Phil Dimitri

 

(Christmas 1970)
Dimitri

June 1969, flyer from Norwich Artistes:

"Lead Guitar and vocals:- A brilliant guitarist who is rated as one of the outstanding musicians in East Anglia, Philip is a dark handsome lad of Greek parentage."
(We are NOT making this up...)

Phil joined us when Ronnie Dearing decided to leave the group in April 1967, and was there until the end in March 1971.

We all loved Ronnie, but Dimitri turned out to be a worthy successor. Very different in playing style, he soon proved to be a real find and his contribution went way beyond guitar playing. His song writing abilities changed the direction of the band and enabled us to stand out from other local groups.

By the time we split up, Dimitri had become a legend in East Anglia and beyond, and he continued playing at a very high level after Eyes of Blond split. He had two further bands - Dimitri and Sun - before he finally stopped playing in the late 70s.

It was his idea to have a "get together" to perform "a couple of songs" in Eastbourne in 2014, which led to our playing half a dozen songs all written by him. Very enjoyable.

With encouragement from David Clayton (Editor, BBC Radio Norfolk) we rehearsed hard to prepare for a one-off gig at the end of January 2015 and Dimitri wrote a perfect song - Stepping Back In Time - specially for the gig. This was very well received by the great audience we had, and we then went on to record it at the end of 2016.

Dimitri recording "Steppin' Back In Time"

September 2016

Dimitri recording

Ashwood Studios,
Norwich

 

Here's a history of the guitars he's used whilst playing with Eyes of Blond:

Gretch Gretsch Tennessean

This is the guitar Dimitri had been using in the Audio B Band and he used it at his audition to join Eyes of Blond.

A beautiful guitar, Dimitri soon changed to a more Rock-oriented model...

tele_maple Fender Telecaster
(maple neck)

... Phil Wade had been using a Tele since Circuit 5. Dimitri tried it, liked it, and bought his own.

Many of the early home-recorded tracks feature this guitar. However, it was prone to feedback through the single-coil pickups when playing at high volume through a Marshall stack, so...

SG Gibson SG Standard ... Dimitri changed again to the guitar he would use for the rest of the life of the band. Together with Selmer and Gibson wah-wah pedals, coupled with a re-housed Jen fuzz box, he could now get quite astounding sounds with incredible sustain and harmonics.
bouzouki Greek Bouzouki Brought back from a holiday in Greece with his parents, Dimitri used a bouzouki similar to that pictured in a couple of self-penned songs - Land of Green Ginger and Who Knows Where We Come From. We wanted to feature those two songs in the reunion gig on 24 January 2015, so...
bouzouki2 Celtic Bouzouki
bought for the
Jan 2015 Gig
... after scouring the web for a suitable instrument that didn't break the bank, Dimitri plumped for this model. When fitted with a Telecaster neck pickup it produced a reasonable sound, but was a devil to play.
les_paul Gibson Les Paul Studio

Dimitri had borrowed a Les Paul copy for the Eastbourne gig, and really liked it. We were blown away when he turned up at the first rehearsal for the Jan. 2015 gig with this beauty.

He had tried an SG, similar to the one he played in the 60s, but much preferred this Les Paul. It didn't let him down.