Chris Dale

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Chris Paulo Dale
Chris in Oslo, Norway, with Tank, 29 January 2010.
Background information
Birth name Christopher Paul Dale
Born 4 September 1972
Genres Hard Rock, Funk rock, Heavy Metal,
Occupation(s) Bassist, musician, Bass Tech, Radio DJ
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1989–present
Labels Metal Mind Productions, ORG Records, London Records, FM Revolver Records,
Associated acts Atom Seed, Bruce Dickinson, Sack Trick, Balance of Power, AntiProduct, Ace Sounds, Ricky Gervais, I Play Rock, Tribuzy, Tank,
Website Chris Paulo
Notable instruments
Music Man Sterling,
Warwick Thumb[1]

Chris Dale is a bassist currently playing in the bands Sack Trick and Tank.


Atom Seed[edit]

In late 1989 Chris joined the hard Rock band, Atom Seed, replacing original bassist Chris Huxter. After constant touring in the UK and the début EP released in early 1990, the band released their début album, Get in Line, on FM Revolver Records in 1991. Atom Seed next signed to London Records releasing several EP's and wrote and recorded a second album, Hard Sell Paranoia, in 1992. The label decided to shelf the album and Atom Seed ultimately decided to split in 1993.[2]


In 1994 Dale, along with Machine band mate Alex Elena, sent in a tape of their recently recorded Machine demo to Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden for his solo work via Sanctuary Management. They got a call back and were asked to learn a few songs from Balls to Picasso and some Deep Purple and AC/DC covers for an audition. As it turned out there were no more auditions so Dale and Elena got the job.

The group toured the Balls To Picasso album and recorded Alive in Studio A, a rerecording of Balls To Picasso and a live recording in London, and Skunkworks. The Skunkworks project was intended to be a band of the same name but due to Castle Records being unwilling to release anything under any other name it was published as a Bruce Dickinson release, consequently Skunkworks sounds different sound from other solo Dickinson releases.

Dale co-wrote the album track "Innerspace" as well as two tracks – "I'm in a Band with an Italian Drummer" and "Americans Are Behind". Bruce used the latter tracks as B-sides on singles and they were later included on the 2005 expanded edition of the album. Dickinson encouraged Dale to continue writing, though disbanded the line-up prior to his next solo album.[3]

Sack Trick[edit]

Sack Trick began as Dale's solo project with fellow Skunkworks bandmates Alex Dickson and Alessandro Elena. The first album, (Music From) The Mystery Rabbits was released in 1999 released by ORG Records and soon followed up by the concept album, Penguins on the Moon in 2000. In 2005 the band self released the Kiss tribute album, Sheep in KISS Make Up. Sack Trick have an evolving/rotating membership of musicians and friends on each of the albums and especially live – depending on who is available. The band still continue to play, albeit, usually once a year in Roskilde, Denmark, at Gimle's annual Christmas party – having played for the tenth year running as of 2011.[4]


In 2009 Dale joined Tank after being asked by friend and ex Rainbow singer, Doogie White, who had just joined the band himself. they would both be replacing singer/bassist, Algy Ward. Chris already knew guitarist Cliff Evans and original Tank drummer, Mark Brabbs, who had rejoined the newly reformed band. After several festival slots that summer, Tank went on to release War Machine in 2010 and are currently working on War Nation, set for a mid-2012 release.[5][needs update]

Other Work[edit]

Chris has worked on several projects as a band member and a session musician including;[3]

  • Machine. In 1993 Dale was recruited for a hip-hop rock crossover project was started by and named after New Jersey producer, Machine. UK tours and a demo followed but to little industry interest and the band split.
  • Balance of Power. Although credited for three albums, Dale actually only played on the band's second album, Book of Secrets.
  • Seven Days. Although Dale recorded bass for two singles the band credited their live bassist.
  • AntiProduct. After supporting Clam Abuse with Sack Trick, Alex Kane invited Dale and Robin Guy to join him for his new project. This became known as AntiProduct and they wrote and recorded the band's debut, Consume And Die... The Rest Is All Fun, though both Dale and Guy were unable to commit to touring and new band members were recruited.
  • Ace Sounds. After attending a few Sack Trick gigs, Skunk Anansie guitarist Ace, invited Dale to join him for a few tracks on his solo project. Chris recorded the tracks "Jet from California" featuring Jason Perry from A, the single "No Fear of Falling" featuring Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes and "Prisoner" featuring Skye from Morcheeba.
  • Ricky Gervais. Producer Glyn Hughes, a school friend of Dale's, invited Chris to play on the full band version of "Free Loving on the Free Love Freeway", the B-side to Ricky Gervais's single, a cover of Simply Red's "If You Don't Know Me By Now" for BBC comedy The Office Christmas specials. Dale later recorded bass for the song "When The Whistle Blows" featured in Extras Series 2.[4][5]
  • Lapsed Catholic. Dale was hired again to record some extreme music for library stock in 2005. This group also included SikTh vocalist Mikee Goodman.
  • I Play Rock. Dale worked on the Tony Hadley and Martin Fry tour in 2005, during which he would sound check with the groups and even got an occasional guest appearance such as playing "Highway To Hell" at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. The resulting product of the bonds made was I Play Rock with Spandau Ballet's John Keeble and guitarist Richie B. The group released a studio and live album the same year.
  • Tribuzy. In 2005 Dale was hired to record bass for Renato Tribuzy's Project, Tribuzy, for the album Execution and subsequently the live DVD performance of the album filmed in Brazil in late 2005.[6]

Chris also writes for and is a DJ on the web radio station, TotalRock, in addition to being a bass technician for touring bands such as Mr. Big, Therapy? and the Tony Hadley band.[7]




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  1. ^ "Planet Bass | If You Want To Talk Bass Then You've Reached The Right Place". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Atom Seed". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chris Dale is a very silly bass player". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sack Trick, the home of Penguins on the Moon, Mystery Rabbits, Sheep in Kiss Make Up and Live Tigers in Tokyo". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  5. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "the official T R I B U Z Y website". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  7. ^ Steve Goldby. "Chris Dale's Metal Meltdown". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  8. ^ "Atom Seed". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Atom Seed – Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Bruce Dickinson". Metal Metropolis. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  11. ^ "Chris Dale – Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  12. ^ "Feature: Chris Dale". Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Chris Dale is a very silly rock bass player". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  14. ^ "I Play Rock – John Keeble, Richie B and Chris Dale heartily endorse the playing of Rock". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  15. ^ "the official T R I B U Z Y website". Archived from the original on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-26.