About

Born CHRISTOPHER GLEN
on 6th November 1950
in Paisley Renfrewshire Scotland.

With over 40 years in the music business Chris is best known for his quintessential bass playing with legendary rock bands......THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND - MSG - IAN GILLAN BAND.... .. CHRIS has also played with - JOHN MARTYN - ANGUS YOUNG - RICK NIELSON - JIM DIAMOND - ROBIN ZANDER - COZY POWELL - JEFF BECK - SNOWEY WHITE - MICK RONSON - BRIAN ROBERTSON - DOOGIE WHITE - MAGGIE BELL - BILL SPOONER - THE TUBES - ROBIN MCAULEY - FISH - ELMER GANTRY - CHRIS SLADE - YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - ALABAMA 3 - PUBLIC DOMAIN - EDDIE MITCHELL - GWYN ASHTON - FRANKIE MILLER - DAN McCAFFERTY - PHIL (PHILTHY ANIMAL) TAYLOR - CAFE JACQUES - KLAUS MEINE - JOE ELLIOTT - HERMAN RAREBELL - KERI KELLI & CHRIS SLADE STEEL CIRCLE!!...CHRIS continues to expand his impressive CV and is always in demand, he also has his own musical project...
CHRIS GLEN's OUTFIT.

From teenage fantasy to living the dream, Chris Glen has been there, done it and, as they say, has got the tee shirt.

Just like everyone who has ever played air guitar or sung into a hairbrush, Chris' very first steps into the world of rock'n'roll, were practicing in front of the mirror, in trendy Cuban heeled boots, checking how much his hair had grown in a week! His next step was to "roadie" for top Glasgow band of the time "The Stoics".

From there, towards the late sixties, the eighteen year old Chris progressed to actually playing bass with a real live band! The first was "Jade"; he made a point of researching and reading up on the semiprecious stone and was delighted at the many shades, colours and versatility of jade; the band really had a name to live up to. Chris flirted with what his ever supportive but bemused parents called a "proper job", as a trainee quantity surveyor, however, working days and playing nights just didn't marry well. The music industry's gain was no huge loss to the construction industry, Chris was determined to follow his dream.

"Mustard" was the next incarnation, sowing the seeds of what was to come; it was then that Chris first met up with Alistair "Zal" Cleminson and soon they were moving on, joined by Ted McKenna on drums, Dave Batchelor on vocals and Tear Gas was born.

By 1971, they had recorded two albums, “Piggy Go Getter “and "Tear Gas", both now collectors' items. Tear Gas, was one of Glasgow's great bands of the time, regularly playing the length and breadth of the UK. The band's sound was loud and aggressive, when they played clubs, the girls stopped dancing round their handbags and paid attention to this band, who played like nothing they had ever heard before. The band toured all over the UK and, one day, came to the attention of a fellow Glaswegian, Alex Harvey.

Harvey was 16 years Chris' senior and had been writing, playing and touring for years in several different groups and musical styles. He was trying to put together another band, to move and fit in with the ever changing times, he soon decided that Tear Gas was the solution he was looking for. Dave Batchelor sidestepped into production and Ted was right, his cousin Hugh, with his great natural musicality, keyboard flair and good vocal would be a fabulous addition to the lineup; Alex taught them everything he had learned, became their director and frontman of the newest band in town - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Obviously, a tongue in cheek name but it leaves you wondering, was it ALEX that was sensational, or the Alex Harvey BAND that was sensational? It matters not; the whole was destined to be bigger and better than just the sum of the parts, but no-one knew that.......yet. The dream moved closer.

They toured constantly; they wrote and recorded albums, going gold with their second album "NEXT"; they supported Jethro Tull, Mott the Hoople and Slade; they even sneaked onto the lower end of the acts at Reading Festival in 1973. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band became the biggest grossing live band in Europe;

They sold out their home town's Glasgow Apollo for three consecutive nights; they supported The Who on the "Who Put the Boot In" tour and, for an almost unbroken two years, they travelled all over the USA. In all, eight albums were made and the band went on to headline not once but twice at the Reading Festival, before Alex split from the band in 1977, on the verge of their biggest break.

The others went their separate ways; there was no going back to "Tear Gas" - not after the whirlwind of those five years being sensational. Like most musicians do, Chris took to session work; he was known and sought after as a good solid bass player, he performed at Glastonbury with John Martyn in 1979. Chris and Ted McKenna had been a fantastic rhythm section, musically joined at the hip - they would work together again. Chris went on to join The Michael Schenker Group in 1980, touring and recording. When Cozy Powell left the band, Ted came on board and so Michael Schenker found himself in front of a perfect powerhouse partnership. Schenker was, at that time, notoriously mercurial and could be difficult to work alongside; Chris parted company with MSG in 1984.

He really had lived the dream but nothing lasts forever, time marches on and waits for no man's dream, things change. The music industry was a whole lot tougher than it had ever been before. Glam Rock and Punk had come and gone, there were hundreds of young, new session musicians out there. Chris had been raised to believe "there's no such word as 'can't' but raising a family couldn't be done with such an unreliable income, it wasn't fair on them.

Just as he was considering his options, Chris was dealt a hand that almost broke him; out for the evening, he took a call, there had been a fire at home. Not allowed near the scene, Chris was led to believe that his teenage son and young daughter had perished in the smoke and flames. He refused to give up hope and waited for confirmation of that awful truth. Four hours later, he crumbled and wept with relief when he heard the children were safe, although his little girl had a fractured pelvis as a result of jumping from her bedroom window. They had lost everything but good friends rallied round and Chris was to be seen, visiting his daughter in hospital, wearing jeans too short for his famously long legs, he didn't care, they still had one another. Even now, he places little value on material possessions, that night changed him. A few years later, in 1988 his beloved parents died, within seven months of each other. Asked if he wanted to choose a few words to put on their headstone, he did, those words are "we have a dream".

Chris followed the example of many musicians who were "in between" bands, he had joined the ranks of cab drivers, it paid the bills and provided the security of a regular income. Of course, no ordinary mini cab for Chris, oh, no! Working for "Black & White" in Twickenham, he drove luxury vehicles, like Mercedes Benz, he picked up Neil Kinnock from the tarmac at Heathrow; he was chauffeur to the stars and cast of "Hercule Poirot" and although he enjoyed the variety and meeting his celebrity passengers, it just wasn't his dream.

he still did session work, when it was offered and, in 1985, with close friend...... Philthy Phil Taylor (Motorhead) and Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzie) they formed GMT, which took them out of the eighties into a new decade. He still did session work when it was offered and he toured with the Ian Gillan Band in 1990. Recognising that driving was one thing he could definitely do as a normal job - he was always proud of his clean driving licence - he decided to put it to better use than driving up market taxis. He took and passed his PSV licence and before he knew it, he was a fully qualified bus driver - bendy buses and all!! He also had his hair cut.

In the early nineties the SAHB four were invited to play at a charity benefit concert, for Frankie Miller. They did it, they liked it all over again - and so did the fans! The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, now more strangely named than ever without Alex, reformed; a couple of different vocalists fronted the band, then Max Maxwell came to their attention. They toured the UK all over again. The band opened for Def Leppard, by special request of SAHB fan, Joe Elliott, at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon - as it had been known at the time of yet another of SAHB's prestigious sell out gigs during those five sensational years. Chris grew his hair.

More recently, MSG has been back on tour - with Chris Glen on bass; a spin-off from that lineup is Steel Circle, formed by drummer Chris Slade of MSG - with Chris Glen on bass. Another venture in regeneration is Cafe Jacques, with - Chris Glen on bass. A side project is Chris Glen & The Outfit - with Chris Glen on bass.

Four decades and two Lifetime Achievement awards later, Chris still loves to play bass. If you've seen him perform, you'll KNOW he just plain enjoys it; with a mountain of memorable moments to look back on, he is looking to the future, following that dream - to keep on entertaining and playing bass.

If you're in Glasgow and you see a guy that reminds you of Chris Glen, that'll be him, say "hello", he always has time for people who have treasured memories of the music that he helped to make; the very people who went to the gigs and bought the albums - the very people who allowed him to live his dream.

He'd like to say "thank you", it's been one helluva dream.


A Great 2014 Interview With Fireworks Rock magazine Here


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