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Chris Glen in 2007.
|Birth name||Christopher Thomas Glen|
November 6, 1950 |
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Associated acts||Chris Glen and the Outfit, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Michael Schenker Group, The Party Boys, Tear Gas, The Jade, Cafe Jacques, Chris Slade's Timeline, Votadini, GMT, John Martyn.|
Christopher Thomas 'Chris' Glen (born 6 November 1950, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland) is a Scottish bass guitarist, who has played in The Jade, Tear Gas, The Party Boys, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) (1972–78), John Martyn, and The Michael Schenker Group (1980–84, 2008-2010).
With GMT and Ian Gillan
Glen has performed with Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy), Robin McAuley and Phil Taylor in a band called GMT (GLEN/MCAULEY/TAYLOR), and they recorded an album in 1985 titled Wargames. He also toured with Ian Gillan in 1990 for the Naked Thunder World Tour alongside fellow SAHB band member, drummer Ted McKenna.
With The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
In 1992, Glen teamed up with former SAHB members Zal Cleminson & Ted McKenna to form The Party Boys which featured guest vocalists such as FISH, Dan McCafferty, and Stevie Doherty with Stone The Crows keyboardist Ronnie Leahy. This band lasted about 2 years before they decided to recruit SAHB keyboard player Hugh McKenna, and reform as SAHB, and also release a live album Live in Glasgow 93 featuring Stevie Doherty on vocals. This line-up of SAHB disbanded in 1995, before reforming in 2002 for a tribute night to Frankie Miller at The Barrowlands in Glasgow with ex Nazareth guitarist Billy Rankin on vocals. After a year 'Mad' Max Maxwell replaced Rankin on vocals.
SAHB released a live album titled Zalvation, which was their first official release since Rock Drill with Alex Harvey in 1977, and an Autobiography called SAHBSTORY, written by former tour manager and author Martin Keilty. The band performed numerous tours and festivals across the UK, Europe, and Australia before once again disbanding in 2008 after the departure of Zal Cleminson on guitar. The band carried out a handful of shows that were pre-booked with guitarist Julian Hutson Saxby but after that, they decided to move on to separate projects.
Since 2008, Glen has been involved with his own band Chris Glen and the Outfit. He also re-joined The Michael Schenker Group (MSG) with Ted McKenna from 2008—2010 to promote his album, In the Midst of Beauty. This was his first tour with MSG since he left in 1984. He also performed on two tracks on Michael Schenker's latest album Temple Of Rock in 2012.
Glen and Ted McKenna worked with Australian guitarist Gwyn Ashton, and Newcastle guitarist Paul Rose on an album called Prohibition in 2004.
He is a band member in reformed 70's band Cafe Jacques, 3 piece project Votadini, and in early 2013, he toured with former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade for his 50th Anniversary in music tour called Chris Slade's Timeline.
Every year, Glen puts his Outfit together and performs a Christmas show using various musicians including:
- Jon Morrison (Actor/Musician)
- Julian Hutson Saxby (Guitarist with Nina Hagen Band/SAHB/Katy Lied)
- Chris Thomson (Vocalist/Guitarist with Cafe Jacques)
- Stuart Clyde (Keyboardist with Glasgow/Cafe Jacques)
- Davie Halley (Drummer with Cafe Jacques)
- David Cowan (Keyboardist with The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience / The Resonators)
- Peter Higgins (Vocalist with Chris Slade's Timeline)
- Gordon Bell (Solo Artist and Vocalist with Not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band / Giant Stone Eater / The Sinking Ships)
- Johnny Bohran Watson (Bohran)
- Wes Bird (Violinist)
- Strong, Martin (2002). The Great Scots Musicography. Mercat Press. p. 175. ISBN 1-84183-041-0.