Aquarius were originally formed back in 1974 when digital meant you had a new watch that had red numbers on it. At this time the band was comprised of Pete Owen on Vocals, Alwyn Jones on Bass Guitar, Steve Thomas on Drums, and Chris Mann on Guitar with Pete Bishop (Bish) as our Roadie.
Alwyn left to be replaced by Andy Price and when Andy moved on to play with George Mellee Bish took over on Bass. We were also joined by Norman Lewis on Lead Guitar and when Peter Owen moved on Bish stood up to the plate and became Vocalist as well as Bass player.
Aquarius met up again after 20 odd years at a surprise party for Bish. They decided to get together for a “Bash” just for old times’ sake. However it wasn’t long before there was a desire to play in front of a live audience again. Not wishing to go on the road as a regular gigging band, they decided to acquire a room for a one off gig, proceeds to go to charity. To everyone’s surprise the event was a sellout. The evening was a great success raising around £1000 for a local charity.
The lineup for the reformed band was still Bish, Norman, Steve and Chris, with Chris playing both Guitar and Keyboards.
More gigs followed and Aquarius now offer a selection of classic Rock covers from the 70’s & 80’s but also with more recent offerings made popular by such artists as Status Quo, Bon Jovi, Snow Patrol, The Beatles, Kings of Leon, Free, Queen, Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, The Stones and many more…
Norman moved to Bulgaria in September 2010 for a life in the sun and Brian was welcomed to the Aquarius fold. Norman is doing well and loving it over there and still keeps in touch.
Steve reluctantly retired from the band when, in Dec 2011, the work level and popularity of the band reached a level that was taking him away from his family more than he cared for.
Enter Ian Kershaw, with a rock steady drum beat and a winning smile. Ian stayed with the band until the end of January 2013 when he left to start a band dedicated to 60′s Music