Big 3-0 Party Like It’s 1989! Three Decades, Three Bands, Three Classic Albums. Gun, FM and Dan Reed Network are 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.