Band of Joy

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Band of Joy
Band of Joy fronted by Robert Plant, October 2010
Band of Joy fronted by Robert Plant,
October 2010
Background information
OriginWest Bromwich, England
GenresFolk rock, blues rock (early), progressive rock
Years active1966–1968, 1977–1983, 2010–2011
Past members

Band of Joy (sometimes known as Robert Plant and the Band of Joy) were an English rock band formed in 1966. Various line-ups of the group performed from 1966 to 1968 and from 1977 to 1983. Frontman Robert Plant revived the band's name in 2010 for a concert tour of North America and Europe.

The band is notable for including two musicians, Robert Plant and John Bonham,[1] who went on to join Led Zeppelin, as well as Dave Pegg, who would become a member of both Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull; and, to a lesser degree, because the band's one-time roadie was Noddy Holder, who later went on to front the band Slade.[2]


Band of Joy was originally formed in 1966 in West Bromwich, near Birmingham, England, by Chris Brown (keyboards), Vernon Pereira (guitar),[3] and singer Robert Plant. A third incarnation of the band, including Plant's friend John Bonham lasted from 1967 to mid-1968. This line-up included Kevyn Gammond on guitar and Paul Lockey on bass. Their brand of soul and blues was popular with Birmingham mods. This line-up recorded a number of demo recordings in early 1968, but broke up in May 1968 when a recording contract failed to materialise.[4]

Lead guitar duties were briefly served by Dave Pegg, who later played the bass guitar with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull. Pegg rehearsed with Band of Joy but did not tour with them.[5]

For a 1968 tour of Scotland, Plant and Bonham used bassist John Hill (ex–Uncle Joseph) and guitarist Mick Strode to fill in a temporary line-up.


In 1977 Gammond and Paul Lockey revived Band of Joy, rounding out the line-up with John Pasternak, Peter Robinson, and keyboardist Michael Chetwood. Gammond, Lockey, Pasternak and Robinson had previously played in Bronco. The two albums recorded under this line-up went on to define the trademark sound of the band, with progressive melodies, blues hooks and experimentation with new sounds blending the sounds of the punk movement with classic genres of rock, blues and progressive influences. The group released a second album in 1983 before breaking up.

Gammond later worked with Plant in his group Priory of Brion.


In 2010 it was announced that Plant would form a new band, record an album and tour as Robert Plant & the Band of Joy.[6] The album was number 8 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.[7]

In October 2010 the band appeared, alongside the London Oriana Choir at the Roundhouse, London for a special performance at the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms.[8]





1966 1966–1967 1967–1968 1968
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • Chris Brown – keyboards
  • Vernon Pereira – guitar


  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • Chris Brown – keyboards
  • John Bonham – drums
  • Kevyn Gammond – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Lockey – bass, guitar, vocals
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • Chris Brown – keyboards
  • John Bonham – drums
  • Paul Lockey – bass, guitar, vocals
  • Dave Pegg – guitar
1968 1968–1977 1977–1983 1983–2010
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Bonham – drums
  • John Hill – bass
  • John Kelsey – keyboards
  • Mick Strode – guitar


  • Kevyn Gammond – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Lockey – guitar, vocals
  • Michael Chetwood – keyboards, vocals
  • John Pasternak – bass, vocals
  • Peter Robinson – drums



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Patrick Doyle (25 June 2010). "Robert Plant Previews Upcoming Band of Joy Album". Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Band of Joy, Kidderminster". BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Birmingham Music Archive – Band of Joy". 30 March 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  4. ^ Theakston, Rob. "Band of Joy: Biography by Rob Theakston". allmusic. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  5. ^ Cynthia Blair Webdesign. "Memories in Music". Memories in Music. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  6. ^ Sean Michaels (29 March 2010). "Robert Plant to tour with new Band of Joy lineup | Music". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  7. ^ "The 30 Best Albums of 2010". Rolling Stone (25 December 2010). Retrieved 18 January 2011
  8. ^ "Robert Plant brings his Band of Joy to BBC Electric Proms – NME". nme. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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