One of the most iconic bands to come out of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England is Geordie. In early 1972, Geordie was formed by Brian Gibson (drums), Brian Johnson (lead vocals), Tom Hill (bass guitar), and Vic Malcolm (lead guitar). Comprising four experienced musicians from the local club circuit in the North East of England, the band quickly realized that their ambitions extended far beyond their geographical location. They began working on original material almost immediately and, after recording a demo, they headed to London in September to present their tape to major record labels. After an intense six-week campaign in the capital, the band secured a deal with industry giants EMI, with their first single, ‘Don’t Do That,’ already chosen for release. The song entered the top 40 in December following extensive radio play. The album ‘Hope You Like It’ swiftly followed, propelling Geordie on their journey to success. Their subsequent single, ‘All Because Of You,’ reached number 6 in the national charts in 1973. They continued to enjoy chart success with songs like ‘Can You Do It,’ ‘Electric Lady,’ and ‘Black Cat Woman.’ Known for their strong work ethic, Geordie embarked on extensive tours worldwide, including Australia where they were highly popular. They also gained valuable exposure through supporting slots on tours such as Deep Purple’s Burn tour. In 1974, they released their second album, ‘Don’t Be Fooled By The Name,’ and continued touring in both familiar and new territories. In 1980, renowned rock band AC/DC recruited Brian Johnson as their vocalist following the untimely death of Bon Scott. In 2018, Tom Hill and Brian Gibson decided to bring these great songs back to the stage, forming a new lineup that included Steve Dawson, formerly of Animals II, on guitar, and the powerful vocals of newcomer Mark Wright. After Mark’s departure in January 2022, world-class vocalist Terry Slesser of Back Street Crawler (featuring the legendary Paul Kossoff) took the reins, leading Geordie into a new and exciting chapter. Original guitarist and primary songwriter Vic Malcolm remain happily involved in the writing and recording process for all upcoming future projects.
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