From Left to Right
LUIS el BELGA - Drums
JOOLS COOPER - Guitar.
TOMMY DUFFY - Bass.
The Rockets were formed in early 1996 when guitarist
Graham Foster left Major Blues consequently leaving drummer Geoff
Britton (ex Wings, Manfred Mann's Earthband) and bass player Steve
Emery (ex Stretch, Eric Clapton Band) without a guitarist and
Geoff Britton moved to Spain at the end of the 80's and has
played in a whole catalogue of bands since he began in the
1960's. Possibly his first big break was with folk-rockers
East of Eden, although he is best known for his spell in Wings with
Paul McCartney in the mid 70's. Other names for his CV include
Manfred Mann's Earthband, The Pirates, Chicken Shack, The Mike
Oldfield Band, The Wild Angels. In 1977 he was in the
'supergroup' Rough Diamond, recording in London's' Roundhouse
Studios when he came across an eighteen old assistant engineer
called Jools Cooper
After some time Steve Emery left The Rockets to join Spanish
pop-rockers Revolver and also IO along with Jools and can be heard
on the album 'Fuera de la Ley' and the Jools Cooper penned single 'Porque
Me Gusta'. Both Steve and Jools collaborated heavily on the album 'Sombras
Largas' by Spanish pop trio Siete Leguas in 1998. Emery was replaced
with Derek Gill, bassist with Robert Palmer in the 1970's who stayed
until the band broke up at the end of 1999.
The re-launch came in early 2002 with the arrival of ex-Humble Pie
bassist Greg Ridley which also generated a great deal of interest in
the band. The Rockets entered the studio in summer 2003 and managed
to complete six songs before Greg's health started to fail, these
tracks appear on the Greg Ridley anthology album "All I Ever Needed"
released January 2005. Sadly this line-ups last gig together was on
October 23rd 2003, Greg's birthday, he was taken into hospital a
week later and died of cancer on the 19th of November, the end of
another rock legend.
The band sorely missed Greg but were able to continue with Brad
Mariner taking up bass duties until late summer 2004 when
ex-lindisfarne bassist Tom Duffy joined. Tommy spent three years as
The Rockets bass player, bringing a different style of funk-based
playing to the band as well as his infectious smile and humour.
Steve Emery returned to the band in 2007 until his retirement in
As from 2014 The Rockets have been playing live with Jools cooper
(as always), bassist Tommy Duffy and drummer Luis el Belga.
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