Building a career with legendary acts, Luke Appleton is now making his own name too!
Luke Appleton’s music career has progressed massively over the years, performing with the likes of Iced Earth, Blaze Bayley (Ex Iron Maiden) and Absolva.
Luke grew up in Manchester, UK. He discovered his passion and love for music when he was 11 years old. Luke’s father ‘Mark Appleton’ is a very talented guitarist, whose style was mainly influenced by blues bands, with the odd progressive side thrown into it. Mark, taught Luke’s brother ‘Chris Appleton’ the guitar, where Chris found his interest in bands such as AC/DC & Black Sabbath. Mark and Chris therefore taught Luke how to play the guitar. However, something about the guitar never quite fit with Luke, so he decided to take up the bass guitar.
Over the years Luke’s music style was rather consistent. He is very much a lover of the old school metal such as, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath. This definetely showed in his style of playing! Luke is a very heavy handed player, especially with his pick attack. He has alot of Thrash elements to his playing, which he liked. He believes in playing tight with the drums and his passion and energy would show that on stage
Despite all he has acheived, Luke has recently started a solo career and with that comes a brand new single ‘Snake Eyes’. Watch the musiv video below!
In the summer of 2008, Luke joined his brothers band ‘Fury UK’. Luke had always looked up to Fury UK, as his brother Chris has a very good attitude about touring and where he wanted to go with his music career. Fury UK were touring up and down the UK more or less every week. When Luke got offered the job, his first show would be Bloodstock Open Air 7 days after the first rehearsal. During and after Luke finished High School, Fury UK then went on to do extensive tours over the years all around the UK & Europe with bands such as, Saxon, Blaze Bayley (Ex Iron Maiden), Y&T, MSG (Michael Schenker Group) and Iced Earth.
After touring with Blaze Bayley (ex Iron Maiden) in summer of 2009, Blaze was very impressed with the band. Fury UK and Blaze shared a good bond together which then led to playing more shows together, as Blaze invited Fury UK to go on tour with him around Greece and Switzerland. Further more, Blaze then asked Luke to deputise on bass in 2010 as his former bassist had to leave the country for visa issues.
A few months after Fury UK supported Iced Earth around Europe in late 2011, Luke got a vey interesting phone call that changed his life completely, as he was offered the job to join Iced Earth as their permanent bassist.
Just a small glimpse of what was to come, incorruptible was the second Iced Earth album with Luke, watch the video to see the music video for the first single ‘Black Flag’.
Luke’s first tour with Iced Earth was a US & Canadian tour in 2012 supporting ‘Volbeat’ & ‘Hell Yeah’. Shortly after this tour, Iced Earth would then hit the festival season, playing shows such as ‘Summer Breeze’ in Germany and one of Lukes personal favourite festivals ‘Bloodstock Open Air’ in the UK. Towards the end of the festival season, Iced Earth filmed a live DVD in an ancient amplitheatre in Cyprus entitled ‘Live In Ancient Kourion’.
Since joining Iced Earth in 2012, Luke has done major amounts of touring with the band, all accross Europe, USA, Canada, South America, India, Australia, etc, the list still goes on! Iced Earth was then announced in 2013 whilst they were in the studio recording ‘Plagues of Babylon’ which was Luke’s first Iced Earth recording, that the band will be supporting Volbeat in Europe. This was a huge tour for the band, as Volbeat were selling out arena’s all over Europe. This was also Luke’s first arena tour.
In 2015, Luke rejoined the Fury UK boys, to become a full member of the band ‘Absolva’. Since Luke’s time away with Iced Earth, Absolva have recorded 2 studio albums and 1 live DVD. They have done extensive tours across there UK and Europe supporting the likes of Iced Earth and Michael Schenker. Luke has now co wrote and recorded on Absolva’s ‘Never A Good Day To Die’ and ‘Defiance’ albums.
Working alongside his brother, Luke returned to Absolva for their album ‘Defiance‘. Check out the music video for the single ‘Rise Again’ below.
Let’s see what Luke Appleton has to say about Vocalzone!
“I first discovered Vocalzone in my early days in Iced Earth, where my backing vocals were very high in demand and Vocalzone definitely helped me maintain my vocal stamina and strength! Now, I am fronting my acoustic solo project and Vocalzone was a massive help along the way! I try to make sure I have a heavy stock of Vocalzone whenever I am on tour, in the studio or even in the rehearsal room”