“The sweetest guy in rock’n’roll – a legend as far as I am concerned.” – Alan McGee
Robert Ian McNabb (born 3rd November 1962) first rose to prominence with ‘The Icicle Works’ when they scored two major hit singles”Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)” (Top forty US) and “Love is a Wonderful Colour” (Top twenty UK). Their eponymously titled debut album was also a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, achieving gold record status in Canada. ‘The Icicle Works’ released four albums between 1983 – 1988, all achieving top forty placing, until they broke up immediately after their swansong Blind.
Ian’s 2005 album, Before All Of This, was previewed by the top 40 single “Let The Young Girl Do What She Wants To.” This was Ian’s first ‘hit’ in 21 years proving there’s life in the old dog yet. The album was divided into two distinct acoustic and electric ’sides’ and featured the enchanting backing vocals of Wirral born singer Livia Johnson, as well as powerhouse drummer Steve Barney (Annie Lennox, Jeff Beck). Long time cohort Roy Corkill returned for bass duties.
In Autumn 2006 Ian resurrected The Icicle Works for a sold-out 25th Anniversary tour.
Ian’s autobiography “Merseybeast” was published in October 2008 and was greeted with great acclaim from both critics and fans. But not ex-girlfriends…..
Ian spent January through June of 2009 recording his new album “Great Things’ which is due to be released in January 2010. It will be preceded by a single “New Light’ which features Ian’s old friend Mike Scott (The Waterboys) on guitar and backing vocals.