Neil Murray
Neil Murray
Philip Neil Murray is a Scottish bass player, best known for his work in Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.
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Friends worry about Jim Carrey
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Hollywood actor Jim Carrey has left his friends worried. Sources close to the star feel the 51-year-old actor-comedian is feeling down about his career and love life, according to IANS. “Jim has suffered from severe depression in the past, and you have to worry those fearful days are coming back again,” said a source. “When you talk to him, he’s not as animated as he used to be. He seems [to be] at a low point — like a ship without a rudder.” They also said that the Dumb and Dumber star still longs for the love of his life, former Playboy girl Jenny McCarthy. “Jim thought he and Jenny were going to be together for a lifetime. He was like a father to her autistic son Evan and even hoped to have a child with her someday,” the source said. According to the website survivingdepression.com, Carrey has been battling with depression for years. Carrey dropped out of school at an early age to take care of his ailing mother while his father was unemployed ...
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Musicians not for 'Stronger Future'
BigPond News - almost 5 years
Musicians Paul Kelly, Neil Murray and Archie Roach have joined together to rally against 'Strong Future'.
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Burst Wishaw main leaves 5000 homes without water - Wishaw Press
Google News - over 5 years
Neil Murray, whose garden in Langholm Crescent backs on to the area where the pipe burst, took several pictures that show just how substantial the flooding was. Mr Murray said: “My neighbour informed me what was happening around 7am
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CUC seeks alternative energy - Caymanian Compass
Google News - over 5 years
“CUC has been monitoring the status of several alternative technologies for over a decade,” said Neil Murray, a CUC corporate communications officer. “Historically, the cost of these technologies has prohibited adoption, however, with current high oil
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Community gala promotes resident cohesion - The Lincolnite
Google News - over 5 years
The community gala is arranged by Carholme Councillors Neil Murray, Karen Lee and Robert Parker with the University of Lincoln and its Students' Union. City Councillor for Carholme Ward Neil Murray said: “I'm really pleased the University and Students'
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Dreary Cornhill to undergo revamp - The Lincolnite
Google News - over 5 years
City Councillor Neil Murray said: “Repaving the Cornhill is a key part of developing the city centre, making it a more attractive space for public use, much like City Square around the corner. “It's great news that we've helped to secure external
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There's hell to pay in berry heaven - Times LIVE
Google News - over 5 years
Neil Murray, a Hemel en Aarde owner who has been affected by operations on Haygrove farm. The black shade netting is visible on the right It started as a row over berries. Now millionaire neighbours in a famous farming valley are locked in a legal
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West Common: No longer a 'development opportunity' - The Lincolnite
Google News - over 5 years
— Labour Councillor Neil Murray is the Executive Portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration and Planning Policy at the City of Lincoln Council and representative of the Carholme Ward. This time last year was a time of celebration for many Lincoln
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Meredith's mega moon - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
... Iration Steppas, the 30-plus-piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Lotek, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Bobby Alu, and Iconic Songs featuring Archie Roach, Shane Howard and Neil Murray are among the first acts announced
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Former Rainbow Singer Going Solo (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
It includes collaborations with Black Country Communion keyboardist Derek Sherinian, former Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray and singer Patti Russo, among others. It's called As Yet Untitled – White explains: "I always thought it should be called that
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Engineering student gets prestigious bursary - The Lincolnite
Google News - over 5 years
Councillor Neil Murray, Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Economic Regeneration at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “We are incredibly proud to sponsor the first Sir Frank Whittle Bursary and would like to congratulate Carl, who has shown
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Plenty of winners in annual event - Summit Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Runners up in all three grades were Kal Aldenhooen (77), Neil Murray (88) and Vern Hutton (93). Ray Grinham won the A grade 18-hole Handicap competition with 80-12-68. B grade awards went to Brian Richards for his return of 89-15- 74 and C grade was
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Sunday Old School: Paul Di'anno After Iron Maiden - Metal Underground
Google News - over 5 years
The band saw Di'anno reunited with his former Maiden bandmate Clive Burr and also featured original Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis, former Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray and White Spirit/future Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers
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Ramsdens Cup: Queen's Park 0 - 2 Hamilton: Accies made to work for victory - Scotland on Sunday
Google News - over 5 years
FIRST Division Hamilton Accies eventually saw off a resolute Queen's Park side after being made to work for their victory. A lacklustre first-half surprisingly saw the Third Division side create the better opportunities, with both Craig
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Seuss at the Sphinx - Northern Rivers Echo
Google News - over 5 years
Bill's career has seen him playing with Floyd Vincent and the Child Brides, the Shane Howard Band, Neil Murray and the Rainmakers. He supported Midnight Oil on their Blue Sky Mining tour. Bill played on the Warumpi Band's No Humbug album
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Murray
    FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 57
    Murray played on the Michael Schenker Group album In the Midst of Beauty, which was released on 11 May 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 56
    He also performed at 2007's 'Classics in Rock' concert in Rotterdam and the first London Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 48
    In 1999, Murray started working again with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, who had been working with Norwegian Whitesnake tribute band The Snakes.
    More Details Hide Details When Marsden and Moody eventually parted ways with their Norwegian colleagues, they changed the band name to Company of Snakes with the vocalist Robert Hart (The Jones Gang, Bad Company, The Distance, solo artist/songwriter) joined them, together with Don Airey on keyboards. After of few years of gigging mainly in the UK and Europe, Hart decided to leave to concentrate on his solo/songwriting career. The only available recording of this line-up (with Don Airey on keys and John Lingwood on drums) is on Micky Moody's solo album I Eat Them For Breakfast. In 2001 Swedish singer Stefan Berggren was recruited and COS released two albums: Here We Go Again Live (the gig was recorded in Germany with temporary ex-MSG singer Gary Barden, but his vocals were erased and Berggren overdubbed) and Burst The Bubble, which featured songs written by most of the band.
  • 1998
    Age 47
    In 1998, Brian May released his third solo album, Another World, which Murray and Powell had once again played on, but Powell's death meant a tour with Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Black Sabbath) instead. 1998 also saw the posthumous release of Cozy Powell's "Especially For You" featuring vocal phenom John West (Royal Hunt, Artension, Badlands, Lynch Mob, Ten Man Push), and Michael Casswell (Brian May Band), and Lonnie Park (John West, Wrathchild America, Ten Man Push).
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  • 1996
    Age 45
    1996 and 1997 saw Murray and Powell helping to kickstart the return of the legendary Peter Green (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) in his Splinter Group.
    More Details Hide Details Murray recorded three albums with Green and toured the UK with occasional European dates.
  • 1994
    Age 43
    In late 1994, Powell and Murray returned to Black Sabbath.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded Forbidden and toured the US & Canada in 1995, although the tour of the UK, Europe and the Far East saw the return of Bobby Rondinelli on drums when Powell departed.
  • 1992
    Age 41
    In 1992, Murray played with Powell and Black Sabbath's Tony Martin, in a new version of Cozy Powell's Hammer that was short lived.
    More Details Hide Details Murray had earlier recorded most of Martin's first solo album Back Where I Belong and later played at a series of concerts at Expo' 92 in Seville, Spain backing Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Brian May. He also reunited with his ex-Whitesnake pals, guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, for some dates in the UK with their Moody Marsden Band. In 1992, Queen's Brian May was ready to go on the road for the first time as a solo artist. Murray and Powell had done sessions for May's solo album "Back to the Light" and they were a natural choice for the touring band. For two years, the band toured the world, notably supporting Guns N' Roses and releasing Live at Brixton Academy in 1993. The core of the Brian May Band (Neil, Cozy, Spike Edney and Jamie Moses) became the basis of the SAS Band (Spike's All Stars), which continues to this day, playing sporadic live gigs with many famous guest vocalists, including Paul Rodgers, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Chaka Khan, Arthur Brown, Lionel Richie, Bob Geldof and many others. After the first year, Steve Stroud became their main bassist, but Neil returns to play with the band every couple of years.
  • 1991
    Age 40
    After Black Sabbath reformed their "Mob Rules" lineup in 1991 with Dio, Butler and Appice for Dehumanizer, Powell and Murray started a band project and recorded songs with singer John West (Artension, Royal Hunt).
    More Details Hide Details Nothing came out of it until 1998 when those songs resurfaced on a tribute album released after Powell's death in April 1998.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    Murray stayed with the band until late 1990, recording the Tyr album and once again touring.
    More Details Hide Details Live, Murray was able to showcase various bass styles that had not been able to flourish in Whitesnake, ranging from Jack Bruce-type improvising to heavy metal soloing to delicate false harmonics.
  • 1989
    Age 38
    By 1989, with Geezer Butler's refusal to join the latest Black Sabbath line-up, Murray was asked by Cozy Powell to try out.
    More Details Hide Details He joined soon after the release of Headless Cross and toured with the band in support of the album.
  • 1988
    Age 37
    He also lived in Tokyo for a few months in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details The band's vocalist wanted to remain in Japan, so the group recorded their last album titled Helter Skelter, which was produced by Tony Taverner, who has previously engineered for Black Sabbath.
  • 1987
    Age 36
    He recorded four albums with the band between 1987 and 1989, and toured the UK, Europe, and Japan.
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    In 1987, Murray joined Japanese hard-rock band Vow Wow, who had recently relocated to England.
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    Murray had to hire lawyers to get his financial due from the huge success of 1987, the album that went on to sell well over 10 million copies worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details To this day, Murray remains the only individual who has played on the second most Whitesnake albums, behind only David Coverdale himself.
    In early 1987, Coverdale put together a completely new version of the band in Los Angeles, and Murray was no longer part of the band.
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    A year after recording the backing tracks for 1987, with work proceeding at a very slow and expensive pace on the album, Murray took the opportunity to redo some of the bass parts, but disagreements over leadership led to John Sykes quitting the band 16 months after recording had begun.
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  • 1984
    Age 33
    1984 was occupied with touring, headlining in the UK and Europe; however Mel Galley semi-permanently injured his arm resulting in him having to leave the band and John Sykes taking care of all guitar duties on the road after a couple of months.
    More Details Hide Details In the summer, Jon Lord left the band for the Deep Purple reunion thus making Whitesnake a four-piece outfit (Coverdale, Murray, Sykes, Powell) with off-stage keyboard player Richard Bailey (ex-Magnum). Support slots in the USA with Dio then Quiet Riot (at the height of their brief success) helped to bring Whitesnake to a much wider audience. The album and tour, culminating with an appearance at the 1985 Rock in Rio Festival in front of 150,000 people, marked the end of an era for the band. Disagreements over financial matters led to Cozy Powell leaving the band for Emerson, Lake & Powell. Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Jefferson Starship) was in place for the recording of what was to be Whitesnake's most successful album. The making of Whitesnake 1987 was fraught with delays, illness and difficulties. Murray's status as an official member of Whitesnake was unclear and although Coverdale had given all members permission to get involved in other projects, there was not enough money to keep Murray and Dunbar on a retainer until the album was completed.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    The period 1979–1982 also saw Murray participating in a number of solo albums from Bernie Marsden, Graham Bonnet, Cozy Powell, Forcefield and Jon Lord, sometimes playing with drummer Simon Phillips, which led in 1981 to Murray playing with a trio of superstars – Jeff Beck, Sting and Eric Clapton – at two of the Secret Policeman's Other Ball series of four concerts at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
    More Details Hide Details This event was filmed and recorded; Murray is to be heard on "Crossroads" with Beck, Clapton and Simon Phillips even though the album sleeve does not contain any individual credits. In late 1983, Whitesnake went through one of its many line-ups changes. Micky Moody and Colin Hodgkinson were no longer part of the band. They already had recorded a new album Slide It In. At that time, Coverdale hooked up with A&R guru John Kalodner and signed with the powerful major Geffen Records. After failed attempts at hiring Adrian Vandenberg and Mama's Boys' Pat McManus, Coverdale welcomed John Sykes (Tygers of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy) to the band. Sykes brought a lot of fresh ideas, technical ability and an appropriate image to project the band on MTV. Murray was asked back and he and Sykes re-recorded a lot of the guitar and all of the bass parts for Slide It In, resulting in two available vinyl versions: one for Europe featuring Moody and Hodgkinson and a US remix version with Sykes and Murray. The US version was remixed by Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar) to give it a more radio friendly sound.
    He did numerous tours in the UK, Europe, Japan and played at Reading Festival in 1979 and 1980 and the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details However, tours of the US opening for Jethro Tull in 1980 and Judas Priest in 1981 were not enough to match the band's success elsewhere. In early 1982, after tense Saints An' Sinners recording sessions, Coverdale decided on a complete shake-up of the band, management, publishing and recording contracts. There was a period of uncertainty as to who would be in the 'new' Whitesnake, though Cozy Powell was definitely coming in to replace Ian Paice. Around this time, Paice and Murray had recorded Gary Moore's Corridors of Power album, and Paice had decided to join Moore. Murray followed suit, and was replaced by Colin Hodgkinson. Coverdale reshuffled the band as Bernie Marsden departed, replaced by Mel Galley, but Micky Moody and Jon Lord returned to the fold after initial uncertainty. Soon after his departure, Murray briefly formed an outfit called Badlands (not to be confused with the American band featuring Jake E. Lee) behind Uriah Heep's John Sloman on vocals and future Thin Lizzy's John Sykes on guitars. The band recorded some demos, played London's Marquee Club and shopped for a record deal, unfortunately to no avail. The band's music was hard rock and fitted the gap between a melodic band like Thin Lizzy, a blues influenced outfit like Whitesnake and a more straight-ahead AC/DC.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    From 1978 until late 1986, Murray helped make Whitesnake one of the most popular bands in Europe and Japan and later America.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded 9 albums (Snakebite, Trouble, Love Hunter, Ready An' Willing, Live in the Heart of The City, Come An' Get It, Saints An' Sinners, Slide It In, and Whitesnake). Murray's melodic basslines, influenced by Jack Bruce, Andy Fraser and even Jaco Pastorius, stand out from the rock bass-playing of the time.
  • 1977
    Age 26
    In late 1977, ex-Deep Purple singer David Coverdale was auditioning drummers for his new band Whitesnake, which featured guitarists Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden.
    More Details Hide Details Marsden invited Murray to help out with the process which led to him landing the gig together with drummer Dave Dowle. Deep Purple's Jon Lord joined in the summer of 1978 and, after recording Lovehunter in 1979, Dowle was replaced by Ian Paice.
  • 1976
    Age 25
    After Colosseum II, in 1976 Neil teamed up again with ex-Gilgamesh keyboardist Alan Gowen in National Health with whom he recorded a self-titled album in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to recording that album, the band played with drummer Bill Bruford of Yes/King Crimson fame, who was followed by ex-Hatfield & the North drummer Pip Pyle. Murray got the chance to work with Bruford again, playing on the rehearsals for Bruford's Feels Good To Me album, standing in for Jeff Berlin who was the actual bassist with the band (the LP cover read 'Thanks to Neil Murray: A bass player when I needed one'). Murray also deputised for Berlin on Bruford's "Old Grey Whistle Test" appearance in 1978. During this performance he sports a long sleeve T-shirt saying 'More Bass', predating Saturday Night Live's "More Cowbell" by more than 20 years. National Health's complex music and the lack of commercial success prompted Murray to investigate other musical avenues planted in the world of bands like Cream, Jeff Beck or John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. After playing with Bernie Marsden in Cozy Powell's Hammer, Murray had played on a couple of tracks on Babe Ruth's album Stealing Home, prior to Marsden joining two members of Deep Purple in Paice Ashton Lord.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    Murray's next gig came again through a recommendation from Clive Chaman, touring with Cozy Powell's Hammer in 1974 and 1975.
    More Details Hide Details The line-up included Don Airey and Bernie Marsden. After Cozy Powell decided to fold Hammer, Murray and Airey joined a revamped version of the British jazz rock band Colosseum, named Colosseum II. The band's leader, drummer Jon Hiseman, had evolved the band's sound by eliminating the saxophone in preference for a rockier sound courtesy of Gary Moore's guitar. This line-up of the band lasted for one album only (Strange New Flesh, a title thought up by Murray). Strange New Flesh was a little less intellectual than most of the jazz rock coming out of the UK. It did not have the blackness of bands like Weather Report, but offered more accessible melodies and rock power than the more "intellectual" Canterbury fusion scene presented at the time. Following months of touring Europe and the UK, Murray and vocalist Mike Starrs were fired, due to pressure from the record label Bronze, who soon after dropped Colosseum II altogether.
    Neil spent early 1974 supporting the album he recorded with them, Magic Dragon.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 16
    Originally a drummer, who started playing bass in 1967, Murray formed his first band with school friends in 1967 (Slap Happy and the Dum-Dums) and his musical tastes were heavily influenced by the mid-1960s 'blues boom' bands and musicians, especially Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, and later by Motown legend James Jamerson and Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
    More Details Hide Details Murray moved to bass shortly before studying graphic design at the London College of Printing. During 1973, Neil briefly played in Gilgamesh, a jazz-fusion band led by Alan Gowen. After his departure from Gilgamesh, Murray toured the USA with Junior Hanson, following a recommendation from Jeff Beck's bass player Clive Chaman. Hanson later became a member of Bob Marley & The Wailers under the name Junior Marvin.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on August 27, 1950.
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