British melodic hard rockers STAMPEDE are going back to a four-piece format for their headlining appearance at Hard Rock Big Noise Transmission — a charity event in Wolverhampton on March 30.
The band's lineup henceforth will consist of original songwriting duo of Reuben Archer (vocals) and Laurence Archer (guitar) alongside fellow original member Colin Bond (bass). New drummer Tim Price, who has previously played with Gary Moore, DR. FEELGOOD and Eddie Martin, among others, will complete the ensemble. They are due to unveil the new formation at their first show of 2012 — where they will be headlining an official launch night event at Wolverhampton's new Numa Bar's Jagged Rock Lounge venue, from which proceeds will go to The Compton Hospice, a local charity which supports patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
STAMPEDE had a busy 2011, releasing "A Sudden Impulse", their first studio album since 1983's cult classic "Hurricane Town", and completing a U.K. tour with Y&T, dates with ANVIL and PRAYING MANTIS as well as an appearance at the Hard Rock Hell V festival, with a slightly amended lineup which saw the arrival of second guitarist Chris Clowsley and Stevie Graystone on drums replacing original stickman Eddie Parsons.
Commented Reuben: "We had a fantastic year and a lot of fun recording 'A Sudden Impulse' despite some logistical hiccups for Laurence along the way. Regardless, we were all so pleased with the finished result and the fantastic response to both the album and our live shows. However, the original members of the band feel strongly that the next album should be recorded as near to the original lineup as possible to really capture the essence of the STAMPEDE sound. The desire is now to get back to our roots, and with Tim, we have found the link to make it work in the absence of Eddie. We are very excited about it all and can't wait to showcase Tim in Wolverhampton, where we are delighted to have been asked to play for such a worthy cause!"
One of the most respected hard rock acts during the early Eighties, STAMPEDE signed to Polydor Records and released two albums of impressive melodic rock to both critical and commercial acclaim, being compared to earthy British bands such as UFO and HUMBLE PIE.
Following regenerated interest brought about by Rock Candy Records' reissue of "Hurricane Town" in 2006, the songwriting partnership of Reuben Archer and Laurence Archer decided to reform the band in 2009.