It was probably a good thing for Tony Newton, that rather than inheriting his dad’s banjo skills, he instead got his hands on a bass guitar after one of his father’s betting shop clients offered Newton Snr the instrument when he couldn’t afford to settle his bill in cash. The resolution of the wager set young Tony on the path that would eventually lead him to find Rock N Roll redemption as the bassist and head honcho of one of the UK’s most exciting hard rock bands - Voodoo Six.
The band’s first album - ”First Hit For Free” - was released on Universal Music in Japan in 2007 and in the UK/Europe on White Knuckle/Locomotive Records in March 2008 with a new song ‘Faith’ added and a brand new re-mix by uber studio engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc).
Following the album’s release, the band toured extensively in the UK in support of their first album, gaining new friends and fans everywhere they played. Summer slots at the Download Festival and Bloodstock Festival followed these dates. Then a full 6-week headline tour of the UK in September 2009 ensued before the band travelled on to Europe where they were the opening act for re-formed Boston rockers Extreme in October/November 2008.
2009 saw the band playing at the HammerFest Festival in March and followed soon after by a sold out performance at the Scala in London for their homecoming end of tour gig after a hectic twelve months of almost non-stop touring.
In April 2009 vocalist Luke Purdie replaced Henry Rundell. Hailing from a blues/rock background, Luke had been playing guitar and singing since he was 10 years old and toured the world in his parents’ band when he was 15.
His distinct vocals and remarkable voice fit perfectly with the Voodoo Six sound bringing rockier and raunchier vocals to the lyrics. Very soon the new line-up were writing and recording a follow up second album.
“Fluke?” was written and recorded over the summer of 2009 and mixed once again by Mike Fraser taking time out between sessions with AC/DC.
All the tracks were produced and engineered by Tony Newton.
A digital EP was released in March 2010 – ‘A Little Something For You’. To tie in with this Voodoo Six played their first live shows with the new line up, in London and Southampton – both sold out.
On the strength of this - and with the support of Planet Rock radio - Voodoo Six were asked to be special guests on The Union (Luke Morley) UK tour and UFO on their UK & European tour in March/April. After this the band put in a storming performance at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park to critical acclaim.
Voodoo Six’s new album “Fluke?” was released on 18th October 2010 through Powerage Records. A full UK tour in support of the album rocked through October/November/December with some more dates added with UFO too.
2010 was quite a year.
2011 started with a UK tour supporting Michael Monroe, getting back out live where Voodoo Six excel. Then a visit to the recording studio during the summer, a new EP and UK headline tour followed in November.
December sees the band finalise the writing of the next album, which will be recorded in January.
Now with the new multi lingual website and European releases early 2012, next year looks to be a busy year for Voodoo Six.