The Next Band

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The Next Band
Years active1978-1982
Associated actsDef Leppard
Past membersRocky Newton
John Lockton
Frank Noon

The Next Band were a British rock trio featuring vocalist/bassist Rocky Newton, guitarist John Lockton and drummer Frank Noon, who is credited with playing drums on Def Leppard's 1979 EP The Def Leppard E.P.. The band's name was later changed to Red Alert.

Other bands featuring members of The Next Band[edit]

Lockton and Noon were later in Wild Horses with Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain.

Newton and Noon were later in Lionheart with former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton.

Lockton was later in the band Victory, with whom he played on their self-titled album. Newton is credited as a guest backing vocalist on the Victory album Culture Killed The Native, though by that time John Lockton was no longer in the band.[citation needed]

Newton was later a member of the McAuley Schenker Group, playing on the band's first two albums.

Frank Noon was later in the band Roadhouse with his former Def Leppard bandmate Pete Willis.

Four by Three EP[edit]

The Next Band released the Four by Three EP (four songs by three people) in September 1978. It was recorded at Fairview Studios in Kingston upon Hull.[1] This EP would be one of the inspirations behind Def Leppard's own The Def Leppard E.P.

Track listing of Four by Three EP[edit]

  1. "Never on a Win"
  2. "Close Encounters"
  3. "Red Alert"
  4. "Too Many Losers"

Line up[edit]

  • Rocky Newton - lead vocals, bass
  • John Lockton - guitar
  • Frank Noon - drums


  1. ^ "Fairview Recording Studio - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-12-03.

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