SWEET SAVAGE – WarbirdApr 22nd, 2009
Sweet Savage music is a mixture of hard rock & heavy metal, with its heaviness of two guitars, thundering bass & powerhouse drums. However, even though they were often considered among the forerunners of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) movement, success eluded them and they disbanded shortly after 1982.
Sweet Savage, an Irish metal band, once included Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. Sweet Savage recorded an EP with Vivian, and later recorded the full length albums Killing Time and Rune after Vivian Campbell left the band.
Other members include vocalist/bassist Raymond Haller, drummers David Bates & Jules Watson, and guitarists Trevor Fleming, Ian ‘Speedo’ Wilson & Simon McBride.
Metallica later covered the Sweet Savage song “Killing Time”.
Sweet Savage toured with Thin Lizzy on their Renegade tour and supported acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Wishbone Ash and Motörhead.
April 23rd 2008 saw the long awaited return to the stage by Sweet Savage as they supported Saxon on the St. Georges Day concert in London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. A trip to Germany ensued in early August where they played the Headbangers Festival & the Wacken Festival to great acclaim and later that month they supported Metallica & Tenacious D in Dublin, Marlay Park, August 20th 2008.
The current line up of Ray Haller, Speedo Wilson, Trevor Fleming & Jules Watson has been cited as being ‘the strongest version of the band’ by the industry professionals and as frontman Ray Haller explains ‘All this interest lately, has come out of the blue and it’s phenomenal how well the band is being received by everyone. We played Germany for the first time recently and were surprised to hear the kids singing out tunes back to us, we really had no idea how popular the band are’.