RIP Bison – Panic Attack – Rise Up With Arts – Last Chance

Jeff 'Bison' Banks
Geoff “Bison” Banks [photo credit [unknown]

Very sad to hear of the passing of our old friend Bison.

Bison was a seasoned Man of the Road when I met him, who volunteered to take over looking after my guitar, as my dear long-time tech Brian Zellis stepped away from live work. It was just around the time I was tentatively moving into a solo touring situation, Freddie having gone, and my album “Back to the Light” just released. Bison worked for a year or more around the world as I toured with the Brian May Band.

Bison was a great pro, always jolly and calmly philosophical in the face of the challenges of live work. He was also a pretty accomplished guitarist in his own right.

Here you see him with my ‘Old Lady’ – he actually gave her that nickname, as I remember – checking her out. You can see clearly that the Red Special at this point was quite battered, and held together with gaffer tape in places. Soon after that, Greg Fryer came upon the scene and undertook a restoration of her body – giving back enough life to make this far with me. Bison moved onto other things when Pete Malandrone took over a permanent position as my guitar tech.

Very sad that Bison is no longer with us – my deep sympathies to Elaine, Lola and Cade at this terribly hard time.

RIP Bison.


Please enter this date in your iCal !! Launching PANIC ATTACK 2021 (It’s Gonna be All Right) – our FREE GIFT single – on brianmayforreal and Kerry Elis this coming Sunday. Have a cup of tea and a biscuit ready, and together we will soothe all feelings of panic

Here’s a thing ! RISE UP WITH ARTS is a new venture, filmed in the delightful Turbine Theatre under the railway lines in Battersea last weekend. Kerry and I were there ! Socially distanced, but rockin’ !!!

Kerry and Brian

You can see us and all the other great acts – this weekend … check for details. Buy a ticket and contribute to helping our beleaguered Arts survive this difficult time. And —- you get to hear a preview of our new single ! In a different form – live acoustic – but nevertheless containing our message – It’s Gonna Be All Right. So you’ll be ready for our live launch of the track itself on Sunday.

Kerry and Brian

Kerry and Brian

Yess !!! A good moment to grab the 3-D titles from my own LSC that you don’t have in your bookshelf ! As we head into Astrofest we’re also doing OWLS for half price too. To me, Its never been about profit margins (we basically don’t have them !) – it’s about getting the wonders of 3-D out there in the 21st century ! Thanks for being with us !


Last chance