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"England Is Dead": The Kim Simmonds Interview

Rick McGrath, The Georgia Straight, September 1970

This started off as an atrocious night of music: a brit Spinal Tap band called Atomic Rooster, followed by the deadly boring Redbone. The night was saved by Savoy Brown, the backup band for guitar hero Kim Simmonds. I've included the published introduction... Yes, folks, try and cast your memory back to the Kerrisdale Arena and that ill-fated Nuclear Chicken and Deadbone non-extravaganza. Thank gawd for Savoy Brown. Whilst at the concert I obtained two interviews: one with Nuclear Chicken's leader, Vincent Crane, and the other with Savoy lead guitarist par excellence Kim Simmonds.

Vincent Crane had about as much to say as he had to play. Kim Simmonds was a bit different, because Savoy Brown used to be a great rock/blues band that have changed their style and personnel quite extensively. It is unfortunate that I talked with Simmonds before I heard the new bunch play, or I might have had a few more pointed questions. But sometimes you don't have too much choice. I'm not guaranteeing anything.

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