Legendary pioneering funk rock five-piece Dan Reed Network’s self-titled debut and much celebrated second album ‘Slam’ have just been totally remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell and lined up for release on Universal Music on October 25th on CD, double vinyl LP, download, plus for streaming – for the first time ever.
Dan Reed Network are then set to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of ‘Slam’, by playing the album in its entirety when they top the bill of the co-headline ‘Big 3-0 Tour’ with Gun and FM in December.
8th December Porthcawl, Trecco Bay Holiday Park
9th December Bristol, O2 Academy
10th December Southampton, Engine Rooms
11th December London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
13th December Wolverhampton, KKs Steel Mill
14th December Norwich, University Of East Anglia
15th December Nottingham, Rock City
17th December Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 Academy
18th December Leeds, O2 Academy
20th December Manchester, Academy 2
21st December Glasgow, Barrowland
Dan Reed Network, who were formed in Portland, Oregon in 1984, soon began packing out local clubs with their infectious mixture of high-end funk with stadium rock hooks and muscle. The band signed to Polygram / Mercury Records early in 1987, who put them in the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi) to record Their self-titled debut album, which was hugely acclaimed when released in the winter of 1987 and spawned the band’s first Top 40 Billboard hit, ‘Ritual’.
While at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January 1989 in New York, Dan Reed met up with producer Nile Rodgers (David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna) and this meeting led to the creation of ‘Slam’, produced by Rodgers. ‘Slam’, which better represented the group’s sound and accelerated Dan Reed Network’s growing status in Europe, led to Bon Jovi adding the band as their main support on the European leg of their ‘New Jersey Tour’ in 1989 and then The Rolling Stones adding them to their European ‘Urban Jungle’ tour as special guest act in 1990.
While thirty years down the line both albums more than stand the test of time, the ethos of ‘Slam’ is as relevant as ever. Dan Reed notes that “Out of all the DRN tracks I am probably most happy with the lyrics and intention of the title track ‘Slam’, which I am sad to say is as valid, if not more so, than it was thirty years ago. The current political climate of building walls both physically and in our mind seems to have gotten even more prevalent than it was back in 1989, and for that reason alone I am looking forward to going out on the road and sharing these songs and thoughts. Because we often perform many songs from ‘Slam’, I feel a lot of the tracks hold up well after all these years, especially ‘Cruise Together’ and ‘Rainbow Child’, which often seem like the audience’s favourites, judging by their reactions. It’s going to be a full-on night of hard driving grooves and soaring melodies and a celebration of past, present and future.”