PAUL MANZI - VOCALS
Manzi found his voice and started singing at age 23 (a
late starter) and 2 years later joined progressive rock
band Barchetta. He gained valuable recording experience
at Abbey Road Studios, and equally notable live experience
including playing at the old Marquee Club supporting progressive
rock band Pallas.
Since then Paul has kept busy doing session vocals and
working in various successful cover bands/trios/duos and
performing solo as a singer/guitarist. More recently Paul
has performed lead vocals on the soundtrack of two rock/pop
musicals: Phantasmagoria and Space Family Robinson. Paul
joined Oliver Wakeman's band in mid 2004 and subsequently
performed with both the band and with Oliver as an acoustic
Although Paul's versatility as a musician has enabled
him to cross a myriad of musical styles including soul,
jazz, Latin, pop and musical theatre, he has now come
full circle back to his rock roots in joining Raw Glory
in 2006 and of course recently in 2011, and on tour as
the front man for Arena.
What more can we say!
BINKS - DRUMS AND VOCALS
Former drummer for Eric Burdon, James
Leslie Binks was a drummer on the 1974 Roger Glover
album The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast,
which featured such legendary names as David Coverdale,
Glenn Hughes, and Ronnie James Dio behind the microphone.
The album started out as a soundtrack for an animated
film based on a famous book in England. Glover used
different singers for the different characters, but
a promo for the film never gained any interest, so the
project was scrapped. Glover went on to release the
soundtrack as a 'Roger Glover and Friends' title.
Vocalist Eddie Hardin co-wrote three of the album's
songs with Roger Glover and then went on to release
his own written and produced projects, the first of
which was 1976's Eddie Hardin's Wizard's Convention,
which again included Binks on drums with David Coverdale
and Deep Purple's Jon Lordon piano. Both Butterfly Ball
and Wizard's Convention have been placed together and
re-released several times as a combo CD, and Japan's
Teichiku label issued their own 1995 CD compilation
titled Best of Rare Collection and sold it as a Deep
Purple album. Through the Roger Glover connection, Judas
Priest auditioned and hired Binks in time for their
1977 world tour - their first on American soil. He also
played for the English band Fancy who had two US hits
in 1974 with a cover of "Wild Thing", and
Binks remained with Judas Priest for two years from
March 1977 to July 1979, recording two studio albums
and one live LP. Binks was considered a favourite amongst
hardcore fans Binks has been co-credited for the song
"Beyond the Realms of Death" on the Stained
Class album. According to the band's memoirs he picked
up one of the guitars, turned it around (since he was
left-handed) and strummed the first chords of what then
became the main guitar line of the song. Aptly the guitar
sound of the track is very different from the output
of Downing and Tipton, having a mellower "medieval
ballad" kind of feel.
In 1979 Binks joined Charlie Whitney and Axis Point
and remained active in the British hard rock/heavy metal
underground. In 1981, he was a member of Lionheart which
featured Dennis Stratton(ex-Iron Maiden) on guitar and
Jess Cox (ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang) on vocals. It was only
a brief stint, however, and yielded no albums, though
they did open for Def Leppard on their 1981 British
tour. Lately, Binks has been playing in a classic-rock
cover band around South London called The Shakers with
Dave Bunce, the Jeff Beck linked guitarist and ex-Alice
Cooper guitarist Pete Friesen and vocalist/guitarist
Tom Lundy of The Poormouth. Rounding out the band is
bassist Phil Rynhart. Binks and Pete Friesen have also
done time in Metalworks along with ex-Iron Maiden guitarist
Tony Parsons (Tony was one of a series of guitarists
that played briefly in Maiden in '79 before Dennis Stratton
joined the band), playing Judas Priest, Iron Maiden,
and other legendary metal band covers around London.
HODGE - BASS AND VOCALS
is undoubtedly one of the most versatile bass players
in the UK.
He has been playing bass for over 25 years. His first
was at a strip club in Soho. However, all good things
must come to an end, and he was eventually persuaded to
leave and join a band gigging around Greece and Turkey.
Throughout the 1990s Andy became a regular player with
professional bands in and around London, including Johnny
Jack Hawkins, Wonderbrass and The Mike Smith Orchestra
Andy’s theatre show credits include Joseph, Home
& Away, Fame and more than three years with Blood
Brothers. Other tours include work with Classical Brit
winners Only Men Aloud, We Will Rock You's European Arena
Tour 2013, Lorna Luft, Dave Willetts and Wayne Sleep.
He became a regular session player and
writing collaborator at Dream Of Oswald Recording Studios,
performing on many CDs and co-writing jingles for EMI/Music
Working with the Jerry Playle Fusion Quartet in 1998,
he met David Young who introduced him to his band, Katy's
Komet. The same day Andy joined That'll Be The Day which,
with its non-stop annual touring schedule of up to 250
gigs, took over his professional life for the next ten
years, up to, and including, the Dusty In Concert tour,
for which he was musical director.
Andy is a serious rocker at heart but had difficulty finding
a band that was the real deal until talking to David Young
(currently a guitarist in We Will Rock You). According
to David, there was "only one rock band for you my
son" and introduced him to Raw Glory.
As well as Raw Glory, Andy can be currently found in the
wings of the London West End Dominion Theatre “We
Will Rock You” show, as he is now a dep for bass
player Neil Murray (Whitesnake). Andy also fronts his
own band - Serious Blues - with Sam Kelly on drums, and
Frankie Connolly on guitar.
Cosmo started working professionally
in the 60s when he was just 13 years old, playing some
of the great old London gigs like The Bag O' Nails,
The Flamingo, Tiles, Blazes, The Speakeasy, The Marquee
and the infamous Top Ten Club and The Star Club in Hamburg,
Germany. This caused mayhem at his school but in those
days, fortunately, truancy was not so big a deal.
Moving on to establish a formidable
reputation during the early to mid 70s, Cosmo toured
extensively in the UK and US with the Heavy
Metal Kids, and then Curtis Knight & The Squires
(a former member of Jimmy Hendrix' pre-Experience band).
He has also worked with Frankie Miller,
Andy Fraser (Free), Lionel Morton (The Four Pennies),
David Jack (East Of Eden), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy),
Brian Connolly (Sweet) and the legendary Jordanaires
(The King's backing group) - the list is endless! Then,
for no particular reason, Cosmo left the music business.
It wasn't until a phone call from the towering
Peter Grant (late manager of Led Zeppelin), who had been listening
to an old track that Cosmo had previously recorded (White Lies
- a new version of which appears on the Raw Glory CD), that he
was convinced to return, when Peter finally persuaded him to blow
the dust off his old Les Paul and get back out and do what he
does best. Cosmo also plays guitar in the current line-up of Heavy
Metal Kids, touring the UK in 2012 as special guests of UFO.