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Budgie return to their home perch.

COVERED by Metallica and Soundgarden - and hailed by the likes of Iron Maiden as a major influence.

That's Budgie, who were right at the forefront of hard rock/heavy metal, which took off in the late Sixties.

What's more, they're from Cardiff - and the louder-than-most trio will be flying into the Coal Exchange next Friday, February 8, for a long-awaited gig.

Older fans will remember Budgie as headliners at Reading - in 1982 - and for producing classic rock albums Never Turn Your Back on a Friend and Bandolier.

More recently, Budgie headlined the Legends of Welsh Rock gig at the CIA, where they were joined by other old Welsh rockers like Man, Sassafras and The Racing Cars.

Budgie were formed in 1968 by everpresent vocalist/bassist Burke Shelley, pictured, and have had a chequered time since. One of their earliest albums, Squawk, won wide praise, and tracks like Breadfan and Napoleon Bona Part 1&2 entered Welsh rock folklore.

Budgie have had several different lineups, but are currently back to their strongest trio, Shelley, drummer Steve Williams and guitarist John Thomas.

WE have a pair of tickets (worth pounds 25) to give away for the gig. Just answer the following question and send it, with your name, address and daytime phone number to Budgie, Owen Pearce, Editorial, South Wales Echo Features, Thomson House, Havelock Street, Cardiff, CF10 1XR.

Closing date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002.

Question: Who formed Budgie?

The winner will be drawn at random and will be notified by telephone.

Normal Echo rules will apply.

Budgie play The Coal Exchange, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay. Tickets pounds 12.50 from Ticketline, Spillers and Coal Exchange on 029 2049 4917.
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Date:Jan 25, 2002
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