From page 15 of Classic Rock Magazine December 2000
Steve Marriott-less Humble Pie rise again
S eve Marriott may be gone, but part of his legacy lives on in the shape of a reformed Humble Pie. The reunion was sparked by drummer Jerry Shirley escaping a near-fatal car crash in the States, deciding at the roadside to disband his US version of Pie and return to Blighty. There he linked with fellow founder
Greg Ridley (bass) and guitarist/vocalist Bobby Tench, ex of Streetwalkers and the Jeff Beck Group, who served alongside Marriott in an 80s Pie. Zoot Money (keyboards) and Dave 'Bucket' Colwell (lead guitar) complete the Y2K line-up. This new line-up recently played at the Astoria in London (see review on page 89).
Colwell remains undaunted by claims that the concept is devalued without their late, great frontman "I've been there before with Bad Company; when I first joined, there was only [original member] Simon Kirke in it, yet we sold over a million records with 'Holy Water' [in 19901," he says. "We'd never want to be a tribute band. We know full well we haven't got Steve, he was one in a million, but we make a good racket together, and Jerry and Greg have got more of a right to use the name than anybody else. To our detractors, all I can say is come and see us and if you still don't like it, fine."
With new material written, they're cutting short live shows to head for the studio with a March 2001 album release in mind. While we wait, a Shirley-compiled and remastered box set of Immediatelabel recordings and unreleased cuts, 'Natural Born Bugie', is due in November through Castle Music, the title track of which appears on this issue's cover CD.
A tribute concert to mark the tenth anniversary of Marriott's death has already been scheduled for April 20 next year at the London Astoria. It will be filmed for TV and is promised to feature many friends and admirers.