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Friday, December 30, 2011

Quartz And Cryer: Reunite For One-Off Concert For Charity In Birmingham; Videos From The Show Available

Legendary rock bands Cryer and Quartz reunited for a one-off appearance at The Asylum, in Hockley, Birmingham, England on Friday, December 16th to raise funds for research into encephalitis and teenage cancer. They replicated the night they played together at Digbeth Civic Hall on December 1st, 1979, when Quartz recorded their live album.

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

Quartz came from Birmingham to join the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement in the late '70s. The lineup included John Bonham associate Mike Hopkins and future Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nichols

They signed a contract with the Jet label and toured with both AC/DC and Black Sabbath before beginning work on their first album. The tour with Black Sabbath turned out to be quite fruitful, as they gained a tour manager (Albert Chapman) and a big fan in Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. Iommi took over the production duties on their eponymous debut, drafting Queen's Brian May into the sessions to play some guitar.

Quartz were among one of Birmingham's greatest rock bands and all NWOBHM fans still holds tracks like "Satan's Serenade", "Wildfire"and "Street Fighting Lady" close to their hearts. 

Cryer's two reunion gigs last year went down a storm, remembered for stunning vocals from Graham Careless, sparkling guitar solos fromHuwey Lucas 
and a polystyrene head that would not blow up. 

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