Laurence Archer

Laurence Archer is a British guitarist and songwriter notable for his work with British rock bands UFO and Phil Lynott's Grand Slam.[1] He wrote many of the Grandslam song together with Phil Lynott and Mark Stanway, some of which were released as Thin Lizzy songs. Archer was also a member of British band Wild Horses, Stampede, Lautrec, Medicine Head and Rhode Island Red with Gary Leiderman on bass (ex Talk Talk, Thin Lizzy), Manolo Antonana on drums and frontman/actor/writer Mike Dyer.

Laurence Archer
Years active1980–present
Associated acts

While Archer was in Stampede, the band recorded two albums for Polydor Records: The Official Bootleg and Hurricane Town. Before that, Archer was in Lautrec with his stepfather, singer Reuben Archer.

Stampede re-formed in 2009[2] in the wake of renewed interest and the CD re-issues of both The Official Bootleg and Hurricane Town via UK-based Rock Candy Records and Universal Music in Japan. The line-up consisted of original members Laurence Archer, Reuben Archer, and Colin Bond, with Steve Graystone replacing Eddie Parsons on drums, and new guitarist Chris Clowsley.

In 2011, Archer also began playing in the band X-UFO, alongside fellow former members of UFO, Danny Peyronel and Clive Edwards, with Rocky Newton (ex-McAuley Schenker Group) on bass.

In May 2016 Mark Stanway announced the reformation of Phil Lynott's Grand Slam together with Laurence Archer, Micky Barker, Neil Murray and Stefan Berggren.

In March 2019 Laurence Archer confirmed he was recording new material for Grandslam, with Mike Dyer, David Boyce, Benji Reid and Mark Stanway.

On 30 August 2019 BBC Radio 2 played the world premiere of the new Grandslam single "Gone are the Days"


w/ Lautrec

  • Mean Gasoline EP (1980)


  • LA (1986)

w/ Stampede

  • Days of Wine and Roses EP (1982)
  • The Official Bootleg (1982)
  • Hurricane Town (1983)
  • The Other Side 7" single (1983)
  • A Sudden Impulse (2013)

with UFO

with Phil Lynott's Grand Slam


  1. Laurence Archer Retrieved March 2011
  2. Laurence Archer Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved March 2011

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