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 Formed in late 1991, '4 Bills And A Ben' was designed to raise money for charity via a line-up of quality, well-known musicians. Their first few gigs saw the band perform at events for various charities, including the Starlight Foundation, the NSPCC and the MacMillan Fund. The rave reception the band received, however, would lead to the Bills (as they soon became affectionately known) becoming a more varied and long-term proposition.

With a set list of Sixties and Seventies covers and a line-up of true professionals, the Bills went from strength to strength. Word soon spread amongst the Quo faithful and it was not long before a regular crowd of Quo fans was turning up at far flung Bills shows to see John and Jeff in action.

The Bills line-up has always left an element of surprise, just depending on who was available to fulfil any particular gig commitment. A degree of permanency, though, is provided by frontman Johnny Warman - an accomplished performer and songwriter in his own right, Warman fronts the Bills with enthusiasm and dedication. John 'Rhino' Edwards and Jeff Rich (on bass guitar and drums respectively) regularly perform with the Bills outside of their Quo commitments and such performances provide a real treat for Quo fans to see John and Jeff perform in intimate venues and displaying their musical diversity.

Lead guitar duty originally fell to Laurie Wisefield, who has previously adorned the line-ups of Wishbone Ash and Tina Turner's band. He has also appeared at the 1999 Night of the Proms shows featuring Quo. More recently, Steve Byrd has been the lead regular, having previously worked with Kim Wilde and also as part of "Rhino II", John's solo project. To provide an extra dimension to the Bills' sound, Andy Hamilton (ex Duran Duran and Judie Tzuke, as well as Rhino II) does sterling work on the saxophone, making his presence strongly felt on the soul tunes of the Bills set. He's also been known to tinkle the ivories, just for a change! Ex-Queen keyboard man, Spike Edney, also makes irregular appearances - performing both with keyboard and impressive rhythm guitar. The next generation of Rich's, in the form of Jeff's son Mark, also occasionally join in the Bills fun. Mark is a cool young lead guitarist who has played both along with the Bills and also in supporting roles with his own band.
 

Although the line up can change from time to time Four Bills and a Ben usually are:-

Johnny Warman, Vocals

Johnny has made three albums under his own name. A very successful songwriter, he has worked with Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Asia, House of Lords, Starship, Ezio, Cheap Trick, Elaine Paige, Sir Tim Rice, John Bettis and many others. He has also fronted 4 Bills and a Ben, Humble Pie, The Mods and most recently his own band, Johnny Warman and the Screaming Jets. At the age of 13 he sang with Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and remembers it being a pivotal moment in regards to what he wanted to do later on in his life.

Steve Barnacle, Bass

Steve has worked with some of the world's greatest musicians, such as Tina Turner, Rick Wakeman, Pete Townsend, Rod Stewart, Fish and most recently, Queen in New York where he depped for John Deacon as they were inaugurated into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. He recently played for the Bonzo' He's a brilliant World Class musician and an all round great player and song writer too.

Mickey Simmonds, Keyboards

Mickey is a keyboard virtuoso child prodigy and played with Mike Oldfield, Joan Armatrading, Paul Young's Band, Fish, Camel, The Rutles and The Bonzo's as well as his own accomplished solo career. Absolute genius.

Johnny Marter, Drums

Johnny is an absolute Powerhouse, and often works with Steve Barnacle as one of the tightest rythmn sections in the country. Another brilliant all round musician Johnny was the drummer for Voyager, Mr. Big, Marillion, The SAS Band and Fish .In his first band he was discovered by Chas Chandler and actually met Jimi Hendrix.

Andy Hamilton, Sax

George Michaels Saxophonist, also played with Duran Duran,  Edwin Starr,  David Bowie and Radiohead

John Kennard, Guitar

John Kennard took over guitar duties with Four Bills and a Ben after Steve Byrd left the band due to problems with tendons in his wrist. A top session guitarist John played at The White House for President Gerald Ford in his band "The Betty Ford Experience" raising thousands of dollars for great causes.


 

 


 


 

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