I learn new things everyday. Like that bubblegum-pop singer Barry Blue produced Heatwave's biggest disco-era hits Groove Line, Always & Forever and Boogie Nights. Barry had a minor hit with a song called Dancin' On A Saturday Night that I loved as a kid. And who doesn't like Heatwave?! The singles were impeccable. Their arrangements were quite complex and like my favorite dance act, Chic, they were an actual band. The next "degree of separation?" Heatwave's keyboardist Rod Temperton went on to write huge hits like Rock With You, one of the greatest tracks ever, for Michael Jackson (this I found out about a year ago).
And in case you weren't aware, Heatwave was based in the UK. The two American brothers who sang were stationed in Europe. They put together an international group and got signed in Britain. A multi-culti dance band that stormed the UK? Sounds good to me.
That's rock and roll high school for today. Class dismissed. Now in band news...
We are shy one show in the UK. The Stalls in Harrogate had to cancel their date. We hope that any fans who wanted to see us there will be able to catch our show at either Huddersfield or Barnsley, which seem to be reasonably close. We will still be celebrating Doug's birthday in style, wherever we are on June 1st.
Our London date will finally be confirmed by the end of the month. I know our fans in the City have been waiting for an announcement. We are pretty pleased with the prospect and it should be a tremendous occasion for us. We're gonna bring a heatwave of our own to Londontown.
Stateside fans, you've got a limited number of opportunities remaining to see us before we go. First, we are performing an Earth Day concert up north at Free Heart Farm in Esparto, CA. That will be a fundraiser on Saturday, April 22. Second, we've got a show on Wednesday April 26 at Club Good Hurt. The evite for the April 26 show will be going out tonight. So check your e-mail. Not an official Soul Mate yet? E-mail email@example.com and get on board the Groove Line. Ha Ha. The results of the polls on our last evite were as such:
City in the UK you'd most like to see RHS perform - London.
British location you want to see RHS photographed at - Abbey Road crosswalk.
I'll check in this weekend. Until then remember, Boogie Nights are always the best in town.
Love, Power, Peace