The Dan Reed Network are getting ready to release their new studio album Origins via Zero One Entertainment on the 23rd Nov.

The funk rock pioneers took a revolutionary approach to the recording of their latest offering by inviting an audience of fans and friends along to four intimate studio events around the globe.  These sessions took place at Blueprint Studio’s in Manchester, The Power Station in NYC, Nia Studios in Portland Oregon and finally Studio 4 in Stockholm. Those in attendance were able to witness and participate in the creation of Origins right there in the studio

As the band build up to their big release date, they are currently out on an extensive UK run which arrives tonight at the Riverside in Newcastle. Of course, the group’s last appearance in the region was at the turn of 2017 when they toured with fellow funk rock outfit Extreme.

Dan Reed himself is no stranger to the North East of England having been performing here for many years both as a solo artist, with Snake Oil and Harmony alongside Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn and with last but not least DRN. As such he has built up somewhat of a rapport with the area, and subsequently, a packed out crowd is in attendance tonight on Tyneside to welcome both his and the band’s return.

As the Dan Reed Network hits the Riverside stage, they kick off the proceedings with “Rock You All Night Long”, and don’t they just. This evening the band are beaming with smiles all around, the five-piece looks to be enjoying themselves so much on stage, and that uplifting energy is contagious throughout the venue tonight.

With such a wealth of classics behind them it would have been easy to just wheel out their greatest hits but tonight, the Dan Reed Network gives us an all-new show, featuring a subtle mix of the old, the new along with a few rarities thrown in for good measure.

During the first half of their set, the band showcase some of their deep cuts from the early days including the likes of “Forgot To Make Her Mine”, “Under My Skin” and “Doin’ the Love Thing”, which all certainly hit the spot.

Mid-set the anthemic “Baby Now I” is one of the many highlights of the evening. The band have fun with the track as they segue a few bars of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Let’s Groove” into the mix before seamlessly reprising the number. Part way through the song bass player Melvin Brannon truly gets down during a funky bass solo.

The Dan Reed Network are not afraid to go off-piste from the setlist, and following a request from the audience for “Make It Easy” the band show their spontaneity by gladly obliging. The latter of which by all accounts also happens to be one of drummer Dan Pred’s favourite songs.

The classics continue to roll in thick and fast as the Network performs the unmistakable “Rainbow Child”, the infectious crowd-pleaser “Tiger In A Dress” and the heartfelt “Stronger Than Steel”. As the latter of which reaches its finale both Brion James and Melvin Brannon meet centre stage and deliver some beautiful guitar and bass harmonies.

Now up against the clock, Dan asks the crowd for requests, with “Ritual” being the popular choice. Reed delivers part of the song from down in the pit in front of the stage, with some lucky fans even getting the opportunity to sing a line or two with the man himself. Tonight Dan Reed sinks his heart, soul and all of his energy into his passionate delivery.

The conclusion to tonight’s career-spanning show is a spellbinding gospel-tinged acapella rendition of “Long Way To Go”, whereby each member of the band is congregated onstage together up front. This being the perfect ending to the evening.

Despite the fact that many of the songs featured into tonight’s setlist are now fast approaching 30 years old, they still sound as fresh today as they did back in 1989. Rather fittingly Reed declares that the band will be marking the 30th anniversary of Slam next year with a select run of UK shows, which is certainly something to look forward to in 2019.


Bilston, The Robin 2 Wednesday 7 November
Newcastle, Riverside Thursday 8 November
Inverness, Monsterfest, The Ironworks Saturday 10 November
Glasgow, The Garage Tuesday 13 November
Wakefield, Warehouse 23 Wednesday 14 November
Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre Friday 16 November
Chester, The Live Rooms Saturday 17 November
Stoke, Eleven Wednesday 21 November
Derby, The Venue Thursday 22 November
London, 229 Venue – Album Launch Party Friday 23 November
*London, The Landor – Exclusive Album Listening Party Saturday 24 November
Manchester, Club Academy Sunday 25th November

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Event Date: 09-Nov-2018

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