Rob Dickinson

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Rob Dickinson
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Rob Dickinson playing live at the 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Background information
Born (1965-07-23) 23 July 1965 (age 49)
Norfolk, England
Genres Alternative rock, shoegazing
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, harmonica
Years active 1990–present
Labels Wilde Club, Fontana, Mercury, Columbia, Chrysalis, Sanctuary
Associated acts Catherine Wheel, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, BT, Neverending White Lights
Website MySpace

Rob Dickinson (born 23 July 1965) is a British musician and singer-songwriter previously of the band Catherine Wheel.[1] He is now a solo artist and creative director and founder of Singer Vehicle Design, which performs modifications on client vehicles. Dickinson was raised in Norfolk, England, and is the paternal cousin of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.[2]

Career[edit]

While a member of Catherine Wheel from 1990 to 2000, Dickinson proved himself as a talented songwriter and soulful vocalist. However, after the 2000 release of Catherine Wheel's last album, Wishville, the group disbanded.

Dickinson contributed vocals to two tracks on The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex album, Life Begins Again, which was released in January 2005. Dickinson returned to the music scene in September 2005 with the release of his debut solo album, Fresh Wine for the Horses.[3] The album includes tracks written by Dickinson while a member of Catherine Wheel, as well as newer material. The release was supported by a tour of small venues across the United States and Canada, where Dickinson performed intimate acoustic sets of both Catherine Wheel and solo material.

In February 2006, he discussed his new solo record and his career with Catherine Wheel in an interview with Auralgasms.com prior to his solo set in Ferndale, Michigan.

At the invitation of Marty Willson-Piper of The Church, Dickinson toured the USA with The Church during July and August 2006, opening each show and joining the band on stage for two encores.

On 10 June 2008, Fresh Wine for the Horses was re-released by Universal/Fontana with the new song "The End of the World" and a bonus disc, "Nude", which features Dickinson's re-workings of six Catherine Wheel songs including "Black Metallic" and "Crank".

His song "The Storm" was featured on an episode of Discovery's series Deadliest Catch.

Dickinson has continued his creative pursuits in modifying vintage Porsche 911s, a known passion of his prior to starting the band. His coach-building company is called Singer Vehicle Design, in homage to his musical career, and is located in Southern California.[4]

Discography[edit]

Catherine Wheel[edit]

For a complete discography of Dickinson's work with Catherine Wheel, see Catherine Wheel Discography.

Solo[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 664-5
  2. ^ Soren, Tabitha (1992) "Wheel of Fortune", SPIN, July 1992, retrieved 2011-07-02
  3. ^ Dye, David (2005) "Rob Dickinson Moves On, Again", NPR, 1 December 2005, retrieved 2011-07-02
  4. ^ Callaway, Sue (12 August 2013). "Where Old Cars Are Made New". Fortune 168 (3): 10. 

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