999 PLAY VIVE LE PUNK N ROLL AT LONDON'S RELENTLESS GARAGE ON MAY 6TH. VIVE LE ROCK CAUGHT UP WITH GUITARIST GUY DAYS FOR A CHAT.
So VIVE LE ROCK is stoked to having 999 play our VIVE LE PUNK N ROLL show on May 6th with the GRIT and RODDY RADIATION AND HIS SKABILLY REBELS.
“999 are very much looking forward to the Vive Le Punk n Roll show in May we always enjoy to play in front of an audience after 35 years together for sure yeah and we started off in London to boot.”
Any thoughts on a new album as its been a while since ‘Death In Soho’ in 2007?
“999 are currently writing songs and Overground Records who released 'Death In Soho' have said they want to do another 999 album. You are correct it was 2007 when we recorded that album, however we are still touring to promote it to this day.”
You guys came from Kilburn and the High Roads. What influences did you bring to 999?
“Kilburn And The Highroads had many influences as they had six members. The influences ranged from jazz - Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk to rock 'n’ roll - Freddie Cannon, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and even The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - Alma Cogan.”
And it seemed 999 were set to break America in the 1980s? What happened?
“999 sold out 10,000 seater shows in LA and did 56 date tours of the USA - yeah we thought we might crack it but then we lost momentum due to contractual difficulties with managers and record labels.”
And finally, what have been some of the more crazy shows you have played over the years?
“The craziest show we ever played was in the former Yugoslavia when we had to perform in front of a circle of police including a chief inspector who wanted to make sure we were suitable to perform in front of the public there. We did some crazy dates in Portugal once when people actually came to see us travelling on donkeys and carts, but they were so into the music it was amazing.
“Cheers from 999 Nick, Guy Arturo and Pablo lookin’ forward to the show.”
999’s STUDIO ALBUMS
- 999 (March 1978, United Artists Records) # 53 UK Albums Chart
- Separates (September 1978, United Artists)
- High Energy Plan (U.S./Canada Release only: 1979, PVC / Radar / Passport) Based upon Separates, it replaced various album tracks with various singles.
- The Biggest Prize in Sport (January 1980, Polydor Records) # 177 U.S. Billboard Album Chart
- Concrete (April 1981, Albion) # 192 U.S. Billboard
- 13th Floor Madness (November 1983, Albion)
- Face to Face (March 1985, LaBritain)
- You Us It! (November 1993, Anagram)
- Takeover (March 1998, Get Back)
- Dancing In The Wrong Shoes (1999, Receiver Records)
- Outburst (2003)
- Death In Soho (2007)