Level 42 celebrated their 30 anniversary in 2010 and are still touring till this day. The band formed in 1979 with the original line-up: Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards).
Over the next 30 years the line-up would change substantially. Both Gould brothers died in 1987, to be replaced by Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of AIDS-related diseases in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for a short time. Mark King’s brother, Nathan King, joined the band later in 2001, as well as Saxophonist Sean Freeman and drummer Pete Ray Biggin (joined 2010).
Level 42 brought out their biggest hits in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Hit albums include: World Machine (1985), Running in the Family (1987), Staring at the Sun (1988) which contained the singles "Heaven in My Hands" (UK No. 12 in 1988), "Take a Look" (UK No. 32) and "Tracie" (UK no. 25).
In 1994 after a long period of gigging and changes to the band-line-up; the band disbanded halfway through their Forever Now tour.
In 2000, Mark King went on to produce some solo work and by 2005, the band had come back with a bang and brought out The Ultimate Collection II and a DVD of their greatest hits. By 2006, Level 42 produced the album Retroglide and embarked on a massive European tour.