Tues 29 April: THE GARAGE http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/AJI29041?camefrom=CFC_UK_MAMA_GARAGE&brand=thegarage
Sat 3 May: THE SURYA http://www.seetickets.com/event/honest-plain-john/surya/778452
Sat 10 May: HOPE & ANCHOR
Fri 27 June: THE WATER RATS
HONEST JOHN PLAIN to play his first solo band gigs in London in 10 years.
Honest John Plain met Matt Dangerfield at Art College in Leeds and moved to London with him in 1971. Dangerfield, joined London SS with Casino Steel, Mick Jones (The Clash), Tony James (Generation X) and Brian James (The Damned) with Plain joining them on drums for one session. As London SS disintegrated in 1975 Plain, Dangerfield and Steel formed The Boys.
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. After signing for NEMS Plain sold The Boys equipment for £500 and put it on a horse, which came second! This and other dodgy deals quickly earned him the nickname ‘Honest’.
Widely tipped to make it big The Boys had an arsenal of killer songs penned by Steel/Dangerfield & Plain 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. However they still managed to record four killer albums and release several sure-fire hit singles before finally calling it a day in the summer of 1981. During 1978/79 Siobhan Fahay (later of Bananarama) and Hazel O’Connor ran The Boys fan club. In 1979 Plain had a brief spell with The Lurkers and co-wrote their hit single “New Guitar In Town” with guitarist Pete Stride whom he subsequently recorded an album, aptly titled “New Guitars In Town.
After the demise of The Boys Plain joined the Dirty Strangers and recorded an album with Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods of the Rolling Stones. In August 1984 he joined The Mannish Boys. Managed by Denny Laine’s wife Jo Jo they quickly built up a live following and interest from several record companies before agreeing a deal with Motown. Unfortunately the band were dropped as soon as Motown found out they were white!
By this time German punk band Die Toten Hosen were beginning to make an impact across Europe and their lead singer Campino made it known that his favourite band of all time were The Boys. He offered a support slot to the Tower Block Rockers on the proviso that they could persuade Plain to join the band. 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 Magazine.
1n 1993 Plain recorded his first solo album “Honest John Plain & Friends”, which featured guest appearances from many of his friends including Dangerfield, Bath, Robbie Rushton, Campino and Vom Ritchie. Plain’s second solo album “Honest John Plain & Amigos” was released on 12 May 2003 to great critical acclaim and consequently Plain formed a new band to promote it. His old mate Robbie Rushton (Crybabys, Mannish Boys, The Gunslingers) was brought in on drums with Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Chelsea, Splodge) joining on bass. They made their debut as headlining act at 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 was released on 10 April 2006 with a French tour to promote it.
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). Their self titled debut album was released on October 7 2007. Plain released his first acoustic album “Honest John Plain Untuned” on Still Unbeatable Records in Germany in 2009.
In the summer of 2011 Plain went into the iconic Rockfield Recording Studios in Monmouth, Wales to record a solo album for release in the fall of 2012. Amongst others Plain recruited Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks), Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks & New York Dolls), Casino Steel (the Boys & Holton/Steel), Darrell Bath (The Crybabys & Dogs D’Amour), Verden Allen (Mott The Hoople) and Die Toten Hosen.
During December 2011 Plain embarked on a month long European tour showcasing his solo acoustic show. The following month he teamed up with Italian band The Landslide Ladies for an Italian tour with a live album “Honest Alive” released on 10 June 2012.
In July 2012 Plain recorded a video for his single “Never Listen To Rumours” with acclaimed director Tony Klinger (The Kids Are Alright, Deep Purple Rises Over Japan). Michael Monroe, Sami Yaffa, Casino Steel, Martin Chambers, Verden Allen & Darrell Bath all flew in from around the world to appear in the video.
He toured Europe again with The Landslide Ladies in 2013 as well as performing numerous solo acoustic shows.
The Boys have just finished recording their first album since 1981’s “Boys Only” and it is set to be released in 2014. Plain continues to tour extensively with the band The Boys with dates in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, UK, Canada, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany & Japan in the past couple of years to be followed by numerous live dates across the globe planned for 2014 and beyond.
After almost 40 years in the music business Plain’s musical career is looking extremely healthy with many young musicians citing him as a major influence. The release the new Boys album in 2014 along with gigs aplenty with The Boys as well as his own solo gigs is certain to enhance his growing reputation and increase his popularity even further.