It was at this time that Bill and Willie had the chance to meet and jam with Jimi Hendrix. The two were invited to New York City to jam at the infamous Cafe Au-Go-Go in Greenwich Village for the sessions.
Bill then joined Gypsy from 1970-1973. Releasing three albums during that period ("Antithesis", "In the Garden", and "Unlock the Gates"), Gypsy was often described as a band ahead of it's time - and now, years later, still has a cult following.
Bill went to the West coast to find session work and met Bobby Womack and Ike & Tina Turner, when he was discovered by Sly Stone, he was immediately recruited as part of the Family Stone for their "Small Talk" LP in 1974. The subsequent touring carried him around the world but Bill's fondest memory is Sly's wedding on-stage at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Around this time, a guitarist named Robin Trower was looking for a new drummer and Bill jumped at the chance. "I knew it was perfect for me" he says and beat out 35 other drummers to get the job. Bill came into the band and recorded the "For Earth Below" album in 1974 and stayed with the band for 10 years. The constant touring and hard work paid off. Many of these recordings are considered classics and have turned into Gold or Platinum RIAA Awards. Bill's last album with Robin Trower was "BLT" with Jack Bruce (from Eric Clapton's Cream)
After criss-crossing the planet many times, Bill decided to take some needed time off. But within a year he found himself back behind the kit for special projects and recording sessions. Bill played with the likes of Fortress, Darrell Mansfield, Lost Angeles and Spellbinder to name just a few and even jammed with Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and his band Alcatraz.
By the mid-90's Bill was playing and recording steadily with the Dave Steffen Band and then provided the drumming on the CD "Live Your Dream" by Charlie Souza. Bill then started a brand new project called The Bill Lordan Experiment (BLX) featuring guitarist Eric Turner. The project has produced four CD's including "Emotional Blackmail", "Here Comes The Storm", "BLX Live at the Coach House" and currently "The Best of BLX" which contains Bills best work including an extended drum solo, a live cut from the TV show Soul Train with Sly and the Family Stone as well as a Robin Trower cut that was recorded live in concert from one of their many world tours. BLX is rooted in blues and rock and is bound to please many ardent fans of his drumming technique.
Contact Bill at: lordanbill [@] yahoo.com