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 a British 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 the late-1970s Butler joined the short-lived band On the Air which also included drummer Mark Brzezicki and Simon Townshend (the younger brother of The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend). On the Air released two singles in 1980 and toured with the Scottish band The Skids, which was where Butler met Stuart Adamson. In 1981 Butler joined Adamson's new band Big Country with his drumming partner Mark Brzezicki, which went on to enjoy considerable success internationally during the 1980s and 90s, he remained in the band until 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.
While Butler did not join The Pretenders permanently, he did a couple of sessions with the Pretenders out of which came the iconic 1982 singles "My City Was Gone" and "Back On The Chain Gang." It is Butler playing the snaking bass on "My City Was Gone." Non-Preteneder members who took part in the recording sessions are clearly credited in the liner notes of the single: Billy Bremner on guitar (well known for his work with Rockpile, Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe) and Tony Butler on bass. While founder/writer/singer Chryssie Hynde is a competent bassist, she felt Butler brought an extra skill level and feel to those two songs (D.K. Orlandini).
In 2017/8 Butler released an autobiography and a solo album My Time.
Tony Butler has released three solo albums:
- "Anthony Earle Peter Butler". Country Club Fanzine (Issue 1 & 2). Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- "From Tony Butler". NoiseTrade. Retrieved 20 October 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.
- "Tony Butler – The Great Unknown". Discogs. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
- "Tony Butler – Life Goes On". Discogs. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
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