Mel Galley's answers

  • Well, here we are at last with the largest ever single posting on the site. Although now that im posting it i've realised that it will have to be broken into chunks as it wont all fit into one post. So i'm now re-editiing it! So no replies till i say THATS IT!

    Anyway, if you recall, (John) Hackney became a member of GHPG late last year and also just happened to be a personal friend of Mel Galley. As a Cannock person and fellow Trapeze fan i cajoled him into getting Mel to agree to a q&a session with us Crazy People. Mel very kindly agreed and the rest is history!

    There have been over 700 views of those questions so far so it has been a popular topic alright. Now if i could only get him on a Chat ;) There's always a beer in the fridge Mel :D

    What i have done is take Mel's answers and put them together with the original questions. I have chopped a few bits out for clarity and conciseness. You'll see each person's GHPG name and their questions as 1.2.3. followed by Mel's answers as 1)2)3). It's taken a while to get it all together - especially with MS Word mucking me about and trying to number everything - but its been worth it. You wouldn't believe how many times i have proof read it all! :eek:

    1&2) Hello Equinox! Yes, there was a lot of material recorded before Pete Goalby left. We recorded it at The Old Smithy – God knows what happened to the tapes, I must ask Tony Perry, my manager. We actually did a few on Dead Armadillos, but they never made it to the final set, which goes on to your next question. Aaron Six, the guy who owns the album has the tapes and as he never, ever pays any royalties, my guess is as good as yours.

    3) Myself and Glenn have both tried to get copies of these songs as we had both forgotten about them. Best wishes Mel.



    1. I wondered if there was any live Trapeze footage in the vaults that may be considered for future release on DVD?

    1) Thanks for your question. There was never any professional footage of the 3 piece Trapeze taken, but my dear friend Carl Dunn shot lots of bits of different shows and line-ups – but I really don't know where it is now! Cheers, Mel.

    Hi, and thanks for your questions.

    1) The three songs, 'Real World', Me and Glenn, 'Give Your Heart Away' and 'Fighting' me, were recorded by the original 3-piece in a little recording studio in Cannock, mine and Glenn's home town. Not having the bootleg, I can't tell – but I'll hazard a guess that it's the original 3-piece.

    2) I think most of the songs I wrote & recorded with Whitesnake were used on either 'Slide it in' or on B-sides of singles.

    3) Until this last year, I never thought there was any interest in my music, but it seems there are still people out there with enough interest, so I am considering doing an album. But who to record with is the big question now Cozi has gone, God bless him. . . Thanks once again for you interest, Mel.

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  • 1) The original 3-piece toured in 93/4 (Year may be wrong!) and by the end of the dates the band was really great. The last date was in Austin, Texas, my favourite place. the line-up was Dave, Glenn and me, plus a friend of Glenn on the keyboard and I'm f****d if I can remember his name!

    2) Yes. The year before we headlined, Whitesnake were supporting AC/DC. I wasn't doing anything, so Maurice Jones, the promoter, said to come and make a few quid carpentering (I was a carpenter after leaving school, before I turned pro-musician). I was building the stage & other things and David Coverdale heard I was there and he asked if I was interested in joining the band. The rest, as they say, is history.

    3) I never saw Glenn with Deep Purple. It might have broken my heart at the time if I had. The Purple people kept appearing at Trapeze shows the tour before Glenn left, and when we were tuning up he used to play 'Smoke On The Water'. I knew then something was wrong – he hated organs!

    Hi Chustler:

    1) The Hot wire album was written with Glenn in mind. We wanted to show that we could do it without him!

    2) Have not seen Dave since his bit of trouble. But my manager Tony has been to see him and he seems to be OK. But he is limited to how many people can visit.

    3) The idea is good, but would be a bit of a s**t to sort out contractually.

    1) Walking my beloved dog Fannie.

    2) Absolutely nothing. I think Bernie might have them.

    3) Bernie seems to be quite busy with his own projects. But thanks for the questions.

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  • 1) Howard, my dear old friend, good to hear from you – Yes, I remember it well, it's one of those stories no one would ever believe, but it did happen & was one of those moments that happen once in a lifetime!

    2) Cannot play tennis any more because my arms are so s**t.

    3) I would love to see Austin and you again soon, take care.

    1) Well thank you for your kind words, the answer to your first question is yes. But in the studio we also tried different amps. Without wishing to sound immodest, I also think that the solo on "Woman's Role" is one of my faves.

    2) Glenn was in a bit of a state after the Purple people had him, and we wanted to tour and he wanted to do a solo album – so we did both.

    3) And in answer to your final point about Hot Wire, thank you very much for the compliment. I thought it was pretty funky too!


    Jim Wilson:

    1. Please describe the Pete Goalby era in terms of the tours. Where did you play and with which bands did you perform?

    1) Gosh Jim, we did loads too many to remember. The only positive way to find out is by asking Tony Perry, our manager, he kept a journal of every Trapeze date.

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  • 1) Hi Dave, I certainly do remember those gigs at Peabody Auditorium. It was a very enjoyable time in my life too.

    2) I really have to try more. It's very hard with these f****d up arms of mine.

    3) I live just outside of my home town of Cannock, in the UK Midlands. I spend a lot of time on Cannock Chase (a large forest area which dates back to Medieval times when it was royal hunting land). I love the forest.

    1) We recorded quite a few things – it would be great to gather them all together and put them on disc.

    2) As above. After a few wives and houses, I don't have any copies of these songs. I thought "East Touch" would have been a great song for David Coverdale.

    3) Scott, as I said earlier, I really need to try harder . . .



    1. If you are recording a solo album, which musicians would you choose?

    2. Of all the solo albums Glenn Hughes had made, which ones are your favourites?

    1) Ooow! That's a hard one. Most of them are dead. This is a real hard question which I'll have to think about and reply later.

    2) Sorry Ayesha, haven't heard them, so can't really comment.

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    1. Where did the "Trapeze" name come from?

    1) It was just something that someone came up with. I think it was either Terry Rowley or Jonny Jones, the original singer and keyboard player.

    1) Have not heard much of it, Went to see David last year in Wolverhampton – had to pay – no one would believe I used to in the band, mmm! David and the band were very good though.

    2) I am fortunate to have worked with two of the best in David and Glenn.

    3) Army & Navy Surplus store.

    Good to hear from you my old friend.

    1) First of all, I'm doing fine.

    2) Have not been back to the States since me, Glenn & Dave did a few dates back in the 90s. Yeah, it's true – for a while I didn't have a guitar, but I do now and hopefully I'll get my arm in gear soon.

    3) I will try, take care, fond memories and say hi to the guys in Hydra.

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  • 1) 'You Are The Music' still sounds good but each album has it's moments.

    2) That's a hard one Joe. Always loved Jeff Beck, but have admired so many more – Cooder, Townsend, Harrison – Gosh so many good ones of my generation.

    3) Listen to your heart & if you can't sing the solo, it's no good



    1. How's the hand doing? Still gotta wear that claw thang?

    2. As to the funk/jazz influence: was that you, or Glenn or both?

    1) Yeah, still have to wear the claw, but my arms aren't too good these days.

    2) Actually, it was all three of us.

    1) Not much chance. Glenn has too many commitments, but there is loads of stuff we have done in various studios that has never been put out.

    2) Like I say – not really

    3) Still sounds good



    1. Do you still play live at all, and are you ever likely to visit the west country, would love to meet up again.

    Hello Neal, I remember you very well!

    1) No I haven't played live for ages & I visit the West Country as often as I can. My wife & I try to get to Cornwall at least once a year. Take Care – How's your Bro?

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  • 1) I don't think so, everything was used on B-sides of singles.

    2) Don't Know, Tom sold the rights to this guy, so I don't really have anything to do with it. I have heard he put a couple of his own tracks on it. PS. I never heard it.

    3) No, he was around at the time, so I dragged him into the studio!

    1) Thank You – You sweet talking (b****) lady!!



    1. Since I am a guitar player too I was just wondering about the gear esp amps you used back during Trapeze and also what you use today?

    1) I mainly used Laney & Marshall set up in the early days & at home I have a small Marshall Combo and a Les Paul Studio. The chaps from The Lizards got me. And God bless you.

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  • 1) My arms are not too good. I need to try more (sounds like my school report!), but I do miss playing with good musicians.

    2) Great idea. I've asked Tony Perry, Trapeze's old manager to look into it ages ago, and yes as I've said before, there are lots of things we recorded as a 3-piece that could be used. Glenn has used 3 or 4 of them on his albums (re-recorded).

    3) Yes I still speak to Pete Wright now and then.

    1) Yes, we did record a few tunes at Derek's house. Saw him at an old friends funeral the other week. I should have asked if he still had them.

    2) There is the whole album of demos somewhere. Tom can't find them. I would love to put them out. In some ways I thought they were better than the final product.

    3) On the recording of Dead Armadillosin Texas, we did lots of new tunes, but they never made it to the final mix. Aaron Six has the tapes, but another one of those chaps who never pays any royalties – so I don't see much chance of them coming out.


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  • 1) Sadly, I don't see much chance of that happening

    2) So many, but before the Saints & Sinners tour, Cozy (God Bless) and David went onto Dartmoor to get fit. After they had set up camp, the only thing David had in his back-pack was two bottles of Bollinger and some glasses!

    3) Yes, once at the Astoria in London.


    Julie Silvester:

    Dear Mel,
    Other than the obvious question - any chance of taking Trapeze back out on the road?
    I'd really just like to say a massive "thank you".

    1) As I've said before, not much, but thank you very much.

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  • From Mel Galley:

    I would just like to thank everyone for their questions and love. Sorry it's taken so long but with John's loss of his beloved Mum and my father's illness other things take precedent. It has been so good to hear from old friends and some new ones, and Paul (Wolfysmith) for his help collating it all.

    Deepest love to John Hackenbush for making this happen.

    And don't forget – YOU ARE THE MUSIC.


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  • I've printed it off Wolfy - I could 'feel' the pressure for you! :lol: :eek:

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    'You thought that you could take me for granted, but I couldn't take it no more. Better run if you see me coming ... '

  • Wolfy, I have to say it's quite the thrill having my questions personally answered by Mel!!! Thanks for going the extra mile with this endeavour!! Now if you can just get him to participate in a chat.......heaven!!!! cheers!!

  • Many thanks to Mel, Paul, and John for taking the time to get this all together.

    It was a very interesting read. Hopefully this will be looked back upon as the start of getting some of those unreleased Trapeze tunes out of storage.

    Thanks again guys.



  • Great stuff - thanks to Mel, Wolfy ("Power to the people!") and Hackney.

    Must admit it made me feel slightly guilty that Mel hadn't heard some of the bootleg stuff we asked him about - I'm happy to send him some copies if he lets me know where to send 'em!


  • I apologise for not posting on this website for a very long time, but I enjoyed reading Mel Galley's answers. I wish him the best of luck and also would like to thank him for answering our questions.

    All the best

    Ayesha:bouncer: :bouncer: :bouncer: :bouncer: :bouncer: :bouncer: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper:

  • Wolfy, thanks a million for all the hard work and time you put into this. I'm sure it was a labor of love, but well worth it for us die-hard Trapeze fans. I've always loved Mel's playing and singing, and it is such a great travesty that he can't play as much as he or his fans would like.

    Best of Luck Mel, great to hear from you....our prayers are with you....and our hopes for some new material :thumbup:


    Let's Kick It With A Tasty Groove :guitarmet

  • ....thanks Mel for all the answers!! it really really p**sses me off you had to pay for the Whitesnake concert....but hey the concert seemed to be good.

    Around that time I was hoping Glenn would jump onstage with them as he was visiting his parents during that period in think....

  • Thanks to Mel for answering the questions and to Mr Smith for organising it all. In one answer Mel said he didn't realise there was so much interest in his music. I'm one of many who would love to hear more from him. Hope it becomes possible one way or another.

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