Del Bromham

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About Del Bromham

Del Bromham began playing guitar at the age of eleven and while still at school in West London he formed the band STRAY in 1966.

School was soon left behind as STRAY took their dynamic brand of rock on the road and soon secured a recording contract with Transatlantic releasing their first album STRAY in 1970 featuring the song ALL IN YOUR MIND which soon became the group's anthem and was later recorded by IRON MAIDEN.

Following the release of their second album SUICIDE, the band finally tasted chart success with their third release SATURDAY MORNING PICTURES for which the legendary Rainbow Theatre in London's Finsbury Park was hired to premier the album at a Saturday Morning Picture show – those were the days!

Constant gigging around Europe built a huge following for the band and elevated Del Bromham amongst the all-time great guitarists. UK tours supporting American band KISS and Canadian rockers RUSH reflected the immense popularity of the band.

Although a highly respected group, led by Del’s playing and writing, the band just failed to become the superstars they deserved despite a number of successful album and single releases. MUDANZAS, MOVE IT, STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, HOUDINI, HEARTS OF FIRE and a compilation album TRACKS were all released before the advent of Punk Rock took its toll on the band in 1977.

Del Bromham continued touring with his self-named BLUES BAND whilst working as a session musician, engineer and producer until 1983 when he was persuaded to reform STRAY and go back on the road.

This period saw the release of the excellent LIVE AT THE MARQUEE album that reflected the excitement, power and energy generated at any STRAY concert. Sadly the reformed band was only to last two years before Del was tempted into other projects once more.

Early in 1997, with the STRAY back catalogue released in Germany, and soon to be released in England, with a batch of new songs, Del Bromham teamed up with drummer PHIL McKEE and bassist DUSTY MILLER to reform STRAY. The band picked up where they left off. A live album was released in April 1997 entitled ALIVE AND GIGGIN on Mystic Records (MYS CD 108). This reintroduced STRAY to the European public. In January '98 the first new studio album from the band in twenty years was released entitled NEW DAWN (Mystic Records MYS CD 120).

In March 2001 Del and the band toured with rock legends URIAH HEEP and NAZARETH to promote their new CD entitled, quite simply, 10 – this time with PAUL WATSON on drums and JOHN BOOTLE on bass - followed in February 2002 by a hugely successful tour with Leslie West’s MOUNTAIN which they repeated again later in the year including shows and festivals in Germany and Scandinavia. 2003 saw STRAY off to Spain with Y&T and then across Europe as special guests on the sold out IRON MAIDEN tour. Their new album LIVE: IN YER FACE (Mystic Records) was released together with the double CD ANTHOLOGY (Sanctuary Records) in time for the tour.

Del Bromham completed his first blues based solo album DEVILS HIGHWAY which was released in March 2004 to coincide with his European Tour with LESLIE WEST. Since then, Del has appeared once more at Sweden's prestigious Silja Rock and is currently touring the UK both as a solo artist and along with his band THE DEVILS performing songs from DEVILS HIGHWAY along with classic blues numbers – and even some STRAY favourites!

STRAY is back on the road again – See the STRAY website for details of all these!