Decades: 2000s


Initially comprising Mark Clarke (25 July 1950, Liverpool, Lancashire, England; bass), Jon Hiseman (b. Philip John Hiseman, 21 June 1944, Blackheath, London, England; drums), Allan Holdsworth (b. 6 August 1946, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England; guitar) and Paul Williams (vocals), the Tempest were formed after Clarke and Hiseman’s departure from Colosseum, though on this occasion they favoured a more conventional rock sound than the jazz rock experimentation of Colosseum. They recruited Williams, already an established vocalist through his work with Zoot Money, John Mayall and Juicy Lucy. Holdsworth had previously made his recorded debut with Igginbottom. In 1973 they recorded their debut album for Bronze Records, Jon Hiseman’s Tempest, and began the first of numerous continental tours.

Despite a receptive European market, the group lost the services of Williams in June 1973. Holdsworth also left a month later,...

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