You may remember The Dan Band from the hit movie Old School cursing their way thru Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” or crooning Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Making Love” to a 13 year old girl at her bat mitzvah in Starsky and Hutch, the legend of The Dan Band has spread from Hollywood to New York City and everywhere in between, with the grand frontier of the music industry and television being next. In March 2005 SideOneDummy Records will release the long awaited live CD from The Dan Band, also look for the bands spectacular live performance to be captured in a Bravo special executive-produced by none other than Steven Spielberg and directed by Charlie’s Angels director McG in the Spring of 2005.
The Dan Band’s SideOneDummy Records debut captures the bands raucous, no-holds-barred stage extravaganza in all its glory, recorded live at the Hollywood Avalon and including many of the group’s all-time classics. Thrill to the soaring medley of Laura Brannigan’s “Gloria” and Toni Basil’s “Mickey.” Exult to the speeded-up punk-rock of their Abba medley. Buckle up for a profanity-laced Irene Cara tribute, featuring “Flashdance” and “Fame.” There are also the show-stoppers, like their “Genie in a Bottle/Slave 4 U” medley, the high octane “Shoop/No Scrubs” combo, and Tyler’s “Eclipse,” naturally.
Frontman Dan Finnerty and the Dan Band put on a show that is equal parts high-energy singing, dancing and blowing the audience’s collective mind. Entertainment Weekly calls it “one of the hottest tickets in town” and it’s described by People magazine as “One of the hottest, weirdest club acts.” The success of the band is still amusing to Finnerty, who says “I only started this to promote my lame acting career.”
The Dan Band began to take shape in Los Angeles five years ago, when Finnerty got serious about the idea of performing music. From being accompanied by just an acoustic guitarist and a guy on bongos, he eventually put together a full 4-piece band and added 2 male back up singers. Sold out gigs from the famed Club Largo to the Hollywood Avalon followed, with word-of-mouth spreading among his actor friends to the general public.
“I always had a nice little hip LA crowd who got the humor and kept growing by word-of-mouth,” explains Dan. “But the demographic has completely changed. Now the audience is peppered with all these frat guys who normally would’ve wanted to kick my ass for singing these songs. Now they sit in the front row, rockin’ out to “Whatta Man’ and “You Oughta Know’. It’s pretty funny. ”
“I still can’t believe this all started with me being drunk at a karaoke bar,” he laughs. “At least something good came out of it.”
To check out The Dan Bands exclusive ITUNES holiday track go to www.sideonedummy.com