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Classic Brit Rock and Blues, Funk and Soul wrapped and delivered by a band of harmless, yet sometimes maniacal minstrels. At the helm, Dean Rees aka The Rollicking Rogue of the Rotaries. This is good time Rock and Roll, pure and simple, rolling Stateside in spring '07.

Biography

Full Bio & Info below

Native of Northampton, United Kingdom

First notable band was Grand Society with Toby Marriott, son of Rock and Roll legend Steve Marriott, founder/frontman of Humble Pie

Joined Humble Pie in 2000, touring UK/Europe

At the historic and world famous Royal Albert Hall in London, performed at the Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert, which also featured Pete Townshend (The Who) and Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones, Faces)

Played the Steve Marriott Memorial Concert at London’s Astoria. feat. Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Humble Pie, Ian McLagen (Stones, Faces, Small Faces), et al…

Along with Ronnie Wood, Chris Farlowe, Mark Joseph, et al performed on both the Mod Aid CD and DVD

Joined Greg Ridley’s Humble Pie in 2003

While fronting the Greg Ridley Band, brought down the house at the 2004 Party For Greg in London, a memorial to his good friend and mentor Greg Ridley

Joined veteran UK Rock band Stray in 2005

Toured with UK country-rock sensation Rachel Warwick in 2006, headlining several festivals throughout Europe

Released first solo CD Sweet Felicity Arkwright in May, 2006

Dean Rees is known by many for his Hammond work with classic British rockers Humble Pie, as well as Stray and Del Bromham's Devils. Before that, dues were paid in the usual list of local groupings, most notably Colour Sargeant and Grand Society with Toby Marriott. As a featured artist at all annual installments of the Small Faces convention in London, Rees has shared the stage with Glen Matlock, Clem Clempson, Chris Farlow and Steve Ellis.

A native of Northampton, UK, Dean has become known as a "go-to guy" for several other high-profile special events. One of those was a most memorable stop at London's historic Royal Albert Hall for the Ronnie Lane memorial concert (featuring Pete Townshend and Ronnie Wood). Dean was also honored to play at the Steve Marriott memorial concert (feat Noel Gallagher, Humble Pie, Ian McLagen, Bobby Tench, Peter Frampton, et al). His contribution to the ModAid CD and video was added to those of Ronnie Wood, Mark Joseph and many other popular mod-influenced musos.

In 2003 Dean rejoined his good friend and mentor Greg Ridley, bassist, vocalist, and founding member of Humble Pie. First billed as Greg Ridley's Humble Pie, the new five-piece was enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike at debut gigs in London. The US was then targeted with a club tour, but sadly it wasn't to be as Greg suddenly fell ill that fall and soon passed away. Inspired by Greg's life, music and friendship, Dean jumped into two projects that would be fitting tributes. A collaboration with Bad Company guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell on an unfinished song, co-written by Greg, yielded a track that was added to the Greg Ridley Anthology (2004 AngelAir Records). "Live To Learn" also featured vocals by Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Todd Sucherman (Styx) on drums.

A memorial concert in 2004 saw Dean re-form Greg Ridley's short-lived band from the year before. The Greg Ridley Band payed a rollicking, butt-kicking tribute to their fallen friend at "The Party For Greg" in London. The event also featured great performances by Spooky Tooth's Mike Kellie and Luther Grosvenor (aka Arial Bender of Mott The Hoople), Bucket Colwell (Bad Company, Humble Pie), Del Bromham (Stray), Paul Geurin (The Quireboys), Mollie Marriott and many others.

In May of 2005 Dean Rees released his first solo CD Sweet Felicity Arkwright, an offering that not only rocks, but rhythms, blues and rolls with funkn' soul. You'll hear Dean's heaviest influences, which are rooted in the beginnings of Classic Brit Rock, yet throughout Arkwright are pepperings of American soul, blues and gospel.

Dean is joined on Sweet Felicity Arkwright by DR Band members Karl Randall (drums), Del Bromham (guitars), Stu Uren (bass), Mollie Marriott (vocals) and Lee Devine (vocals). Two of those names will be familiar to classic rock fans as Del Bromham is the founder and frontman of the veteran British rock band Stray and Mollie Marriott is the daughter of the legendary leader of Humble Pie, Steve Marriott. Also featured on Arkwright are special guest artists and friends Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake fame and another Marriott, Steve's son Toby.

The Dean Rees Band is available for booking in the US from April 10 through June 23, 2007.

Discography

SWEET FELICITY ARKWRIGHT (LP 2006)

Set List

DRB can perform varied sets, appropriate for the venue or event. These can range from a full show of Dean's originals with a few Humble Pie songs to a mix of original material and Classic Rock covers (Stones, Beatles, Faces, Doobie Bros, Grand Funk, Sly Stone, et al...). A few contemporary covers can be thrown in as well (Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Velvet Revolver, et al).