Gig: Dan Reed – The Brickyard, Carlisle – 16 Dec 2010
Posted on: Sunday, Dec 12, 2010
Much travelled USA born musician Dan Reed arrives in Carlisle’s premier live music venue The Brickyard on Thursday 16th December with his new band as part of a UK/ European tour during which he has supported The Quireboys.
The Dan Reed Band is the latest project from a man who’s life has followed a twisting odyssey around the world having lived, performed and worked in Europe, India and the Middle East
A native of Portland, Oregon he now lives in Paris a happy hunting ground for musical inspiration. He originally came to prominence fronting the legendary Dan Reed Network from 1986 to 1992. He played with The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi on some of the biggest tours of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and opened for the likes of UB40, Run DMC and David Bowie.
The Dan Reed Network album received positive reviews, not the least of which being a four-star write-up from the notoriously hard-to-please Rolling Stone magazine. Most reviews lauded the band’s ability to blend elements of heavy funk with a gritty rock edge peppered with pop hooks, pulled together in an ’80s radio-friendly production.
The second album, Slam accelerated the band’s growing status in Europe where they toured in the winter of 1989/1990 to support Bon Jovi. The success of this tour led to the Rolling Stones selecting the band as their main support for their first tour in almost 10 years- The “Urban Jungle/Steel Wheels” tour. In the summer of 1990 the band played to tens of thousands nightly in arena sized stadiums, where their showmanship and musicianship fired up the crowd in anticipation of the Rolling Stones.
The Dan Reed Network’s third album, The Heat (1991), was their biggest success in the UK. However the band began to go their different ways although they didn’t officially break up and a live album called Live at Last was released in 1997.
This was followed up by a restless period when he moved away from live performance running a hybrid nightclub in Portland, Oregon where live bands would play between having live bands from 9pm to midnight and then switching gears from midnight to 4am with local and international DJ’s.
A move back to live performance was inevitable and after spending a year in India and another in Jerusalem, while working on more experimental material with some eastern influences the now solo Dan Reed in search of new musical inspiration released an EP called Sharp Turn in 2004. This was a significant break in style from the music of the Dan Reed Network but demonstrated Reeds continual search for new musical expression.
This year has seen the release of Coming Up for Air, a much anticipated new album by Reed which has been supported by extensive touring with his new band. His current shows feature a mixture of new material from Coming Up For Air as well as some classic DRN hits. The sound is a bit more organic and pure, less funky and stripped down than classic DRN, but the elements of artistry and musicality are intact.
Admission is £10 in advance from ticketweb or Ruby Blue Vintage in Fisher Street and £12 on the door. Support is from 13 Stars.