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The legend of Humble Pie looms large in the annals of rock legend. Perhaps best known for their critically and commercially successful albums, Humble Pie Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore and Smokin’, the band represented the antithesis of British blues and boogie rock. The original lineup featured the late Steve Marriott on lead vocals and guitar, Peter Frampton on lead guitar and vocals, Jerry Shirley on drums, the late Greg Ridley on bass and vocals and Clem Clempson on guitar, vocals and keyboards. Frampton exited the outfit prior to the release of Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore. Marriott perished in a fire at his home in 1991 and Ridley died in 2003.
Humble Pie enjoyed gold record sales for their albums and are best known for a catalog of hits that includes: “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” “Hot and Nasty,” “30 Days in the Hole,” “Halleluiah I Just Love Her So,” “Natural Born Boogie,” “Stone Cold Fever,” and “Shine On.”
Today, co-founder/drummer, Jerry Shirley oversees Humble Pie’s legacy from his home in England, maintaining maximum quality control over the presentation of the group and their new and current touring entity. “We all have a great sense of love and pride for Humble Pie, the members, their families and what we were able to achieve,” begins Shirley. “And it goes without saying that no one will ever replace Steve, Peter or any member of the band. My goal is keep the legacy of Humble Pie intact, as one of the greatest live acts in rock, while satiating the need for generations of our beloved fans to again enjoy our music performed live by world-class musicians,” he declares.
The Scranton-based quintet built a hardcore following around its self-described brand of “dirty rock and roll.”
The band just released its newest album of, “Listen Up.” For “Listen Up,” Skin-n-Bones worked with well known producer and musician Bret Alexander, formerly of the Badlees.
Made up of veteran local musicians — Rob Rosencrans on lead vocals, Donny Engle on guitar, Todd Costantino on bass guitar, Paul Davies on drums and John Roman on guitar — Skin-n-Bones formed in 2009. Inspired by legendary acts like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses, the band made a commitment to churning out “live, in-your-face rock and roll,”The band released its debut EP in 2010 while slowly building a fanbase. They helped their cause by landing opening slots for several national touring acts, including Charm City Devils, the Romantics, Jackyl, Queensryche, Tantric, Great White, Pop Evil and Trapt. Like those bands, Skin-n-Bones’ set lists consist entirely of original songs — no covers. Meanwhile, the band is now in the process of booking a series of gigs in the coming months to promote “Listen Up.”