Dan Reed Announces New Solo Album Confessions

Dan Reed Announces New Solo Album Confessions

Dan Reed Announces New Solo Album Confessions

Pre-order the album now – Dan Reed Store

Dan Reed Announces New Solo Album ConfessionsDan Reed’s fourth solo album ‘Confessions’ will be available for worldwide pre-order through the Dan Reed Store from Wednesday 5th July, before it is officially released on Friday 15th September.

The new album will coincide with Dan’s intimate solo tour in beautiful settings which kicks off at London’s St. Pancras Old Church on Thursday 14th September. Tickets for Dan’s solo tour can be booked from ticketsource 

Each of the UK solo concerts will be filmed and recorded for an upcoming live DVD compilation the good new is that everyone who has bought a ticket  in the UK will receive a free DVD download in September. Bad news two of the venues are already SOLD OUT. So get the last remaining tickets TODAY! over at Ticketsource

The official music video for first single Smile will be premiered on Monday 14th August. A limited edition run of 100 signed copies of the single ‘Smile’ on 7” cream coloured vinyl is now available for pre-order before it is officially released on Friday 1st September. The single includes a second track ‘Lift You Up’ on the B-Side. Pre-order the single from the Dan Reed Store.

Confessions is Dan Reed’s fourth solo album and is a bit of a departure from previous solo releases. Reed performed all the live instruments and vocals, and also programmed the beats and synth parts.

The album features special guest appearances by guitarists Rob Daiker, Geoff Tyson and Martin Tidmarsh performing a few solos on the tracks Smile and The Great Divide, while Daiker added some additional drum programming on and mixed the album.

For Confessions, Dan wanted to create a genuine ‘solo’ album to push his own comfort zone as a keyboardist and guitarist’, creating something entirely from self-expression.

Confessions is a beautifully composed work expressing a singular intention and vision based around one integral concept in our lives. Confessions is not a rock album but rather a chilled out, electro/acoustic soul album about the oldest theme in the book… love.

There is a reason for this direction both thematically and musically. Since the reformation of the Dan Reed Network, and with their current album Fight Another Day ,released to rave reviews in 2016 including Bluesdoodles read what we said here, Reed is guiding his solo work more in the pop/soul direction and leaving the harder edged rock/funk material he enjoys writing for future DRN releases.

 

Dan Reed Announces New Solo Album Confessions

DAN REED – ‘CONFESSIONS’ – SOLO  TOUR

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 UPCOMING “CONFESSIONS” TOUR DATES

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Thursday September 14 – London, England – St. Pancras Old Church
‘Confessions UK Tour’ – Filming and Recording for DVD

Friday September 15 – Manchester, England – ‘Sacred Trinity Church Salford’ –
‘Confessions UK Tour’ – Filming and Recording for DVD (SOLD OUT)

Saturday September 16 Newcastle, England – ‘ Cluny 2
‘Confessions UK Tour’ – Filming and Recording for DVD

Sunday September 17 – Nottinghamshire, England – ‘Greyhound Beeston
End of ‘Confessions UK Tour’ Party (SOLD OUT)

Friday September 22 – Helsingborg, Sweden – ‘The Tivoli’ – Dan Reed Trio

Saturday September 23 – Trollhattan, Sweden – ‘Backstage Rock Bar’
Dan Reed Trio

Friday October 6 – Bath, England – ‘Chapel Arts Centre’

Saturday October 7 – Ebbw Vale, Wales UK – ‘EVI’

Friday October 13 – Falun, Sweden – ‘Kopparhatten’

Sunday October 14 – Alingsas, Sweden – ‘MX Rock Bar’

Friday October 20 – Dublin, Ireland – ‘Whelan’s’

Saturday October 21 – Ahoghill/Belfast – ‘Diamond Rock Club’

Saturday November 11 – Trubbach, Switzerland – ‘Jonny’s Lion Cave’

Dan Reed Announces New Solo Album Confessions

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

 

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightSunday night, The Globe was buzzing with anticipation with Dan Reed Network back in Cardiff after 27 years. Opening the Sunday delights of live music in the Capital City was VEGA, a six-piece rock band that always please and tonight they set the venue on fire. VEGA were shining brighter than the fifth- brightest star in the night they are named after! They definitely lived up to their description of being a melodic rock/AOR band tonight, with huge choruses and opening with a keeper Stereo Messiah. As they dipped into their back catalogue we wanted to hear the whole album and the opening set passed by far too quickly doesn’t time fly by when you are enjoying yourself.  Front man, Nick Workman’s vocals soared above the melody set down by his band mates. As many said on the night seeing VEGA for the first time, they just wanted them to come back and play again on a larger stage. The energy was infectious the venue was hot with VEGA magic. They may have sung White Flag the title track of the latest album, to everyone’s joy the flag was one of victory not surrender.

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The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightShort break time for friends to catch up and anticipate the songs that Dan Reed would be bringing to Cardiff tonight. We wanted rock that was full of attitude, funk, soul and more would he deliver… YES the Network DID! With the reforming of Dan Reed Network, last year and the release of the superb album Fight Another Day. The set was a Jukebox of live music as after the first few songs Dan Reed asked the audience to suggest the numbers. From the first album to the latest we were taken on a tour of DRN depth and breadth of music they deliver with energy and the pure delight of playing live music for an enraptured dancing clapping and definitely noisy and appreciative Cardiff crowd.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe rendition of Resurrect, from the 1988 album was full of the power of resurrecting the emotions lost and found.  No-one was divided in their opinion when Divided flowed from the speaker this was a Jukebox that was not going to disappoint for one second. The band that surrounds Dan Reed are determined to set the pace and have a good time this is music to party with. From The rhythm section, full of funk and attitude that is solid as the rock creating the foundation of the network, Melvin Brannon Jr on bass; and drummer Dan Pred. Adding to the network of sound, that excites are Brion James’ guitar and the keys of Rob Daiker what a powerhouse driven by rock and shaped by soul and funky grooves.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe audience was all too happy to shout out their favourites this re-energised the show as they collected the beat and groove. Including Champion from the current album what a fabulous moment hearing the music come alive as they jammed and kicked up a storm. The medley that produced a verse, and a lick of many favourites had the audience singing and dancing with Relax; we were certainly not relaxed we were high on the adrenalin of live music coursing through our veins

Throughout the evening the musicians showcased their instruments the bass boomed, the drums were pounding, a stinging guitar and keys that captured the sound of keys through the ages from fugues to hip hop.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightThe Heat was rising with Mix It Up the vocals danced with the movements as Dan Reed who at times mimed the meaning behind the words. With Tiger in The Dress, he became catlike, feral and a little bit wild awesome!!  What a joyous night celebrating the power of live performances, invigorating and deep with personal and worldly wise wisdom. Political and secular we were an extension of the network as the Globe became a live music Juke Box tonight, with the power energy and music of Dan Reed Network.

The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box TonightAs the evening drew to a close, the band retired from the stage and Rob Daiker, stepped out from behind the keys and picked up the guitar to sing All For A Kiss, a romantic song from his forthcoming album produced by Dan Reed, Binary Affairs who joined him on stage whilst picking up the mood the Network. Closing the night with Get To You, the Dan Reed Network certainly got to everyone in the room leaving the stage all was not quiet in the jukebox punching in a request for more we heard A Capella, Rainbow Child. With the refrain She Is Everything, I though yes and so has Dan Reed Network. Combining Rock with twists and twirls of modern music a multiplicity of tempos, tone and perfect timing.

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The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight

Dan Reed Network March 2017 UK Tour w/ special guests VEGA

Mar 7: The Cluny Newcastle (Sold Out)
Mar 8: Òran Mór Glasgow
Mar 10: The 100 Club London (Sold Out)
Mar 11: The Local Authority Sheffield
Mar 12: The Robin 2 Bilston
Mar 14: The Ruby Lounge Manchester
Mar 15: Rescue Rooms Nottingham

 

Bluesdoodles In Conversation Across The Years

It is always fascinating, hence Bluesdoodles In Conversation Across The Years. Read about the thinking behind making albums, producing albums and who would be in their fantasy band.

Bluesdoodles Interviews – 2016

JD SIMO – SIMO
Eric Johnson
Fee Waybill – The Tubes
Paul Bowe – Federal Charm
Walter Trout
Debbie Bond
Sari Schorr
Coleen Rennison – No Sinner
Jared James Nichols
Joe Louis Walker
JJ Grey 
Wayne Proctor
Kaz Hawkins
Dan Patlansky 
Dan Reed 
JD Simo

Bluesdoodles Interviews – 2015

Laurence Jones – In Conversation February 2015
Dan Patlansky – In Conversation April 2015
Alan Nimmo – In Conversation May 2015
Julian Moores – In Conversation May 2015
Chantel McGregor – In Conversation October 2015
Erja Lyytinen – In Conversation October 2015
Rob Richings – In Conversation November 2015

Fight Another Day with Dan Reed Network UK 2017

Fight Another Day with Dan Reed Network UK 2017

Dan Reed Network embark on their Fight Another Day UK tour on Wednesday 1st March at the Level 3 Club in Swindon. Special guests on all dates (except Sheffield) is VEGA.

 

Fight Another Day with Dan Reed Network UK 2017Frontiers Music Srl released Dan Reed Network’s latest studio album “Fight Another Day” on Friday June 3rd, 2016. The album marked a significant and anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the melodic rock world in the second part of the 1980’s.

Originally formed in Portland, Oregon, Dan Reed Network packed out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with their compelling mix of musical styles ranging from hard rock, funk and soul.

To coincide with their UK & European tour, Dan Reed Network talk about the concept behind music video for their sublime and exhilarating new single, ‘Champion’

“Champion deals with the concept that we are what we eat, not just our physical health but our soul’s well-being,” says Dan Reed. “It’s about surrounding ourselves with people that feed our dreams, support and push us to be more creative, more alive, and to enjoy the ride.”

“The video portrays the intensity in the eyes of people from every walk of life. Having the band performing in front of the rear projected screens was to immerse those of us who wrote and will be performing this song live to visually state we all live in this bubble of light where every person we meet brings new insights, lessons, strength, and if we’re lucky, wisdom.”

DAN REED NETWORK – LINE-UP

Dan Reed – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Piano, Synth Programming, Moog Bass
Brion James – Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Synth Guitars,
Synth Programming, Drum Programming
Dan Pred – Drums, Percussion, Videographer
Melvin Brannon II – Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Bass, Electric Contra Bass, Synth Bass
Rob Daiker – Vocals, Keyboards, Synth Programming, Drum Programming

 

FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
MARCH 2017 UK TOUR

Book Online HERE 

Wednesday 1st March 2017
Level 3 Club, Swindon

Friday 3rd March 2017
Warehouse 23, Wakefield

Saturday 4th March 2017
Live Rooms, Chester

Sunday 5th March 2017
The Globe, Cardiff

Tuesday 7th March 2017
The Cluny, Newcastle

Wednesday 8th March 2017
Oran Mor, Glasgow

Friday 10th March 2017
100 Club, London

Saturday 11th March 2017
Local Authority, Sheffield

Sunday 12th March 2017
The Robin 2, Bilston

Tuesday 14th March 2017
Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Wednesday 15th March 2017
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

With support from VEGA 

Fight Another Day with Dan Reed Network UK 2017

Fight Another Day “The stars aligned perfectly to have it all come together and make this album, and to have Derek Shulman, who originally signed DRN to Polygram in 1987, once again being in our lives as our co-manager and A&R man, brings us full circle.”

“As for the sound and approach of the album the band and I thought it would be a great experiment and interesting challenge to revisit what endeared the band to so many back in the day and deliver a rock record with funk and soul elements, strong melodies, but this time around incorporate even edgier lyrics while not losing sight that this release needed to be uplifting, infectious, and most of all, powerful when performed live. The title Fight Another Day represents the fact that after 25 years we were able to gravitate back to the passion we discovered playing together all those years ago, and battle once more!”

The band looks forward to the world’s response to this new labour of love and this testament to the bonds of friendship and musical chemistry!

Bluesdoodles review Fight Another Day

Bluesdoodles Interview

Dan Reed Network Fight Another Day Tour 2017

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DAN REED NETWORK – LINE-UP

Dan Reed – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Piano, Synth Programming, Moog Bass
Brion James – Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Synth Guitars,
Synth Programming, Drum Programming
Dan Pred – Drums, Percussion, Videographer
Melvin Brannon II – Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Bass, Electric Contra Bass, Synth Bass
Rob Daiker – Vocals, Keyboards, Synth Programming, Drum Programming

FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
MARCH 2017 UK TOUR

BOOK ONLINE – HERE 

Wednesday 1st March 2017
Level 3 Club, Swindon

Friday 3rd March 2017
Warehouse 23, Wakefield

Saturday 4th March 2017
Live Rooms, Chester

Sunday 5th March 2017
The Globe, Cardiff

Tuesday 7th March 2017
The Cluny, Newcastle

Wednesday 8th March 2017
Oran Mor, Glasgow

Friday 10th March 2017
100 Club, London

Saturday 11th March 2017
Local Authority, Sheffield

Sunday 12th March 2017
The Robin 2, Bilston

Tuesday 14th March 2017
Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Wednesday 15th March 2017
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

Listen to Divided

Frontiers Music Srl released Dan Reed Network’s latest studio album “Fight Another Day” on Friday June 3rd, 2016. The album marked a significant and anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the melodic rock world in the second part of the 1980’s. Read what Bluesdoodles thought

Read what Bluesdoodles thought HERE about Fight Another Day “band has explored sounds that take you on a musical adventure, …… with Funk Rock reinvented for today”

 

Bluesdoodles talked to Dan Reed see what he had to say HERE

Still not Convinced  – did we tell you VEGA are supporting Dan Reed Network this is a live show you will not what to miss get your TICKETS HERE

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Dan Reed Network Releases The Brave

 
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Dan Reed Network Releases The Brave

 

In an ever-changing world, Dan Reed Network has released the second single The Brave from his critically acclaimed album Fight Another Day.

The Brave is the second single from the album that is full of deep melodies rock that explores the facets of sound. The album moves from brooding dystopia through to funky uplifting rhythms. Dan Reed Network makes a modern statement throughout Fight Another Day and The Brave encapsulates Dan Reeds Vision.

The video that accompanies the single is the world seen through a television and reaction of a child playing impromptu instruments we all did for examples saucepans dressed in a superhuman costume. The lyrics link played out against the hard-hitting beat of the drums and chorus that chants out a beat. we want to see and understand and dance The Brave lets us do all that. Though reality is it is still crazy out there, as Dan sings ‘In this land of broken dreams it is the song of The Brave’.

The single is officially released on Monday 18th July, expect to hear the music from the network cascading through the radio very soon.

Dan Reed Network Releases The Brave

Dan Reed Network Releases The Brave

Bluesdoodles Fight Another Day Review – HERE
Conversation with Dane Reed HERE

Purchase the Album Fight Another Day HERE

Dan Reed Talks about Music Networks, Solo and Life

Dan Reed Talks about Music Networks, Solo and Life

Dan Reed Talks about Music Networks, Solo and Life

 

 

 

BD: Hi Dan hope you are well, thank you for taking the time to speak to me this evening
DR: Yes I’m well and  ready to talk about Network and the new album.

BD: Dan Reed Network back together once again people are still digging the band what is the magic formula?
DR:
First put the band together the network with musicians from different backgrounds and ethnicity. Our tastes in music is varied from Mozart to Miles Davies, Doobie Brothers to Led Zeppelin, Earth, Wind and Fire, Rush to Parliament; Rush to The Brothers Johnson.  Blake has left and Rob now playing keys keeps that tradition, he is also a consummate guitar fusion rock etc. Dan Reed Network is still a mutual respect society having a great time. People connect to this and perhaps as they said we were ahead of our time so the music old and new continues to speak to the next generation.

Glad to be back with the Network. I have been doing solo for the last seven years. Solo work is more internal, the band is different with high energy, like a work out at the gym. I like both worlds of music solo and the Network.

BD: What if any differences have you found with the scene in the 21st Century?
DR:  I did quit from the music scene from 1994 -2006; during that time I travelled went off to find myself in India and then Jerusalem where I had a recording Studio. During my twelve years of I did many things including club owner and theatre work, then in 2009 started playing again.

The biggest change is the internet. It has changed and shaped our accessibility. The only way previously  to reach out was record deal and fate was in the hands of A&R and believing in your music. The choice was survive locally or a deal and hope fame followed. Now with internet can be huge for example the success of Justin Bieber. This has grown to the tragic situation of the Kardashians famous no talent, famous for a sense of fashion perhaps, they are like many now famous for being famous. Reality TV feeds it this dream to be wealthy/ famous it is feeding into a shallow part of our Psyche.  Then there are all the mechanical stuff, auto tune etc.

We have an addiction to our devices, social media replaces the need for real human contact. This need to be with people is fulfilled, can find music to listen to so why go out and discover your own live music. I find it interesting that Steve Jobs didn’t let his children have i-phone/pads. On a positive note DRN is re-connecting with fans and young people finding our music when we played shows with only new music eighteen months ago and now we have the new album.

BD: Tell our readers about Dan Reed Network going back into the studio to record your 4th album after a gap of 25 years since The Heat?
DR:  Actually, it is our 5th we recorded our debut album Breathless before we had a record deal. It was similar to what we did in past when all lived in home city. Then we did 12-track, rehearsed and went into studio. Now we do all the pre-production via internet as with time we have moved, with myself in Prague other members in Portland, Los Angeles and Honduras. Then once happy with this meet up and go into the studio. This is a change as we are all older, have families and the commitments they bring.

Still Funk-rock with the Network, solo is different mix of singer/songwriting with lots Middle Eastern instruments incorporated. The Dan Reed Network has changed lyrics are stronger but still hear what made us distinct back in the day.

BD: Having Listen to Fight Another Day does the title reflect the feeling of the band and its comeback.?
DR: The album title has a double meaning for us. Yes the band back doing our music. Also the background of an American presidential candidate, who is popular through inciting fear. It is Trump I am referring to with his narrative of building wall between States and Mexico, not allowing Muslims etc, its is  an archaic politics. Do we give in to this fear of immigration? Why is it okay to bomb others but terrorism if they bomb us?  There is a different way that is growing momentum breathing hope into politics. Bernie Sanders has had more single donations than any candidate had raised the same money as Clinton without corporate deals. It is  exciting the youth as Bernie is using compassion instead of wealth even the current Pope admires. No a fan of Popes in general but he has morals and attributes that Jesus spoke about.  Fight Another Day we want to be on par with bands half our age.
BD:  So you see a change in the axis of society beliefs and motivations? DR: yes there is a turnaround not all about selling our egos and selfies. Our college students are getting active that has to be good.

 

BD: The track Reunite has a strong lyrical story with strong chorus and luscious chords is this a celebration of DNR getting it back together?
DR: Originally composed by three Swedish guys for Eurovision who asked me to sing it. It is a cover with DRN giving it more edge rather than pop song. Encapsulated what DRN are about in the day not 100% out of my head and thought of me be asked to sing it. In the past we did a couple of B-sides that was a co-written by artists outside DRN. Never has a co-write been on an album, this track felt right though I had to fight to get it on the track listing, it was thought as being too Disco!

BD:  Well I for one as a reviewer am glad it made the final cut as it is an excellent track and more Dance than Disco to my ears. DR: Well the drum has a disco beat, we will do video eventually for the track. BD: Looking forward to that.

BD: The music hooks back to the Funk-Rock sound of DRN of the 1980’s how has your music developed in the ensuing years? Not retro but with a foot in the past?
DR:  We have changed the guitar sound. It is not processed. Not run through pedals but plugged into fairly basic amps. The rhythm guitars have a little reverb no effect pedals. We have lost much of the synth sound. Recently saw AC/DC again last Summer, 60,000 people enjoying the rock with Angus and Brian. I thought this is as raw as it gets. AC/DC crank the amp up as high as we can without distortion and keeping up the sustain as long as possible. DRN continues with typical rock-synth bass like early albums. Drums didn’t use much effect all pretty dry. Rob Daiker keyboard and co-producer. He tracked and mixed the album, I co-produced his first album we have a long-standing working relationship.   Feels organic rather than processed giving the sound a modern edge.

BD: Back on tour in Europe with one UK date promoting the album
DR: June looking forward to being back on the road Pwllheli HRH festival last year, the feedback has been positive with the faithful and  gaining new momentum. Not playing new music when played at Download 18 months ago.  I was shocked at the response from young people asking why they hadn’t heard of the music where can they buy it. Most is no longer available and the music was written before they were born. Things change the rave scene carried over splitting distinct areas Electronica/groove and the grunge scene e.g Alice Without Chains with no electronic music on records. Bands like  U2 who tried go with flow are few and far between.

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?

DR:

Drums: Bruce Carter  Played with North-West funk band Pleasure  and Cool’r always went to watch him play drums. Great grooves thick put down
Bass: Jaco Pastorious
Guitar Prince most underrated  guitar player
Keys: Jeff Lorberry – Jazz
Vocals: Freddie Mercury

BD: Thank you once again for your time.

 

DR: Been fun and the band will sound mighty cool.

Divide from the current Album Fight Another Day – read What Bluesdoodles said HERE