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Tony Butler (musician)

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Tony Butler
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Tony Butler on stage in Dunfermline, 1991
Background information
Born (1957-02-13) 13 February 1957 (age 61)
OriginShepherd's Bush, London, England
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1981–present
LabelsPhonogram Records, Track-BCR Records
Associated actsBig Country, On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend
WebsiteBig Country official website

Anthony Earle Peter "Tony" Butler (born 13 February 1957) is a British musician and rock bassist, best known for his work with the Scottish rock band Big Country. He has also worked with On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, among others.[1]


Early life

Anthony Earle Peter Butler was born on 13 February 1957 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England. His parents are of Dominican heritage.[2]


In the late-1970s Butler joined the short-lived band On the Air which also included drummer Mark Brzezicki and Simon Townshend (the younger brother of The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend). On the Air released two singles in 1980 and toured with the Scottish band The Skids, which was where Butler met Stuart Adamson. In 1981 Butler joined Adamson's new band Big Country with his drumming partner Mark Brzezicki, which went on to enjoy considerable success internationally during the 1980s and 90s, he remained in the band until Stuart Adamson committed suicide in 2001.[2][3]

He also did session work with other artists including Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and The Pretenders among others, and declined an invitation by Chrissie Hynde to join The Pretenders.[2]

In 2007, to celebrate 25 years of Big Country, he reunited with founder members Bruce Watson and Mark Brzezicki to embark on a tour of the UK. He became lead vocalist for the first time, taking over from the deceased Stuart Adamson. The band toured during 2010-11 with Mike Peters of The Alarm on vocals. Butler left Big Country again in 2012, citing differences with his bandmates, to be replaced by former Simple Minds bassist Derek Forbes.[3]

Butler moved to Cornwall with his family in the 1990s and became a further education teacher in the 2000s.[2] As of 2017, Butler ran courses in music at Petroc College in Devon.[4]

In 2017/8 Butler released an autobiography and a solo album My Time.[3]


Solo albums

Tony Butler has released three solo albums:

  • The Great Unknown (1997)[5]
  • Life Goes On (2005)[6]
  • My Time (2018)


  1. ^ "Anthony Earle Peter Butler". Country Club Fanzine (Issue 1 & 2). Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "From Tony Butler". NoiseTrade. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Rowley, Scott (18 November 2017). "Tony Butler: Why I Left Big Country After Over 30 years". Louder Sound. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "THE COOL LIST: Devon's 50 coolest people". DevonLive. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Tony Butler – The Great Unknown". Discogs. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Tony Butler – Life Goes On". Discogs. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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This page was last edited on 5 December 2018, at 03:00
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