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Live 05 (2 CD-Set)

Product no.: RUF 1162




The band was formed in September 1968 by drummer Jon Hiseman, tenor sax player Dick Heckstall-Smith and bass player Tony Reeves, who had previously worked together in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers on the Bare Wires album. Dave Greenslade, on organ, was immediately recruited, and the line-up was completed by Jim Roche on guitar, although Roche only recorded one track before being replaced by James Litherland, (guitar and vocals). Hiseman and Heckstall-Smith had also previously played in Graham Bond's band, and Colosseum utilised several of the songs from that period...

Colosseum reunited on June 24, 1994 at the Freiburg Zelt Musik Festival, played their second reunion concert in Cologne on the 28th October at E-Werk, which was followed by a tour in 1995. The concert in Cologne was recorded for a TV Special and released in 1995 as a CD and video. Later in 2003 it was released also as a DVD. Colosseum made second tour after reunion in 1997 to support their new studio CD "Bread and Circuses", appeared in major festivals in 1998, made also some appearances in 1999 and 2000. In 2003 they made a tour for "Tomorrow`s Blues" CD, followed also by gigs in England in 2004. In 2005 there was three memorial concerts for Dick Heckstall-Smith, one in Germany, Hamburg and two in England. In September 2005 they played in Moscow. Some concerts were in 2006. In 2007 Colosseum played Tokyo and made a tour mainly in Germany. Touring continued again in 2010 and 2011.

Jon Hiseman died on June 12, 2018.