The Babys co-founding members Tony Brock and Wally Stocker jumped on a Skype call for an interview with GUR host Steven Michael for an awesome and entertaining walk through their careers.
The Babys are a British rock band that formed in 1975. They released five studio albums between ‘76 and ‘80 before reforming in 2013 to release a sixth studio album called “I’ll Have Some Of That.”
Though the band had some success with Billboard chart climbers like “Isn’t It Time” and “Everytime I Think Of You,” they never really exploded like some of their contemporaries. Member changes and management changes during the recording of their third release “Head First” didn’t help matters, nor did mega changes at their record label.
In my opinion, The Babys helped lay the blueprint in the mid ‘70s for melodic hard rock and AOR that would birth many bands which would shape the massive rock sound in the 80s.
Over the years, The Babys lineup has included members John Waite who had a successful solo career with the hits “Missing You” and “Changes,” Jonathan Cain who went on to become a integral part of Journey at the pinnacle of their career, and Ricky Phillips who played alongside Waite, Cain and Neal Schon in Bad English and also has been a part of Styx since ‘03. Drummer Tony Brock went on to play with Rod Stewart for 12 years as well as for Sir Elton John, and he also produced Australian superstars Jimmy Barnes and Keith Urban. Lead Guitarist Wally Stocker had a post-Babys career with Air Supply and Rod Stewart.
Now in 2018 with its newest members John Bisaha (Bass and Lead Vocals), guitarist Joey Sykes, keyboardist Francesco Saglietti and The Babettes Holly Bisaha and Elisa Chadbourne joining founders Brock and Stocker, the band is back with a classic but current Babys sound. Check out their latest release and make sure you see them live when they hit your city. It’s worth your efforts as the band is garnering a lot of new buzz for the live shows and their new material.
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