Alex Harvey: the despairing story of an entertainer’s last years

Metal Hammer

The beat was so slow it broadcast nothing but aggression. The band knew you knew the riff, and understood your need to hear it faster. But they were going to keep playing it this fucking slow. Trapped under its spell, the Reading festival audience could do nothing but pay full attention as Alex Harvey appeared on stage, dressed as Christ and carrying a cross, shouted: “I was framed!” and then threw the polystyrene prop into the bouncer pit, where it smacked Radio 1 DJ Fluff Freeman on the head. 

In 1977, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band were at the height of their powers. They were about to record Rock Drill, an album that would ensure their survival while many of their “classic rock” counterparts fell victim to the punk infection. 


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