It’s a sign of a genuine connoisseur to admit that Deke Leonard, who shot to fame as a member of legendary Welsh ensemble MAN – although there were ICEBERG and more endeavors such as stint with HELP YOURSELF – is one of the greatest rock guitarists. Not a mere musician, he’s also a storyteller, who has just published a third book on his adventures, “Maximum Darkness: Man On The Road To Nowhere,” which follows two other tomes: “Maybe I Should’ve Stayed In Bed” and “Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics.”
Out now, it finds Deke in 1977 and takes him to 2004, when Leonard left the fold for ever, depicting encounters with Alvin Lee, who was his guitar student, WISHBONE ASH, his sword-wielding partners, and Eric Burdon, who was eager to be taught the stagecraft from the MAN man, as well as with Phil Lynott and Tina Turner among others. A great way to celebrate the veteran’s 70th birthday – or anyone’s for that matter, as the book is fun.
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