Monday, 4 June 2012 — 22:00h
live: HONEST JOHN PLAIN (Acoustic Punk)
at the Restaurant
HONES JOHN PLAIN
Honest John Plain formed The Boys with Matt Dangerfield, Casino Steel, Duncan ‘Kid’ Reid & Jack Black. The Boys quickly built up a reputation as a white-hot live band and in January 1977 became the first punk band to sign an album deal when they signed away their recording lives to NEMS. Widely tipped to make it big The Boys had a set of killer songs and were highly respected by both the music press and their peers. They quickly became known as ‘The Beatles of Punk’ but unfortunately through a series of poor marketing, bad decisions and appalling luck they never converted their potential to chart success.
After a brief spell in The Lurkers Plain joined the Dirty Strangers and recorded an album with Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods before replacing Brady (Hollywood Brats) as lead guitarist in The Mannish Boys. He went on to play with Brady in Brat Boy.
In 1990 Plain joined the Tower Block Rockers which was the proviso that they could support the Toten Hosen. Plain quickly came to realise that he and Tower Block Rockers guitarist Darrell Bath formed a formidable writing/performing partnership and they formed the Crybabys, who were voted ‘Best New Band of 1991’ in Kerrang.
1n 1996 Plain’s first solo album “Honest John Plain & Friends” was released. “Honest John Plain & Amigos” followed in 2003 and he formed a new band with Robbie Rushton (Crybabys) and Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Splodge). They made their debut headlining the ‘Punk Is Dead’ Festival in Holland on 17 October 2003 followed by a European tour. Honest John Plain & The Amigos debut album “One More And We’re Staying” came out in 2006 with a French tour lined up to promote it. Unfortunately Sargent was unable to make the tour because of his commitments with Sham 69, who had a Top 10 UK hit with “Hurry Up England”, and they disbanded.
At the beginning of 2007 Plain and his old friend Casino Steel agreed to form a new punk supergroup to play Ramones-influenced rock’n’roll with a hint of Dolly Parton. The result was “The Last Rock’n’Roll Band” featuring Plain’s Amigos Mat Sargent & Robbie Rushton alongside Petter Baarli (Backstreet Girls) and of course Steel & Plain. Their self titled debut album was released in October 2007. Plain released his first acoustic album “Honest John Plain Untuned” on Still Unbeatable Records in Germany in 2009 and this was followed in 2010 by “The Mattless Boys”, featuring Casino Steel, Petter Baarli, Duncan Reid & Vom Ritchie.
Plain has just finished recording a new solo album featuring Glen Matlock, Martin Chambers, Sami Yaffa, Casino Steel, Darrell Bath and Verden Allen along with a Live & Unplugged acoustic album to coincide with his planned 2011 acoustic European tour.