Looking back at South Tyneside rock bands

This photo of New Rising appears to come from a record company. Did they make it?
This photo of New Rising appears to come from a record company. Did they make it?

If you’ve been to the pictures to see the excellent Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of rock band Queen and Freddie Mercury, you’ll know how tough it is to make it to the top in the music industry.

Over the years, many aspiring musicians have dreamed of getting their songs heard by millions or of performing live on stage in front of stadia full of appreciative fans.

Back in August 1980, Hebburn school teacher Colin Younger was leading Secret Acts. What can you tell us about them?

Back in August 1980, Hebburn school teacher Colin Younger was leading Secret Acts. What can you tell us about them?

And groups here on South Tyneside were no different. Some succeeded, some didn’t, but they all set out with high hopes of stardom.

Today we feature a selection of local rock bands from over the years.

How successful were they? Please get in touch and let us know.

It's December 1985 and here is Athletes in Paris. They were, left to right, Robert Newby, Peter Robson, Simon Haines and Tony Rio. Please get in touch with more details about the band and their music.

It's December 1985 and here is Athletes in Paris. They were, left to right, Robert Newby, Peter Robson, Simon Haines and Tony Rio. Please get in touch with more details about the band and their music.

Local group The News pictured in June 1979. Can you name the individual group members?

Local group The News pictured in June 1979. Can you name the individual group members?