The Company of Snakes

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The Company of Snakes
Also known as The Snakes, M3
Origin England
Genres Blues rock, hard rock
Years active 1998–2004
Labels SPV
Associated acts Whitesnake, The Snakes, M3, Rainbow
Past members Bernie Marsden
Micky Moody
Jørn Lande
Sid Ringsby
Willy Bendiksen
Don Airey
Neil Murray
John Lingwood
Robert Hart
Gary Barden
Stefan Berggren
Jimmy Copley
Mark Stanway
Doogie White

The Company of Snakes were an English rock band formed in 1998, by former members of the English rock band Whitesnake who were also members of The Snakes. They released two albums before morphing into M3 during 2004.

History[edit]

The Company of Snakes was formed by former Whitesnake guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody[1] after the demise of its predecessor The Snakes. The band was completed by Black Sabbath and Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray, drummer John Lingwood and vocalist Robert Hart from Bad Company[2] and later British singer Gary Barden. After adding keyboardist Don Airey from Rainbow, the band went on tour, playing concerts almost completely consisting of old Whitesnake songs. Singer Barden left the band soon afterwards and was replaced by the Swedish Stefan Berggren. They toured throughout their history and released the live album Here They Go Again: the show was still sung by Barden, but his lead vocals were deleted and replaced in the studio by Berggren (2001).[3] They were joined in Germany, during their promotional tour for this album by Humble Pie, re-formed by Jerry Shirley and promoting tracks from their album Back on Track. The band recorded one studio album[4] Burst The Bubble[5](2002) which was recorded after Don Airey had left the band. Berggren left soon after Airey's departure and the remaining band members morphed into M3.

Members[edit]

The Snakes[edit]

  • Jørn Lande – lead vocals (1998–1999)
  • Sid Ringsby – bass (1998–1999)
  • Willy Bendiksen – drums (1998–1999)
  • Don Airey - Keyboards (1998-1999)

The Company of Snakes[edit]

M3[edit]

  • Neil Murray - Bass guitar (2003-2004)

Micky Moody - Rhythm guitar (2003–2004)

  • Jimmy Copley - Drums (2003-2004)
  • Mark Stanway - Keyboards (2003-2004)
  • Stefan Berggren - Vocals (2004)
  • Doogie White - Vocals (2004)
  • Tony Martin - Vocals (2003-2004)

Discography[edit]

Year Artists Title
1998 The Snakes Once Bitten...
1998 The Snakes Live in Europe
2001 The Company of Snakes Here They Go Again
2002 The Company of Snakes Burst the Bubble
2003 M3 Classic Snake Live
2005 M3 Rough An' Ready

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Company of Snakes". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  2. ^ "The Company of Snakes". artists2events.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Here they go again". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Burst the Bubble". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  5. ^ Dimitra. "Burst the Bubble album review". metal-temple.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2002. Retrieved 2001-03-02.