It all started in 2013. Woody was asked by a director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, to give a talk to a ‘live’ audience. The subject was the ‘influence that the music he had been a part of, 5 years playing with David Bowie on albums ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Hunky Dory’, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’, ‘Aladdin Sane’ and ‘Changes’ had on the culture and music in general’. Woody agreed and the event was a great success.
He was further asked to perform at the famous Latitude Festival in July of that year on behalf of the ICA with a number of musicians who had been approached on a similar basis. These included James Stevenson (The Cult), Paul Cuddeford (Bob Geldof) plus several other named musicians. The gig was an amazing success resulting in many offers to play other concerts. The band played a set of early Bowie songs.
The idea came up to perform ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ album live as it had never been played live since its creation. Enter Tony Visconti. Tony was the bass player and producer on this album. However since that time he has had a fabulous career as a producer of 12 Bowie albums, including the very latest, not yet released album ‘Blackstar’, plus other credits such as Morrissey, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy, Moody Blues and the list goes on.
Woody called Tony and asked if he’d be in to performing this album live. Tony said yes, reiterating how he, David, Mick Ronson and Woody had been so keen to take this out live but had not been able to do so.
Tony suggested a vocalist, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17) who he had recently worked with and thought would be perfect. Glenn came on board, also bringing keyboardist Berenice Scott (Heaven 17). A sax player was needed and the perfect guy was Terry Edwards, a seasoned professional who has worked with many names. Add the amazing voice of Jessica Morgan, Tony’s daughter and Holy Holy was complete.
Holy Holy did a couple of mini tours of the UK in 2014 culminating in the recording of a live album of ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ plus a selection of Bowie favourites. This was recorded at the famous Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and was mixed by Tony Visconti. The audience response was absolutely out of this world and in fact none of the band wanted to stop at the end of the tour. So due to popular demand a major tour of the UK took place in June 2015, also taking in Ireland and ending in July in Japan!
“This band is an unusual combination of brilliant musicians, who are also genuine fans of the music” says Woody.
Now the band is excited to be finally touring the USA in January.
“Look out you rock and rollers”……….