Sharks is one of Britain’s most celebrated rock acts who are as popular today as they were when they made their debut in 1972. In fact, their passion for music and popularity has only grown tremendously over the years, which is why they can still be seen rocking the crowds with their electrifying performances. The quintet may be selling millions of concert tickets today, but their rise to fame didn’t happen overnight. They had to go through a lot of obstacles including two temporary break-ups to cement their place among the best in the music industry.
Influenced by the likes of The Clash, Buzzcocks, Joy Division and Nick Cave, Sharks is behind many popular songs including, Doctor Love, Broke a Feeling, Surrender, Sophistication and Cocaine Blues. The group is now gearing up to perform live once again. Besides playing their greatest hits, they might surprise you by testing a few new songs on the road. So, if you like their music then why not attend their concert by getting your Sharks tickets here.
The Early Years
In July of 1971, the English songwriter and guitarist, Andy Fraser wanted to recruit Chris Spedding to his band, Toby, but he declined. However, a year later, Fraser contacted Spedding again and requested him to join his new band, Sharks. This time, he agreed to work with him and the duo soon hired Marty Simon and then held an audition for a singer. Names like, Robert Palmer and Leo Sayer came forth but both of them were rejected in favor of the Yorkshire native, Steve Parsons who is also known as Snips.
After the group’s line-up was complete, Sharks hit the road and performed their first show in Islington, in 1972. The band later played a few more gigs in different clubs before they took a flight to London to work on their first studio record. While writing songs for their album, the group decided to embark on a UK wide tour. They were then asked to open for the legendary art rock band, Roxy Music and also appeared on the BBC2 show, ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test.’
In the spring of 1973, Sharks churned out their debut studio effort, ‘First Water.’ The record contained nine songs on the track-list out of which four were solely penned down by Andy Fraser. It also received four stars out of five from AllMusic. Shortly afterwards, Fraser quit the band and was replaced by the Memphis based bassist, Busta Jones. The band also hired the former Audience keyboardist, Nick Jud at the same time.
Rolling in the Right Direction
From September 1993 to March 1994, Sharks kept touring the United Kingdom which allowed them to build a strong fan base. They then came out with their second studio LP, ‘Jab It in Yore Eye’ which highlighted Parsons’s amazing songwriting and vocal abilities. The record was loaded with nine powerful tracks and was praised by the critics. Once released in the US, it made Sharks an instant favorite among the locals, promoting the band to set out on their first US wide tour, performing several shows throughout the month of April and May.
Sharks then returned to the United Kingdom and began recording their third studio album in collaboration with the music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Entwistle. The Island Records did not approve the final recording of the album and withdrew the financial support which resulted in the band going their separate ways. This persuaded Chris Spedding to focus on his solo career while Steve Parsons joined the group, Ginger Baker and later, he earned his stripes as a successful TV and film composer.
In 1993, Steve Parsons and Chris Spedding started to work together again as Sharks. Two years later, they spawned their latest studio LP, ‘Like a Black Van Parked on a Dark Curve’ before they split for the second time. This album was released by Angel Air Records and featured eleven songs including, Wake Me When It’s Time to Dance, The First Thing, Can’t Stop Thinking About Me and Gone to the Dogs.
…And their Journey Continues
Chris Spedding and Steve Parsons then thought of reuniting and formed a new band, King Mob which included, Glen Matlock on bass and Martin Chambers on drums. The band made their impressive debut by coming out with their studio effort, ‘Force 9’ in 2011. A couple of years later, Andy Fraser got in touch with Chris Spedding and proposed the idea of reviving Sharks but tragedy struck as he passed away on March 16, 2015. However, Spedding went ahead with the idea and brought Sharks back to life with Steve Parsons, Nick Judd, Paul Cook and Tosh Ogawa.
On September 29, 2016, the quintet self-released their third studio album that they recorded in 1974 titled, ‘Car Cash Tapes.’ The album contained two live versions of their songs, Revolution of the Heart and Colors. The following year, Sharks dropped their fifth studio LP, ‘Killers of the Deep.’ The album was positively received by the critics.
Sharks Tour Tickets
Sharks have now announced dates for their upcoming live shows. This is once in a lifetime opportunity for you to watch this iconic rock group perform live on stage. The fans are already rushing to get their Sharks tour tickets, so if you too want to rock out with them in person then grab them at your earliest and let the good times roll.