Dan’s last gig of the year is a reunion of his first band, The Warner Brothers. In the mid ‘8os, Dan and guitar player, James Stewart played many gigs as a duo, then added bass player, Mal McBeath, and drummer, James Carden, to form The Warner Brothers. The band played mainly Country and Rockabilly standards in the early days, but then branched out into original songs, the first of which featured on their debut album, Talking In Your Sleep. The success of the song ‘Stuck in Melbourne’ saw the band face a legal challenge from multinational Time/Warner concerning their band name. Unable to finance a legal defence, The Warner Brothers became Overnight Jones, who released two more albums in the 1990s.
The reunion gig at The Lomond Hotel this Friday (23/12/11) is a celebration of the back catalogue of The Warner Brothers and Overnight Jones. The original line-up will take to the stage at 9.30 and play a good selection of songs from the three albums, Talking In Your Sleep, My Private Train and Ice Bait Gas. Other members of Overnight Jones, including Ed Bates, Carl Pannuzzo and Miles McNicol will be subbed into the line-up at various stages during the night. The band will also rope in Tony Hargreaves on piano and dig out some of the early covers, including Red Hot, Three Alley Cats and The Mighty Quinn. Admission is free.
On the Sunday 18th Dec 2011, Dan & Al will return to The Corner Hotel in Richmond for their annual reunion show. Dan (and Al MacInnes) were well-known in the ‘90s for their extended residencies in some of Melbourne’s best-loved venues: 4 years at Nick Wheelhouse’s GB (where over 200 people would come to hear Dan & Al of a Tuesday), 8 Years at The Punters Club in Brunswick St, and another 5 years at The Corner Hotel.
When Dan moved to the US in 1999, The Corner Hotel named the public-bar bandroom ‘The Dan Warner Room’. Nick Wheelhouse from the Great Britain describes Dan & Al’s performances:
‘Dan & Al are a powerhouse…they don’t play covers, they OWN them! How many acts can take a Jimi Hendrix tune and make it look insipid? Dan’s strength is his rhythm and perfect timing; Al’s his technical mastery. Together they are, in every sense of the word, an institution…a Melbourne institution’.
Here’s Dan & Al’s version of Nervous Norvus’s ‘The Fang’ recorded live in the studio for their debut album, ‘Isle of Hop’. Al enlisted the services of his fellow students at RMIT to animate the video (27 animators in all – including Dan & Al)
Notes:This is the annual Dan & Al reunion show (Dan Warner and Al MacInnes). Dan and Al were known for their long residencies in Melbourne during the ’90s: 8 years at The Punters Club; 5 years at The Corner Hotel; 4 years at Nick Wheelhouse’s GB…