Silverhead was an English hard-rock band that released the 1972–73 albums Silverhead and 16 and Savaged on Deep Purple‘s namesake label Purple Records. A document of their November 1973 show at London’s Rainbow Theatre appeared on EMI Japan.

Singer Michael Des Barres, known prior as an actor (To Sir, with Love), reappeared in the transatlantic hard-rock super-group Detective. He later replaced Robert Palmer in the 1985–86 touring lineup of The Power Station.

Silverhead bassist Nigel Harrison resurfaced in Ray Manzarek’s Nite City and the 1978–82 lineup of Blondie. He reunited with Des Barres in the 1984 one-off Chequered Past.

Members: Rod Rook Davies (guitar), Michael Des Barres (vocals), Nigel Harrison (bass), Pete Thompson (drums), Steve Forest (guitar, 1971-72), Robbie Blunt (guitar, 1972-74)


  • Silverhead (1972)
  • 16 and Savaged (1973)
  • Live at the Rainbow London (1975)

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