A pair of Ilkeston brothers have continued on their remarkable rise to fame as their heavy metal band ends its mammoth European tour in Barcelona next month
Rockers Kev and David Bower have covered tens of thousands of miles by air, road and sea with their band Hell since they kick-started their tour in Paris way back in April and have played to hundreds of thousands of fans in no less than 15 different countries along the way.
During the tour the band has been nominated for a ‘Golden Gods’ award by leading UK magazine Metal Hammer and their ‘Human Remains’ album has picked up Album Of The Year awards in numerous magazines all over Europe and Scandinavia including Sweden Rock Magazine.
The band’s performance at Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Germany was also televised on the European ‘Rockpalast’ TV show.
Guitarist and keyboard player Kev, of St Andrew’s Drive, was one of the original members of the band when it formed in 1982.
The band disbanded in 1987 and Kev went onto became a joiner working in the Ilkeston area.
But they reformed last year with his brother David on lead vocals following the tragic suicide of orinigal frontman David Halliday.
Speaking to the Advertiser this week former Ilkeston Grammar School pupil Kev said: “It’s taken a long time, but it’s finally sunk in – and it all now feels a little bit more real.
“Touring has been hard work, but it’s hugely rewarding to see fans in all of these countries singing our words, wearing our shirts, and really getting behind us”.
There’s no let-up for the band, as when they return home they are set to immediately start work on their follow-up album to be released next year.
Local fans will have the chance to see the band again early next year, when Hell plays Derby Assembly Rooms in February.