Nightwing (band)

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Also known as Gordon and Friends (1978-1980)
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Heavy metal[1]Rock, AOR
Years active 1978 – 1987; 1996 – present
Labels Timeline Records
Members Steve Bartley
Barrie Roberts
Kerry Beswick
Tony Reid
Gordon Rowley
Glynn Porrino
Past members Kenny Beswick
Berington Van Campen
Dave Tattum
Paul Elson
Eric Percival
David Evans
John Mylett
Kenny Newton
Max Bacon

Nightwing is a British rock band, originally formed in 1978 as "Gordon and Friends" by bassist Gordon Rowley (formerly of Strife) and keyboardist Kenny Newton.[2] Their first release was 1981's Something in the Air on the Ovation Records label and featured three drummers[3] before the band reduced its numbers for the follow-up album Black Summer. The band quickly gained a following in Europe.

The band's lineup changed fairly consistently since its inception and at one point included vocalist Max Bacon (pre-Bronz), who sang lead on the albums Stand Up and Be Counted and My Kingdom Come before quitting and being replaced by Dave Evans (formerly of the band Days of Grace and not to be confused with the first AC/DC singer of the same name), who left after the recording of Nightwing VI.[4] Some of the band's longer-lasting members include founding member Rowley, Kerry Beswick and lead guitarist Glynn Porrino, who has produced many of the band's most recognized riffs.

Nightwing disbanded in 1987, with Rowley and long-time drummer Steve Bartley, moving on to a short-lived band called "Razorback" (not to be confused with Razorback) before reforming in the 1990s.[5] Their most recent album, 8472, was released in 2008 by Timeline Records and as of this writing the band continues to tour.


  • Something in the Air (1981)
  • Black Summer (1982)
  • Stand Up and Be Counted (1983)
  • My Kingdom Come (1984)
  • A Night of Mystery – Alive! Alive! (live album) (1985)
  • Nightwing VI (re-released in 1996 as Natural Survivors with some tracks from the Razorback sessions re-recorded by the band) (1986)
  • Nightwing (compilation – Long Island Records) (1996)
  • 79 to 86 (live) (compilation) (2006)
  • 8472 (2008)


  1. ^ "Nightwing - discography, line-up, biography, interviews, photos". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Nightwing". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Nightwing". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Nightwing". Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Nightwing". Dinosaurdays. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

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