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Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising is a heavy rock band initially formed in 1980 by Pete Bangert (guitar), Jack Bunker (vocals), Chris Hamilton (bass) and Danny Spencer (drums). The formation of the band coincided with an underground resurgence of heavy rock which became known to pundits and journalists as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). That trend was not apparent until later and that was not the reason that Phoenix Rising was formed. Like a number of other musicians at that time, the guys were fed up with the  commercialised punk, new wave, romantic music that was all-pervasive. They were just a group of musicians who wanted to get back to the roots of British Rock and make their own contribution to the legacy.

This line-up produced a number of recordings on vinyl, tape and video, some of which were later re-captured onto CD. The original lineup continued gigging until late in 1985. Phoenix Rising re-formed in 1991 after the untimely death of their original drummer, Danny Spencer. The purpose of the reformation was to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund. Following the shakedown gigs, the new gigging line up was Pete Bangert (guitar and synth), Mel Day (vocals), Gordon Henderson (drums) and Nick Parfrey (bass). This  line-up continued gigging regularly as a unit into the late 90’s.

The original band line-up recently reformed in the studio to finish off a long-postponed studio album, which was on the tapes since they disbanded in the mid 80’s. This album which they are calling ‘After The Fire’ contains definitive recordings of their extensively gigged first album material. Visit the Phoenix Rising Website for current news, discography and more biographical information.

With the wonders of modern technology, Danny’s original drumming has been digitised to retain the flavour and feel of the original  band. The guys are adamant that it is just like having Danny back in the studio with them. The album is entitled ‘After The Fire’ and will be released in the near future. They are also taking the opportunity to put down demos for new material. It is on the cards that there could be some live gigs on the back of this if they can find someone to fill Danny’s seat. Keep an eye on the Phoenix Rising website for more details and of course watch this space.

Phoenix Rising Releases

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The Live Session

Leukaemia Research

‘The Ship’

Phoenix Rising

Audio track for The ‘Phoenix Rising’ Video

Gotta Be Jokin’

Rehearsal Demos


‘Live At ‘The Buffer’


‘The Little ‘Un’ Live Video

Video Top Rank

The ‘Phoenix Rising’ Video



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