Hello Venetians, We have some great news to share with you....
2016 started with the Dutch TV airing of our amazing musical experience with Nick & Simon. For those of you who don't know, they are a talented duo who are currently one of Holland's biggest artists. Their American Dream TV show came to California to film two new episodes in June, where Venice showed them a little Venice Beach hospitality, some Lennon humor.... and we also made some music together. If you missed these two episodes, we've added links, below, so that the rest of our friends around the world can enjoy it.
We also started the new year compiling some of our favorite songs by some of our favorite artists for a new Venice covers album, entitled "Brunch Buffet - Tasty Covers". These are by no means ALL of our favorite songs or artists...just SOME of them...so don't ask, "Why didn't you do (insert song here)?" The new album will be released in March in the Benelux, and soon after that in the states and the rest of the world. The beautiful album artwork is hand drawn chalk art by my niece, Summer. We've talked about doing a covers album for years but when Monroe Jones got a producing gig and told us we'd have to delay the "Lucky 7 - Part Two" until later this year, we thought the cover album idea would be perfect to fill the void.
Venice was asked to perform and be the house band this past Saturday for an Americana Music Association's pre-grammy tribute to the recently passed, Eagles' front man, Glenn Frey. We were able to get Scott Crago, Venice's original drummer and official member of the Eagles touring band since 1994, to play drums and he brought in other current Eagles' and Frey musicians to help us back 12 different Americana artists, including Bonnie Raitt, who sang their favorite songs that were written or cowritten by Frey. Check out our Facebook page for photos and videos or read this LA Times article that gives two paragraphs to Venice. What an amazing night of music and celebration of the life of one of rock's legends.
Lastly, our Dutch friends have been patiently awaiting information on our upcoming Spring tour in Holland. I'm honored to say, "WE FINALLY HAVE IT!" Please come see Venice with Mark Harris, Dann Gillen and Holland's own Jasper Westerhof on keyboards. We will be performing songs off the new upcoming "Brunch Buffet - Tasty Covers" album as well as many of the Venice songs you've come to expect at a Venice concert. It seems like its been forever since we've been to Holland...we are so excited to return! The tour dates, below, include special "presale" links that will allow our fans, that's YOU, early access to ticket sales...before they open sales to the general public.
You'll also find links below to the upcoming U.S. tour dates for Venice and the Logs. See you soon! Michael and the Boys
Don't forget..."Venice - Live at 2 Meter Sessies 1998", now on vinyl in the Benelux....coming to America soon!
In 2014 vroeg Venice me om bij het 15-jarig jubileum in Holland aanwezig te zijn bij een van hun goedbezochte theateroptredens om ze, net als in 1998, op het podium van het Arnhemse Luxor (Live) aan te kondigen. Dat wilde ik wel. Graag zelfs. Want sinds hun komst naar ons land, in 1998, is er een stevige band tussen de Lennons en mij gegroeid: ik zag ze tussen 1998 en nu gemiddeld wel 1 keer per jaar: Van Meppel to Nijmegen en van Den Haag tot Leeuwarden.
Het contact tussen band en mij ontstond toen ik de groep in maart 1998 uitnodigde voor mijn televisieprogramma 2 Meter Sessies, in mijn toenmalig eigen huis in Harderwijk. De opnames bleken goud, de band brak in één keer door via 2 Meter Sessies en won in de loop der jaren de harten van tienduizenden Nederlanders.
Ik kom nog wekelijks Venice-fans tegen die me bedanken voor het feit dat we deze bijzondere groep zangers een kans gaven. En vanaf het allereerste moment dat de platenspeler weer in raakte, kwamen er vragen over een vinylversie van deze eerste opname uit 1998. En hier is-ie dan! Veel luisterplezier!