Henry Padovani est un musicien, plus connu pour avoir été le fondateur et premier guitariste
de Police, avec Sting et Stewart Copeland...
Born October 13th 1952 in Bastia , Corsica
1963: his uncle Mathieu gives him his first guitar.
1968: Lapsus, first band in Salon de Provence high school.
1976: saw the Flamin Groovies at Aix en Provence University.
1976, December leaves to England. The idea was to spend 2 weeks.. will stay 7 years..
1977: Starts The Police with Sting and Stewart Copeland. Andy Summers joins in the summer for Mont de Marsan Festival. Leaves end of 77..
1978: Joins Wayne County and the Electric Chairs and records 2 albums with them. 1980 will do 2 singles with Mystery Vs..
1980: The Flying Padovanis, the Kings of Rock instrumental are born with Chris Musto and Paul Slack
1983: New band, Samourai, with Topper and Pete Fardon. Pete dies in April...
1982: Brief spell with Kim WIlde for a european promotion tour.
1984: joins IRS records.. A 10 years adventure with REM, the Gogos, Fine Young Cannibals, the Lords, Fleshtones, Cramps, Wall of Voodoo, etc etc. Will end up Vice President..
1994: for the next 6 years, manages
Zucchero and goes on to sell 15 millions albums
2007: Start shooting road movie..The Flying Padovanis reform and go to Japan Fuji Rock Festival.. September, plays Stade de france, with The Police
2006: release of the album A croire que c etait pour la vie and the book Secret police man. 'ici najac, à vous la terre' selected at Cannes film festival.
2000: well deserved sabbatical. start writing a book and record film music. Sart working on solo album
2011: Jury on X Factor france. starts recording in London a solo album with Mark St John
2010: road movie 'Rock'n'roll...Of Corse!' selected at Festival de Cannes!! tour of Australia, New Zealand, Singapour..
2016: release ' I love today' album
2012..2013: More solo dates in Japan, France, England. 2012, producing PEYOTE first album with Ronnie Lane mobile. Start producing Les Blondes album in Horsham..ce
2014..2015: More solo dates in Spain, Brasil., France, Italy, England.. More recording in london for solo album. FInishing production of Les Blondes album in NIce..
Henry Padovani - The Intriguing Corsican........
Henry Padovani is a unique experience........
Musician, Broadcaster, Writer, TV Presenter, Promoter and Songwriter, Lover, Author, modernist and traditionalist, there is truly no-one in rock n roll quite like him. After a wild youth spent loving, laughing, fighting, singing, playing and drinking Corsica dry, our young hero discovered punk and was on the first boat to London the next day....
In 1976 Henry Padovani hit London, and both of them were never the same! After discovering the girls, the gigs and the music (and the beer!), he formed The Police with Sting & Stewart Copeland - their powerhouse, early London gigs were legendary and they grew a huge following in London's punk club heyday – his English improved too – And the deep bond of friendship, with Sting and Stewart lasts to this day, forged in the blood, sweat and tears of London's mean streets and the hard, long road of gritty, unpaid shows in dirty backstreets around the country…… And then they sacked him!
But, Hey…. No problem! - Henry walked straight into the outrageous and hugely successful – “Wayne County and the Electric Chairs” – a major part of the androgynous Glam-rock, proto-punk hangover, playing to packed houses everywhere and creating a huge noise in the press and media. He even gave his old mates a hand and let The Police support the Electric Chairs on a few big shows.
But back in the day, nothing kept Henry's attention for long, and he wanted his own band so....... Enter The Flying Padovanis - with young punk superstars - Chris Musto and Paul Slack making up the trio. The Padovanis were London's cult psych-punk, superstars of choice, with their wild, dark, reverb-drenched, thrash-punk, instrumental music. And they became highly sought after throughout Europe, playing with everyone that could stand on a stage, from Pete Townsend to Kim Wilde, from The Jam to The Pretenders and beyond. Life was good But was that enough for .... The Intriguing Corsican?
No - I guess not....
All done with performing for a while, in 1984, Henry joined up with Miles Copeland (The Police's manager) to form IRS Records, where they broke REM, The go Go’s, The Fine Young Cannibals, The Cramps, The Lords of The New Church and many, many more. Everything he touched went gold. But, after 10 years he was looking around again.
OK, that was the record company business done with.
Now, what next?
Hey, what about managing the biggest solo act in Europe? In 1994, he became Zucchero's manager, and went on to sell more than 10 million albums during their 5 years together. Henry was responsible for breaking Zucchero in the UK & USA and put him together with the biggest acts in the world, like - Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Sheryl Crow, B. B. King, Buddy Guy and more - this catapulted Zucchero into a whole new, worldwide audience.
So - job done, it was time for our hero to move on to new challenges and so....
Yeah, the film business - that' a new challenge......
So, in 2002 he dusted off his faithful Gibson guitar to write the music for some highly acclaimed French films. And staying with the music programme, this was closely followed by his first solo album "A Croire que c'était Pour la Vie" - created and recorded with a few of the usual suspects - Sting, Stewart Copeland, Manu Katché, Steve Hunter, Glen Matlock, Chris Musto and the rest . The album was released in France and the US, followed by the publication of a critically acclaimed and very successful book of his memoirs "Secret Police Man", published by Flammarion….. Still in print and still selling to this day.
In the same year it was published - 2006 - and now really getting the feel for film music, Henry wrote the soundtrack for the film ‘ Ici Najac à Vous la Terre’, a highly acclaimed movie, and an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival 2006.
2007 arrived with a bang, with Henry returning to his musical roots - back on the stage and performing solo in France - 25 years later – alone, just playing and singing in the dark, smoky French clubs of his youth, with just his guitar to accompany him.
But, that dirty, funky, rock n roll, bump n grind was too beguiling and 2007 also saw the old gunslingers strap on the 6 guns one more time and The Flying Padovanis - THE instrumental guitar band of choice - hit the stage again, more than 25 years later…
But 2007 wasn't done with Henry Padovani just yet - in September (and against all the odds), he was back onstage with The Police - kicking down the doors with his oldest allies - Sting, Stewart and Andy - for two blistering nights on stage at the Stade de France in Paris laying down his trademark killer guitar for a powerhouse 'Next To You' in front of 160,000 screaming fans.
In 2008 The Padovanis were back on the road for real, starting with the Paris and London clubs, before hitting the big shows with The Police in Hyde Park in London and on to Japan to headline 3 huge shows at the massive Fuji Rock Festival. That year Henry also started a strong association with his great friend -Mary De Vivo - owner of the famous "Le Reservoir" club and a mainstay of the Paris nightlife and club and celebrity scene. Henry became involved, assisting Mary, in handling the affairs of Brigitte Bardot - a good fit, in so many ways. Henry also became the exclusive French publishing consultant for Cayman Music, the major publisher of Bob Marley's work and sole provider of music for the new Bob Marley bio-pic, being directed by Oliver Stone.
Throughout this period, a major feature film of Henry's life - ‘Rock and Roll …of Corse’ was being produced by Henry and French director Lionel Guedj, loosely based on Henry’s book and featuring interviews with many of his friends - Sting & Stewart Copeland of the Police, Mick Jones & Topper from the Clash, Kim Wilde, Jean Jacques Burnel of the Stranglers, Jeff Beck, The Bangles, The Pretty Things and Flying Padovanis. Tha film is multi-faceted, showing an intimate family reunion in Corsica and featuring live performances from Henry and The Padovani's in Paris, London, Japan, and excerpts from the Police’s Stade de France concert and Henry’s solo tour. It is a great, insightful movie and was (of Corse!) an official selection at the Cannes film Festival 2010.
Then, out of the blue, in 2011 our intriguing hero became a huge TV star in France and the EU, as the charming, rogue, rock n roll Judge in the massive M6 TV production of The X Factor. The whole year was a mass of major TV and radio appearances, celebrity PR shows, Radio and Television around Europe and, the chance to mentor and support new talent – something he has always championed.
Post “X Factor” 2012 saw the start of principal recording on Henry's first major solo, album recording. No heavy friends, no huge electric sound, just a collection of incredible, emotional and beautifully-crafted songs, played and sung by a totally unique artist at the very height of his powers and an indication that The Intriguing Corsican - had finally grown up. He even managed to do shows at Le Zenith with Toto and Supertramp too..... A very busy year!
And now.... well Henry is concentrating on performing and a little TV and Film work. During the last 2 years, our hero has undertaken sell-out solo tours of Italy, Brazil and Japan. He performed as a guest at Le Gibus, on The Pretty Thing's sell-out, 50th Anniversary show in Paris. He has been chosen as the exclusive front-line album producer for the most successful mobile studio in the world - The Ronnie Lane Mobile - owned by his manager - Mark St. John, where he has already produced new act "Peyote" (currently tearing up stages throughout the UK) and for "Marilou et Les Garcons" who performed all the original music for "Cinephiles de Notre Temps" - Laurent Chollet's incredible history of cinema, which was Cannes Festival listed (as usual!) and massively critically acclaimed.
And, to bring you right up to date, Henry is touring Italy again this year (2015) and will be in the UK to finish his new album in January and will be touring in France and the EU later in the year. The new album will be released in the Summer of 2015 and – just to keep himself busy – Henry has just completed filming a major, new Ford advert for TV (project Ford), which was launched with a major Paris show on March the 24th 2014. Oh, and I almost forgot - our hero now has his own Radio Show in France and is broadcasting on Oui FM.
Right now, Henry is concentrating on the completion of his solo album, mixing in the UK & Paris, the album is almost ready and will be released early in 2015. It will feature fantastic, exclusive cover art from Jef Aerosol – www.jefaerosol.com - the incredible charismatic, outlaw, street artist in France, who wanted to paint the cover for Henry’s album, which he will do…… and It will be FANTASTIC!
Henry Padovani is..... The Intriguing Corsican - and this story is still only half way done.....
Mark St John