The Choir. 2017 is looking to be a thrilling year for us and we couldn’t be happier. It’s been a few years since that last album, so it’s time for us to get back into the studio (with your support). We’re also re-issuing one our classic records from the past…so, let’s rewind to 1989! Re-mastered for vinyl and CD, the Wide-Eyed Wonder (came out in 1989) album is one of the featured items in our PledgeMusic campaign. We’re so excited about this re-issue that we’re actually doing a themed tour around it and we’ll play the entire album live front to back. We’ll do some of our other songs after that, but you can read everything about the tour in the press release below. CLICK HERE to check it out.
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Peace, Love and Light to you all.
Grammy® Nominated The Choir to Tour Wide Eyed Wonder
New Studio Album 2017
Tour Reunion with Former Member
Re-mastered Re-issue of Wide Eyed Wonder on vinyl and CD
Part of Comprehensive Salute to the Classic Album
On the heels of a successful 2016 tour to celebrate their classic Circle Slide album, alternative music legends The Choir will usher in 2017 with another album-honoring tour. The focus of the band’s attention this time will be performing their best-selling 1989 release, Wide-Eyed Wonder, in its entirety, alongside other favorite songs, both new and old, from the band. The album will also see a re-mastered reissue of the project on vinyl and CD. And in what may seem like a dream to longtime fans of the band, Wide-Eyed Wonder’s bass player, Robin Spurs, will reunite with the band for the tour.
Says the band’s Steve Hindalong, “It was a special season when we recorded Wide-Eyed Wonder. My daughter Emily was born prior to the recording and she just turned 28, so I know exactly how long ago it was! And it was the Robin Spurs era. She brought an energy that was wonderful and spirited. It’s gonna be so fun to rekindle our friendship and chemistry out on the ol’ road. Feels like a fine time to rewind the clock to 1989.”
Spurs weighed in on the occasion as well. “Wow. What a unique opportunity to be able to revisit an era that was a true gift. The Choir is one of those rare, favorite bands that I was blessed to be a part of, even if for just 2½ years. I am humbled and honored to be invited to join Steve, Derri, and Dan on the road once again for the upcoming Wide Eyed Wonder Tour…part deux!”
The album still ranks as one of the band’s best-selling projects, supported at the time by an innovative video compilation, and the most aggressive touring of the band’s career, which included a 40+ date national tour opening for then-labelmate Russ Taff. Two music videos and a short documentary on the band were released alongside the album. The clip for “Someone To Hold On To” as well as the documentary portion were directed by Linda Myers-Krikorian, then wife of avant grade rocker Tonio K. A video for “Robin Had A Dream” was produced by the late Mark Heard, who also produced two songs on the album, the title track and the George Harrison song, “Behind That Locked Door.”
The video gave insight to the band’s personalities, whether it be Hindalong’s lifelong penchant for creative writing, Dan Michaels’ love of collecting snow globes, Spurs’ passion for jewelry design or helping turn Derri Daugherty’s grandmother into a minor celebrity and best-selling t-shirt.
Wide-Eyed Wonder is often cited as the most commercial album of the band’s career, while still maintaining their signature sonic experimentation. Songs such as “Someone To Hold On To”, “To Cover You” and “When She Sees Me” showcased the band’s more straightforward rock writing, while “Robin Had A Dream” and “Car, Etc.” continued to showcase the band’s penchant for experimental composition. The title track, “Wide-Eyed Wonder” and “To Bid Farewell,” showcase a more sentimental side, albeit grounded in the band’s trademark lyrical honesty.
Adds band member Dan Michaels, “The Choir continues to move forward through creating new music, releasing indie albums as a band as well as solo projects. In fact, we all want to get back in to write, record and release a new studio album later this year. But we recognize the indelible mark that our classic albums like Circle Slide, Chase The Kangaroo and Wide-Eyed Wonder placed upon the hearts of individuals. I’m excited about the future and proud to celebrate the past in this fashion and thrilled to re-united with Robin for the WEW 2017.”
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