Tony Butler (musician)
Tony Butler on stage in Dunfermline, 1991
|Born||13 February 1957|
|Origin||Shepherd's Bush, London, England|
|Labels||Phonogram Records, Track-BCR Records|
|Associated acts||Big Country, On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend|
|Website||Big Country official website|
Anthony Earle Peter "Tony" Butler (born 13 February 1957) is an English musician and rock bassist, best known for his work with the Scottish rock band Big Country. He has also worked with On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, among others.
In 1981 Butler joined Big Country with his drumming partner Mark Brzezicki, which enjoyed considerable success internationally during the 1980s and 90s, and remained in the band until singer Stuart Adamson committed suicide in 2001.
In 2007, to celebrate 25 years of Big Country, he reunited with founder members Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki to embark on a tour of the UK. He became lead vocalist for the first time, taking over from the deceased Stuart Adamson. The band toured during 2010-11 with Mike Peters of The Alarm on vocals. Butler left Big Country again in 2012, citing differences with his bandmates, to be replaced by former Simple Minds bassist Derek Forbes.
In 2017/8 Butler launched a solo career with an autobiography and a solo album My Time.
- "Anthony Earle Peter Butler". Country Club Fanzine (Issue 1 & 2). Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- "From Tony Butler". Retrieved October 20, 2017.
- Rowley, Scott (18 November 2017). "Tony Butler: Why I Left Big Country After Over 30 years". Louder Sound. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "THE COOL LIST: Devon's 50 coolest people". DevonLive. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
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