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New album showcased during UK tour
New material is on the agenda when Dan Reed Network kick off a UK tour at Robin 2 in Bilston on November 7, 2018. The American band's Origins shows will feature songs from the forthcoming Origins album, alongside reworkings of some classic tracks. The tour, which concludes on November 25 at Manchester's Club Academy, was inspired by the quintet recording new material in front of a few hundred fans at various studios around the world.

Dan Reed Network, Robin 2 Bilston, Origins, Dan Reed, Dan Pred, Brion James, Melvin Brannon II, Blake Sakamoto, Mason Hill, Hollowstar
Origins: Dan Reed Network (pic: Amanda Rose)

"Our studio recording days have been a highlight moment in our career," explains 55-year-old Dan. "Being able to showcase these new songs in a live environment will be a fantastic opportunity to thank and celebrate with those who made them a reality."

Formed in Portland, Oregon, Dan Reed Network packed out local clubs from late 1984 till 1986, mixing hard rock, funk and soul. After releasing their EP, Breathless, and having a top ten single, Steal Me, on local radio they signed to Polygram/Mercury Records and released their self-titled debut album in the winter of 1987.

The band supported the album in Europe with performances at London' s Marquee Club and Stockholm's Melody Club. Their second album, Slam, was produced by Nile Rodgers, with their growing status in Europe leading to support slots on the European leg of Bon Jovi's New Jersey tour in 1989 and The Rolling Stones' European Urban Jungle tour in 1990.

Dan Reed Network, Robin 2 Bilston, Origins, Dan Reed, Dan Pred, Brion James, Melvin Brannon II, Blake Sakamoto, Mason Hill, Hollowstar
On stage: Dan Reed Network (pic: Anders Gustafsson)


Dan Reed Network's third album, The Heat, produced by Bruce Fairbairn in 1991, was their biggest success in the UK, mostly due to the single Lover, accompanied by a live video from Wembley Stadium, filmed when they opened for the Stones. Despite the success, the band became disillusioned with the record business and in 1993 members went their separate ways.

Fast forward to the 21st century and Dan Reed Network played their 25th-anniversary reunion show on New Year's Eve 2012 in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, with all the original band members: Dan Reed, Dan Pred, Brion James, Melvin Brannon II and Blake Sakamoto.

Dan Reed Network, Robin 2 Bilston, Origins, Dan Reed, Dan Pred, Brion James, Melvin Brannon II, Blake Sakamoto, Mason Hill, Hollowstar
Reunion: Dan Reed with Melvin Brannon II (pic: Adrian Hextall)


The members found it was fun being back together, and, consequently, made their European return. In 2013, they performed in Sweden, England and Northern Ireland. The band was invited to play at the UK's Download Festival in 2014 and then toured the UK again, and Sweden in late 2015. The album Fight Another Day was released in 2016 and in March 2017 there was an 11-date UK tour, followed by a tour with Extreme.

Says Dan: "The love we were shown on that tour, by not just Extreme and their management, but by those who were queuing outside the venue before the concerts, and the reception they gave us during our set, was a fantastic reminder of what we can accomplish."

Joining the Dan Reed Network on tour in November are two up and coming British rock bands, Mason Hill and Hollowstar.

Dan Reed Network November 2018 UK tour dates:

Nov 7: Robin 2, Bilston;
Nov 8: Riverside, Newcastle;
Nov 10: The Ironworks, Inverness;
Nov 13: The Garage, Glasgow;
Nov 14: Warehouse 23, Wakefield;
Nov 16: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd;
Nov 17: The Live Rooms, Chester;
Nov 21: Eleven, Stoke;
Nov 22: The Venue, Derby;
Nov 23: 229 Venue, London;
Nov 24: The Landor, London (album listening party);
Nov 25: Club Academy, Manchester.
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Why? New material from Dan Reed Network
When: Tour begins at Robin 2 on November 7, 2018
Phone: 01902 401211
Where: Robin 2, Bilston, and touring
Cost: Advance Ticket Price: £20; Door Price: £22.50
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