In 1997 after being told time and time again of his resemblance to the late great Bill Haley, Phil decided to put together a group of musicians to form the band Phil Haley and his Comments. The first to join him was Saxophone player, Allen Paris, and together they set out to build a Rock and Roll stage show that would become one of today's most requested performances to come out of the United Kingdom, spread throughout Europe, and as far as Australia.
Leeds based Double Bass player Martyn Savage, became the third member of the band. The trio then set out to find a drummer to provide the back beat to the music they were so keen to create. Brian Nichols appeared, and his unique style of drumming became the backbone of the bands music, setting them on the road to becoming one of today's top Rock and Roll tribute bands.
Together the four members of the band began to create a unique style and sound. Writing their own songs as well as covering some of the greatest Rock and Roll numbers ever to be written and performed by Bill Haley and the Comets.
After five years of hard work, dedication, and performances up and down the length of the country, Phil Haley and his Comments began to build up a following for their particular style of music further a field. Tour dates in Norway, Finland, France, Germany and Holland as well. The rest of Europe soon followed.
Today, the foursome have just returned from a successful tour of Australia, where they also recorded their debut compact disc 'Everybody Needs to Rock', containing ten original songs written by members of the band, plus four covers from Bill Haley's original set.
The band also includes Laura Ashleigh who is the niece of the saxophone player. At only 18 years old she has performed at many venues and events including Butlins, Rock 'n' Roll clubs in and around Europe, Ink and Iron Festival California and Warners. Laura has a bubbly stage presence and performs songs by Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline and many more.
Don't miss your chance to book, see, and hear this unique tribute band perform live, giving you a taste of the authentic style and sound of the original Rock and Roll years, proving once and for all that the music of Bill Haley and the Comets, will never die.
See you later Alligator!
"We were absolutely delighted with Phil Haley and His Comments, they were prompt, polite and absolutely fantastic at what they did. We have never seen so many people on our dancefloor and had tonnes of fantastic feedback from our customers who told us they thought the band was brilliant. Really can’t recommend them enough and thoroughly enjoyed the evening."
Niamh Smith, Spinney Garage LTD