Years: Mar, 1969 - 1982; 1991; 1994
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Funk Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
John Jone - Trumpet, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1970)
Terry Rowley - Flute, Guitar, Organ, Piano (in band: 1969 - 1970)
Glenn Hughes - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Lead vocals, Piano, Trombone (in band: 1969 - 1974; 1991; 1994)
Dave Holland - Drums, Percussion, Tambourine (in band: 1969 - 1980; 1991; 1994)
Mel Galley - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Lead vocals, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1982, 1991; 1994)
Rob Kendrick - Backing vocals, Guitar (in band: 1974 - 1978)
Pete Wright - Bass Guitar (in band: 1974 - 1982)
Peter Goalby - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1978 - 1982)
Steve Bray - Drums (in band: 1980 - 1982)
Mervyn Spence - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1982)
Geoff Downes - Keyboards (in band: 1991)
Craig Erickson - Guitar (in band: 1994)
Trapeze was formed in 1969 by vocalist John Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Terry Rowley (both former members of the band Montanas) with guitarist Mel Galley, singer/bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Dave Holland. Trapeze issued its self-titled debut album "Trapeze" in 1970, but early that year Jones and Rowley returned to Montanas. In late 1970 the more familiar trio of Galley, Hughes, and Holland surfaced for the first time with the album "Medusa". Trapeze would tour as this trio until early 1973. "You Are the Music...We're Just the Band" was released in 1972. Glenn Hughes left the band after the 1973 tour to replace Roger Glover in Deep Purple. After the departure of Hughes the band's profile and sales grew, mostly based on the first three albums with Hughes; but their concert base grew as well, with them playing small arenas all over the U.S.
The original trio of Galley, Hughes, and Holland reunited for a short time in late 1975. It was to be a full-fledged reunion with an album of new songs, but Hughes again left the band before the album could be produced. Hughes' 1977 solo album called "Play Me Out" had two new songs, "LA Cut-Off" and "Space High", that Hughes had written for the aborted Trapeze album, and that Galley and Holland had played with him on the short 1975 reunion tour.
"Hold On" also called "Running" was released in late 1978, and again featured Pete Wright in addition to new guitarist and singer Pete Goalby. The 1981 live album "Live in Texas: Dead Armadillos" featured new drummer Steve Bray, Dave Holland was playing with Judas Priest as of late 1979. Mel Galley toured one last time after Pete Goalby left to sing for Uriah Heep in 1981, then went on to play for Whitesnake, leaving Trapeze disbanded by late 1982.
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