Eddie and the Hot Rods began life in 1976, when four teenagers from Southend on Sea got together and playing their own style of fast energetic rock and roll / r'n'b, were soon a big hit on the London pubrock scene.
Catching the eyes and ears of the music press and the major record companies, they were soon signed up by the legendary Island Records and went on to have three hit albums and four top forty UK singles including the Top Ten hit 'Do Anything You Wanna Do'. There have been numerous TV appearances worldwide and they have filled almost every major venue in the UK. A success in the USA too, they have toured alongside The Ramones, Tom Petty, The Police, Squeeze and Talking Heads.
Still led by the 'very Rock n Roll' Barrie Masters, for the last 15 years the band have been playing all over the world including France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Japan and Russia, as well as four successful tours of the USA in 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2011. This year (2012) they will be back again for a swift run down the East Coast.
They have also found time to record two albums of brand new songs, "Better Late Than Never" in 2004
and the aptly titled, "Been There, Done That." in 2006. On the video front, there is a full concert DVD,
"Live in London - 2005", recorded at the late London Astoria and the soon to be released DVD of the
legendary 1977 performance at The Rainbow (details to follow soon).
The band is still writing and introducing new songs to the classic set, as can be heard on the recently released "New York:Live" - a recording of their show at Brooklyn's Southpaw venue, during their 2009 tour.
Having completed the 2011 schedule with a tour of France in the company of Dr Feegood and
Nine Below Zero followed by a couple of sold out shows in Tokyo, Japan, there is no let up in the energy
and workrate as the band now prepare to do it all again in 2012.Lovely old job.