Spike Edney

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Spike Edney
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Background information
Born (1951-12-11) 11 December 1951 (age 70)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
OriginHackney, London, England
GenresRock, pop, hard rock
  • Musician
  • Keyboards, guitar, vocals
Years active1970s–present
Member of
Formerly of

Philip "Spike" Edney (born 11 December 1951) is an English musician who, since the 1960s, has performed with a number of bands, most notably with Queen in their live concerts, where his participation started in 1984 during Queen's The Works tour. During the mid-1970s, he recorded and toured with The Tymes and Ben E. King. He is primarily known for playing keyboards but also plays bass, guitar, trombone and contributes backing vocals. Subsequently, in the late 1970s, he was musical director for Edwin Starr and, during the early 1980s, worked with Duran Duran, The Boomtown Rats, Dexys Midnight Runners, Bucks Fizz, Haircut One Hundred and The Rolling Stones. He also appeared with Peter Green on his comeback tour.

Edney's collaboration with Queen included mostly keyboards (his main instrument), plus rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Accompanying the band on its tours since 1984, replacing Fred Mandel. He was also part of Roger Taylor's side project The Cross as well as Brian May's band when they toured in 1993 and 1998.

Edney can be seen on Queen's Live at Wembley Stadium and Hungarian Rhapsody concert films, playing rhythm guitar on "Hammer to Fall," and piano on both "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Tutti Frutti." He can also be seen playing in the background during Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium.

SAS Band[edit]

Edney performing with Jamie Moses and the SAS band in 2013

Edney formed SAS Band (Spike's All Stars) in 1994, playing their first gig at The Gosport Festival (near Edney's hometown of Portsmouth). The original band featured Cozy Powell on drums, Neil Murray on bass and Jamie Moses on guitar.[1] The band has constantly fluctuating personnel, including musicians from Queen, Whitesnake, Free, Roxy Music, Toto, and Spandau Ballet, and solo artists including Fish, Roy Wood, Leo Sayer, Kiki Dee, and Paul Young. Others that have appeared with the band include Suggs, Lionel Richie, Bob Geldof and Toyah Willcox.[2]

Other roles with Queen[edit]

Edney (far right) with Queen + Adam Lambert in 2014

After the death of Freddie Mercury (who was Queen's main pianist), Edney took over Mercury's role on piano during Queen + Paul Rodgers 2005, 2006, and 2008 tours, playing all piano parts on a Korg Triton keyboard,[3] in addition to all other keyboard parts.[4] He returned as keyboardist for the Queen + Adam Lambert tours in 2012, 2014, and the 2015–2020 tour schedule. He has also been the keyboardist for the London production of We Will Rock You since it opened in 2002.[5]

Edney was also the musical director of the official Queen tribute band, the Queen Extravaganza.


During tours with Queen in the mid 1980s, Edney played a Gibson Les Paul Junior as his main guitar for the rhythm parts of "Hammer to Fall".[6] During the Queen + Paul Rogers tours he used a Korg Triton before settling on a Korg M3 for Queen + Adam Lambert tours.[3]

Selected discography[edit]




  1. ^ "Queen Forever Blog: Intervista a Spike Edney su Discover Magazines del 08 Novembre 2015". Queen4everblog.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the SAS Band – The Ultimate All Star Band with Spike Edney". Sasband.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Queen's Keyboard Player Spike Edney – Behind the scenes with the Korg Kronos, retrieved 18 July 2022
  4. ^ "What's On: Music, Film, & Things To Do in Surrey". Get Surrey. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Daltrey's $7,500 Rent-a-Rocker Camp Sells Power Jams to Boomers". Bloomberg.com. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Spike Edney | Equipboard". equipboard.com. Retrieved 18 July 2022.

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