Warpipes – Mr 2 U
Warpipes was a rock band formed in 1990 by Davey Johnstone and Nigel, which included two members of Elton John’s band: keyboardist Guy Babylon and bassist Bob Birch, plus lead vocalist Billy Trudel (who went on to sing backup for Elton).
Davey and Steve Trudell (no relation to Billy) were the principal songwriters, with some contribution from Billy and Guy. In 1991 the group released their debut Holes In The Heavens to much critical acclaim. Unfortunately, their label Artful Balance went bankrupt soon afterwards.
A slightly revamped version of the album was later re-released on Charlie Morgan’s Bridge Records. The track “Satellite City” was deleted, and “Dust on My Boots” and “One Love True” were added; the album was simply retitled Warpipes. Both titles appear to be out of print, but Holes often turns up on.
While playing alongside other artists such as Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper during the late ’70s and early ’80s, underrated and terrific Scottish guitarist Davey Johnstone is mostly known for being Elton John’s main six-string man.
Around 1990, Johnstone started his own band named WARPIPES together with singer & lyricist Billy Trudel (later in Public Domain featured HERE) who went on to sing backup for Elton as well, completing the line up with… two members of Elton John’s band too; keyboardist Guy Babylon and bassist Bob Birch.
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