Silverhead were an English hard-rock band that released two albums on Deep Purple’s namesake label Purple Records in 1972/73. A live document, taken from a Nov. 1973 gig at London’s Rainbow Theatre, was issued on EMI Japan in 1975. Vocalist Michael Des Barres, known theretofore as an actor (To Sir, with Love), next appeared 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, more famously, in 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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