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Zal Cleminson in Perth, Scotland, December 2004
|Birth name||Alistair Macdonald Cleminson|
4 May 1949 |
|Years active||Musician, 1965–2008|
|Associated acts||The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth, Tear Gas, Bo-Weavels, The Zal Band, Elkie Brooks, Midge Ure, Bonnie Tyler, Ze Suicide, Oskura|
A self-taught guitarist, at the start of the 1970s he played and recorded with the Glasgow based band Tear Gas. The musicians in that band then provided the backbone for The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB). In his white-face pierrot make-up, audiences could not mistake him, or his guitar solos on stage with SAHB.
In 1979, he joined Nazareth and recorded two albums with them, 1979's No Mean City and 1980s Malice in Wonderland. When SAHB split up in 1977, they decided to tour as the ZAL BAND and they recruited The Tubes vocalist Leroi Jones, and 19 year old Billy Rankin on Guitar who later played with Nazareth. He also worked with Tandoori Casette and released an album. He was a regular guitarist with UK legend Elkie Brooks on many of her tours throughout the 1980s. He also wrote and played on Brooks' album, Minutes. Cleminson has also toured and recorded with Midge Ure and Bonnie Tyler.
During the 90s, Cleminson played with The Party Boys, a casual band that at various times featured Marillion's Fish and Nazareth's Dan McCafferty and Billy Rankin as vocalists. This band became a reformed SAHB (Sensational Alex Harvey Band) in 1993 with 'Zero Zero' vocalist Stevie Doherty, and the band recorded a live album simply tited 'LIVE IN GLASGOW 93'.
In 2004, SAHB reunited with The Shamen frontman Max Maxwell, and they performed various tours, and festivals from 2004-2008, releasing their first album since Rock Drill in 1978 titled ZALVATION: Live in the 21st Century.
As well as performing with SAHB, Zal was a member of now disbanded outfits Ze Suicide, and Oskura.
In 2006 he appeared in his début acting role as Wilson in the western film, A Shot in the West, for which he wrote the theme music. In early 2008 he announced his retirement from the music industry and stated he would never perform live again.
- zalcleminson.comDead link 18 January 2012