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"Rockpalast Night 13.-14. Oktober 1984"


"...Next to Black Uhuru, many consider this the only band to have achieved a revival in reggae music, after the death of Bob Marley, giving it new impulses. On-stage is the best entertainment for all needs. Chalice has seven of the best musicians in Jamaica. In the band, there are five equally qualified singers. Contact with the audience is immediately reached - after a short time, everyone is singing and dancing with each other and results in - as Chalice themselves put it - "One universal love."

"Chalice played for us in Essen because we thought that reggae can also be alive and creative, even after Bob Marley's death. Exclusively puritanical verdicts cannot stop the development, etiquette shouldn't stick forever. - Chalice had to go directly to their plane after the concert. They already had an appearance booked in Jamaica for Sunday."

From: 10 Jahre Rockpalast. - www.rockpalastarchiv.de


"Stars to shine at King's House"

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Already dubbed the concert of the year, the inaugural staging of Symphony: Together Under the Stars, will see a stellar line-up of reggae acts parading their talent on Saturday, February 17, 2007 at King's House.

"...Among the acts that will hit the stage is one of Jamaica's most loved groups Chalice, who will make their grand return after a 12-year break from recording and performing, both on the local and international stage. "We could not choose a better show to make our return," said Wayne Armond, the group's leader.
"The concept of the show is just superb, some of reggae's finest performing with an orchestra sounds delightful. Just talking about it gives me goose pimples," he said.
The show, which will be hosted on the lawns of King's House, will also feature Sanchez, LUST, Gregory Isaacs, Richie Stephens, Dean Frazer, Susan Couch and the rising sensation Tessanne Chin among other acts.
"To the best of my knowledge, a concert of this standard has never been attempted in Jamaica before," said the show's producer, Ricardo Chin. "We have been working feverishly over the past month to ensure that the patrons receive the highest quality show." - The Jamaica Observer Newspaper


"Symphony - a night of musical delight"

published: Monday | February 19, 2007
Mel Cooke, Freelance Writer

When the seven members of Chalice, all dressed in white, held hands and bowed in unison at the front of the large stage on the lawns of King's House on Saturday night, the audience rose to continue the applause for Still Love You, the band's song for the only encore at 'Symphony - Together Under The Stars'.
''...There was a brief intermission before Chalice broke a decade's silence, opening with See Me Ya and rocking with Good To Be There, guitarist and vocalist Wayne Armond coordinating a humorous storyline through songs. When lead singer Dean Stephens hit Revival Time the audience got loose, hands waving and some standing to dance on both sides of the $1,000 fence. Pocomania Day continued the tempo and Armond conducted as Stephens impersonated Shaggy, Capleton and Tiger in true 'dancehall monic' fashion...''
- The Jamaica Gleaner


"Chalice"

Chalice

"An exciting live band made up of seven hard-grooving members. Packing their songs with laid-back island vibes, Chalice rocked the Jamaican charts in the 1980s with easy going Pop-Reggae hits such as "Good To Be There."

- Jessy Terry - www.rhapsody.com


Discography

Albums:

Blasted (Pipe Music; 1981)
Standard Procedure (Pipe Music;1983)
Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Sunsplash; 1984)
Stand Up (CSA; 1985)
Up Till Now (RAS; 1987)
Catch It (Rohit; 1989)
Si Me Ya (SPV; 1998, 2003)

Singles:

See Mi Ya
Can't Dub
Good To Be There
Dance Hall 'Monic
I'm Trying

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

CHALICE BIOGRAPHY

“CHALICE” was given life on April 1, 1980 in the Gibraltar Hills of St. Mary, Jamaica. Seven young, talented musicians of diverse social and musical backgrounds pooled their resources to develop a fresh, new, pop oriented reggae sound in the prime of the Bob Marley Era.

By 1981 CHALICE was already considered one of the most spectacular live acts in Jamaica with a repertoire that consisted mostly of their own material and some originally interpreted cover songs. CHALICE honed their craft by playing every conceivable stage in Jamaica as well as opening for notable U.S. acts such as The Commodores, The Spinners, Eddie Kendricks and The Four Tops, crowning the year by being one of the headliners on the world famous Reggae Sunsplash event.

In 1982 their debut album BLASTED spawned two chart toppers in Jamaica. “I STILL LOVE YOU” stayed seven weeks at number one and “GOOD TO BE THERE” broke the top ten the following year. Their second offering “STANDARD PROCEDURE” also had critical and chart success with the powerful “I’M TRYING” and the popular “CAN’T DUB’ riding the Jamaican Top Ten Chart.

For three years CHALICE took their live act to Europe under the guidance of K.P. Schlinetz, and a third album STAND UP was released to critical acclaim but disappointing radio plays and sales. Still, the single “DANGEROUS DISTURBANCES” hit home in Jamaica. Managerial problems put an end to their European contract and CHALICE turned their attention to the United States and Mexico. CHALICE made their first major United States tour on the REGGAE SUNSPLASH 10TH ANNIVERSITY TOUR” in 1987. A fourth album CROSSFIRE was released in Jamaica only and the hit “REVIVAL TIME” was Chalice’s second number one single at home.

1988 saw CHALICE taking their sound to Africa and back to the United States of America where a fifth album CATCH IT was released (Rohit) (USA only). Lack of promotion kept this album out of reach.

From 1989 to 1990 CHALICE toured Mexico extensively playing to sold out houses all over the country and in 1990 the sixth album “SI MI YA” was released in Jamaica. This popular album was voted ALBUM OF THE YEAR by the Jamaican Music Awards Committee and the single “DANCE HALL MONIC” was a breakthrough piece combining classical elements with a hardcore dance hall rhythm.

In December 1990 CHALICE was invited to headline the first “MEXICO SUNSPLASH” in Mexico City and received an overwhelming response from critics and the general public.

1991 saw CHALICE working within Jamaica and the other Caribbean territories including Antigua, Cayman and St. Maarten.

Two major changes took place within the group at the end of 1991. Drummer ‘Phanso’ Wilson and lead singer Trevor Roper migrated to the United States. Trevor was replaced by the young and dynamic Dean Stephens and Phanso was replaced by Wayne ‘C Sharp’ Clarke. Their debut with CHALICE was on the “Picante” television show on Channel 11 in Mexico City – a program which was aired throughout Latin America and the United States.

CHALICE worked steadily into the 90’s and recorded their seventh album “TUFF ENUFF” which was only released in Austria. The group took a collective decision to disband in 1996, after a closing performance at Reggae Sumfest, to garner new experiences and to regroup in the new millennium. Wayne toured with the legendary Jimmy Cliff, Allah and Keith toured with the West African Reggae King, Alpha Blondy and Mikey with Third World, but just prior to the group’s Second Advent, Mikey was shot and killed near his home in Kingston. The Chalice family was distraught and did not regroup until 2006, ten years after their last performance at Sumfest.

February 17, 2007 will mark the official re-emergence of Chalice on a night aptly dubbed, Chalice In Concert. The show takes place in Kingston, Jamaica on the prestiguous King's House Lawns. So, after a little over a decade on solo projects, world tours and new members, the seven piece reggae outfit is bigger, better and liver than ever before. New members Demar Gayle (keyboards), Dean Stephens (lead vocals) and Steve “Stevie G” Golding have proven to be more than welcome additions

After this well anticipated return to the home stage, Chalice has its gaze fixed upon an extensive European tour as well as several North American dates. After establishing a reputation as one of the more formidable live reggae acts of the 80's, Chalice clearly left a void; with the kind fervour that each and every single one of their performances emmanated. With that said, the band now finds itself on a quest to re-establish its fan base an introduce itself to a new generation of ardent reggae lovers. For this legion of old an new listeners, Chalice's return to the international stage will only fan the flames. And who better to do it than the band that knows that it is as simple as HEAT, AIR AND WATER?

MAKE NO MISTAKE - - - CHALICE IS BACK!!!