Queens of Blues-rock unveil tribute to friend Shirley Bassey on ‘For Better, For Worse’ album

Considering singer Nikki Lamborn was described by The Who’s Roger Daltry as “the best rock voice since Janis Joplin“, Bristol-band Never the Bride remain one of music’s best-kept secrets. With 26th July seeing the release of ‘For Better, For Worse‘, their first studio album in four years, the powerhouse vocals and keys of Nikki alongside guitar maestro Catherine ‘Been’ Feeney demonstrate fully the reason why they’ve been performing to sell-out crowds for over 25 years.

One of their biggest fans is no lesser luminary than Dame Shirley Bassey (who described the band as ‘an inspiration’) and the band’s latest single – Tiger Bay, is a track the legendary singer says makes her so emotional she can’t perform it herself. A tribute to Dame Shirley and her emergence from Tiger Bay to become one of the greatest female performers of all-time, it features Nikki’s extraordinary vocals and the band’s incredible ability to bring together elements of rock, blues and soul with lyrics that always strike home, it’s the precursor to an album which sees Never the Bride at the peak of their powers.

Produced by Livingstone Brown, the album was recorded at London’s State of the Ark studios, chosen for its incredible vintage gear including a beautiful Steinway piano, which features throughout the album, as well as the use of owner Terry Britten‘s vintage guitar collection. ‘For Better, For Worse‘ features thirteen brand-new tracks, showcasing not only their trademark powerhouse blues-rock but also their country and folk influences and stands as an experience second only to a Never the Bride live show.

Their raw, unfettered talent is undeniable and is enough to justify the impression the girls have left on audiences throughout Never the Bride’s 25 years of global domination. As well as supporting The Who, they have appeared on stage alongside Elton John, Bryan Adams, Alice Cooper and many, many more, whilst also playing private shows for luminaries such as Cher and Liza Minnelli.

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2019 Tour Dates


20th – Upton Blues Festival


3rd – Wayback Festival – Pirbright, Surrey [Sold Out]

10th – Laughing Stock – Shepperton [Sold Out]

24th – Pheasantry  

25th – Ram Jam, Surrey

30/31st – Agiofest, Corfu


7th – Blues in Hell, Norway

28th – London Tattoo Convention, Tobacco Dock


5th – Green Note, London

8th – Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon

12th – Pizza Express, Holbourn


8th Fresh Bar and Kitchen, Wales Millenium Centre

22nd – Smokey Joe’s Bar & Grill – Cheltenham

23rd – St. Mary’s Church, Newton Abbot