Rob Dickinson (born
July 23, 1965) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter previously of the band Catherine Wheel. He is now a solo artist. Dickinson was raised in Norfolk, England, and is the cousin of Iron Maidenfrontman Bruce Dickinson.
While a member of Catherine Wheel from 1990 to 2000, Dickinson proved himself as a talented songwriter and soulful vocalist. However, after the 2000 release of Catherine Wheel's last album, "
Wishville", the group disbanded with little fanfare.
Dickinson leads a relatively private life and little is known about his activities in the years following Catherine Wheel's breakup. In recent interviews he confirmed that he designs custom automobiles, a known pursuit of Dickinson's prior to his musical career.
Dickinson contributed vocals to two tracks on the
Jimmy Chamberlin Complexalbum, " Life Begins Again", which was released in January 2005. Dickinson returned to the music scene in September 2005 with the release of his debut solo album, " Fresh Wine for the Horses". The album includes tracks written by Dickinson while a member of Catherine Wheel, as well as newer material. The release was supported by a tour of small venues across the United Statesand Canada, where Dickinson performed intimate acoustic sets comprised of both Catherine Wheel and solo material.
In February 2006, Rob discussed his new solo record and his career with Catherine Wheel in an insightful interview with [http://www.auralgasms.com/Features/RobD/default.aspx Auralgasms.com] prior to his solo set in Ferndale, Michigan.
At the invitation of
Marty Willson-Piperof The Church, Dickinson toured the USA with The Church during July and August 2006, opening each show and joining the band on stage for two encores.
On June 10, 2008,
Fresh Wine for the Horseswas released by Universal/Fontana with the new song "The End of the World" and a bonus disc, "Nude" which features Rob's intimate re-workings of six Catherine Wheel tunes including "Black Metallic" and "Crank".
:"For a complete discography of Dickinson's work with Catherine Wheel, see
Fresh Wine for the Horses" (2005)
* Provided vocals on the singles "Life Begins Again" and "Love Is Real" on the 2005 album "
Life Begins Again" by " Jimmy Chamberlin Complex"
* Provided vocals on the single "Where We Are" on the 2007 album "" by "
Neverending White Lights"
* [http://www.robdickinson.com Official Site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/robdickinson MySpace.com Page]
* [http://www.lewisslade.com/catherinewheel lewisslade.com/catherinewheel]
* [http://www.thebubbly.com/archives/000696.html December 2005 Interview]
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