Bill Price

Bass Guitar

Bill Price - Bass Guitar (picture by Grahame Rhodes)June 2011 was a devastating time for the band when original Bass player Steve Brown was unexpectedly diagnosed with lung cancer. Important summer festival gigs were already booked and cancellation would have been disastrous. With the bar set extremely high for any Bass guitarist fancying a shot of playing with Forty4, it looked uncertain whether it was possible that someone could jump in at the eleventh hour to cover Steve’s parts.

Enter, Mr Bill Price to save the day.

Although Bill hadn’t played with the band before, his association with Neil goes back to the days of legendary Blues outfit, Down At Antone’s, once lauded by Radio 2’s very own ‘do wah diddy man’ of the Blues, Paul Jones.

Not an easy task jumping into Steve’s groove, but Bill took it in his stride over the coming months whilst Steve was out of action, eventually taking over in the full-time role when Steve’s health prevented him from no longer playing music in a band scenario.

Bill slotted in well and has picked up the torch left by an incredible musician, managing to carry on in the spirit of finding the strongest grooves possible, whilst putting his own stamp on Forty4’s music.

In his spare time, Bill likes to walk up large mountains; then ski down them. He can also be found sleeping under the stars in the wild, mountain biking, sailing small boats whilst avoiding Royal Navy nuclear submarines in restricted areas of Scottish sea lochs and stuffing himself with Nando’s chicken & hot Peri-Peri sauce.

In addition to his outdoor pursuits, Bill has also written two (unfinished) musicals based around his experiences with aggressive Asian Fowl; ‘Revenge Of The Chum-Chum Chicken’ and its sequel, ‘Attack Of The Chicken-Chaat’. Despite repeated attempts to develop these for the West End, Lord Lloyd Webber continues to ignore Bill’s offer to collaborate with him.