Complex reunion

Cult Blackpool band Complex – whose records go for small fortunes on E-bay – are back on the road after a gap of nearly 30 years.

Three founder members of the band – Tony Shakespeare on drums and lead vocals, Brian Lee on guitar and vocals and Lance Fogg on bass and vocals – have joined up with a former member of the Dell Vikings on guitar and vocals and will be making their debut at The Edge in Poulton on September 28.

"Seeing that Complex were actually formed in the late 1960s – I think our very first gig was in 1969 – we have decided, initially at least, to concentrate on 1960s music," says Lance.

"Everything from The Beatles to Cream, from The Searchers to Jimi Hendrix and everything in between. We might eventually get around to resurrecting some old numbers of our own.

"After all, they became quite popular with our two albums hitting the all-time classic album charts in Record Collector magazine. You can still get digitally re-mastered versions from Wooden Hill Records."

Our picture shows the band in August 1970, during its short stint as a five piece rather than its more familiar foursome.

The line-up in the picture shows Tony, Brian, Tony Fisher (rhythm guitar), Lance and Steve Coe (keyboards).

Steve found fame with Monsoon, the band which scored a huge hit with Ever So Lonely.

Also in the picture is Brian's mum, who took charge of the band's organisation and management until 1974 when Complex achieved the rare distinction of a major record deal with Pye.