LIEUTENANT PIGEON took the charts by storm in 1972, rising from the ashes of a band named Staveley Makepiece. 'Mouldy Old Dough', a song apparently about decimalization in UK, hit the No.1 spot in October of that year, and stayed there for four weeks, holding off challenges from the likes of Sweet, T-Rex, Elvis and Slade. The band followed up with a track 'Desperate Dan', which made it to No.17 in the British charts. Although chart success was rare in Britain after this, Pigeon continued to have great success in Belgium, Australia and across Europe. They decided to call it a day in the late 70's and the guys went off to do their own projects.
In 1989, Steve Johnson was approached by a number of promoters and fans to consider re-forming PIGEON due to the resurgence of 70's music. Steve approached Rob and Nigel, but they both declined having successful time consuming projects of their own. Steve enlisted the services of ex-Mindbenders and Thin Lizzie frontman Simon Van Downham and ex-Mindbender Pete Barton, completing the line up with Geoff Hammond, ex-Easybeats/Denny Laine drummer. So the new LIEUTENANT PIGEON was born. After a while, Steve found the gruelling touring schedule too time consuming, also running a busy studio and working for radio, and asked Chris Allen (Animals/Denny Laine Band) to take over on bass.
The band went from strength to strength from this point, often working 5 nights a week all over UK and Europe and releasing the album 'Retromania', a reflection of their powerful live stage show. 15 years down the line, PIGEON have stuck with almost the same line up, now with the added talents of original founder member Rob Woodward on keys and whistle. Rob re-joined the band in 2001 and the current line up is Rob Woodward, Chris Allen, Simon Van Downham and Geoff Hammond, with the occasional 'guesting in' of Pete Barton (now lead vocalist with The Animals) and Simon (The Tongue) Campbell, guitarist extraordinary. So as in the PIGEON song from the 70's, 'The Fun Goes on'!