Since the 1970's, so many leading bands and individual performers have sought Mike Paice's exceptional ability to perform on saxophones and harmonica ( not even to mention his keyboard and vocal talents). In the 1970's, Mike played and recorded with Roy St John's Phoenix ( that was in the early 1970s) and then Red Beans and Rice (in the late '70's).
Next, Mike joined Jools Holland and his Millionaires ( which toured with the Police in the UK and completed two USA tours in the early 1980's) and then Mike moved to the Dana Gillespie band (1985 onwards) which has played throughout Europe and supported Bob Dylan at Wembley Arena and elsewhere until, in 2002, it became the first Blues band to comprehensively tour India.
As well as recording with the above, Mike has recorded for many other artists too, notably Gary Numan, The Blues Band and Bryan Ferry. He has also played with Charlie Dore, appearing on BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test, the great New Orleans piano player Dr John and Paul Young. Mike's list also includes US Blues artists Joe Louis Walker, Hubert Sumlin, and Sherman Robertson as well as Reggae star Max Romeo and many, many more. To this day, Mike still often plays with Jools Holland in his Big Band.
In 2004, Mike played at the Albert Hall memorial gig for Ronnie Lane as part of a reformed `Slim Chance' appearing with many more great names including Paul Weller, Sam Brown, Henry McCullock and Ronnie Wood.
Mike played with Lonnie Donegan and his band many times in the last three years of Lonnie's life which included appearances at Glastonbury, the Fleah and other major festivals. Through this, Mike was invited to return to play at the Albert Hall again, this time at the Lonnie Donegan tribute concert, and to perform with such luminaries as Roger Daltry, Van Morrison and, one of Mike's favourite artists - Joe Cocker - a great goodbye present from Lonnie!
Clearly, Mike has a wealth of talent and experience and, if you were to ask him, he would probably tell you how much he has been influenced in general by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder whilst the playing of Junior Walker and King Curtis has been important to Mike's work on the saxophone and Paul Butterfield, Little Walter and Junior Wells have been significant to Mike's performances on Harmonica.
Mike is, not surprisingly, a great influence himself, particularly on the members of the audience when they have the opportunity to enjoy his magnificent performances with The Tamla Tigers.