A short history on how Cold Flame became an occasional Tull tribute band.
Whilst Cold Flame have been around since 1984 it was not until 1998 that any serious consideration was given to performing Tull music as an actual tribute show though some of the early Tull blues tunes like 'We used to know' and 'Some day the sun wont shine for you' had been performed for some time sans flute. The decision to play more Tull was without doubt influenced by the arrival of flautist Peter Cheetham. Whilst continuing to write, record and perform original material as well as rock and blues standards, Cold Flame set about performing some full scale Jethro Tull tribute shows on a regular basis in some of the premier music venues in the midlands and north of England in which Peter became the focal point. The success of these shows allowed the band to focus on Jethro Tull tribute shows as a small but vibrant part of the band's gig calendar and over the years this has been reflected by an increased interest in the band from the media, music promoters and audiences alike. Even when Peter took a sabbatical for a couple of years, the band was able to recruit Derbyshire musician Ben Dalglish who continued the Tull connection with his flute and whistle playing to the fore. When Ben left to pursue other interests, Peter returned and the Flame were able to continue performing as an occasional tribute band specialising in Jethro Tull. Yet it is the enthusiasm and encouragement shown by punters that has been the deciding factor in encouraging Cold Flame to develop this part of their repertoire and this appeal has seen the band performing Tull music in both indoor and outdoor shows in Italy, Austria as well as around the UK. In turn this has led to radio coverage and CD sales in mainland Europe, USA, South America and Australasia. During the last few years the connection with Jethro Tull has been cemented with support slots to both Mick Abrahams Blodwyn Pig and Glen Cornick's Wild Turkey whilst the band have played with Tull drummers Clive Bunker and Paul Burgess and more recently guest violinist Anna Phoebe who joined the band on stage at The Weyfest Festival in Surrey, England. This must have left a lasting, positive memory for Ms Phoebe who was kind enough to talk about the band in glowing colours during an interview with Classic Rock magazine in 2010.
Today the five piece Cold Flame, still fronted by flautist and multi instrumentalist Peter, are recognized as the premier Jethro Tull tribute act in the Midlands and North of England. During 2012 Cold Flame will be presenting a new two hour plus celebration of classic rock, blues and acoustic material spanning the decades from Jethro Tull's bluesy beginnings in 1968 right through to the present day demonstrating the wonderful music legacy that Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have given to the world.