Best wishes to all. My name is Dan Reed, formerly from the Dan Reed Network (DRN), and I have had the honor to be asked to write a monthly column for MetalTalk.net.
My history goes back to DRN being signed to Polygram by Derek Shulman in the US back in 1987. We had the pleasure to record three albums with the label, two produced by the very talented and humble Bruce Fairbairn (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith) and one album produced by the incredibly gifted Nile Rogers (Madonna, David Bowie).
Between 1988 and 1992 we were blessed to be the opening act for such bands as RUN DMC, David Bowie, INXS, The Kinks and did full length tours with UB40 in the US and the 1989 European Tour with Bon Jovi and the 1990 Rolling Stones European Tour.
Over twenty years later I have had the great joy of getting back to the big stage with a new band made up of Rob Daiker, Brooke Lizotte, Bengan Jonasson and Robert Ikiz, along with Jimmy Lagnefors and Henka Johansson sitting in as well, performing at Sweden Rock and last year's Download Festivals.
It has also been an amazing year of performing more private events, house concerts, club events, both solo, acoustically and with the full band supporting the last solo album entitled 'Coming Up For Air'.
I give this background as a premise for what is to follow...