Nightwing (1978-1987, 1996-present): a NWOBHM band from Ellesmere Port, UK.


ritish rock band Nightwing originally formed in 1978 as Gordon and Friends by bassist Gordon Rowley (ex-Strife), keyboardist Kenny Newton and guitarist Eric Bert Percival. The original line-up was Rowley, Percival, Newton and Paul Ellson.

The band's line-up changed fairly consistently since its inception and, at one point, included vocalist Max Bacon (pre-Bronz), who would go on to be in the supergroup GTR, and Dave Evans (formerly of the band Days of Grace and not to be confused with the first AC/DC singer of the same name). Some of the band's longer-lasting members include founding members Rowley, Newton, as well as guitarists Alec Johnson and Glynn Porrino, and drummer Steve Bartley. Seán Pugh joined the band temporarily as a second keyboard player and vocalist on some dates, however, the experiment was abandoned due to Newton's refusal to share duties.

Nightwing disbanded in 1987, with Rowley and long-time drummer Steve Bartley moving on to a short-lived band called Razorback (not to be confused with the more known Razorback) before re-forming in the 1990s.

In 1996, Gordon Rowley reunited Nightwing, bringing together Glynn Porrino, Kenny Newton and drummer Barry Roberts to record new tracks. One of the tracks Mercenary Man, first written by Bartley while in a band called The Skeleton Crew, and later recorded by Razorback whose recording sessions were never released, was finally recorded by Nightwing.

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Over their tenure, Nightwing would release Something in the Air (1981), Black Summer (1982), Stand Up and Be Counted (1983), My Kingdom Come (1984), A Night of Mystery - Alive! Alive! (live; 1985), Nightwing VI (re-released in 1996 as Natural Survivors with some tracks from the Razorback sessions re-recorded by the band; 1986), Nightwing (compilation; 1996), 79 to 86 (live/compilation; 2006) and 8472 (2008).

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Nation UK
Location Ellesmere Port
Other Genres Heavy Metal, Rock
Formations 2
Active Years 1978-1987, 1996-
Last Modified 2023-08-12
Diskery ID 2735

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