One day I had a call from my former JoBoxers producer Alan Shacklock, who had also produced Jeff Beck, Meatloaf and Roger Daltrey, inviting me to play on the new Spear of Destiny album he was producing, which would become The Price You Pay on Virgin Records. This turned into quite an extensive project.

Spear of Destiny, headed up by Kirk Brandon, had been playing to large audiences in large venues. To enable the recorded album to sound exactly like the tour that would follow, we developed and rehearsed the album tracks in a huge rehearsal space off London’s Caledonian Road over a two week period. This also had the benefit of keeping the band playing tightly from the outset and maintaining the momentum through the recording sessions.

The recording and mixing took place over the next few weeks, mostly at the former Townhouse Studios in Shepherd’s Bush and went very smoothly under Alan’s direction. We then went on the UK tour – which quickly sold out – to promote the album, culminating with a London show at the Hammersmith Odeon.


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