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Lite lätt oborstad, lite drag av en fräsch Dylan och en Jackson Browne på högvarv – om än utan det där kontrollbara – Dan Reed har återvänt med den pop han så länge haft inom sig. Egentligen hade det kunnat vara en helt annan västkustrockare, typ Mark Spiro korsad med John Waite eller som nämnde Browne. Tonvikten ligger på melodiösa poplåtar med refräng. Inte så där fruktansvärt bra, men vilsam och förförisk pop som verkligen sticker ut och sammantaget en liten återkomst.

Artist: Dan Reed

Album: Coming Up For Air

Bolag: Zero One/Border

Release: 21 maj

Betyg: 4/5


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Dan Reed With the Top-40 hit "Ritual" and tours with The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, Dan Reed was living the Rock and Roll good life. But then he did something truly extraordinary: he went to India and spent 2 hours interviewing the Dalai Lama.

Taking a break from his band The Dan Reed Network, Dan bought the nightclub in Portland, Oregon where the band was discovered. He turned it into a hotspot for live music and DJs, but owning a club had too many temptations, and Dan stepped off his spiritual path and succumbed to drug and alcohol abuse. Leaving the club, he did construction for a year and returned to India, where he lived with Buddhist monks for a few months before moving to Jerusalem for 3 years.

Returning to the United States, Dan found inspiration in Barack Obama and a renewed interest in music. He played at Obama's inauguration, and released the solo album Coming Up For Air in 2010. Here, Dan explains what it's like meeting the Dalai Lama, the transformation from rock star excess to a more spiritual life, and what he thinks of Obama 2 years later.
In 1993, you wrote to the Dalai Lama's people and requested an interview with His Holiness. Is there really an address for the Dalai Lama, and when you sent the letter, what did you think of your chances of getting the interview?

I approached His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, through a Tibetan friend of mine in Portland, Oregon named Jigme Topygal, who happened to be a boyhood friend of one of the ministers for the Tibetan Government in Exile, so it helped having an inside track to reach him. It seemed the Dalai Lama was interested in his message of compassion being sent to the youth of the US through SPIN Magazine, who at that time had 2 to 3 million readers. We were surprised to get an answer back within two weeks of sending my letter stating 'You have an audience with His Holiness, scheduled for January 20th at 3pm for an hour.' Bob Guccione Jr., the publisher/creator of SPIN, was thrilled and decided he would travel with me to Dharamsala, India and conduct the interview together. In the end we spent almost 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

Please describe your thoughts on spirituality and religion, and how your encounter with the Dalai Lama shaped those thoughts?


The Dalai Lama is the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. Dan spoke with Tenzin Gyatso, who is the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama. When a Dalai Lama dies, he is believed to be reincarnated as an enlightened being and the manifestation of the patron saint of Tibet. After the death of the 13th Dalai Lama, Gyatso was discovered at age 2 in a village in Eastern Tibet.

In the 1950s, the Chinese government occupied Tibet, which borders India, Russia, China, Mongolia and Nepal in the Himalayas. In 1959, the Chinese government put down a popular uprising and took control of the area. The Dalai Lama, then 24 years old, fled to Dharamsala, India, where he established a government in exile and still lives today.After studying many different faiths, as well as scientific theories on the creation of the universe, it appears to me that science describes spirituality in technical terms, while religions describe science in poetic terms. Therefore I believe that all paths lead to the same destination, and whether you are Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or any of the many other beautiful and fascinating religions in the world, including the 'new age' faiths, everyone is reaching for the same resonating truth. And that truth is that love, compassion, peace and living in harmony with our surroundings is what is important for our survival and evolution as a human race.

How have your thoughts on the Dalai Lama and his teachings changed since you met with him?

Seeing that the Dalai Lama was very approachable, humorous, and giving during the interview actually gave a sense that everyone can reach a higher state of consciousness, for he really made you feel as if there is nothing special about him as an individual, but it was all about the focus and intention we each give to living a life of clarity. It was truly inspiring knowing his story of being raised from the age of 4 years old to be the 'wisdom keeper' of Tibetan Buddhism, but even more influential was him feeling like a guy you could live next door to. A 'simple monk' as he calls himself.

Do you think there will be another Dalai Lama?

The Dalai Lama himself says that the tradition of having this form of leadership for the Tibetans may be coming to a close, mostly due to the fact the Chinese government kidnapped the true Panchen Lama years ago, who traditionally was the Lama who would envision and play a major role in finding the reincarnation of each succeeding Dalai Lama. With that role no longer filled, the true Tibetan temporal leader may not be found. China will undoubtedly prop up their version of the new Dalai Lama once His Holiness passes this life, using their own 'elected' Panchen Lama. This will unfortunately divide and conquer what is left of this long standing and important tradition.

In response to your question, "Why do we have evil"?, the Dalai Lama replied: "Impatience - we need something immediately." That was in 1994, before the rise of the internet and cell phones. Are we doomed?

It does seem that we are addicted to speed and information, equating that with enlightened evolution, but it is proving to create as many problems as it solves. I believe that in the decades to come we will harken back to a more relaxed form of living, community based societies, growing gardens. Governments becoming 'smaller,' while slowing down in our lives. The Dalai Lama is correct that our impatience may be our downfall, especially in our desire to use carbon based machinery to travel and create goods, especially when we have the technology to use other sustainable energies but do not implement them simply because big oil companies like the status quo.

You went to India and spent 4½ months in a monastery. What did you learn from that experience, and what was it like returning to America after so much time away?

Returning to the US was not that big of a shock due to the fact that I spent almost 3 years in Jerusalem after leaving India. The main thing that came with me from the Monastic experience is what was discussed in the previous question, and that is 'Patience.' Although I still 'lose it' regarding my impatience, it is much easier to stand in line at the post office, in traffic, at security check points, etc. Another thing I find is that I am pretty comfortable living/sleeping anywhere after the experience in India, and although I very much enjoy a comfortable bed to sleep on, I am just as satisfied to sleep on an uncomfortable couch, or even the floor, without much complaint. This was not true before the Monastery. But what I gained on a deeper level are the countless conversations, insights and lessons on 'why' it is important to be compassionate toward the future and to the humans we come in to contact with.

Your music is much more radio-friendly than what you would expect of someone who has lived among Buddhist monks. Is that on purpose?

Considering that Buddhist Monks don't curse, live a life of clean living and focus their entire existence on loving all living entities, I would say that they are very radio friendly. Now if I was living amongst anarchists, I would see the relevancy of this question much more clearly :-)

The Dalai Lama told you: "Life is based on hope. Hope means something good. For these reasons, we can see the purpose of our life is happiness." You were a Rock Star, a construction worker, a club owner and a monk. Where do you find happiness?

These days 'happiness' comes from connecting with people, sharing creativity, and trying to be dedicated to the intention of the music, both creating it and performing it live. It is my only meditation at the current time, that and having conversations and sharing meals with good friends.


The Dan Reed Network fused funk rhythms and power chords on their 1988 debut album, drawing comparisons to Lenny Kravitz and Living Colour. Nile Rodgers produced their next album, which was released in 1989, and a third album followed in 1991. Signed to Mercury/Polygram Records and managed by Bill Graham, they toured the world and drew favorable reviews from the music press, including a 1991 review in Q that began: "With the help of his absurdly talented Network, the muscular but nimble singer from Portland, Oregon has been cheerfully bucking heavy rock codes since the release of his eponymous debut in 1988."
You cracked the Top-40 with "Ritual" in 1989. Tell us about that song.

"Ritual" was simply about the addiction to another human being, for better and for worse and the admission that deep down we are all desiring and searching for the same satisfactions in life. It was the last song to be written for the first DRN album and immediately everyone behind the scenes in the record company and in management wanted this to be a single. It is still performed today, but the meaning of the lyric has shifted a bit, to encompass more than the libido.

Please tell us about one of the songs from your Dan Reed Network days that you're particularly proud of.

'Pride' is something that I have tried to slowly delete from my life, but there are songs from the past that I am still comfortable playing and being behind the lyric. I think that 'Salt of Joy' is one of those songs. Although blindly optimistic, it still rings true to how I feel today regarding having hope for the future even in the face of corporate globalization and all that that brings.

Derek Shulman, who also signed Bon Jovi, Tears For Fears and Nickelback, told us that while Bon Jovi was nothing special musically, they had a great deal of personal ambition. Were you similarly ambitious when Derek signed you?

Absolutely. I was driven by ambition as well, the need to be loved and the hunger to want to rock the audience and get them moving on their feet. 20 years later it is my hope that 'ambition' has been replaced by a 'desire to help move people's hearts beyond the veil of division and the loss of hope.' The 'need to be loved' has transformed into the 'need for me to love more,' and the 'hunger to want to rock the audience' has not changed, but I would also add to that hope that the live set and recorded songs help others take pause and contemplate the many gifts we have been given in this life. The years fly by... and we must embrace our ability to change our reality, while at the same time respecting all those before us who have done their best to build the foundation on which we stand.

Please describe your songwriting process.


Dan has offered a free song to Songfacts readers. Click the link below to hear it, or right click (control+click on a Mac) to download it.

Dan Reed - Brave New WorldThis comes from many different angles. Sometimes there is a song title, or guitar riff that inspires a song. Most often with me it is a story I personally experience, read about or hear from a distance. A story of a pain that brought some lesson with it. A song may be born from a simple drum beat looped on the computer, or overhearing someone expressing their affection during a phone call on a train ride. I think any songwriter's best inspiration comes simply from keeping their eyes, ears and heart open to what surrounds them... and then trying to find the important message in that story, putting it to a melody and finally finding the courage to record it. Believing what you wrote should be heard by others is the hardest part, but a hurdle that must be overcome if you want to be an artist.

How close was The Dan Reed Project to major stardom?

I can only answer that by saying in Europe and the US between the years of 1988 and 1991 we toured with and played shows with Run–DMC, UB40, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi. We had a few songs in the charts on both continents, sold nearly 2 million records and we were fortunate enough to have been managed by Bill Graham and Q-Prime, some of the most respected folks in the business. To this day it seems like a bit of a daydream that all was happening, and I have a deep respect to have been a part of it all.

Please describe working with Nile Rodgers and his production style.

Nile is a very passionate artist and producer, always up energetically and thinking of ways to push the envelope regarding the bells and whistles of the production, but was also very into song structure and lyric. He didn't seem to focus so much on the melody of a song, but rather the feeling it gave, which I found fascinating.

Is your song "Closer" about a specific person? Please tell us the inspiration behind it.

"Closer" is about missing a dear friend, who is countries away, a person that made me see love and acceptance in a deeper way, and although you are no longer in their physical presence they are never far away in your heart. It is a personal story and to some degree I wish it to remain that way.

Please tell us the stories behind some of the other tracks on the album that are very meaningful to you.

"Promised Land" concerns itself with the 'changing of the guards' that happens each Friday in the old city of Jerusalem. Each afternoon on Friday the Muslims gather on the East side of the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and pray to the God of Ibrahim. As the sun sets, they all head home and the Jewish faithful gather on the West side of the Wall, praying to the God of Avram. I found it interesting that Ibrahim, Avram and Abraham are just three names for the same person, that these two similar people, the Jews and the Arabs, are actually blood brothers separated by a 3 foot thick wall and a million disagreements, but in fact are really not that far away from each other. 'Promised Land' discusses how brothers in a family feud can become family again. "On Your Side" is another special track to me in that it was the first song I wrote coming back to music while living in Dharamsala, India. It was composed with the thought that being on the side of elements that feed your soul is the path of wisdom. Being surrounded by energy vampires is the path of darkness and delusion.

You describe "An artistic and spiritual longing for more than I was witnessing on The Rolling Stones tour." What were you witnessing on The Rolling Stones tour? Please tell us about that experience.

Nothing shocking, just par for the course in the world of rock and roll of the time. Parties, girls, shallow backstage conversations, everyone concerned about T-shirt sales, record sales, marketing, and second guessing what songs should be singles that will be accepted by the masses. Seldom was the music or the meaning of the music the focus. This aspect of the business engulfed me and wore my spirit out at the time, for I too looked in the mirror and found I was part of the problem that I was having issues with.

You spoke with the Dalai Lama about why there is so much illness in Western culture. What are your thoughts on why Americans tend to get sick?

Westerners in general, not just Americans, are all too often focused on career, money, status, image, addiction to speed, wanting everything and wanting it 'now'... all stress-based aspects of living in this modern world. For example before China invaded Tibet in 1959 there were no documented cases of cancer, heart disease or mental illness. Clearly this is a statement that attests to the fact that stress and how we 'feel' about ourselves is a major factor in our physical health. We like fast food, fast lives, and this does not allow us to eat and exercise properly, not to mention how companies like Monsanto continue to genetically engineer our seeding culture, making fruits and vegetables less and less healthy, sacrificing nutrition for size, color and fast crop turn around. Add on to this the delusions we live under that money will solve our problems and therefore we are on a constant treadmill chasing that 'dream,' the source of our lack of mental and physical health becomes clear.

You bought the nightclub in Portland where you got your start. What was that experience like for you?

"The Ohm" was both a blessing and a curse. It allowed me to experience so many beautiful evenings of rock and electronic music, opening my mind to different production ideas, conceptual visions, and of course much dancing, but it also became a very dark period where drugs and alcohol ended up controlling my daily life. I had managed to steer clear of these pitfalls while in DRN, but it wasn't until later in life, while co-managing and co-booking a nightclub that the grip of these most insidious practices gained hold of me. All in all, looking back, I feel it was a wonderful experience to be involved with so many artists, DJs, and creative spirits at the club, and although I would not suggest the path of substance abuse to anyone, because I survived it I have rid myself of the shame of those days and now choose to lead a more balanced life.

You played at the Democratic National Convention and at Obama's inaugural celebration. Two years into his presidency, how do you think he's doing?

I believe that the hope and inspiration he instilled in the voting public during his campaign, election and inaugural has been squandered on petty divisive politics. I also feel there is a deep seeded racism inside many people in the US, which even they may not be fully aware of. A half African American named Barack Obama wanting to create new social programs like healthcare for all, proved to be too much for these folks to handle. I am disappointed that he has not shown a stronger backbone in his actions in the capitol, but also am fully aware of the political landscape in DC and how difficult it is to navigate getting anything done there of consequence. All in all, Mr. Obama has done a decent job given the parameters he is working under and being handed two wars and a broken economy brought on by 8 years of the failed 'trickle down' policies the Bush administration implemented. Halliburton, Enron, weapons manufacturers, Wall Street and the private banks are all running away with billions off the back of financial breakdowns and violent conflicts in other nations, while the average Americans are condemned to die on the battlefield and pay their taxes to fund these conflicts which are nothing more than ways to protect our oil interests. All the while the technology that could free us from our independence on oil lays in waiting. Asking any one person, including the president, to make a dent in this status quo is simply too much to wish for. In fact any president that did try to break the system down to help the people instead of the institutions has been assassinated, or discredited as a lame duck, like Jimmy Carter, and it's what they are attempting to do to President Obama. We not only cut off our nose to spite our face as a nation, but time may just prove we have cut off the whole head of common sense.

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"Dan Reed "Coming Up For Air""

Dan Reed – Coming up for Air

AOR Heaven
19. November 2010

6 von 6 Punkten
Coming Up For Air ist die fünfte Soloveröffentlichung von Dan Reed. Dieses Album überzeugt durch seinen melodischen Rock und eine ausgeglichene Mischung an Songs. Die leicht rauchige Stimme von Dan Reed, die schon fast ein wenig an die Rockgröße Bryan Adams erinnert, sorgt mit den ruhigen Melodien für einen gewissen Wohlfühlfaktor. Losing my Fear ist dafür ein passendes Beispiel. Es geht aber auch anders: Closer ist ein Song der etwas schnelleren Sorte. Demnach ist Coming Up For Air kein reines "Kuschelalbum", sondern ein durchaus gelungener Mix.
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COMING UP FOR AIR (61:04 min.)

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Dan Reed is back! Solo und mit einer heftigen emotionalen Flut, die ihm so schnell keiner mehr nachmacht. Früher im Dunstkreis von Bon Jovi und Konsorten ansässig, hat das Multitalent einen weiteren Meilenstein in die Musikgeschichte eingebracht. Es ist schon ein wenig verwunderlich, dass der harmonische Barde mit seinen Songs plötzlich in aller Munde ist, besonders in der Metal-Gemeinde, denn ähnliche Sänger sind mit ähnlichem Sound kläglich baden gegangen. Doch Dan wird nicht als Weichspüler deklariert, sondern akzeptiert. Das freut mich besonders, denn wenn dieses Juwel verschütt gegangen wäre, hätte mich das schon geärgert. Eine besondere Auszeichnung erhält Dan von mir für seine weltoffene politische Ausrichtung der Lyrics. Mit einem bescheidenen Zeigefinger zeigt er liebevoll Probleme der Menschen auf, die in dieser musikalischen Form ergreifend und ansprechend sind und absolut unter die Haut gehen. Unter die ganz großen Songkandidaten fallen "On Your Side", mit der zerbrechlichsten Stimme des Jahres, "Promised Land", der Ballade des Jahres und "Feels Like Home", mit der Liebeserklärung des Jahres. Das politisch anklagende "Brave New World" hat zwar den langweiligsten Titel der Welt, aber eine Aussage die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt. Leider ist die Gitarre im Intro von Tracy Chapmans "Fast Car" stibitzt. Aber mag die Ausrichtung der aktuellen Scheibe "Coming Up For Air" noch so ernst sein, Dan schafft es jedem Song eine positive Note zu verpassen und sei es nur ein melodisch-hoffnungsvoller Refrain wie bei "Middle Of Nowhere". Dieses Album ist mein meistgespieltes seit Jahren. Lediglich der dreizehnte "Hidden Track", auch ohne Titel, fällt völlig aus dem Rahmen. Ist bei so einem Doppel-Platin-Release (mindestens) jedoch völlig ohne Belang.
10/10 - SBk




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- Dan Reed & Band + Public Val -- November 26th 2010 - Unna (D), Kühlschiff -
When I heard that Dan Reed will release a new album I was curious, now the album is out and it sounds different. A lot have happened through the years and now Dan Reed is back on tour with a band to promote Coming Up For Air. On a cold Friday night they came to Unna to play. The band arrived late, but they were pretty relaxed. On the German shows Dan Reed was supported by Public Val, a band from Hamburg. To be honest I haven't heard of them before and so I didn't know what to expect.At about 8 PM Public Val entered the stage and kicked off with Boese Loser, a rocker with some electronic sounds. Singer Val has a powerful voice and is always in action trying to entertain the people. They continued as planned with I Love What I Hate About You. Public Val tried to cheer up the audience and get them more active, as it didn't worked out, they just continued. Musically Public Val offer rock with catchy hooks and sometimes spiced up with funky sounds. And so she reminded me a bit of Alannah Myles / Sandi Saraya / Debbie Davis (Witness) with a dash Patti Smith and when funky a dash of Joyce 'Baby Jean' Kennedy (Mother's Finest) - I know this sounds weird, but to only way to get an idea of Public Val is by watching a video of them at:At Got The Feeling That I'm Under bassist Laurenz Moesbacher added a funky bass line to the up-tempo rocker and the guitarist offered a short guitar duel. Later Public Val asked "Are you funky?" and they headed into Static. Before they closed the set Public Val thanked everybody for the great tour. My personal favorite - as I can say now - was the closer Love Kills Me. And I hope to hear more of Public Val soon.A short change over, so time to get a drink - or check out the merch. By now a few more fans of Dan Reed arrived.First Dan Reed entered the stage, then the band followed. They kicked off with Cruise Together off Slam, but presented it in a different way. Afterwards Dan Reed talked to the fans: "It's a strange request, but can you bring the tables closer to the stage? Or are they too heavy? It's like a sea of emptiness..." And while Dan talked the fans carried the tables closer to the stage. Next in line was the title track of Dan's new album Coming Up For Air. The track is based on acoustic guitar, but in the band version it's a bit heavier and really rocks. "The next song I wrote in Jerusalem, 4 years ago at Christmas Eve." Dan explained before they played Nothing To Fear. After he introduced the band - guitarist Jimmy Lagnefors, bassist Bengan Jonasson and drummer Henka Johansson - it was time for one of their hits - Ritual! Not the way you'll know the song, but the stripped down version sounded just great. And the fans joined in and sang along. "I was in Vienna when I learnt about Ronnie passed away. I started playing Holy Diver in honor of him, and by playing I learnt to understand the song better." Dan's version of the Dio classic Holy Diver showed once more that a good song is a good song - even in a more rock singer-songwriter kind of sound. The song somehow was more intense and I really hope that Dan will keep it on the set list!"This is the first song I wrote when I came back to love music. I live with monks and one of them asked me: 'Do you know this song?'" And Dan hummed a melody (We Will Rock You). "He wanted to learn this song and so I got an acoustic guitar at a second hand store." he continued the story. And they started playing On Your Side. Next in line a triplet off Slam - Lover, Stronger Than Steel and All My Lovin'. Before Stronger Than Steel the band left the stage and Dan played on his own. "From 2001 til 2003 O drove people away from me. My dad died. I even worked as a construction worker for a year. This one is about learning from mistakes you made." he introduced Pray For Rain. The band re-appeared for Closer, time to travel back in time with I'm So Sorry off their self-titled debut. "The next album will be called Signal Fire." And so we got an idea what to expect from Dan Reed in 2011. While the band played this song a small group of people came in and stand 1st row to the left, in this group a little girl and so Dan dedicated the next one to her - Rainbow Child. "I want to thank Attila who is a great friend and he brought us here!" Dan said and hugged Attila who came on stage. He also thanked Public Val for coming out with them. And with Brave New World the set ended. The fans wanted more and it didn't take long til drummer Henka Johansson came back. He did a short solo while the others walked on stage and joined in. As a closer they had chosen their biggest hit - Get To You! It was obvious that the band enjoyed playing live and the set ended with a jam session. Everybody was happy, especially when Dan Reed showed up a few moments later to talk to his fans, signed posters, booklets, whatever they wanted him to sign and let them take pictures.Even if only a few dozen fans had some to see Dan Reed and his band, the atmosphere was great and it was a travel back in time. I guess everybody who was in Unna will be at the next show Dan and the boys play and hopefully they bring some friends... Word of mouth is strong, so if you witnessed on of the shows, tell you friends about it!
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"Dan Reed "Coming Up For Air""

:: Dan Reed - Coming up for Air (CD)
Redaktionswertung: ohne Bewertung
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VÖ Datum: 19. November 2010
Genre: Rock
Label: AOR Heaven
Info: danreed.com
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Laufzeit: 61:06
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Trackliste...
1. Coming Up For Air
2. Losing My Fear
3. Closer
4. On Your Side
5. Brave New World
6. Feels Like Home
7. Middle Of Nowhere
8. Sacred Ground
9. Reach For The Sun
10. Candlelight
11. Promised Land

Line Up
Bass - Dan Reed, Bengan Jonasson, Tommy Anthony, Rob Daiker
Vocals - Dan Reed
Guitar - Dan Reed, Tommy Anthony, Rob Daiker
Keyboards - Dan Reed, Kfir Shtivi, Rob Daiker
Drums - Joe Mengis, Kfir Shtivi, Tommy Anthony, Mike Collins (perc.), Joe Mengis (perc.)


Guests
Violin - Srour Saleeba
Review...
Den Dan Reed kennt der profunde Kenner des Funkbeeinflussten Rocks durch seine Mitte/Ende der 80er höchst erfolgreiche Band DAN REED NETWORK, wo er zusammen mit Gitarrist Brion James für Gänsehautalben der Sorte „Dan Reed Network“ oder „Slam“ verantwortlich zeichnete und mit mehr als 2 Millionen verkauften Tonträgern auch ein wenig am damals grassierenden Verkaufsboom mit naschen durfte. Die DAN REED NETWORK wurde 1993 ad acta gelegt und der gute Dan verlagerte seine Aktivitäten um fortan als Plattenboss zu fungieren. Irgendwann zog er dann Richtung Indien ab, kam geläutert zurück und schlug seine Zelte in Israel auf, wo er auch im Jahr 2008 das Akustikalbum „Coming Up for Air“ aufnahm, welches jetzt von AOR Heaven in Europa veröffentlicht wurde.

Akustik ist in diesem Zusammenhang ein gutes Stichwort, denn auf den elf Songs geht es ruhig zu, zu ruhig für einen gestandenen Metalhead, DAN REED agiert in ausgeklügelter Singer/Songwriter Manier, zarte Melodien werden von noch zarteren Schlagzeug Streicheleinheiten unterstützt und über all dem sitzt felsenfest verankert die Stimme von DAN REED. Die erinnert, ebenso wie die Ausrichtung des Albums, an eine verdammt moderne Variante von CAT STEVENS und dies wird auch durch die dominant zur Schau getragene Anhäufung von gefühlvollen, ja richtiggehend tiefgründigen Balladensounds nur noch mehr verdeutlicht.

Natürlich kann man mit Metal-Maßstäben diese gute Stunde an Musik keineswegs bewerten, zwar hätte ich mir bei diesem Easy Listening auch des Öfteren zumindest ein bisschen einen Punch gewünscht, aber im Pfadfinderlager nachts um halb elf taugt diese Ansammlung von Lagerfeuerromantikkompatiblen Gesängen allemal dazu, dass der erste pubertierende Kuss gar nicht derart feucht und ekstatisch ausfällt wie es vielleicht zu erwarten gewesen wäre.

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"Dan Reed "Coming Up For Air""

Dan Reed - Coming Up For Air
Stil: Rock
VÖ: 19. November 2010
Zeit: 48:50
Label: AOR Heaven
Homepage: www.danreed.com
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Ah, wieder mal ein alter Bekannter: Dan Reed gehörte in den späten 80ern zu den ganz wenigen Vertretern der harten Rockszene, die man politisch korrekt mittlerweile im weitesten Sinne als afro-amerikanisch bezeichnet - wobei er präziser gesagt deutsche, hawaiianische und indianische Wurzeln hat. Das gab bei dem einen oder anderen ein kleines Aha-Erlebnis, als der gute Herr als Fronter des Dan Reed Network anno 1989 beim Christmas Rock Festival in der Frankfurter Festhalle im Vorprogramm von Bon Jovi antrat und dort sein feines (zweites) Album Slam servierte. Das war guter, melodischer, stimmiger Hard Rock, der sich durch seinen deutlich funkigen Einschlag wohltuend abhob von der seinerzeit oft dargebotenen Spandex-Massenware. Also freudig zugegriffen und auf schöne Hard Rock-Kultur gefreut, aber ein kurzer Blick ins Booklet zeigt, dass das nix wird.

In den für traditionellen Rock so düsteren 90ern löste sich das Network nämlich auf, und der gute Mann orientierte sich um, gründete ein Plattenlabel, studierte Schauspielerei und trat in diversen Filmen auf. 2004 schließlich ging er nach Indien, lebte dort mit tibetanischen Mönchen (ich mein das alles ernst), lernte die israelische Kultur und Musik kennen und zog 2005 schließlich nach Jerusalem. Dort gründete er sein eigenes Label Zero One Music, für das er auch das vorliegende Scheibchen produzierte. Nebenher unterstützte er (wie so ungefähr jeder Musiker in den USA, von Ted Nugent mal abgesehen) noch Barack Obama beim Wahlkämpfen, und ist auch in der Konfliktlösung Israel - Palästina aktiv. Mittlerweile lebt der Kollege wieder in New York und tourt entweder solo oder mit Band.

Oh je, mit üblen Erwartungen von Weltmusik startet man die Scheibe - immerhin berichtet sie über das Leben des Musikers in Hong Kong, Neu Delhi, Jerusalem und London, so kündet der Beipackzettel. Aber weit gefehlt, schon die erste Nummer "Coming Up For Air" macht klar, dass der gute Dan zwar keinen Hard Rock mehr macht, aber Songschreiben nicht verlernt hat. Sehr poppiger Rock, irgendwo angesiedelt zwischen Bruce Springsteen in ruhigeren Momenten, Rick Springfield, Tom Pretty (jeder weiß, dass er eigentlich so heißt, aber oft falsch geschrieben wird) und anderen Barden, sehr gut komponiert und arrangiert sowie kompetent gebracht. Nie sperrig, aber auch nie klebrig-süß kommen Nummern wie "Losing My Fear" oder "On Your Side" daher - Easy Listening Sound, der nie ins Kitschige oder Nervige verfällt. Sehr fein.

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"Dan Reed "Coming Up For Air""




Band: Dan Reed
Album: Coming Up For Air
Spielzeit: 61:06 min.
Plattenfirma/Vertrieb: AOR Heaven/Soulfood
Veröffentlichung: 19.11.2010
Homepage: www.danreed.com oder www.myspace.com/danreed2012
Wertung: 8,5 von 10
Fast zwei Jahrzente nach dem dritten und letzten Album seiner Band DAN REED NETWORK kehrt der weiterhin politisch aktive Amerikaner, der mittlerweile in Paris lebt, zurück. Sichtlich gereift und sehr akustisch gehalten präsentieren sich die Stücke auf “Coming Up For Air”. Perfekte Musik für die ruhige Zeit, die uns jetzt wieder bevorsteht und ein perfekter Zeitpunkt, um ein wenig über das eigene Leben zu sinnieren. Zwar werden die Meisten von uns nicht die Gelegenheit haben, wie REED nach Tibet oder Israel zu gehen, um sich dort für längere Zeit selbst zu finden. Aber zum Glück hat er viele seiner Eindrücke in den 12 neuen Songs verarbeitet. Ein Dutzend Songs, die voller Nachdenklichkeit, Intensitiät und Tiefe sind und den Hörer auf eine Reise in eine andere Welt entführen. Weitab von sägenden Gitarren, brutalen Drum-Gewittern und heulenden Frontsirenen bietet DAN REED eine Insel für den Rückzug aus dem normalen Leben eines Headbangers. OK, ein wenig Weitsicht bedarf es schon, um sich auf dieses Album einzulassen, aber auch gestandene Rocker mögen es doch manchmal etwas gediegener. Dabei verzichtet der Künstler fast komplett auf moderne Elemente – Songs wie “Losing My Fear”, “Closer” oder “Brave New World” sind absolut zeitlos und zeigen auch nach vielen Durchläufen keinerlei Abnutzungserscheinungen. Es scheint, als hätte DAN REED mit seinem Solo-Album voll ins Schwarze getroffen, in einer Welt, die immer mehr aus Hektik, Zwängen und einer vorgegebenen Lebenslinie besteht.
Es ist an der Zeit, wieder einmal tief durchzuatmen – und DAN REED hat den perfekten Soundtrack dafür geschaffen.
Stefan


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"Dan Reed "Coming Up For Air""

Reed, Dan - Coming Up For Air

Ø-Note:7.00 / 10 Leserwertung
< 5 Wertungen.

Release: 19.11.2010
Label: AOR Heaven / Soulfood
Stil: Melodic Rock / AOR
Homepage: http://www.danreed.com
1.Coming Up For Air
2.Losing My Fear
3.Closer
4.On Your Side
5.Brave New World
6.Feels Like Home
7.Middle Of Nowhere
8.Sacred Ground
9.Reach For The Sun
10.Candlelight
11.Promised Land
12.Pray For Rain
13.The Dictator
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ReviewReview von Björn Backes
Pathos für die Seele

Scheinbar zieht Dan Reed seit geraumer Zeit nun doch das Studio dem Filmset vor. Der einstige NETWORK-Frontmann wirft nach einigen Compilations nun endlich wieder ein Solo-Album auf en Markt, welches sich zwar grundsätzlich sehr den NETWORK-Releases annähert, aufgrund seiner weitaus verhalteneren Ausstrahlung jedoch insgesamt noch eine Spur ruhiger ausgefallen ist - ein Thema für die Weichspüler-Fraktion also?

Tja, grundsätzlich mag dies schon zutreffen. Reed spielt relativ soften Melodic Rock und zelebriert vor allem die pathetischen Passagen seiner Songs, von denen es immerhin 13 Stück auf seine neue Platte geschafft haben. "Coming Up For Air" ist eine Art Streifzug durch sein eigenes Vermächtnis mit einem Schwerpunkt auf AOR und sanftem Melodic Rock, manchmal auch kitschig aufbereitet, aber alles in allem dann immer wieder melodisch genug, um für manche überzogen weiche 'Entgleisung' zu entschädigen. Während Nummern wie 'On Your Side' und das sehr pathetische 'Losing My Fear' noch hart an der Grenze zur reinen Popmusik vorbeistreifen, beweist der Sänger und Songschreiber mit kernigen Stücken wie 'Brave New World' und 'Reach For The Sun', dass er durchaus um die Bedeutung eines knackigen Riffs weiß. Nur eben, dass man sich solche Vorstöße auf "Coming Up For Air" schon gerne etwas häufiger gefallen lassen würde, wären sie denn im Angebot.

Für AOR-Verfechter ist das neue Album des Altmeisters aber über weite Strecken eine kleine Offenbarung, da Reed bei der Kreation von Melodien permanent unter Beweis stellt, dass er vom Fach ist und sein Handwerk beherrscht. In Stücken wie 'Candlelight' oder 'Feels Like Home' lässt er hier ebenso wenig anbrennen wie in ruhigeren Nummern wie 'Sacred Ground' oder 'Pray For Rain'. Und da Reed auch immer noch eine sehr gute vokale Präsenz hat, sollten Szene-Liebhaber hier nichts auszusetzen haben - bis vielleicht auf die Tatsache, dass "Coming Up For Air" gewissermaßen schon recht schmalzig konstituiert ist.

Anspieltipps: Brave New World, Rech For The Sun, Pray For Rain



Note: 7.0 / 10
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"Coming Up For Air"
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It was with songs like "Rainbow Child" and "Ritual" that Dan Reed Network had a breakthrough in the late 80s. He toured a lot in Sweden back then and more than one girl fell in love for his handsome appearance. And we guys fell for his cocky funky hard rock. Dan Reed Network was a really popular band in Sweden and their albums went up high on our saleschart. Then there was silence, but now Dan Reed is back. ANd that without "his" Network. And that without the heavy, cocky funk rock.
I had the privilege about six months ago to see Dan Reed live at a friend's home, who had invited Dan Reed for a "home" - gig, and it was a fantastic evening with lots of stories about what happened during the life of his. He talked about his dark period of drugs... He told of his term of monks in Tibet and much more.
So now it's a more reflection and eco-conscious Dan Reed we face here on the new disc. It is stylish, well arranged pop and the title track, "Closer", "On Your Side", "Brave New World" and "Reach for the Sun" - resting safely on an acoustic basis, but if there is something I could have wish for and that I miss is that Dan could have delivered some more uptempo-tunes with his old funk rock roots.
The strongest song is the final "love, peace and understanding-song" - "The Dictator", an evocative and captivating remake of the Charlie Chaplin film classic message to a world at war.

- Melodic Net


"Dan Reed "Coming Up For Air""

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Track Listing
· Coming Up For Air
· Losing My Fear
· Closer
· On Your Side
· Brave New World
· Feels Like Home
· Middle of Nowhere
· Sacred Ground
· Reach for the Sun
· Candlelight
· Promised Land
· Pray for Rain
· The Dictator



Album Details
· Produced By: Dan Reed
· Running Time: 66.00
· Release Date: Out Now
· Released:
· Genre: Melodic Rock
· LabelLink: AOR / Metal Heaven
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Artist Bio
Dan Reed was born in Portland, Oregon, but in early childhood moved to South Dakota after his mother remarried the owner of a cattle ranch. Growing up on 2000 acre's of land as an only child gave Dan plenty of time to daydream and it was here, riding tractor in the summer sun that Dan first fantasized about becoming a musician while listening to the Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Cheap Trick and Van Halen blaring on the tractor cabs' AM radio. All through his high school years he played trumpet in the school band, while studying Shoto-Kan Karate, and participating in every sport he could get his hands and feet in to, but it wasn't until a Japanese exchange student named Tsutomu Oki taught him how to play guitar that Dan realized that this was what he was searching for... the world of writing songs. After graduating from Aberdeen, South Dakota's Central High School, he packed his bags and headed west to Portland, Oregon, his place of birth and the closest 'big city' he could find near the ocean, a place he held in his childhood memory and missed dearly living in the Midwest.

Although there were many incarnations of bands Dan performed with in South Dakota and in Portland it was in December of 1985 where he truly first began his musical journey as the lead singer of a band called “The Dan Reed Network”. Garnering huge local support the band signed to PolyGram Records in the summer of 1987. Home of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Tears For Fears. The Dan Reed Network released three very successful albums to much critical and commercial success between 1988 and 1992.
The band had the honor of 'seeing the world', opening for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie and Bon Jovi, eventually becoming the supporting act for the Rolling Stones’ 1991 European tour. It was at this time Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr. to interview the Dalai Lama for Spin Magazine. It was during this trip that Dan began to hunger for more than the pop/rock music scene had to offer. This was the catalyst for the long journey that Dan has taken, bringing him back in 2008 where he belongs, writing and performing new music with experiences wth the “rock star image” behind him. In the 1990’s he started an independent record company in his hometown of Portland, Oregon to help promote local Northwest bands, while at the same time studying acting. Dan was cast in a number of plays and small role's in television and film projects, and was given great reviews for his performances, which gave him confidence to take it to the next logical step- screenplay writing. 'Zigzag', a script penned by Dan, caught the eye of a local production company in Portland and was produced in 1997 with Mr. Reed playing the leading role. The film reached the Top 20 in Billboard's home video rental category.

In 1999 Dan became a partner in an established blue's and rock music nightclub in Portland called Key Largo, the same club DRN played regularly and where Bill Graham first discovered the band. Realizing that the electronic music scene was primarily to date confined to warehouses, special events and outdoor parties, he saw an opportunity to turn Key Largo into a 'hybrid club', having live bands from 9pm to midnight and then switching gears from midnight to 4am with local and international DJ's. Renamed 'OHM Nightclub", the venue became the premier spot to check out cutting edge music, while at the same time introducing the future of music to the rock audience.

After attending the Burning Man festival in late 2004 Dan realized that being pinned down in the nightclub world had it's dangerous side, for not only did he help create a great success with OHM, but he also succumbed to the darker side of the nightclub business fueled by alcohol and drugs. He realized his talent and his energy were being drained from the constant parties, substance abuse and endless late nights. With his father Thomas Reed being diagnosed with cancer and passing away shortly thereafter, Dan rallied his energy and left the Nightclub, did construction work for a year to clear his head, then headed back to India. Ironically the same place that gave him the courage to leave the music business 15 years before, was soon to become the inspiration to return to the music. Immediately upon arriving in Dharamsala, India in 2005 Dan sought out the Tibetan monks, feeling a need to connect with their philosophy and lifestyle. After befriending two monks Lobsang and Sonam, Dan was invited to live in a monastery guesthouse and with that came the ability to attend the daily prayer meetings and rituals.

During a year long journey in India, Dan had met many Israeli musicians and artists vacationing throughout the country and became fascinated with the stories of Israeli life, the hope and the tragedies, and after meeting a fashion designer turned energy healer named Adi Hadani, he decided he would venture to the Middle East to see what he could learn about the beauty and the conflict of this most interesting and enigmatic part of the world. Upon visiting Kfir Shtivi in Jerusalem, an Israeli musician he met in Varanasi, India, Dan made the decision to re-locate his recording studio and his life from Portland to the ancient city of Jerusalem in 2006. It was here that he found the renewed spirit to channel his energies to his first love. MUSIC.

It was at this time Max Wasa, an old friend, musical producer and creator of LIQUID MUSIC GROUP, offered to take Mr. Reed out of the home studio and bring his music back in to the light of the public. Max enlisted her long time associate Clay Ostwald of Miami Sound Machine and with his partner Tommy Anthony of RED ROCK PRODUCTIONS, they collaborated with Max and co-produced the tracks Dan had begun tracking back in Jerusalem, working with Israeli and Palestinian musicians alike. This process was the beginning foundation of how half of the new album was created. The second stage was 'coming back home' to Portland and working with producer/artist Rob Daiker at 'The Commune' studios which culminated in producing 6 more tracks and creating the finished product- 'Coming Up For Air'.


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"Dan Reed: Sweden Rock Festival: Rockklassiker stage, lördag 12 juni, kl 21.30"



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Dan Reed: Sweden Rock Festival: Rockklassiker stage, lördag 12 juni, kl 21.30

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En överväldigande comeback
Konsert.Jag avslöjar mig nu. Erkänner till slut fritt och förbehållslöst att jag gick bakom ryggen på mina alternativa svartrockare till vänner där vi satt i en lägenhet på Egna hem och lyssnade till Danzig och Einstürzende Neubauten.
För när jag gick hem bänkande jag mig framför det hetaste som fanns just då, 1989 – MTV Music Channel.

Och det enbart i förhoppningen att få se videon till ”Rainbow Child” med Dan Reed Network.

Tvättäkta amerikansk skvalradiorock när den är som allra pudelhårsvallsrock bäst. Dan Reed Network fick en smärre världshit med låten och plattan ”Slam”. Och just i Sverige togs det multietniska funkrockbandet emot extra väl.

Nu är frontmannen Dan Reed tillbaka.

Tillbaka efter att ha förlorat kärleken till musiken i ett svart hål av destruktivitet, tillbaka efter att några buddistiska munkar i ett kloster i Dharamsala bett honom lära dem låten ”Pow pow tsch! Pow pow tsch!”.

Introt till Queens ”We will rock you” blev nyckeln tillbaka till kärleken för musiken. Och nu har det gått fyra år sedan han började skriva låtar igen, men hela 17 år sedan han spelade i Sverige.

17 långa år och en akustisk solospelning med stålsträngad gitarr på Rockklassiker-scenen på Sweden Rock. Vore konstigt om han har några större förväntningar. Vore konstigt om han inte förväntar sig att överröstas av manglande elgitarrer, ondskefulla death metal-bröl och smattret från dubbla baskaggar.

När konserten är över har Dan Reed blivit inropad för tredje gången av en publik som vägrat ett avsked. När konserten är över har vuxna karlar runt omkring mig gråtande sjungit med i låtar om att finna sig själv och tron i kärleken.

Publiken har från ruta ett bildat en vägg av kompakt värme som slår emot dess sedan 17 år efterlängtade artist.

Och det är välförtjänt. Den där makalösa rösten som välbehållen och svindlande stark berör in i ryggmärgen. Som framkallar ett förbehållslöst och öronbedövande mottagande av inledande ”Cruise together”, följt av nya ”Losing my fear” och en överväldigande ”Rainbow child”.

Som om det inte hade varit nog fortsätter Dan Reed där och då med en vemodig och lika allsångsmättad hyllning till Ronnie James Dio genom hårdrocksikonens ”Holy Diver”. Efter låten en snabb blick med händerna i bön mot himlen. En hälsning. Och så publikens jubel.

I slutet av varje låt tar han sats med ett kraftfullt avslag på gitarren och biter ihop, Dan Reed. Ser nästan plågad ut, backar från mikrofonen, lägger handen på hjärtat, chockartat tagen av publikens mottagandet. Det är bara genom att framföra nästa låt som han kan hålla känslostormen i styr, som han kan slappna av och spricka upp i leende på leende. Och nästa låt. Med samma resultat gång på gång.

”Coming up for air”, ”Long way to go”, ”Closer”, ”Ritual”, ”Brave new world”, ”The salt of joy”, ”Stronger than steel”, ”All my lovin'”, ”On your side”. Gammal som ny, resultatet är detsamma. Väggen av värme intakt.

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"Han skrev en låt till Obama"

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Dan Reed. Amerikansk singer/songwriter i Paris som spelar i Gävle i kväll.

Han skrev en låt till Obama
... med Dan Reed, som spelar på Rockbaren i kväll

AKTUELL INTERVJU Ursprungligen kommer han från Portland, Oregon, men numera bor han i Paris. Bland mycket annat har han skrivit låten ”Daylight” till Barack Obama. I kväll spelar den 47-årige amerikanske singer/songwritern på Rockbaren (Nygatan 8) i Gävle.
– Jag gillar Sverige och spelar ofta där nuförtiden, senast på Sweden Rock Festival. Det blir bara jag och keyboardspelaren Brooke Lizotte på scenen. Jag satsar ju på en solokarriär numera, säger Dan Reed när vi når honom telefonledes hemma i sin bostad i Paris.

Ni kanske kommer ihåg Dan Reed Network, ett funkmetalband som bildades 1984 och hade stora framgångar i början på 1990-talet, bland annat med monsterhiten ”Rainbow Child”, flitigt spelad på MTV och radio världen över.

– Bandet splittrades 1993 och jag började boka band på en nattklubb hemma i Portland. Det blev alldeles för mycket alkohol och droger så jag var riktigt illa ute och tvekade inför fortsatt satsning på musiken, berättar Dan.

Han blev ren, reste till Indien och Tibet och levde ihop med de tibetanska munkarna i Himalayabergen. Och hann också med en exklusiv intervju med Dalai Lama, som han gjorde för Spin Magazine.

– Jag lärde mig otroligt mycket av tiden därborta och jag hade planer på att bli kvar där. Men sedan an av de buddhistiska munkarna kommit och bett mig lära honom spela ”We Will Rock You”, som han hade hört med Queen, förstod jag att musiken överskrider alla gränser.

Dan Reed gjorde comeback, nu som soloartist och häromveckan släppte han sitt första egna album på bolaget Zero One/Border. Titeln är ”Coming Up For Air” och innehåller 13 spår där det mesta är suggestiv pop med självupplevda berättelser..

Inspelningarna är gjorda under ett halvår i bland annat Jerusalem (med både palestinier och israeler i kompet!), Florida och Stockholm. Plattan ska fungera som en suggestiv hyllning och påminnelse till alla som vågar följa sina drömmar och en uppmaning till oss att ta hand om varandra och jorden vi lever på.

Undertecknad njuter mest åt spår som ”On Your Side” och titellåten. Men det är en helgjuten platta, kan jag intyga.

Konserten i det lilla formatet på Rockbaren i Gävle är en del av en videoproduktion som produceras av Patrik Aronsson från Gävle. Dessutom står rockrävarna Johan Norling och Hasse Bergstrand i dj-båset.


Stefan Andersson

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Skulle vilja påstå att Dan Reed sällan uppvisat bättre form. Efter några år med bandet Dan Reed Network på 80-talet tappade amerikanen fotfästet, lade av med musiken och drog till slut till Asien för att få markkontakt igen. Det har varit en lång resa och det verkar som om munklivet har bidragit med klarsyn och nytändning. Både texter och musik har tillräcklig skärpa och personligt djup för att sticka ut i FM-balladrockdjungeln och nå längre än de stolpskott i hitväg som Network nådde. Även rösten har mått gott av renlevnadstiden. Dan Reed skulle faktiskt kunna bli ett namn igen. Starkast är avslutande love, peace and understanding-låten The dictator, en suggestiv och fängslande nytonsättning på Charlie Chaplins klassiska budskapsfilm till en värld i krig.



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Dan Reed är tillbaka. Han är mest känd som sångare i Dan Reed Network som hade en storhetsperiod under 1980-talet. Sedan dess har livet periodvis varit både tufft och händelserikt för Dan Reed. Skivan ”Coming up for air” är Dan Reeds första som soloartist och präglas av många lugna låtar där Dan Reeds sångstyrka kanske visar sig som bäst.

”On your side” är en riktig balladhit och den mer fartfyllda ”Brave new world” är skivans bästa spår, lagom rockig för att sätta sig direkt på hjärnan och man börjar snabbt nynna på refrängen. ”Coming up for air” växer allt mer och är efter 13 låtar en mycket positiv överraskning. Några fler rockiga låtar än de många väl smöriga balladerna hade kanske inte skadat och hade höjt betyget. Men skivan håller bra trots allt.


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Lite lätt oborstad, lite drag av en fräsch Dylan och en Jackson Browne på högvarv – om än utan det där kontrollbara – Dan Reed har återvänt med den pop han så länge haft inom sig. Egentligen hade det kunnat vara en helt annan västkustrockare, typ Mark Spiro korsad med John Waite eller som nämnde Browne. Tonvikten ligger på melodiösa poplåtar med refräng. Inte så där fruktansvärt bra, men vilsam och förförisk pop som verkligen sticker ut och sammantaget en liten återkomst.

Artist: Dan Reed

Album: Coming Up For Air

Bolag: Zero One/Border

Release: 21 maj

Betyg: 4/5


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"The Rock Star who interviewed the Dalai Lama"

The Rock Star who interviewed the Dalai Lama
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Published 20 January 2011 With the Top-40 hit "Ritual" and tours with The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, Dan Reed was living the Rock and Roll good life. But then he did something truly extraordinary: he went to India and spent 2 hours interviewing the Dalai Lama.

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Dan Reed back at the Diamond: new interview


Gary Grattan finds Dan Reed and top session guitarist Tommy Denander in sparkling form as Dan, former lead singer with the Dan Reed Network, winds up a short tour to promote his forthcoming new solo album 'Coming Up For Air' in his 'adopted home' - the Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill, Co Antrim.

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"DAN REED, Chester Alexanders, 27 April 2009"

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I have to admit I am a sucker for those quality artists who fall from grace but continue to plough their own furrow. Two such artists are Scottish singer songwriter James Grant and American Dan Reed. Perhaps poles apart in terms of their background but coincidentally of a similar "vintage" and after big label success (and excess) now paring down their songs and their venues, and baring their respective souls in an acoustic format.

I caught up with James Grant a couple of years back at a small folk venue in Staffordshire. Now, two dates into an extensive UK tour, Dan Reed was performing in the excellent Alexanders jazz bar in Chester. Unlikely places, perhaps, but then these are unlikely times. Dan Reed used to rub shoulders with the likes of Bon Jovi and the Stones on tour in the early-1990s.

For a few years Dan Reed Network blazed a trail, heavily promoted by a big label (Polygram) and critically acclaimed in the press. Then, after a third album, the band split and the band's frontman and songwriter went through personal crisis, only surfacing with acoustic guitar in hand several years ago.


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The packed Chester venue was testimony to Dan's drawing power and the collective memory. Anticipating this gig, and an interview, I'd dug out the old vinyl, and an old ticket stub dated 1990 when his band toured the 'Slam' album. No doubt, this tour will prompt many to do something similar.

I'd looked at track listings before the gig, pondering over the likely suspects. To Dan's credit he did tackle some songs that you might not have expected in an acoustic format: notably the sublime 'Ritual', 'I'm So Sorry' and 'Get To You' all from the eponymous debut album. We also had excellent versions of ' Tamin' The Wild Nights', 'Rainbow Child', 'Stronger Than Steel' (on piano) and 'Lover'.


Photo: Noel Buckley

With such strong fare on offer, the newer stuff would inevitably struggle - perhaps through lack of familiarity. Songs like 'Promised Land' and 'On Your Side' merely served to punctuate an interesting recent personal history when Dan returned to India, studied in a Tibetan monastery, and then explored the Middle East.

'Losing My Fear', 'Coming Up For Air' and 'Brave New World' (sounding a tad like Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car') are from the album scheduled for release later this year and are also included on a tour-only live CD.

In our chat before the gig, there were hints that this tour might be the last in this present format and that future outings will be with a band. But don't expect a raunchy 'Tiger In A Dress' just yet.


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Review by David Randall

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"Dan Reed "Coming Up For Air" Review"

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Aside from one or two tracks recorded for other projects Dan Reed has been pretty much in the musical wilderness for the best part of 10 years. 1999,s Adrenaline Sky album left me a little cold and I longed for a return to the Network days of the late 80s and early 90s. It's now almost 20 years since the last DRN album, 'The Heat', times have changed and so have people, meaning anyone expecting to hear songs similar to 'Get To You', 'Ritual' or 'Tiger In A Dress' are going to be sorely disappointed. Those a little more open minded, with an appreciation for good songs and performances regardless of the style, will find 'Coming Up To Air' a rewarding experience though I'm not sure how often I will be coming back to it for future plays. After such a lengthy absence it would be easy to forgive him for playing it safe and using the funk/rock blueprint he is associated with when writing a new set of songs but Mr Reed has decided to use his time away and life experiences as his creative base, thus maybe alienating many long time fans in the process. After attending his recent Liverpool show I was aware of several disgruntled people who weren't aware of his new musical direction but these narrow minded individuals, stuck in an 80’s timewarp, were certainly in a minority.





After playing 'Coming Up For Air' just twice I was drawn, musically that is, towards a Bruce Hornsby comparison. There's no denying the songs are catchy and the lyrics are certainly a lot more introspective than we've been used to in the past. If I have any criticism at all, despite the CDs overriding appeal, it's with the album as a whole and its one-dimensional idiom. There is a spiritual undercurrent running through most of the songs and, though by no means overbearing, it's an obvious indication of how Dan has been affected and influenced by world events and situations he has come across during his travels. I guess his personal observations would be the natural choice for the basis of new material so whether you want to call it mature or simply reflective these issues are what make the album so 'different' when compared to his previous work. The semi-acoustic structure and similar pacing to the bulk of 'CUFA's songs give it a natural flow but once more lends itself to the criticism aimed at it a little earlier. The title track and 'Closer' are the closest we get to up-beat whilst 'Brave New World' and 'Promised Land' feature the most political and religious analogies respectively. I like the album a lot and have listened to it constantly since picking it up at the gig for the benefit of this review. If I'm feeling reflective it will be the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine and several candles but it would be something of an injustice to regard it solely as a piece of entertainment. Dan Reed still has a lot to offer and is an underestimated talent but inviting us all to share his (almost) melancholic passages of introspection may prove both frustrating and distracting if the next album follows a similar dictum.

Dave Bott - www.rocktopia.co.uk


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mdome / News / 29/05/2010 10:21am This week, we corral Dan Reed, John Waite, FM and Pain Of Salvation. Ride through a jamboree of styles, from progressive music to the trash teen tidings of a 1970s all girl band. And also don reading glasses for a new book on Led Zeppelin…
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Dan Reed is a man who understands and appreciates the depth and value of a song. On Coming Up For Air (Zerone), he presents a mature, sensitive collection of ideas and ideals. It’s beautifully crafted and has true emotional impact. Perhaps far removed from the Network days, but time has given Reed increased value.

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"Interview and more with Portland Singer-Songwriter Dan Reed"

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The Gig
Bullingdon Arms, Friday 8th May 2009.

As a small yet expectant audience spread themselves around the back room of the Bullingdon Arms, Dan Reed’s first support Act, Danny Chivers’ poetry performance received a mixed reception. Commendable and irritating in equal measure, Danny’s verses occasionally sparked with inspiration, but these momentary bursts of genuine feeling were too often overshadowed by the joyless sounds of a shouted manifesto.

Next on stage, Bethany Weimers charmed the audience with a small medley of catchy songs; the strongest of which, ‘1784’ and ‘Little Minnie Rippengale’ – both based on stories from her ancestry – were tellingly retrospective in both sound and content. Though reminiscent of several popular folk heroines, Bethany’s fresh, breezy vocals retained a dark edge of originality that perfectly matched the tone of her lyrics.

Aside from being a moral and intelligent individual, Dan Reed is evidently an accomplished musician and the sense of anticipation within the audience was palpable by the time he appeared onstage, with certain audience members visibly shaking. However, Dan’s entrance was soon overshadowed by a painfully loud technical problem with the PA system which threatened to derail his entire performance. Dan displayed excellent humour and patience in the face of dubious assistance from the sound-technician and eventually began his eclectic set.

It later transpired that several members of his audience were already ardent fans – they had been following his tour across the UK; they knew the words to his songs and were not afraid to sing along; one couple had even used one of his old hit songs ‘Stronger Than Steel’ as their wedding song – and it was obvious that his older material resonated more strongly with them. But it also grew increasingly apparent to me that in the 25 years since his musical career began, Dan’s song-writing skills have improved immeasurably: his melodies are stronger, his voice is richer and his lyrics are more profound.
Lee Woodward (DI Reviewer), 10/05/09


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Dan Reed Interview

Oregon native singer-songwriter Dan Reed rose to prominence in the mid-eighties with funk/metal band, The Dan Reed Network. Between 1988 and 1991, The Dan Reed Network released three critically acclaimed albums with Polygram – the first of which garnered a 4* review from none other than Rolling Stone magazine – and opened for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, before they eventually became the supporting act for the Rolling Stones' 1991 European tour.

Dan now returns to perform solo on UK shores, having gained new inspiration from travels in Tibet and Jerusalem, to showcase an electro-acoustic sound that has 'been a harrowing ride, but the view has been worth the price of admission'. He will be promoting a limited edition live album of tracks from his forthcoming studio album 'Coming Up For Air', combined with some Network favourites, available exclusively on this European tour.

Dan's Oxford date is Friday 8th May at the Bullingdon, Cowley Road, with local support from singer-songwriter Bethany Weimers and performance poet Danny Chivers. What follows is Daily Info's exclusive interview with Dan, conducted by interviewer and reviewer Lee Woodward.

Your website states that December 1984 was when you truly began your musical journey, as the lead singer of the Dan Reed Network. How do you feel about the way the musical landscape has changed in the 25 years since then?
I have mixed feelings...on one hand it is great that artists can now reach the entire world via the internet, and not have to rely on getting a record deal in order to be heard, however in the void created by record stores shutting down and record companies folding there is a focus on the lowest brow music that could be called 'fast food' music...the record companies that have survived are just trying to continue to fill their coffers and will only focus on what is safe, sexy and sells. In the end though it will all balance out.

You have lived a full and varied life and have travelled to many parts of the world – most notably, India and Israel. How influential do you think your travels have been on your current music?
I believe that life experience will always affect one's music or art if allowed. Many artists spend their time trying to re-create what they have done in the past, while others continue to change and morph at the risk of losing the very thing that brought them to notice. As a result of my time spent in India and Israel I believe the intention of my music has been more solidified, in that I feel that music can have a positive effect on opening hearts and tearing down walls in the heart. Seeing the tremendous poverty and conflict in the world first hand should always give a person, artist or not, a deeper sense of commitment to bring positive energy to the world around us.

Similarly, did your meeting with the Dalai Lama in 1991 have any influence on your decision to disband The Dan Reed Network and embark on a new path?
Interviewing His Holiness, the Dalai Lama did influence my direction at the time, although it was mostly the life of being on the road that directed me toward leaving the Network. Getting into Gandhi's philosophies at the time, and having the great experience of speaking with the Dalai Lama showed me there was much to be said about living a simple life. These days I have no problem touring alone, guitar in one hand, my clothes and CDs in a backpack... years ago, I would have looked at it as 'not successful', now I see it as a source of calm and humility.

As a well-respected member of the rock fraternity, you’ve worked alongside the likes of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, among others. Do you have any old-fashioned rock anecdotes from your time on the road?
My favorite memory of those days regarding meeting and working along side such musicians relates to the drummer of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, use to come back to the dressing room while we were on tour with them in 1990, and shake all our hands and wish us luck before each performance. We also learned that he personally tailored his own clothes by hand, and had not changed the drum heads on his kit for over a decade... this was great inspiration. To experience such a man on tour who had retained a humble and compassionate sense of self was a true blessing.

Which artists are you listening to at the moment?
Bob Dylan's new record, Sigur Ros, Lizette And..., Van Morrison, James Taylor, and Leonard Cohen...

You once wrote a screenplay, Zigzag, and played the lead role in the eventual film; is there any chance of you one day returning to either screenwriting or acting?
I doubt that I will go back to acting... it was a great experience, but I now find that playing live on stage is the most rewarding performance art for my taste. As for writing screenplays, I continue to do so... just finished a rewrite of an old script called 'Carousel', about a future dominated by a religious/corporate culture, and the world's environment is on the verge of collapse. The story centers on the telepathic powers of the human race to transcend a decaying world. I also have a documentary film in development entitled 'one' which focuses on the commonalities between the different religious faiths on earth, rather than the elements that separate them.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you live at the Bullingdon Arms, on Friday. Will your set entirely consist of new material or will you be playing one or two of your earlier tunes?
I am playing both old and new songs equally. I have found that playing Network songs acoustically has been both a cathartic experience for me as DRN was and is my foundation, but it has also been an enjoyable experience for the audience according to their comments and reaction. When I come back with a band in November with the release of the record, I will slowly be working more toward performing mostly new material
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"Dan Reed "Breath of Life""

Dan Reed
Breath of Life
by Tommy “Hashman� Hash



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Back in the late eighties one hard rock band stood out to break barriers both musically and lyrically. The Dan Reed Network stood out from the crowd with their blend of metal, funk, and blues, striking and original sound within the hair metal era, helping reign in a new a new breed of bands that focused on a melodic rock like Giant & Hardline, where the vision was on the music rather than the gloss and glam. With the inkage to Mercury Records, a handful of releases and supporting big tours included warming up for The Rolling Stones, the band was on it's way up.

But in the nineties as the musical climate shifted, with heavier bands such as Metallica and Guns n' Roses selling the lion share of hard rock oriented records, as well as both alternative and gangster rap dominating the charts - there seemed to be no room for straight ahead melodic rock. Instead of calling it a crisis, Dan Reed decided to call it a day as "The Network' in the early nineties, as Reed and the rest of the band would go their own way in making music. Having collaborated with various artists through the 90's and beyond, Reed's musical journey took him around the world, as soul searching would provide him with a mass of inspiration. Now years after the final Dan Reed Network album, a new solo album has been unleashed, Coming Up For Air, which is striped down acoustic, being something completely different from what we might have expected - regardless, Reed looks to the future by honoring where time has brought him to this point in time.

"I was living in Dharamsala India at the time amongst monks," begins Reed, "I actually been invited back to study Buddhism there, (the monks and I) got to know each other well and they invited me to live in the guest house in the monastery there. One day we were hanging out and, and they asked me to teach "We Will Rock You" by Queen and they heard the song on a tourists radio, so they wanted me to teach them some rock and roll songs that hey have heard over the years but never understood - so then I bought an acoustic guitar at a little pawn shop in India - I started showing them some songs and they showed me how to do Tibetan throat singing, so it was more like a trade of energy and then I just started writing songs in Dharamsala, this was back in 2005 -early 2006, that was kind of the emphasis for one track on the record which is "On Your Side," I wrote that while I was there - I just fell in love with he idea of not thinking about production like I did back in the Dan Reed Network and my electronic music days - here I was forced to write melodies, lyrics, and songs with only an acoustic guitar, where the music was naked and raw. I took that on as kind of a challenge. Since then I have stayed true to that, the next record I am going to be writing on acoustic as well, although the production will probably get a little heavier, now that I am playing with a live band and not doing everything else myself in a bedroom studio, I am still finding that when I am writing on an acoustic I feel I can put a little weight behind it."

And of course, traveling around the world gave way to bringing much more depth to his songs, both musically and lyrically, "In the network days, we had this multi-racial band and a lot of people thought we were the 'United Nations of Rock,' we were playing funk and rock, people didn't how top really categorize us," explains Reed, "At that time I had this peripheral vision of a communal thought, half of the songs were about tearing down walls of discriminations and have you - but I was living it precariously through thought, not really living it in my life until we toured around the world with the band and saw that most western cultures were the same. These past five years, I have been living in The Middle East, India, Central America, Guatemala, and living in what they say are more developing nations. I stared seeing the religious cultures there, the wants and needs, people that are in dire poverty are similar to those who have great wealth - so now it's more of a practical matter where the songs are coming from. I think that is the main thing (in my songwriting) that has developed over time, I have seen all of the cultural and religious paths are the same, but they are taking different roads to get there. That's influenced the writing."

Having seen the many sides of the industry, Reed created his own record company, Zero One to release his music, this too was influenced by his other journeys - being in the trenches of the music business, "When I was younger, especially back before the Internet was king, the only thing way to get out into the world was to sign to a major label deal and everybody was grateful for whatever deal they got," says Reed, "I think that the main thing that has changed now is that the Internet has empowered any artists that are there, from the guy who has the big studio to a guy in a basement studio on a New Zealand mountaintop to reach the entire world, depending on how much time they want to spend online and communicating with people, whereas before, it was up to the record company to get the album in the stores, and getting promotion through traditional media outlets through radio television and media, and now the access to reach everyone is there - you can do a lot on your own to help spread the word of the music. We all are working collectively outside of the big corporate entity and that's exiting. I think that has defiantly changed my attitude towards the music business, because you have some kind of say, you have an idea of where you are going, whereas before that was taken out of your hands."



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Before the band called it a day, they did have many high points in their career, particularly with touring, for major acts, "in 1987, we did some dates with UB40, as well as doing some shows with RUN DMC and Eddie Money, so we got placed in doing the opening slot for various bands, in 1988 and 89, we did some dates with David Bowie, INXS, and Bon Jovi's European tour," elaborates Reed, "so in the winter of '89, the next step for our management to do was to place us in front of the Stones and that was 1990, from there the next step for the band was to produce this big record that would bring us to be the big opening act, that's where everybody was trying to point us, at least in Europe. For me it had become overwhelming at the time because I had grew up on a farm in South Dakota and had a dream of playing music around the world but when we got to the point of marketing the actual project, it was more than I had bargained for, mentally and spiritually and it forces you to really envision yourself as an ego maniac for the next decade and I just didn't want that direction and it wasn't good for me, so I just wanted to take a break - I didn't know it would be a fifteen year break, it was important to do it at the time and I was afraid of being a parody of myself."

Having come from Portland, Oregon, The Dan Reed Network was in a scene with peers such as hitmakers Everclear, The Dandy Warhols, Quarterflash, & Nu Shooz, but their northern neighbors would become dominant in the Northwest, United States as the happening music scene, literally changing this for the band, "(The Seattle explosion) did sideline me big time, we released our third album at the beginning of '90 right at the end of the Stones tour and a lot of the bands from Seattle were acquaintances, Mother Love Bone which became Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, we were close to those guys and we saw that very heavy funky rock sound that they had brought to another level, lyrically, musically, and production wise and edginess wise. The whole vibe was 'we need to put anything 80's to rest' and The Dan Reed Network had one foot in that grave big-time, I thought the best thing we would do is take a few years off and see where everything settles and I just found that it never came back to me. Now I am getting all of these offers to put the Network back together again, with this 80's revival - but that doesn't interest me, it's like going back and looking at your high school pictures, why would I want to do that."

Lots of things are planned in the future, tours and ideas for the follow up album are on the table - Reed will continue to make music, gathering all influences, inspirations, and life experiences to create music on his own terms as he concludes, "There will be a tour in the UK in December with the Quireboys and then I will be going into the studio in January in Portland - the plan is to release the upcoming album in May 2011. The main thing is that to go out on the road, I have been doing the shows both acoustically and with band and seeing how the music connects with people, and so far so good - I intend to write it more with the band, performing live in the studio and try to keep the intention as the latest album has. A lot of artists are writing me asking me for advice and I tell them to create music that speaks to yourself create music that resonates for this ever changing world that we are in, it's easy to write pop songs, but now it's more important to try to affect some kind of positive influence in the world and it doesn't matter how you do it, you can do it with a lot of anger and angst, but you can also do it with a lot of good intentions and what's behind it all. Being an artist now has a lot more responsibility than 'rockin' the world' live and having fun with it all, because we are living in an ever changing place right now where the future is unknown, I try inspire people to fight for that and don't be afraid to dig deeper into your music and work your butt off to get heard

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"Dan Reed"

His latest run of UK shows have thrilled crowds the length and breadth of Britain and Dan Reed is rapidly proving there’s plenty of life after his Network.

Combining classic tracks from the early 90s with tunes from his new album the soulful rock funkster is breathing new life into the music scene.

And we’ve gone behind the scenes with the man who one toured the world with the Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi for the latest rushonrock Rider.
On your iPod: Biffy Clyro and Sigur Ros feature quite a bit and I’ve been listening to Dead Cities by Future Sound Of London. That’s cool.

Small Screen Pleasure: I don’t really watch TV. I do watch a lot of clips on YouTube and I’m a fan of The Daily Show with John Stewart.

Making A Meal Of It: Anything Indian.

Drivetime: I don’t own a car. My favourite mode of transport is a two-wheel bicycle.

Ace Place: There’s a temple in Amritsar in India called the Golden Temple. It’s a Sikh temple and there’s something very reverent about the place. Everybody shows the utmost respect in there and there’s complete silence.

Dream Destination: I’d love to go to Iceland and Greenland and of course South America. And it would be great to go deep into China.

Nickname Shame: Butch.

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"Dan Reed"

Dan Reed
When it comes to talking about a combination of musical and personal journey’s, that of Dan Reed is certainly one of the most fascinating and unique that I have personally encountered. Many of you reading this, would have some familiarity of the band for which Dan Reed was lead singer, ‘The Dan Reed Network’, who achieved much success in the late 80’s and early 90’s, with the song ‘Ritual’ being a Top 40 and MTV hit. Tours with bands such as Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and UB40 took the band worldwide, even to the far reaches of Australia, supporting our very own Baby Animals.





However, a major turning point came when Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr. to interview the Dalai Lama for Spin Magazine. It was during this trip that Dan began to hunger for more than what the music scene had to offer. In late 1993, The Dan Reed Network went on hiatus and in the years that followed Dan followed numerous paths, working on solo projects and pursuing opportunities to act in theatre and film, as well as extending into screenplay writing. Starting in the late 90’s in his native Portland, Oregon, Dan operated a nightclub that eventually led to the next major turning point in his journey.





Succumbing to the darker side of the nightclub business fuelled by alcohol and drugs and ultimately burning out, Dan realised that a change was required and this led to him travelling back to India in 2005. Befriending a couple of tibetan monks, it was their request of Dan to teach them western music, specifically Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, that gave Dan the motivation to once again return to writing music, with the track ‘On Your Side’ off his new CD, ‘Coming Up For Air’ being the first track he wrote. Encounters with Israeli musicians in India led to him venturing to Jerusalem, were further foundations for ‘Coming Up For Air’ were laid.





With significant touring through 2010, including a performance at the iconic Sweden Rock festival and having recently released the uplifting, majestic and thought provoking ‘Coming Up For Air’, Dan Reed is now embarking on a new musical journey. Over the course of a fascinating interview, Dan discussed in depth the new album and the journey that has led him to where he is today.





We also have a bonus in the form of a free download of the track ‘Brave New World’ from Dan’s new album “Coming Up For Air”. Just click the red link to download! DanReed_BraveNewWorld.mp3





Hey Dan, thanks for taking the time to chat with May The Rock Be With You. So we find you located in Paris now, is this correct?


Yes that’s correct. Paris is a really good base, especially to get to the UK on the Eurostar. All the flights are only a few hours away to anywhere, so it's great!





Before we chat about your latest release "Coming Up For air", I just wanted to ask about your recent performance at Sweden Rock. From the footage I have seen and what I have read, that sounded like a pretty amazing experience for yourself and the crowd alike...did that take you by surprise?


I was a little overwhelmed to be honest. That reaction wasn't something I expected at a festival where Aerosmith, Guns N Roses and WASP and all these bands were playing and here I was playing solo acoustic. I thought it would be a mellow moment in the festival you know, for people to just kind of take a breath and here I ended up with three encores and it was just overwhelming energy wise. It almost brought me to tears how embraced that set was. It looks like we might be playing there next year with the full band!





Has Sweden always been a strong fan base for you then?


The Network did really well back there in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Then I toured again with a Swedish band and then I toured there again with a band called adrenaline sky, which was a band I worked with in New York for a while. I've always kept close contact with Sweden and the Network also did really well in the UK too. I'm finding that I'm having to start from scratch in a lot of ways as the new music isn't really like the Dan Reed Network. I mean it might be similar in some of it's intention, but the style of it is different. What has been nice is that the people who were real supporters of the Dan Reed Network have grown up and their tastes have changed a bit as well, which is nice. I am also meeting a lot of people that are bringing their kids to the audience which are now in there 18,19,20yo age range and they're really liking the new music which is great, as well as the old songs played in acoustic fashion. So it's been quiet a thrilling experience.





Now, your new release is called "Coming Up For Air". How long was this album been in the works for?


It's been a three year project. I started writing it in India in 2005 and then basically started recording in 2006 and it was ready to be released in 2009 bit it took a while to get it out.





What was the turning point so to speak, where you sought a return to creating music and touring once again?


Well that was when I was living in Dharmsala, India where I met a couple of Tibetan Monks that were very kind to me and invited me to live in the guesthouse at the monastery there. One day they were asking me to teach them some rock n rill songs that they had heard on the radio, particularly a Queen song, ‘We Will Rock You’ which they had heard. They wanted me to teach them the lyrics, which they said sounded really interesting to them. So I realised then that music is such a great way to communicate across all racial, religious and political boundaries and I had turned my back on that for a long time. So, I picked up a guitar at a little pawn shop there where tourists would sell there stuff to fund the rest of their trip haha! I bought a little guitar for $60 and started teaching them songs. Then I started writing and in fact the first song I wrote coming back into music is the fourth song on the new album "On Your Side".





Can you share with us a little bit of an insight into some of the themes that are throughout the album?


Most of this new album I think is really about coming home to yourself. Coming home to your intentions in life, looking at the mistakes you have made and trying to find peace with them. Them coming back to the light after having been in a very dark place. I think most of the record is about that. It's about the city clouding your mind being connected to nature. It's about drugs and alcohol polluting your soul to the point of where you get lost and lose your direction in life and trying to find your way out of that darkness. It's about trying to make sense of all the different spiritual paths that people argue so much over, rather than come to peace with and make friends with other faiths. It's a record about those intentions and hopefully not preaching about those intentions.





How did you find the experience of working with musicians from vastly different backgrounds and music upbringings, as you did with this album?


I enjoyed that very much, it was a great eye opening experience for me. I went from playing with one band in particular for many many years which was The Network and then experimented with some other musicians. Then I went into this really isolating space where I just worked by myself programming all the drums and keyboards, playing all the guitars and doing the vocals. That was during the late 90’s when I was working on electronic music. Then this experience recording in Jerusalem and Florida and back in Portland again working with all kinds of musicians was just liberating in a lot of ways. Writing all the songs, but having them interpreted by different artists. The only co-write on the new record is on the track “The Dictator” where I met a gentlemen by the name of Bradley Fisch in Jerusalem who played the Chinese dither, this really beautiful stringed laptop instrument. He just played the instrument and a number of different chord progressions over the top drumbeat I brought in. I edited the instrument into sections to make a more cohesive chord progression in terms of a song arrangement. Then I ended up doing the rest of the instruments with musicians from Florida and Jerusalem and Sweden and then wrote the chorus and put Charlie Chaplin over the top of it. It's a real collaboration that not only spans different musical tastes, but times given Mr Chaplin is on there who is no longer with us.





With the experiences you have had in recent years, you would have a far different appreciation on music and it's impact upon people. In what ways have your views on music and the music industry changed today, to say in the days of The Dan Reed Network?


Well, I think a lot of people have been cursing the Internet with everybody getting music for free and illegal downloads etc. I personally think that it's liberating as it allows every artist to have the same access as the biggest artists in the world. You might have some marketing challenges, but you are no longer limited to getting a record deal. Before there were many artists who went unheard as people in the record industry didn't give them a shot. Now if you are just someone with a recording studio in your home, you have the ability to reach the entire world. So, that's very liberating. I think we just need to get more creative now on how you get out there and play and get people to take notice of your music.





Here in Australia we recently went through the process of electing a new Prime Minister, the vote was tied. Drawing a parallel to the recent Presidential Election in the USA, music or musical artists were not a feature in any way here in Australia. Can you share some of your experience being involved with Barack Obama in the USA election?


I think one of the reasons why I moved back to the states in late 2008 was because Barack Obama was running for president at the time. I got to see him speak in Portland, Oregon in front of about 75,000 people and it gave me the feeling of listening to the old JFK speeches. He was a very inspiring speaker and a very intelligent man and after 8 years of the Bush administration where I think we started a couple of wars that were unnecessary and a lot of civil rights were bring stepped on. Corporate globalisation was on the upswing because of that administration. I think we lifted the bans on any kind of "integrity" where you have corporations raping and pillaging the earth for profit. So Barack and his campaign, his future administration and a dream of that, was something that was quiet inspiring. Now that he has been elected it has been somewhat of a sobering experience that there have been many on the public and right wing side of things that really tried to shutdown many of his policies that he was trying to change whether it's health care, or trying to curb our use of oil.





Different things that obviously politicians are put into office by different companies and their campaigns are funded by different corporations. So their loyalties lie with these kinds of companies. This is the sad state of affairs with the political world in general in that it's hard to trust any positive change coming from the political landscapes simply because most of these politicians are in the pockets of corporations that have everything to gain by raping and pillaging the earth and taking advantage of cheap labour which usually ends up in human rights abuses. So, I am a little disappointed after he has been elected that there hasn't been more standing up to that corporate thing and seeing that he is indeed a politician. I am very thrilled that he is doing a better job than his predecessor, but I have lost a lot of faith in the process.





Just listening to you speak then, is it likely that we will see some of your thoughts expressed just now in the form of songs/lyrics on your next album?


Yes, oddly enough I started writing songs just these last couple of months. This Friday I rented a house up in Sweden off the west coast, a little house in a fishing village and I will sit down for a month and start writing for the next album. The next album is going to be little different tones, specifically what we just spoke about. I think it's going to have a little bit more of a pointed edge to it, both musically and lyrically.





How much of your experience with the Dan Reed Network and the heady days of the 80's touring with the likes of The Rolling Stones, UB40, INXS, Bon Jovi, do you think shaped you in a way that influences who Dan Reed is today?


I was just playing in a town called Bolton in England a few days ago and before I went on and after my set they were playing this thing called Live At Last which was a video taped show of the Dan Reed Network right before we broke up. It was one of our last shows and I got to watch that a little bit more and seeing that I was realising that the Dan Reed Network and those performances back in those days definitely have played a role in me trying to bring these new performances to a stillness, to a point of not performing. Where I am letting the songs and the intention of the lyrics direct exactly how much I emote on stage. Whereas with The Network I always felt like I had to perform. I had to move, I had to dance, I had to be energetic in stage. Now I am trying to put all that energy into a point of stillness, a point of calmness. I think in The Network days I got to have that platform where I got to express all that physical, almost sexual energy. The fact I got to do all that then, now I get to experiment in that solitude and people seem to be relating to it a lot. I don't dress up, I don't have a bunch of crazy cool costumes or shirts or wardrobes that I wear. I wear blue jeans and a t shirt and I go out there and just try to rip the soul out of the song and sing it from there. So it's a different kind of experience, but I attribute that The Network has helped a lot to me coming to this point.





You have been playing a range of shows acoustically on your own and now you have built a band around yourself. WIth your upcoming shows, will your set entirely consist of new material or will you be playing one or two of your earlier tunes?


I definitely still pay tribute to the past. I would say about one third of the set is old songs.





What are your thoughts on the Dan Reed Network era songs today?


How I was just describing the performance, I am more focussed on the intention of the song rather than production. The Network was a lot about production and trying to be unique and interesting and how we treated things like drums and drum machines and different keyboard sounds trying to be innovative. With the new material and the way I treat the old songs is not about innovation, it's about being very very clear with the intent of the song. That's just a very different approach.





Is there a particular place where you would love to take your music and play some shows?


This last two years has just been a great experience playing small house parties through to Sweden Rock, playing with the band and playing solo acoustic. Playing clubs where people are drinking their heads off to calmer quiet folk festivals. I personally have no vision where this can go, but I do know that if this can get to the point of playing bigger theatre type venues to arenas I would be very honoured and humbled by the fact we can get there and people are relating to these songs. If there's 10,000 people for example that may want to come and hear this music in the future, then I think it's going to be a very good night!





Now I believe you supported the Baby Animals in the early 90's here in Australia? If this is correct, what are your memories of that experience?


Yes that's correct we toured with the Baby Animals down there. I just loved it there, we played in Melbourne, we played in Sydney, we played up at Surfers Paradise. I got a chance to go check out the Blue Mountains, it was just a lovely experience. Right after that tour I came back to visit for a few weeks but I have never been back to play.





You have your own record label Zero One Records, how far advanced is this in terms of having signed/releasing other artists?


There's actually a few artists that we are working with now that I don't mind mentioning. One of them is Rob Daiker and then there is Stephanie Schneiderman she's a great singer songwriter and then there's an artist calked Oracle which us kinda along the lines of the Eurythmics and another artist calked Auditory Sculpture which is all electronic, there's no vocals or anything like that. So we are dabbling in different styles and the purpose of the label is to really do what we were talking about earlier which is to allow artists to have a platform where they can be discovered online and we will bring a lot of these artists out with us on tour so we can start introducing them to different crowds and stuff like that. So basically it's artists that are not only wonderful songwriters and great live, but they are also well intended human beings in their lives and how they lead their lives. All the artists on the label and the goal of it is to resonate positive energy within the music scene. Even if it's heavy metal or hard rock, it doesn't matter what kind of music so long as their intentions and their lyrics are about trying to take us to another level, that's what is important.





Having been left unsatisfied with "music" back in the days of the Dan Reed Network and now choosing a direction back to music, what does Dan Reed in 2010 seek from creating music that he didn't back in the early 90's...and even more so, what do you visualise to be the legacy that your music may leave on people?


Well I think before we always had this impression that you had to come up with 10 songs that would be hit songs on the radio that would impress the record company and that was going to be the next year of your life. So there were always these restrictions, whether they were really there or not, they were in your mind. Now those are gone, I feel free to write what I want to write and sing what I want to sing. So long as people are coming to shows or writing to me online to say that my music has touched them or inspired them or allowed them to let go of a certain pain they had been experiencing in their life, as long as that continues to happen, my soul is fed as far as why I am doing what I am doing. As far as writing goes, I no longer have any of those pre conceived ideas of pleasing people in the industry. As long as I like singing the songs and the lyrics aren't hollow to me and they have some resonating purpose to them, for me personally then I am good to go!














Thursday, 9 September 2010





*Interviewed by: Scott Smith
- May The Rock Be with You


Discography

"Coming Up For Air" CD - released May 2010
"Closer" - single released July 2010
"Brave New World" - September 2010

The Collection - Dan Reed Network (2002)
Live at Last (Halfway Around the World)- Dan Reed Network (1997)
Mix it Up - The Best of - Dan Reed Network (July 1993)
Long Way To Go - Dan Reed Network (SP - 1991)
Baby Now I - Dan Reed Network (SP - Sept 1991)
The Heat - Dan Reed Network (July 1991)
Mix It Up - Dan Reed Network ( SP - July 1991)
Lover/Money - Dan Reed Network (SP - August 1990)
Stardate 1990 - Dan Reed Network (SP - June 1990)
Rainbow Child - Dan Reed Network (SP - March 1990)
Come Back Baby - Dan Reed Network (SP UK - Jan 1990)
Slam - Dan Reed Network (Oct 1989)
Make It Easy - Dan Reed Network (SP - Sept 1989)
Tiger in a Dress - Dan Reed Network (SP UK - Sept 1989)
Ritual - Dan Reed Network (SP - released Feb 1988)
Get To You - Dan Reed Network (SP - released Oct 1988)
I'm So Sorry - Dan Reed Network (SP in Holland only1988)
Tamin' The Wild Nights - Dan Reed Network (SP in Holland only 1988)
Dan Reed Network - Dan reed Network (March 1988 (USA)/Nov 1988 (UK))
Breathless - Dan Reed Network (1986)

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Bio

Dan Reed was born in Portland, Oregon, but in early childhood moved to South Dakota after his mother remarried the owner of a cattle ranch. Growing up on 2000 acre's of land as an only child gave Dan plenty of time to daydream and it was here, riding tractor in the summer sun that Dan first fantasized about becoming a musician while listening to the Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Cheap Trick and Van Halen blaring on the tractor cabs' AM radio. All through his high school years he played trumpet in the school band, while studying Shoto-Kan Karate, and participating in every sport he could get his hands and feet in to, but it wasn't until a Japanese exchange student named Tsutomu Oki taught him how to play guitar that Dan realized that this was what he was searching for... the world of writing songs. After graduating from Aberdeen, South Dakota's Central High School, he packed his bags and headed west to Portland, Oregon... his place of birth and the closest 'big city' he could find near the ocean, a place he held in his childhood memory and missed dearly living in the Midwest.

Although there were many incarnations of bands Dan performed with in South Dakota and in Portland it was in December of 1985 where he truly first began his musical journey as the founder and lead singer of the band “The Dan Reed Network”. Garnering huge local support the band signed to PolyGram Records in the summer of 1987, home of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Tears For Fears. The Dan Reed Network released three successful albums to much critical and commercial success between 1988 and 1992 and sold nearly 2 million records worldwide.The band had the honor of 'seeing the world', opening for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie and Bon Jovi, eventually becoming the supporting act for the Rolling Stones’ 1991 European tour. It was at this time Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr. to interview the Dalai Lama for Spin Magazine. It was during this trip that Mr. Reed began to hunger for more than the pop/rock music scene had to offer.

This hunger was the catalyst for the long journey that Dan has taken. Bringing him back in 2008 where he belongs, writing and performing new music. In the 1990’s he started an independent record company in his hometown of Portland, Oregon to help promote local Northwest bands, while at the same time studying acting. Dan was cast in a number of plays and small role's in television and film projects, and was given rave reviews for his performances, which gave him confidence to take it to the next logical step- screenplay writing. 'Zigzag', a script penned by Reed, caught the eye of a local production company in Portland and was produced in 1997 with Dan playing the leading role. The film reached the Top 20 in Billboard's home video rental category.

In 1999 Dan became a partner in an established blue's and rock music nightclub in Portland called Key Largo. Realizing that the electronic music scene was to date confined to warehouses, special events and outdoor parties, he saw an opportunity to turn Key Largo into a 'hybrid club', having live bands from 9pm to midnight and then switching gears from midnight to 4am with local and international DJ's. Renamed 'OHM Nightclub", the venue became the premier spot to check out cutting edge music, while at the same time introducing the future of music to the hardened rock audience.

After attending the Burning Man festival in late 2004 Dan realized that being pinned down in the nightclub world had it's dangerous side, for not only did he help create a great success with OHM, but he also succumbed to the darker side of the nightclub business. He realized his talent and his energy were being drained from the constant parties, substance abuse and endless late nights. With his father Thomas Reed being diagnosed with cancer and passing away shortly thereafter, Dan rallied his energy and left the Nightclub and headed back to India. Ironically the same place that gave him the incentive to leave the music business 15 years before, was soon to become the inspiration to return to music. Immediately upon arriving in Dharamsala, India in 2005 Dan sought out the Tibetan monks, feeling a need to connect with their philosophy and lifestyle. After befriending two monks Lobsang and Sonam, Dan was invited to live in a monastery guesthouse and with that came the ability to attend the daily prayer meetings and rituals. While washing clothes in the mountain stream one day, Sonam asked Dan to teach him the lyrics to 'We Will Rock You', which Sonam had heard on a tourists CD player one day. Reed then and there was reminded of the power of music and how it crossed all boundaries.

During the year long journey in India, Dan had met many Israeli musicians and artists vacationing throughout the country and became fascinated with the stories of Israeli life, the hope and the tragedies, and after meeting a fashion designer turned energy healer named Adi Hadani, he decided he would ventur