Dean Friedman - 2004 UK Tour Dates
23 Burgess Hill Martlets Hall
24 London ULU / University of London
27 Taunton, Somerset Ralegh's Cross Inn [ORDER TICKETS: 01984-634900
for Exmoor only]
29 Lytham St. Annes Lowther Pavilion
30 Manchester Manchester Academy
31 Liverpool Liverpool Academy
4 Dublin Helix Theatre
6-22 Edinburgh Fringe Festival [Venue to be announced]
7 Richmond Richmond Live Festival!
9 Glenfarg Bein Inn
23 Edinburgh Brunton Theatre
|In the summer of 1977, Dean Friedman
marked his entry into pop consciousness with the enormous success
of his infectious hit single Ariel, a quirkily irresistible and uncategorizable
pop song about a free spirited, music loving, vegetarian Jewish girl
in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, "...way on
the other side of the Hudson."
A year later, Friedman struck again, this time with a magical duet,
performed with singer Denise Marsa, entitled Lucky Stars. Lucky
Stars zoomed to the top of the UK singles charts going instantly
The now classic single Lucky Stars paved the way for a slew of
hits off of Friedman's humorously titled album "Well, Well"
Said the Rocking Chair", including familiar tracks such as
Lydia and Rocking Chair as well as singles from his first album,
Woman of Mine and Ariel.
"An amazing Talent" - The Sun, "Outstanding"
- Record Business, "Songsmith extraordinaire! A great performer!"
- Music Week. "Immaculate writing and magnetic personality"
- Cumberland News, were just of few of the superlatives used to
describe Friedman's powerfully unique and original talent.
Although Friedman's next single, McDonald's Girl was officially
banned by the BBC for mentioning the name of the well known fast
food restaurant in its chorus, the irrepressible pop song has been
covered by a number of acclaimed new bands including the ground
breaking Canadian group Barenaked Ladies (WEA). (BNL member, Steve
Page, sings background vocals on Dean's latest album.) And, just
this summer, a new group named, The Blenders (Universal), recorded
another cover of McDonald's Girl, which soared to #1 on the national
airplay charts in Norway.
During the '80's, Friedman turned his hand to composing and producing
music soundtracks for TV and film. Unbeknownst to many of his fans,
he has composed, performed and produced all of the music to Central
TV's hit series BOON. And it's Friedman, himself, who sings the
country & western songs played over the end credits of every
show, familiar to millions of viewers, such as The Texas Rangers,
He's My Friend, He's My Buddy and Handsome Stranger. Other TV credits
include the popular TV series Nick Arcade / Nickelodeon and Eerie
Indiana / NBC.
Friedman also composed, performed and produced the soundtrack to
the underground cult horror film classic I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle
(Hobo Films/U.K.) in which he performs the unforgettable track She
Runs on Blood, Not Gasoline.
While recording remains his main love, Friedman has always had
a strong interest in state-of-the-art technologies (he has authored
several best-selling MIDI synthesizer books for Music Sales Publishing).
Much of his apparent reclusiveness is due in part to his having
achieved considerable success in the hi-tech areas of virtual reality
software and video game design, with his company InVideo Systems.
Since creating TV's first VR game EAT-A-BUG for Nickelodeon TV,
InVideo has established itself as one of the world's leading developers
of VR entertainment systems with award winning installations in
leading children's museums, science museums and family entertainment
centers, including venues such as Disney and Blockbuster Golf and
Games in Sunrise, FL.
Friedman has also managed to merge his musical and hi-tech interests
by inventing an unusual and popular line of musical instruments
called the Music Atrium "a musical playground for kids"
originally featured at the Eureka! Children's Museum in the U.K.
and now being reproduced by his company, Cool Stuff For Kids, for
major theme parks, family entertainment centers and museums around
the world, including Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, FL, Barney's
Playland / Universal Studios and Dynalecx, Japan. These strange
and playful instruments have names such as the Booble, the Honkblatt
and the Jingle-Lingle-Lily and have proven to be a huge hit with
millions of kids.
Despite Friedman's apparent absence from the popular music scene,
evidence that his name and music have made a lasting impact can
be found in repeated appearances in popular media: The British band
Half Man Half Biscuit released a best selling EP which contains
a track incredibly titled The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman. (Dean
emphatically denies this claim.) Underground poet, Nicholas Awde,
published a well received collection of poems entitled, I Saw Satan
on the Northern Line (Desert Hearts), which includes a romantic
poem featuring three ardent Dean Friedman fans. In interviews, the
popular American band, Ben Folds Five (Sony/550), acknowledges Dean
as an important musical influence and their song Kate, off their
latest album, Whatever and Ever Amen, pays direct homage to Dean's
first single Ariel.
And so, it came as no surprise to Friedmans UK fans when
British TV personality Gaby Roslin, host of the top rated The Big
Breakfast show, recently confessed on air to being a massive Dean
Friedman fan, herself. Viewer response was overwhelming
according to the shows producer. Sacks full of mail, faxes
and phone calls immediately began pouring in from viewers expressing
their love of Friedmans music and support for the idea of
a Dean Friedman revival. Friedman has recently been featured on
the BBC TV series I Love the 70s, confirming
him as a pop culture icon of the decade. Friedman has also just
taped a guest star appearance on comedian, David Baddiels
new TV series The Baddiel Syndrome (SKY TV) in which
Dean delivers a tour-de-force comedic acting performance playing
himself in an hilarious episode written about him.
Friedman, 48, makes his home in Peekskill, New York where he lives
with his wife and two children, plus assorted live stock - including
a monkey named Amelia.
Last year, 2003, Friedman celebrated the 25th anniversary of his
breakout album, Well, Well, Said the Rocking Chair,
with a special 25th anniversary edition release of the
acclaimed work on CD. This special release coincided with Friedmans
very first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2003,
at the Assembly Rooms, followed in October by a 30 city UK/Ireland