European Tour Band

As you know, the summer leg of the Rattle That Lock World Tour begins on 25th June with a special show in Wrocław’s Freedom Square (complete with thirty-piece orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Preisner no less), with visits to Vienna, Rome, Pompeii, Verona, Stuttgart, Paris, Wiesbaden, Nîmes, Besançon and Tienen, before ending with four nights back at London’s very fine Royal Albert Hall in September.

The band will be slightly different this time.

Fear not, Guy Pratt is still on bass with Steve DiStanislao on drums. João Mello will continue to impress on saxophone, with vocalists Louise Marshall, Lucita Jules and Bryan Chambers singing so beautifully.

They will be joined by Chester Kamen on guitar, and on keyboards, Greg Phillinganes and Chuck Leavell.

Chester Kamen, whose first live appearance with David was at Live Aid in 1985 (no pressure there, then) as both were part of Bryan Ferry’s backing band that memorable and historic day, has numerous credits to his name having worked with Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Seal, Kirsty MacColl, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran and Massive Attack, among others. He has also toured with Roger Waters.

Greg Phillinganes has toured with Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie, to name but a few. With a list of album credits longer than my arm (Neil Diamond, George Harrison, Joan Armatrading, Herbie Hancock, Toto), he contributed to every one of Michael Jackson’s solo albums, fact-fans. Discovered by Stevie Wonder, he was Music Director for this year’s Grammy Awards and has released two solo albums.

Chuck Leavell was in the Allman Brothers Band and has been the Rolling Stones’ keyboardist since 1982. He has worked both on stage and in the studio with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule and John Mayer. As well as recording five solo albums to date, he is a tree farmer and respected authority – and author – on forestry and conservation (making him my new favourite person, basically).

Your love and appreciation for Phil Manzanera, Jon Carin and Kevin McAlea has so often been noted across these pages. They will be missed, I know. But I’m sure you’ll want to wish the new band members a hugely enjoyable time on the road this summer, and look forward to hearing them all playing together.

It won’t be long now…