The 80's & 90's
In 1982, Dave Dee organised the 'Heroes and Villains' concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Centre for Music Therapy. In addition to 60's stars such as Billy Fury, The Nashville Teens, Hermans Hermits and Love Affair, Dee managed to persuade Cliff Bennett to come out of retirement to perform at this one off show. The resulting radio show and subsequent LP meant a renewed interest in Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers so Cliff formed a new band and went back on the road for the first time in almost a decade.
By the mid-nineties Cliff was a regular feature at 60's shows and the Rebel Rousers actually included original band members Sid Phillips and Moss Groves along with former Edison Lighthouse and White Plains members Robin Shaw and Robin Box. With his voice sounding more powerful than ever the band toured both the United Kingdom and throughout Europe playing to sellout crowds.
The late 1990's saw EMI re-release various Cliff Bennett albums for the first time on CD, and "25 Greatest Hits", which received rave reviews in music magazines Mojo and Q and contained rare recordings from the Joe Meek days.