Walk on Fire

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Walk on Fire
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, New wave
Years active 1988-91
Labels Uni/MCA (US); MCA (UK)
Associated acts Secret Affair
Members Alan King (vocals)
David Cairns (keyboards)
Phil Williams (bass/vocals)< Trevor Thorton(drums)
Mike Casswell (guitar)

Walk on Fire was a British melodic rock band whose album Blind Faith (1989) yielded two minor hit singles: "Blind Faith" and "Wastelands".

The band was formed by David Cairns and Alan King in 1987, signing to UNI/MCA Records in the US and MCA UK & initially managed by Bill Curbishley of The Who fame. The early pre-production of the album was produced by Dave Cairns' former Secret Affair band-mate Dennis Smith, who also co-wrote one of the album tracks, "Tell It Like It Is" with Alan King. The album was recorded at Hook End Manor & The Virgin Manor Studios, Oxford, in the UK and produced by Walter Turbitt, engineer and producer of The Cars. It featured Steve Ferrone (drums), Keith Airey (guitar), Richard Cottle and Pete Vitesse (keyboards).

The live band featured Alan King (vocals), Michael Casswell (guitar), Trevor Thornton (drums), Phil Williams (bass) & David Cairns (keyboards). Walk on Fire toured with Foreigner, The Dan Reed Network and Nils Lofgren and toured the UK extensively, but despite favourable reviews following the US release, the album was not a commercial success.

A second album was due to begin produced by Eddie Kramer of Hendrix, Stones, and Led Zeppelin fame but the act were dropped by MCA just prior to pre-production. The act broke up shortly afterwards (it was rumoured the band were un-recouped to the tune of over one million dollars).

Alan King went on to sing the lead role in Jeff Wayne's follow up to 'War of The Worlds' - Spartacus - alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and with a cast that included Anthony Hopkins and Dave Cairns went on to be appointed Special Projects and Events Manager for Gibson Guitars USA throughout the '90's. Dave Cairns reformed Secret Affair with Ian Page in 2008 and released their fourth studio album, 'Soho Dreams' on I-SPY Records, Sept 2012.

Guitarist Michael Casswell was invited by the bassist Neil Murray to join the Queen guitarist Brian May's touring band in 1991. Casswell left the band after the band's South American tour. Having performed and recorded with the UK based Japanese blues guitarist Saiichi Sugiyama (musician), whose band also featured Phil Williams on bass, Casswell subsequently formed a band with the veteran British rock drummer Cozy Powell. Casswell co-wrote and co-produced with Powell what turned out be the drummer's last album session. The album was released as "Especially For You" after Powell's death in a British motorway accident. Michael Casswell died in a swimming accident, Sept 2016.

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