbatical - FM were persuaded to return to the stage for a'one-off' headline performance at a sold-out Firefest IV at Nottingham Rock City.The rapturous reception from the fans at Firefest led to FM quickly making thedecision to record a new album and following a return to Firefest in 2009, in March2010 FM released their much-anticipated sixth studio album METROPOLIS with JimKirkpatrick replacing Andy Barnett on lead guitar.FM haven't stopped since... Headline tours both in the UK and overseas, Special Guestslots touring with Foreigner, Journey, Thin Lizzy, Heart, Saxon and Skid Row; festivalappearances including Download, Planet Rockstock, Sweden Rock, Graspop,Steelhouse Festival, Frontiers Rock Festival, Hard Rock Hell and Ramblin' Man Fair,and in 2018 their first-ever live show in the US at Melodic Rock Fest 5.When not touring, FM have been busy in the studio and since their 2010 'comeback'album they have released 2013's double helping of ROCKVILLE and ROCKVILLE II;HEROES AND VILLAINS in 2015 and ATOMIC GENERATION in 2018 along withINDISCREET 30 - a new 2016 recording of FM's classic debut album to celebrate the30th anniversary of its release - and THE ITALIAN JOB live DVD/CD.2020 brings FM's first Australian tour in March followed by the release of the band'stwelfth studio album SYNCHRONIZED on 10 April via Frontiers Music S.r.l. and UKtour dates.
Band line-up: Steve Overland (vocals, guitar) / Merv Goldsworthy (bass) / Pete Jupp (drums) Jem Davis (keyboards) / Jim Kirkpatrick (guitar)