Main Stage ♦ Saturday
The band today owes it's origins to three of Marc Bolan's valued musicians. Mickey Finn, Paul Fenton and Jack Green.
The story started in 1997 when they were invited to appear at a special memorial concert at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. This event was held in the same week as a presentation by The Performing Rights Society (PRS) at the site, in Barnes London, of Marc Bolan's untimely death. Now a memorial garden. It was suggested to the guys that it would be a good idea to reform the T-Rex band. Paul invited Barry Newby an old friend and ex 'Smokie' tour manager to help recruit the musicians, manage and give finacial support.
The band played their first show with front man Rob Benson for the Porsche company in March 1999 at the Matrin Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart. Dates in Japan followed and since then the band have promoted not just Marc Bolan's great songs and sales of the back catalogue but thrilled thousand upon thousand of music fans throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. The band continued to perform extensively until Mickey Finn's death in 2003. However it had always been Mickey's wish that the band should continue and deeply touched by the Publics overwhelming support Paul and the band continue to do so.
The band today with it's expanded line-up reflects the mid 70's period and features the female voice that helped make Marc Bolan and T-Rex the iconic name that music fans remember.
The band also features guitarist Graham Oliver who formed the British Heavy Metal band SAXON in 1975. Graham was introduced to the band on a ferry between Stockholm and Helsinki in 2002 and replaced Smokie's Alan Silson who left the band in 2004 to persue a solo career. The remainder of the band are: Jay Spargo lead vocal. Dave Major Keyboards/vocal. Tony Allday Bass. Linda Dawson vocals.