Hello Venetians, First of all, Venice would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you were able to spend the Holidays with your family, friends and loved ones and we wish you the best in 2015.
We're writing you to share some exciting upcoming shows we'll be doing as well as some news regarding Venice plans for new releases in the coming months. We'll be debuting a song or two this Saturday at the Canyon Club and we'll continue to add more new songs to the live shows as the year progresses. Read on...
New Venice Music
In the previous December newsletter we let you know that the original 7 members of Venice, known to some as the Magnificent 7, or M7, reunited at Hideaway Hill in November to write some new songs. Last week we came together again for a second trip to Hideaway Hill to cut basic tracks for some of the new songs we started in November. It's been over 20 years since Scott Crago and Monroe Jones played with the Lennons and Mark Harris...but what an effortless and amazing 4 days we had, cutting basic tracks for 6 of the new songs we wrote. There is still more work to do, but we plan to have a two-part release from the Venice M7 lineup this year...The first of these two releases will be available at Venice's European tour this April...the second part will be ready later this year...Very exciting! For those of you who can't wait, we're releasing a single of "I See You There" in Holland in the coming week. "I See You There" is the song we wrote for Marius Suiker, our dear friend and band crew member from the Netherlands who recently lost a brief but tragic fight with cancer. The single will only be available as a digital download and will be available on iTunes in the coming week but if you can't wait, you can get it on CD Baby here. A portion of the proceeds will go to Marius's favorite children's cancer organization, Kika.nl. We hope you'll all agree that .99 cents is not so bad for a song...especially if you're helping to fight children's cancer with your purchase. This is the first released track that includes the M7 line up.
*Below, in black & white is a shot of the Magnificent 7 in the early 1990's....and below that, in color, is the same band, standing in the same order at Hideaway Hill in November, 2014.
Venice on VINYL?
YES! Venice is coming to a record player near you! For those of you who miss the sound of the needle hitting the record we finally have a treat for you...it's a double album of the mellower side of Venice titled, "Venetian Vinyl". It's a partnership between Lennon Records and Sony's Music On Vinyl distribution. The band sat together for days, choosing our favorite acoustic based tracks from previous albums...then we sequenced them in an order that we think really flows...giving you a compilation album you can put on, then kick back on the couch, kick your shoes off, grab your favorite beverage and relax while we massage your ear drums with what we feel is the best of our vocal harmonies and vibey tracks we've created to date.
Venetian Vinyl should be available in April at the Venice European tour shows....and also in the states in May. Check out the beautiful cover art by Laura Pizzarelli (creator of the Born & Raised, Spin Art, Good Evening, Live & Amplified and a Venice Christmas - Live artwork.)
Upcoming Live Shows
Venice returns to The Canyon Club (Agoura Hills, CA) This Saturday, January 31, 2015 Its been a long time since we rocked the Canyon and we're really looking forward to the 1st full live show of 2015. There is a certain energy that happens on that first show after some time off. Dinner, drinks and seating reservations available...Don't miss it!
Venice, Colin Hay (from Men at Work) and Stephen Bishop ("On and On" & "Separate Lives") join student musicians for the annual "For The Arts" benefit concert at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus. Saturday, February 7, 2015 (6pm doors, 7pm Show) Come see the amazingly talented student orchestra, horns and choir play along side Venice and these other artists. A rare occurrence that only happens once a year!
Venice's alter ego, The Pine Mountain Logs, will be rockin' the Belly Up Tavern...AGAIN! (Solana Beach, CA) Come on out and party with the Logs...you never know whats gonna happen......Timber! Saturday, February 28, 2015
Venice European tour in April Come hear some BRAND NEW Venice songs along with your Venice favorites....and be the first to pick up Part 1 of the Venice M7 two-part release...as well as the Venice compilation double album on vinyl...."Venetian Vinyl".
Well, I hope the new upcoming releases have got your Venetian blood boiling and have inspired you to get out of the house and catch yourself some live Venice at one of the upcoming dates. As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you! Lets rock it in 2015!