Dan Reed Network, The Whisky, October 14, 2016
The last time the Dan Reed Network played the Sunset Strip was in support of their third album entitled The Heat back in 1991. The Portland based collective were on a major label and their brand of funk infused hard rock should have sent them into the stratosphere. Then the grunge movement took over in an epic way placing an end to all things rock and roll. Dan Reed would resurface either with his vastly underrated ambient project Live Or Die or through solo recordings. Who would have imagined that it would be over 20 years before the Dan Reed Network would return to the Sunset Strip, playing a packed to the rafters house at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go?
Their fourth very long awaited magnum opus Fight Another Day has been issued through Frontiers Music, and the Dan Reed Network were back in town for one of a handful of US dates to support their all new recording! There was an excitement in the air that was completely infectious, all awaiting the arrival of Dan Reed and his dynamic Network. And even after all this time, the band remains vibrant as ever in a live setting, presenting both new songs and fan favorites to a wildly appreciative audience.
The Dan Reed Network proceeded to take over the stage, opening up with the ominous Resurrect from their first titled album and then exploded into the powerhouse refrains of Under My Skin. The new album Fight Another Day was very well represented, with songs such as Infected and The Brave leaving a long lasting impression. Reed’s vocals remain as powerful and emotional as ever, whether it’s within tender ballads such Rainbow Child and Stronger Than Steel or in the raging rockers such as Baby Now I and Make It Easy.
In addition the Dan Reed’s easy going yet superbly impassioned performance on vocals and guitar, each and every member of the Network were able to unveil their own massive talents throughout the entire set. Brion James was an absolute virtuoso on guitar, and sang persuasive lead vocals on the inspirational reggae-tinged Save The World. Melvin Brannon II supplies a tremendously tight low end on bass, unleashing a solo that was nothing short of mesmerizing. Rob Daiker filled the songs with a dazzling atmospheric wall of sound on keyboards while Dan Pred drove it all home with style and an encompassing skilled precision on drums. The energy on the stage was electrifying, showing a band more than ready to take on the nation with their rousing live show and captivating songs.
After the grand finale of Get To You, Dan Reed Network sent the audience out onto the streets of Sunset Blvd ready to take on the world. Here is hoping we don’t have to wait another 20-plus years to encounter the Dan Reed Network in action. In the meantime, be sure to check out Fight Another Day and do whatever you can see this exhilarating band in a live setting.
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Joe Schaeffer)
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