The Welbeck Group; a History: 8. Split, Solo work, and a Time for Reflection

The Welbeck Group came home to lick their wounds, and count the cost of the tour.

A few days after their return home, Danny and Robby Welbeck went to visit his parents, still in Herne bay. The Welbeck brothers had promised their parents a grand new home on the outskirts of Canterbury, but because they had been persuaded not to have a wage, but a cut of the tour profits, all they had was the royalties from their record sales. By now, the downloading of music was in full swing, and record sales of the second album “Jacob’s Ladder” had not been as strong as the first album. This had dented the confidence of the Group, along with the departure of Alex Cooper, the drummer. Robby Welbeck had lost interest in the Group and had enrolled on a filmmakers’ course and was releasing experimental and well-received videos on YouTube. Finally Colin Cornell was making a name for himself arranging and producing music for Bjork’s new album- and there was a whisper he might be asked to join the team for Madonna’s new album.

The final cruel twist was that Danny and Robby Welbeck’s father, Jess Welbeck, that man who had encouraged their initial musical ambitions, died after a short illness.

The Welbeck brothers and their Mother, Rachel, drew together and after a period of mourning and introspection, decided to sort out the Welbeck Group.

The first thing was to sack their manager Rick “Rocket” Stein, whose plans to rocket the Welbeck Group to the stars had only been a damp squib, and had rocketed them into Planet Doo-doo. Rick knew his number was up and went quietly, still planning to win a further court case against the WowVision 3D screen company, by mortgaging his house….

The Welbeck Group approached Sharon Osbourne to be their manager, but she had too much work on. They couldn’t think of anyone else whom they would trust, and so the Welbeck Brothers decided to “take a year off” – at least that is what they told the press. But essentially the Group had split.

As anyone in the music business knows, if you are not seen or heard, you are dead in the water. While Robby continued his film-work and Danny wrote new songs, the audiences who had raved with them at Glastonbury had moved on.

Danny Welbeck said “It was a bad time for me and Robby, and of course Mum, but out of that tragedy and disaster came a strength and a resolve that we would not be defeated and would come back bigger and better than before.”

Robby Welbeck said “I had tasted success, and tasted the poison that can sometimes accompany it. I was exhausted, I disliked touring, I wanted to try something new, and that’s why I got into filmmaking. I still played my bass, and wrote a lot of songs, and learned how to play keyboards- and got into retro 1970s synthesisers.”  He even managed to acquire a Series 1 Analogue Moog Module synthesiser, once used by Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer. He had to build an extension to his house in order to accommodate it!

The Mighty Moog- "a real pain to programme" said Colin!

Danny Welbeck guested on some albums, some credited, some not. Rumours flew that he had played and sung backing vocals on Elton John’s new album, but Danny remains tight-lipped on that one.

Strangely, it was Robby’s work that led to the Welbeck Group getting back together…

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