Graham Bonnett - Catch The Rainbow Tour
20-22 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ
Approx. capacity: 700
The Robin 2 in Bilston is an excellent live music venue with a capacity of 700, and draws appreciative crowds to see some unexpected big names, local bands and tribute acts. At the front of the club, Noddy's Bar - named after the Slade frontman - is an excellent place to meet for a drink before the gig. The Robin provides a refreshing alternative for those who like to listen to good live music at a reasonable price. The Robin 2 is unique in the fact that it is also a hotel. The Robin 2 hotel has been inundated with bookings since it's opening in May 2008. The 500,000 pounds hotel is aimed at giving concert-goers the chance to enjoy a drink and have a bed nearby for convenience. The old building next to the Mount Pleasant music venue was gutted and transformed into the new attraction as part of a 12 week renovation project. The hotel was built during celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the music venue. Each of the eight sound-proofed rooms are fitted out with en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee machines and digital televisions.
Bilston Central Tram Link stops close to the venue.
Direction From M6: -At M6 Junction 10, exit onto A454 heading to A463/Wolverhampton/Dudley -Continue on A463/Black Country Route -Go through 2 roundabouts -At Oxford St take the 4th exit onto A41/Oxford St -Continue to follow A41 -Turn right at Mount Pleasant
On site parking - There is a large car park at the rear of the venue. 20-22 Mount Pleasant Bilston Wolverhampton West Midlands WV14 7LJ
Please contact the venue on 01902 401211.
General Access Info
Please contact the venue on 01902 401211.
Doors Open: 7:30PM
14s - 17s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.
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Born in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, Graham like most other English-born musicians was influenced by The Beatles. Along with the British invasion, Graham was also influenced by many United States artists such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and many other legendary blues singers.
Graham's first single with The Marbles "Only One Woman" penned by Bee Gees found great success with a top 5 hit in the U.K. and throughout Europe. The Marbles went on to release follow up singles from the same album. Graham went on to experiment with other creative avenues including acting and commercials. Realizing his first love was singing, he cut his first solo album in 1977. Even though it only reached medium success in the U.K., it achieved Gold status in Australia and experienced similar success in Europe as well as in Japan.
In 1979 Ritchie Blackmore sought out Graham to audition for Rainbow's new frontman position. Rainbow had already auditioned 60 people. Graham was asked to sing "Mistreated" and was hired on the spot. With his James Dean image, the choice of Bonnet to replace Ronnie James Dio was subject to some questions. However, once Bonnet was heard there were no more questions or concerns. The ‘Down to Earth’ album was one of Rainbow's most successful albums.
1981 saw Graham resume his solo career, and with the release of "Night Games", which had a #6 hit in England, Graham craved to become a band member again and joined MSG and was reunited with long-time friend Cozy Powell. After recording "Assault Attack", Graham returned to Los Angeles to form the band Alcatrazz which produced guitar greats Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Alcatrazz cut several albums before disbanding. After a short stint with Impellitteri, Forcefield and Blackthorne, Graham returned to recording solo albums. "Underground" was recorded in 1996, and he released his solo album "The Day I Went Mad" in 1999.
The Y2K was a very active year for Graham. He participated in the reunion of Anthem, the top heavy metal band in Japan, released the album "Heavy Metal Anthem" and toured Japan with the band. Also in 2001, he re-joined the recording of new Impellitteri album called "System X", while he also toured the UK and Spain with Don Airey (Bonnet/Airey Band). Graham and Dario Mollo formed a new project called "Elektric Zoo" and toured Europe and the UK.
From 2002-2006, he joined recordings of new albums of Iain Ashley Hersey, Michael Schenker, Moonstone Project and Taz Taylor. Also vigorously toured the UK, Spain, Austria, Italy, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania and played a number of gigs in California, too.
In 2006 Graham formed a new Alcatrazz with Howie Simon, Tim Luce and Glen Solel. The next year he completed a successful tour in Japan, teaming up with his successor in Rainbow Joe Lynn Turner.
Graham continues to tour all around the world and 2014 will see him heading out around Europe on the "Catch The Rainbow" tour. The tour celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the release of the Rainbow album "Down To Earth" which spawned a number of hits for Rainbow and Graham Bonnet. His show will be a set of raw power and nostalgia with Graham re-visiting the vast Rainbow back catalogue of favourites such as I Surrender, Catch the Rainbow, All Night Long, Night Games, Since You’ve Been Gone, Long Live Rock n Roll and many, many others
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