LION in 1975 Left to right Al Atkins vocals Bruno Stapenhill Bass Harry Tonks Guitar Pete Boot Drums

Harry Tonks Bruno StapenhillAl Atkins Pete Boot
Guitars BassVocals Drums


Al formed another band with Bruno Stapenhill on bass, Pete Boot on drums(ex-BUDGIE) and Harry Tonks on lead guitar, the band was called LION and toured a lot in U.K and Europe with punk bands like Stranglers and Sex Pistols until 1978 when the band split up.

Mick Hughes (Zoom) was sound engineer/roadie with LION but now over 18 years sound engineer with METALLICA


Here is the setlist 1976

ON THE WHEEL - Atkins/Tonks
JOURNEY - Atkins
RAIN - Atkins
REMINISENCE part 1.- Tonks
REMINISENCE part 2. - Atkins
LIFE GOES ON - Atkins
ANOTHER COUNTRY - Atkins

Click on this thumbnail to find the history of the band LION LION History Here is another picture with the guys in 1976 Left to right: Harry Tonks, Bruno Stappenhill, Pete Boot and Al Atkins

Here is another picture with the guys in 1977 Left to right: Harry Tonks, Bruno Stappenhill, Pete Boot and Al Atkins

A 1976 rare demo track by LION "On The Wheel" can be heard on BUDGIE fan album called Hole In The Head Gang - "ROCK AS HARD AS YOUR COCK!"(SD006)

LION has re-formed in 1999 and toured in U.K that summer LION Tourdates


Story By Al Atkins