Formed by a group of school friends in the Welsh town of St Davids in 2004, Blue Phoenix first came to attention in 2006 with their worldwide hit Rising from the album of the same name. The world was ready for a new generation of rock stars to hit the mainstream and Blue Phoenix filled the role. They have gone on to dominate the music scene consistently topping the charts. Blue Phoenix took 1990s grunge, mixed this with a little Britpop and threw in the intensity of hard rock to create their own sound. They cite a variety of influences: Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and Oasis amongst many but they refuse to label their sound. No recent act has enjoyed this level of critical and public acclaim in recent years, and the songwriting/guitar collaboration of Dylan Morgan and Jem Jones produces tracks that have carved Blue Phoenix’s indelible place in rock history.
Blue Phoenix have risen and after seven years show no sign of their popularity burning out.
Dylan Morgan – Lead singer
As well as being the enigmatic lead singer, Dylan composes much of Blue Phoenix’s music with Jem. He plays guitar on a number of tracks, but his skill is in songwriting and his distinctive and often raw vocals. Dylan’s soulful lyrics have melded with Jem’s brilliance to create hit after hit. As with the other bad members, he’s twenty-four and grew up in St Davids. Dylan admits he rarely visits the places of his childhood anymore. Instead he splits his time between his houses in the English countryside, London and LA. The early years of the band saw him with a reputation for living the cliche rock star lifestyle, where scandal followed him everywhere he went. In the last couple of years he’s mellowed and Dylan now draws more attention for his music than his personal life. In a shock move this year, Dylan cut off his signature long hair and disappeared. He returned but mystery still surrounds his actions, and the girl he was seen with. Fans remained worried about the future – for Dylan and Blue Phoenix.
He’s the one band member who uses Twitter (and gets himself into trouble with drunken tweets which give the band manager, Steve Bennett, a lot of headaches) @Real_DylanM
Jem Jones – Lead guitar
Jem was responsible for forming Blue Phoenix with his best friend, Dylan when they were fourteen. They recruited the other band members from their circle of ‘metal head’ friends at school. Citing Slash as his big influence, Jem’s technically brilliant, heavyweight and now legendary solos prove music is his heart and soul. Jem is credited for driving the band by organising gigs and sending out demos until they found a manager, Steve Bennett, and fame.His personal life is a media dream – he’s had several stints in rehab and continues his dubious lifestyle and string of famous girlfriends. Since leaving rehab earlier this year, Jem began managing a new band, Ruby Riot, who look set to support Blue Phoenix on tour later this year. There’s rumours whether the band only got the gig because of Jem’s involvement with Ruby, the lead singer. This is something he denies.
Liam Oliver – Bass guitar
Bass player Liam prefers to stay out of the public eye and despite sharing the band’s early wild ride, he hasn’t had the same level of public scrutiny as the two power-heads of Blue Phoenix, Jem and Dylan. Musically, Liam has been compared to Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, someone he says influenced his choice of instrument as a teen. Despite avoiding the cliche lifestyle,he disappointed thousands of fans worldwide and became engaged to the aspiring actress, Honey Wilson. The world eagerly awaited the first Blue Phoenix wedding, but an infidelity and a Christmas trip home to Wales to lick his wounds saw Liam’s life take a different direction with a girl from his past. He’s a fiercely loyal and passionate man who has a surprisingly assertive side hidden beneath his gentle nature.
Bryn Hughes – Drums
As the drummer, Bryn isn’t at the forefront of the band but his presence is as imposing as his frame. He can be heard on backing vocals on a number of tracks.Bryn acts as a mediator in the band, especially between Jem and Dylan who are well-known for their differences, artistic and personal. Bryn’s cautious nature could have cost Blue Phoenix the chance to rise – he almost persuaded the band to get off the touring circuit and into university. This level headedness has continued through the band’s career. Bryn was the only member never embroiled in any scandals although he was recently linked to heiress Mia Jordan. He’s also been spotted publicly kissing an unknown girl. Bryn hit the headlines recently when a hidden secret was revealed shocking everybody who knows him. Just how many girls does Bryn have in his life?
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