Clive Bunker Story is a document that some passionate people put together to celebrate the brilliant carreer as founder of Jethro Tull band and former drummer. We had the pleasure to host Clive in Biella, Italy for Microsolchi Festival in 2016, dedicated to vinyl records and live music. We presented this video before the interview we had with him remembering the golden time in JT and his rehearsal with Bonzo Bonham. Long live Clive, nice guy and fabulous drummer!
A very special Tour ... LINK Kulturní středisko města Ústí nad Labem Usti nad Labem Cultural Center Englishman Clive Bunker - drummer of the famous Jethro Tull - with a special Bluesrock concert program accompanied by a band of phenomenal Italian guitarist and singer Riki Massini. Concert program of author's work, drums, but also a brief reminder of his time in Jethro Tull.
Clive Bunker (UK) and Riki Massini Band 27.02.2019 ROCKS Kolín, Městské divadlo / Kolín Municipal Theater LINK Englishman Clive Bunker - drummer of the famous Jethro Tull - with a special Bluesrock concert program accompanied by a band of phenomenal Italian guitarist and singer Riki Massini. Concert program of author's work, drums, but also a brief reminder of his time in Jethro Tull. Clive Bunker worked for Jethro Tull in the best years, from the beginning to 1971 when he left the band on the fourth album "Aqualung". It is signed under the biggest hits of the band such as Locomotive Breath, Aqualung, Bourrée, My Sunday Feeling, etc. He then concerts and recorded with Blodwyn Pig, Jude, Aviator, Jeff Pain, Manfred Mann, Jack Bruce, Gordon Giltrap, Anna Ryder, Steve Hillage, Vikki Clayton, Solstice, Glenn Hughes and Jerry Donahue. On the solo album "Awakening" (1998), he reunited with Ian Anderson and Martin Barre.
ROCKIN' with CLIVE in the CZECH REPUBLIC !!! LINK 1LINK 2 For the first time in the Czech Republic and at the same time in Nová Paka will arrive in February 2019 a founding member of legendary Jethro Tull - drummer Clive Bunker from Great Britain. Bunker in the band worked in the best years until 1971 and is signed under the biggest hits of the band such as Locomotive Breath, Aqualung, Bourrée, and My Sunday Feeling.
Clive Bunker will perform 1.3.2019 at the Mersey Klub! LINK The concert of Jethro Tull's Clive Bunker, which was originally announced at 20.4.2019 to SonoCentra in Brno, is moving, due to the participation of Clive Bunker on the American tour of Jethro Tull's Martin Barre group. The replacement date of the concert is set at 1.3.2019 from 19 hours.
ROCK @ Undergroundový klub Eden - Broumov Clive Bunker & Riki Massini LINK Eden Underground Club was opened in 2015 on Zizkov Street (formerly Drutka). The club is run by Stanislav G. Pitaš, who has finished his long-term work in Šonov, where he has held many concerts of prominent and legendary musical groups and personalities.
Why Did Clive Bunker Leave Jethro Tull At The Pinnacle Of Success, Just After Aqualung? Jim Clash, Contributor
Clive Bunker, who handled Jethro Tull’s sticks for its first four LPs - This Was, Stand Up, Benefit and Aqualung - is one of the best drummers of his generation. So why did he quit Tull in the early 1970s at the pinnacle of success? In a multi-part interview, Bunker discusses that and a lot more. Below is Part 1 of edited excerpts from a longer conversation.
Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker. COURTESY OF THE MARTIN BARRE BAND
Jim Clash: You quit Jethro Tull at what many say was the pinnacle of its success, right after Aqualung. Why?
Clive Bunker: That probably was because we were at the height of it! I couldn’t see us getting any bigger. I’d also met this lady in England. The band was about to start another U.S. tour, and then a world tour. After that, we would have moved to Switzerland for a year. So that’s three years away from England! I thought, ‘Ugh. That will be three years before I see her again, so I might as well leave now and get married,’ which is what I did.
Clash: Any regrets?
Bunker: Not at all. At the time, I thought I’d done everything in music that I was going to do. I had never intended to be a drummer. I had been dragged into it. After I got married, I didn’t play, just started some businesses in England. Then, after a year, maybe two, I got a phone call from Robin Trower asking me to join the band he was forming. And then others started phoning. So I did eventually get back into music.
Clash: You say you were dragged into drumming initially. How so?
Bunker: One of my school friends bought a guitar. He played a couple of chords that he knew. Then another friend got a guitar. And then another got a bass. They said I could be the drummer. So that’s how I ended up being a drummer [laughs].
Clash: Then no formal training?
Bunker: I learned on the job. Most British drummers did, which is why Americans liked us - because we were so different. Many American drummers had been to college to learn to play properly. Once you've been to college, you can't unlearn it. I remember the first big gig we ever did, in New York at the Fillmore East, with Blood Sweat & Tears. Bobby Colomby, their drummer, was just fantastic. During the break, I told him that I was going home if they’re all like him [laughs]. But he said he loved the way we [the Brits] played because he couldn’t understand it. We would hear something and try to copy it, but get it wrong. We all did that. So this new style started. We all used to talk about it - John Bonham [Led Zeppelin], Keith Moon [The Who] - talk about not being able to play the drums when everyone thought we could [laughs].
Clash: Was Cream drummer Ginger Baker any influence on you?
Bunker: Primarily my influences were big-band American drummers, like Louie Bellson. That’s how I really got into it, the Buddy Rich’s and those people. The thing that got me about Ginger was how he changed his drumming. He was with a different band [Graham Bond Organisation] before Cream. When he joined Cream, it was the first time he used two bass drums. He changed his style completely. I’d never seen a drummer do that before. He was quite amazing.
Clash: You were part of the British Invasion. Your thoughts on coming to the U.S.
Bunker: Yes, the second one, as we call it. We had not been much out of the British Isles, except to do the odd couple of gigs in [mainland] Europe. Those European countries seemed strange to us. We’d heard lots and lots about America, obviously, and were very excited about actually going there. We couldn’t believe it, because we weren’t well known at all. We did the east coast first, and after that straight across to Los Angeles because nobody was playing us on the radio in mid-America. By the time we had flown to Los Angeles, there were people coming up and saying their friends had phoned – there were no emails in those days – saying they'd got to come and see our band, and we thought, 'Hey they like us – this is great!'
(Editor's Note: In subsequent parts of this interview series with Clive Bunker, the Jethro Tull drummer discusses the recording of Aqualung, his relationship with Ian Anderson, what it's like playing Carnegie Hall, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his upcoming tour with The Martin Barre Band and much more. Stay tuned to the Forbes channel.)
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
22 views March 28, 2019, 10:06am Why Isn't Jethro Tull In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? Jim Clash, Contributor
In Part 1 of this interview series with Clive Bunker, the Jethro Tull drummer discussed why he left the band after Aqualung, the British Invasion, how he got into drumming and Cream drummer Ginger Baker. Here, Bunker tackles the age-old question about why Tull is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, what it's like to play at Carnegie Hall and the Isle of Wight Festival, and more. This interview series is in advance of a tour Bunker is doing with The Martin Barre Band starting in April. Below are edited excerpts from a longer conversation.
Jim Clash: Any thoughts as to why Jethro Tull hasn’t yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Clive Bunker: All the good ones are there, so no problem [laughs]. No, I don’t understand it, actually. It’s a strange thing. I think it has something to do with some strange image somebody’s got. It doesn’t bother me, to be quite honest. I never thought I’d play in America, let alone be reasonably famous, whatever you want to call it. The Hall of Fame, I have never thought much about it.
Clash: Ian Anderson once told me he never liked the sound you all got on Aqualung, recording it in that big church. Your thoughts?
Bunker: I knew he was not happy with it. We re-recorded the songs three or four times. Once we got something that we thought was okay, we had to record it again to try to make it better. Ian didn’t open up to us about what the problem was. So we’re thinking, ‘Oh, maybe it’s something we’re playing he doesn’t like and doesn’t want to tell us.’ I’ve spoken to Ian recently about it, by the way, and he still hates it [laughs], and it’s one the most successful albums we've ever had. Incredible. But as far as I am concerned, the sound was okay.
Clash: Ever play at Carnegie Hall in New York?
Bunker: Yes, we did. The Carnegie Hall is worldwide mega, isn’t it? To play there was such an honor, unbelievable. We were doing incredibly well in the U.S. - we had never expected it - so we told our manager, Terry Ellis, that we wanted to do one gig per year and give the money to a good charity, say to get people off of drugs. By the way, we never took the drugs that people thought we did. So we ended up doing this charity gig at Carnegie Hall. It was incredible, yeah.
Clash: What was the audience like there? Was it hippies, bluebloods, what?
Bunker: It was half and half, really. You could spot the long-hairs, and then the people who had gone there to support the cause. My father had once been a gardener. And he worked for a guy who actually turned up at the gig [laughs].
Clash: When you were up there, could believe you were playing drums at Carnegie Hall?
Bunker: No. Sometimes you just shut off where you are. It was like when we did the Isle of Wight Festival. There were like, 600,000 people there. So you just walk on and don’t look out. You just think, ‘Oh we’re doing a normal gig [laughs].' Carnegie Hall was one of those.
Clash: Speaking of the Isle of Wight, there are some great videos of you all at the gig. So much energy!
Bunker: We got into a lot of trouble with the promoter there. The management had mega-arguments that day. Then the audience wouldn’t leave the festival site and stayed overnight. They wouldn’t let any more people in, there were already too many. There was trouble, trouble, trouble. As far as we could see when we did the soundcheck at 6 a.m. [laughs], it was people, people, people. So we thought, ‘We’ll go on, do it and just enjoy ourselves,’ which is what we did. The worst thing about it was my drum solo was so long - it’s embarrassing.
Clash: Back then, though, drum solos were all the rage, right? You, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, all did them?
Bunker: Yes. John and I used to have a competition to see who could do the longest drum solo! It was quite weird. He was a very good friend, John.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
318 views March 28, 2019, 08:33pm Jethro Tull's Martin Barre And Clive Bunker Team Up To Tour U.S. As The Martin Barre Band Jim Clash
In Part 1 and Part 2 of our interview series with Clive Bunker, the Jethro Tull drummer covered a lot of ground. Here, Bunker gives us a few stories from the old days, plays word association, talks about guitarist Martin Barre and the tour they are beginning in April with the Martin Barre Band, among other things. Below are edited excerpts from a longer conversation.
Jim Clash: Can you give us a colorful story or two from the old days?
Clive Bunker: Oh, there are so many. I have to think of a pleasant one [laughs]. We once did a festival gig with an American band called Mountain. I can remember sitting there, talking with Felix Pappalardi, the bass player. Suddenly, somebody nudged me on the side of my arm, and it was [drummer] Corky [Laing] with a coffee for me. I thought that was really funny. Corky was always on-time with his drumming. He never slowed down or sped up. I tended to speed up like a lunatic. I remember asking Felix what he thought watching our band. He said, ”I’ll tell you. Just look out at the audience when you play. If you speed up in places, you all speed up in the band. And the audience gets excited. Then, when that moment of excitement is gone, you all back off and slow up. It works. It causes more excitement for the audience.” I love Felix for being so diplomatic instead of saying, “You’re a rubbish drummer [laughs].”
Clash: Let's play a little word association. Twitter?
Bunker: I call that anti-social media.
Clash: Ian Anderson?
Bunker: An incredibly brilliant man.
Clash: Glenn Cornick?
Bunker: A sadly departed good friend. Some of my drum parts came from his bass parts. If you listen to "Living in the Past," I’m basically doing the bass part with the drums.
Clash: Isle of Wight Festival?
Bunker: Stupid. It was on an island. It was a festival for 250,000 people. And they allowed 600,000 people on the ferry. Hello. That’s stupidity, in the first degree.
Clash: How did you and Martin Barre meet?
Bunker: We met at a place called the Vampire Club in Plymouth, Southern England. He was in a support band there, and played flute for them. When Mick [Abrahams], our guitarist, left Jethro Tull, we said how about that guy from the support band? He plays guitar as well as flute. If we get him, we can still be the only band with a flute player [laughs]. And so it came about. It worked out perfectly.
Clash: What do you think will it be like touring with him after all these years?
Bunker: I don't know We start rehearsing soon. We’ve done some acoustic stuff, and I was on bongos. But I’ve never actually played a kit with him since the Aqualung days! It’s going to be fun. We’ve spoken a lot about it, and I think that’s why we aren’t having so many rehearsals.
Clash: Have you ever played to a click track?
Bunker: It's weird playing with a click. When you're right on, you can't hear it. I never put it up loud when I use it. If it's too loud, you just concentrate on the click. It takes all the creativity out of playing.
Clash: What are you afraid of and how do you handle fear?
Bunker: I'm afraid of doing the wrong thing, I think - on stage, when talking to someone, whatever. I'm more afraid of myself than anything else. I can't stop someone else from doing something to me, but I can stop myself from doing something to somebody else.
Clash: Is there a question I didn't ask that you want to answer?
Bunker: You could have asked me if I still have any hair. And I haven't. I have more time for myself because I don't have to brush it, which is great [laughs].
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
Lincoln Quartet (Jethro Tull Tribute Band) + historical Clive Bunker first drummer (special guest)
The band led by Lincoln Veronose, webmaster of the "ITullians" official site, with Giacomo Lelli on the flute (the best in Italy), the other talent on drums, Manuel Smaniotto, Massimo Alberioli guitar and Jacopo Gobbato on bass, will retrace 50 years of story of the band of Ian Anderson Wazza After the stop for Covid-19 and the wait, the events are back in style ... !!! Next meeting in Piazza G. Leopardi in Spinetoli (AP) at 9.30 pm, with Clive Bunker and "Lincoln Quartet" on the occasion of the 2020 Summer Events "Estate Spinetoli" organized by the Pro Loco under the patronage of the Municipal Administration.
The event will take place in compliance with the extraordinary containment measures and safety protocols in force.
In order to participate you will need to register at the entrance and wear a mask.
Access to the area dedicated to the show will be allowed from 20:30.
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