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BIG 3-0 PARTY LIKE IT’S 1989
Three Decades, Three Bands, Three Classic Albums
Gun, FM and Dan Reed Network To Celebrate Anniversaries In Style
TAKING ON THE WORLD, TOUGH IT OUT and SLAM will be performed in their entirety as Christmas comes early for rock fans ready to revisit a golden era and celebrate a slew of fist-pumping anthems.
The year was 1989. Three ambitious bands were set to challenge the old guard and breathe new life into radio-friendly rock.
Gun fired the first shots: TAKING ON THE WORLD hit stores in the summer of 1989 and five top 75 singles followed. Better Days and Shame On You both cracked the Top 40 and the band made their Top Of The Pops debut.
FM and Dan Reed Network joined the party in October – the former releasing TOUGH IT OUT and the latter dropping SLAM. FM had just come off the final leg of Bon Jovi’s record-breaking Slippery When Wet tour when they holed up in London to record the follow-up to Indiscreet. The Desmond Child co-write Bad Luck led the way on what would become a melodic rock masterpiece.
Meanwhile, Reed and his Network dialled into the demand for something different – using celebrated producer Nile Rodgers to inject some serious funk into their soft rock mix. The addictive Slam spawned four singles and secured support slots with both Bon Jovi and the Stones.
Fast forward three decades and three iconic bands will celebrate three fabled albums at 10 special shows across the UK in December.
Ticket pre-sale from 9am Monday 15 April 2019
General on-sale from 9am Wednesday 17 April 2019
Dan Reed Network
Dan Reed and Dan Pred met in high school in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and after a time pursuing music studies at Northern State University, the pair returned to Portland and formed the Dan Reed Network in 1984. The funk rock band had their biggest success in the UK with their third album, The Heat, in 1991, but by 1993 had decided to go on hiatus. Dan Reed Network played a 'one time only' reunion show on New Years Eve 2012 with all original band members on stage in the US. The members found it was incredibly fun being back together, and, consequently, DRN decided it was a good time to bring the band and the music back, touring and releasing new material with the 2016 album 'Fight Another Day'.
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GUN’s contemporary take on authentic rock gives them an edge over their peers. Formed in Glasgow by brothers Dante and Jools Gizzi, they came to re-invent the rock ‘n’ roll genre, and were recognised with numerous plaudits and awards, including the first ever MTV Europe Music Award for Best Cover. Hit albums and singles, break-ups, line-up changes… GUN have done them all and more, and at each turn have come back stronger and better than before.
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Formed in 1984, FM signed to CBS (Sony) records and toured with such luminaries as Bon Jovi, Tina Turner and Whitesnake plus many more. They did their own headline theatre tour of the UK in 1989, including a sold out London Hammersmith Apollo. The band released 5 studio albums, a live acoustic album and 'Best Of' compilation. In 1996 with the changing musical tide the band split but remained close friends. Then, in 2007 they were persuaded to reform for a one-off show at Nottingham Rock City (Firefest IV) and are still rocking strong today.
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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
- Shepherds Bush Green
- W12 8TT
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