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Firebird was a British blues-rock power trio founded by Bill Steer in 1999. The music style, reminiscent of 1960s rock bands such as Cream, is a radical departure from Steer's previous work with grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and Carcass.

GenresBlues rock, stoner rock
Years active1999–2011
LabelsRise Above Records
Music for Nations
Steamhammer Records
Associated actsNapalm Death, Carcass, Blackstar, Spiritual Beggars, Cathedral, Orange Goblin, Blacksmith, Trespass, Blind Dog, The Quill, End of Level Boss, Church of Misery, Gentlemans Pistols
MembersBill Steer
Ludwig Witt
Greyum May
Past membersLeo Smee
Tom Broman
Tobias Nilsson
Roger Nilsson
George Atlagic
Al Steer
Harry Armstrong
Smok Smoczkiewicz
Tom Sutton
Terry Waker



Firebird came together in 1999, when Steer teamed up with Cathedral bassist Leo Smee and Spiritual Beggars drummer Ludwig Witt.[1] This line-up recorded both Firebird (2000) and Deluxe (2001).[2] Both bassist and drummer departed due to commitments with their primary bands before a 2001 European tour, that saw Steer teaming up with Blind Dog bassist Tobias Nilsson and Quill drummer George Atlagic.[1] In 2002 Steer announced yet another line-up consisting of drummer Atlagic and Quill and Spiritual Beggars bassist Roger Nilsson.[1] This line-up recorded 2003's No. 3. Since then many line-up changes occurred but significantly Steer reunited with Witt on 2006's Hot Wings and have remained the core of the line up ever since recording two more albums, 2009's Grand Union and 2010's Double Diamond.

Eventually, the band on 3 April 2012, announced that they'll "call it a day" due to reasons, which "are too numerous to go into here". The band wrote on its official Facebook page:



Current membersEdit

Former membersEdit

  • Leo Smee – bass guitar (1999–2001)
  • Tom Broman – drums (2001)
  • Tobias Nilsson – bass guitar (2001)
  • Roger Nilsson – bass guitar (2002)
  • George Atlagic – drums (2002)
  • Al Steer – bass guitar (2003–2006)
  • Harry Armstrong – bass guitar (2006–2007)
  • Smok Smoczkiewicz – bass guitar (2007–2009)
  • Tom Sutton - bass guitar (2009)
  • Terry Waker - bass guitar (2009)


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