Phil Lanzon was born on March 23rd 1950.
At the age of eight Phil learned to play the PIANO. In 1966 Lanzon played in
his first band called THE LOOSE ENDS. Covers of soul songs were played. With
this band Lanzon tours through Europe. There after he played with THE CATS
PYJAMAS FROM 1968 until 1969. With this one a few singles were recorded. One
of them was BABY I LOVE YOU by THE RONETTES. Lanzon married, started a
family, and began to study harmony, counterpoint and composition at the
Guildhall school of Music and Drama.
He then got excited by the music of STYX
and JOURNEY and with his newly gained expertise in composition saw the
direction he would head towards.
In 1977 he joined a new band: ROMANCE with
NEIL CARTER, later with UFO and GARY MOORE. The band just exist a short
time, but had recorded a demo of four good songs; one was a LANZON; SHOW ME
THE WAY TO ENGLAND.
In 1978 Lanzon auditioned for a band called
RAW DEAL that needed a singer. LANZON actually auditioned them one by one
until Bernie came in with his high range and that suited the band perfectly.
This incarnation became PARIS. At the end of the seventies Lanzon was often
asked as a session musician. That’s why he can be heard on the June 1980
recorded HOT CHOCOLATE HIT 'NO DOUBT ABOUT IT' and on the BUCKS-FIZZ
Eurovision hit "MAKING YOUR MIND UP".
Early 1980 Lanzon plays keyboards on the
CRIS-SPEDDING-album I'M NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.
At the end of 1979 PARIS became GRAND PRIX
and LANZON played keyboards on three albums. THE FIRST ALBUM was released in
1980 at RCA-records. BERNIE SHAW ( vocals) , MICHAEL O'DONOUGHUE ( guitar )
, RALPH HOOD ( bass ) , and ANDY BEIRNE ( drums ). The second album from
1982 THERE FOR NONE TO SEE sees ROBIN McAULEY replacing BERNIE SHAW. The
third record SAMURAI is released in 1983 by CHRYSALIS RECORDS. The GRAND
PRIX sound can be described as melodic hard rock with some clear Styx and
Journey influences. After the third album GRAND PRIX called it a day due to
a lack of managerial support.
In 1984 Lanzon replaced VIC EMERSON of SAD
CAFÉ for a British tour.
Lanzon appears on both STEVE GLEN - singles
'THATS ALRIGHT BY ME'/ 'JUST THE WAY WE ARE and 'DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN' /
'I'M ALRIGHT JACK. Lanzon is also to be heard on the album 'LOOK LEFT, LOOK
RIGHT' by Steve Glen.
In March 1985 Lanzon joined the band
OPERATOR. His fellow band members were: ROBIN McAULEY (vocals), CHRIS GLEN (bass,
before with SAHB and MSG), MICK O'DONOGHUE (guitar) and PHIL TAYLOR (drums;
ex - MOTORHEAD). How promising this line up may have looked, it dissolved in
IN November 1985 LANZON played keyboards on
PHIL TAYLOR'S NAUGHTY OL' SANTAS CHRISTMAS CLASSICS. (A rarity). O'DONOGHUE,
GLEN and TAYLOR started GMT the same month, and recorded the mini LP 'WAR
GAMES' at 'MAUSOLEUM' with a new guitarist MARCUS SCHLEICHER . This record
was released on CD in 1991. All 5 songs are co-compositions of Lanzon. The
song 'FALL IN LINE' was played by Lanzon. In November 1985 GMT ended up.
ROBIN McAULEY joined MSG; PHIL TAYLOR went to FRANKIE MILLER before he
rejoined MOTORHEAD again.
In July 1985 Lanzon played Keyboards and
drums on 'BIG BANG' an album from the German band TARRACO, who recorded
their album in Hamburg as in London. It's experimental disco with a lot of
drum work by bandleader DICKY TARRACH (RATTLES). Lanzon composed one song
and did his part on another one. In august 1985 Lanzon ended his work for
In September 1985 Lanzon joined THE SWEET.
With him joins PAUL MARIO DAY, ex- WILDFIRE, as a new singer. With this new
line up THE SWEET recorded their live album 'LIVE AT THE MARQUEE’. At this
time Mc NULTY bass, and both founder members ANDY SCOTT and MICK TUCKER
formed the band. At the same time a live video was released at SOUND AND
VISION. On this album Lanzon’s co-composition: 'SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES', 'OVER
MY HEAD’, and 'JUMP THE FENCE'. Lanzon didn't make it to the next studio
album. In July 1986 Lanzon broke up with THE SWEET. A few weeks before
Lanzon did a minor Germany tour with THE SWEET. They also played HEIMATSTADT
in the ACHEN Metropolis on May 3rd 1986. The tour was called 'SATISFACTION
GUARANTY’. Satisfaction is what SWEET guru MICHAEL MOTZKOU BECAME that night.
He was carrying a box of cola which Lanzon threw into the audience....just
for fun. Michael showed him his middle finger and disappeared. A lot of
talking was needed to clear the air.
Lanzon joins URIAH HEEP by replacing JOHN
SINCLAIR. With Heep Lanzon goes on a US tour. At that point STEFF FONTAINE
was singer for a few months. In February 1987 Lanzon was asked by ANDY SCOTT
to play on the debut single of pub-rock band PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD. Lanzon
had his hands free at the time, so he went into the LONDON BRIDGE STUDIO.
Here the recording s of the single 'THE GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME /
'(TELLING ME) ALL THOSE LIES'. The band's line up: DANNY HYNES ( vocals) ,
ANDY SCOTT from THE SWEET, MAL McNULTY ( SWEET and ex- WEAPON), JEFF BROWN (
SWEET and ex -STATE TROOPER ) and the once WILDFIRE, WEAPON, and PRAYING
MANTIS drummer BRUCE BISLAND. The single was not that successful. December
of the same year Lanzon again went into the studio to record the maxi - CD
with the cover song DELILAH. Also recorded to CD, and released in 1996 are
'THE GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME', ' ( TELL ME ) ALL THOSE LIES, and '
DELILAH' to be found on the CD Box of THE SWEET titled 'HANNOVER SESSIONS'
Right after Lanzon spend his time with
Heep. In December 1987 "LIVE IN MOSCOW" was recorded and released in 1988.
For the first time with Heep Lanzon shows he's an important songwriter (and
singer!!) with his song MR. MAJESTIC. The 1989 release of RAGING SILENCE is
the first Uriah Heep studio album for Lanzon. From this album "Bad bad man"
is composed by Lanzon. In 1991 the heavily criticized DIFFERENT WORLD
released. In 1994 a techno/dance version of Gypsy goes around. On this
maxi-CD four different versions of the song are recorded: 'LUCKY HEATHER
MIX’, DJ CLUB MIX’,'' WEDGE MIX’, and RADIO MIX’. The track time of the last
one is more then 23 minutes.
In 1995 the long awaited SEA OF LIGHT is
released. At 8 of the 12 songs Lanzon did his job on the composition part.
His own song 'Mistress of all time' belongs to the strongest pieces of the
album. The main opinion is this album is the best of Uriah Heep ever since
the Byron line up. Lanzon succeeded in bringing back the roaring Hammond
September 1998 SONIC ORIGAMI, the latest
album of Uriah Heep is released on the (UK) EAGLE RECORDS label. Lanzon is
heavily involved in the composition work. Like on Sea of Light he worked a
lot with Mick Box as a songwriter duo. His song writing potential is best
shown in 'BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, he was also heavily involved in the
arrangements, and in the epos "GOLDEN PALACE" a deep going bombast symphonic
During a Scandinavian tour in Feb 1999
LANZON began to write short stories to kill wasted time on the road. Over
the new decade he would go on to perfect one of those stories which is at
the moment being read by a top Hollywood producer.
HEEP recorded the acclaimed ACCOUSTICALLY
DRIVEN in 2001. LANZON scored the arrangements for the string quartet. This
was followed by touring and festivals which included the release of various
The long awaited release of WAKE THE
SLEEPER, 2008, and consequently INTO THE WILD, 2011, saw LANZON'S song
writing establishing itself again. Some say that BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, GOLDEN
PALACE and TRAIL OF DIAMONDS were heading more towards the 'prog' side of
HEEP. LANZON thinks that the next album may enter those bright waters a
little more deeply along with the straight ahead rock songs.
LANZON has written a sequel to his
screenplay but it is at first draught stage. His writing energies seem to be
PHIL LANZON lives in East Kent with
his partner in life: Patina. He has three children from his one and only
marriage; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild - all wonderful and
living in Hampshire
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