Formed in 1987, Forcefield’s ever-changing line-up brought together the mainstays of some of the biggest rock bands in the 1980’s.
The original members were Pete Prescott, Ray Fenwick and Cozy Powell. Amongst guitarist Fenwick’s credits were The Spencer Davis Group, Fancy and The Ian Gillan Band, while drummer Powell had been a key figure in bands of the calibre of Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake and is widely regarded as an all-time rock great. Prescott completed the line-up fresh from a stint as lead vocalist of Sergent. The debut album Forcefield consisted of reworked rock standards such as Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water, The Kinks’ Set Me Free and Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love mixed with a selection of original material and attracted a cult following.
The band went on to release a further four albums on the President label- Forcefield II: The Talisman, Forcefield III: To Oz and Back, Forcefield IV: Let The Wild Run Free and the compilation Instrumentals. Black Sabbath lead singer Tony Martin took over vocal duties for Forcefield II and then himself handed over to former Rainbow frontman Graham Bonnet for the final two releases. Another major addition for these later works was Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman, who achieved huge international acclaim for his work in the band Focus.
The albums also contained the work of a number of other names well known to aficionados of 80s rock. Neil Murray, Don Airey, Mick Moody, Bernie Marsden, Mario Parga and Mo Foster all lent their talents to the band over the course of its recording career.
Concurrent with the release of Forcefield IV, Bonnet also released the solo album Here Comes The Night for the President label, another showcase for his prodigous vocal talents.
Sadly, Cozy Powell met with an untimely death in 1998 following a car crash. Forcefield was one of the last major projects with which he was involved and displays some virtuoso performances from this great talent.