As Dan Reed Network prepare to join Extreme on their UK tour, the band’s frontman opens up about their next album, his first gig experience, the passing of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, recording new songs in front of fans, learning to be more collaborative, and why he loves ‘More Than Words’.
Dan Reed is heading out on a solo tour of intimate UK venues in support of his upcoming fourth LP, ‘Confessions’.
The tour kicks off at London’s St. Pancras Old Church on 14 September, the day before the album is released. Each of the concerts will be filmed and recorded for an upcoming live DVD compilation. Every person who buys a ticket to one of the UK concerts will receive a free video download sampler in September.
Tickets for the solo tour are available now.
Dan Reed Network | 100 Club | 10 March 2017
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How do you judge a gig’s success?
If it’s by how much the singer sweats, Dan Reed Network’s London performance is unparalleled. Within 10 minutes of announcing that they’ll be “starting slow”, Reed is drenched, having jumped, air drummed, pounced, and powerfully sung his way through supercharged renditions of ‘Get To You’ and ‘Divided’. And, even as the almost-two-hour show progresses, the energy levels rarely drop, with the frontman pinballing between four other musicians on an already narrow stage.
Dan Reed has a good idea of what fans want from a DRN show.
“They’re expecting to have fun and to let loose, groove a little bit. Danny Vaughn from Tyketto told me: ‘It’s the only time you’ll see a bunch of white people groovin’ their heads like a bunch of black people’,” he laughs.
“It’s really about cutting loose, shaking out all the negative energy in your body, and having a bombastic, fun time with the band.”
Following their triumphant album launch show in London last year, Dan Reed Network are returning to 100 Club this March.
The band play the legendary venue in Oxford Street on 10 March as part of an extensive UK tour. Tickets for the 11-date trek are available now.
Dan Reed Network | 100 Club | 15 June 2016
Photo credit: Laurence Harvey
There’s no light show, no smoke machine, no video screens. It’s just five men – most on the other side of 50 – having as much fun as the audience. When the feet-on-fire frontman’s not pointing into the crowd, he’s air drumming or curling his fingers as if they’re tiger claws. The bassist, at various points, wears his bandana as a bandit mask, devises a dance routine to untangle his lead, and delivers punchlines with all the skill of a veteran stand-up. And the dreadlocked guitarist has the perpetual smile of a man on a tropical island rather than in a dark London basement club.
Photo credit: Amanda Rose
“When we were younger,” remembers Dan Reed, “a lot of our egos were involved. So we always wanted to make sure we shined as individuals and we had a lot of arguments about that consequently.
“Now we all realise it’s OK to not show off. In fact, it’s better to not show off, and give each other space to have time to think and to feel the music, as opposed to pushing it onto people.”
But don’t for one second think Dan Reed Network have gone soft. ‘Fight Another Day’, their first album in 25 years, more than lives up to its title – and the funk-rock legacy of classic songs like ‘Ritual’, ‘Get To You’, and ‘Rainbow Child’.