Hello Venetians, The time has come for some new Venice music! That's right, available now in record stores in Holland, on iTunes in the Benelux and as pre-order in the states or the rest of the world, you'll be able to pick up your new Venice, "Lucky 7 - Part 1" mini album on CD. Also, our "Venetian Vinyl" 12 inch double vinyl album will be released April 13 and available at all the Dutch and Denmark shows, which are right around the corner. For more info about these exciting new releases and much MORE Venice news.....read on!
New Venice Music:
"Lucky 7 - Part 1"
After two short trips to Hideaway Hill in Vista, California, its finally here. The new mini album from the Magnificent 7 Venice line up, "Lucky 7 - Part 1". If you've received our prior newsletters, I'm sure you've heard about the reuniting of Venice's line up from the 1990's. But since we're adding new subscribers all the time, let me enlighten the unenlightened.... The M7 (Magnificent Seven) Venice lineup was responsible for creating the first official self-titled release "Venice" on Modern/Atlantic Records. co-writing and playing on such classic songs as "All My Life," "Pushed Her Too Far," "Hideaway Hill" and "People Laugh." The same lineup is largely responsible for the follow up releases of the Garage Demos, Part 1, 2 and 3, helping create song like "Rivers Never Run," "The Only Love I Had," "Washington and Lincoln," and "If I were You"...favorites amongst the true Venice fans. After those albums, and lots of touring together in support of those albums, a few of our members moved out of California and on to other things; our former drummer Scott Crago is currently touring with a little band known as The Eagles and our former keyboardist Monroe Jones has a Grammy for an album he produced in Nashville. Having stayed in touch over the past 25 years; the original 7 members decided to reunite and spend a couple weeks living together, eating together, drinking together, laughing together...and most importantly playing music together. The first trip was in November of 2014, when we wrote and recorded a bunch of song ideas that we all took home and lived with over the holidays until our second adventure in January of 2015, when we finished writing and cutting basic tracks for seven songs. The "Lucky 7 - Part 1" mini album is the result of our two retreats to Hideaway Hill. Part 2 will showcase the best of our upcoming summer reunion of 2015 and will be available later this year. "Lucky 7 - Part 1" is available NOW at record stores in the Netherlands and on iTunes in the Benelux....or if you're in the states or somewhere else in the world, you can pre-order it by clicking the button, below. *U.S. and other territory pre-orders will ship by end of April, 2015. Of course, the new CD will be available at all live shows starting in May.
*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.
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 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 previously released Venice 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 eardrums with what we feel is the best of our vocal harmonies and vibey tracks we've created to date.
"Venetian Vinyl" will be available starting April 13 at the Venice's European tour shows....or you can pre-order it in the U.S. or other parts of the world, and it will ship by the end of April, 2015. Of course, it will also be available at all the U.S. live shows, starting in May.
Come see the full electric version of the band, and hear some BRAND NEW Venice songs along with your Venice favorites....and be the first to pick up Part 1 of the Venice two-part release, "Lucky 7"...as well as the Venice compilation double album...."Venetian Vinyl!" As with every live Venice show, we invite to head to the lobby after the show and get in line for the meet-and-greet, where we'll personally greet each and every friend that is patient enough to wait...and we'll sign anything you'd like us to sign....well...almost anything. ;) *We also invite audience members who are 17 and younger to jump to the front of the line so you can get home sooner and rest of for school the next day!
Venice's alter ego, The Pine Mountain Logs, return to Saint Rocke in Redondo Beach after our debut, SOLD OUT show last year. Come see one of the world's greatest cover bands....LIVE! You can also pick up our "LIVE & ON FIRE" concert DVD by clicking below.
Venice returns to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. A fabulous live music venue, the Coach House offers private booths, dinner, full bar and table reservations. Don't miss hearing all the new songs. This will be the first US Venice gig after the debut of our "Lucky 7 - Part 1" CD mini album. Of course we'll have plenty of the new CD's on sale, if you haven't already bought it off our webpage.
There's lots more in the works for 2015, including a Venice App for IOS and Android phones, live performances at Topanga Days, Lake Arrowhead, our annual Lennon Family Concert, and another trip to Springfield, IL, so keep an eye on VeniceTheBand.com and on our Facebook page for those upcoming announcements!
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 or Logs at one of the upcoming tour dates. As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you! Here's to us, 'cause we're still here! Best, Michael - Venice