THE FINNS ARE PLAYING! Yes, its official. The Finns will reunite to open the show.
It's official... June 29th, 2013 live at the Pageant in St.Louis, MO.
Tickets on sale FRIDAY 4/26 @ 5PM
General Admission $25.00 | Balcony [closed]
Doors 7:00 pm / Show 8:00 pm
All Ages :: $2 Minor Surcharge at Door
Roses For Lola is now available as a physical cd. Just visit our online store or click here to buy now!
Who is ready for some Pale Divine in 2013? Head over to facebook to follow the news... err... rumors.
Saivu returns. Check out the new track "Goodbye" from the forcoming album by Saivu (featuring Richard Fortus) on itunes now.
Roses For Lola release "DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER?"
Debut of theme-based indie album by Roses for Lola is NOW AVAILABLE on iTunes and Amazon. Jimmy Mint sings lyrics. Michael Schaerer plays instruments. Steven D. Hunt hits drums. A little weird, a lot cool.
Guns N' Roses have just announced their Vegas takeover with "Appetite For Democracy" residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from 10/31-11/24! Tickets on sale this Friday @10am!
Need an excuse to go to Europe this summer? This is the remainder GNR's summer tour schedule in case anyone wants to check out Richard while on vacation:
2012-06-19 Toulon, France @Zenith Omega de Toulon
2012-06-22 Milan, Italy @Arena Fiera Milano
2012-06-24 Dessel, Belgium @Graspop Metal Meeting
2012-06-27 Basel, Switzerland @St. Jakobshalle
2012-06-29 Graz, Austria @See-Rock 2012
2012-07-01 Bucuresti, Romania @Romeexpo
2012-07-03 Tel Aviv, Israel @Park HaYarkon
2012-07-06 Istanbul, Turkey @Parkorman
2012-07-08 Sofia, Bulgaria @Sofia Rocks 2012
2012-07-11 Rybnik, Poland @Stadion Miejski
2012-07-13 Piestany, Slovakia @Topfest PLUS
2012-07-15 Novi Sad, Serbia @EXIT Festival
2012-07-17 Split, Croatia @Spladium Arena
2012-07-20 Benicassim, Spain @Costa de Fuego festival
2012-07-22 Palma, Spain @Iberostar Stadium
Thomas Crone recently interviewed Michael Schaerer for STLBEACON.ORG for a piece in his "Second Set" column.
Remember that performance by Richard on the Jay Leno show some time back with Country Bones? Well, now you can buy the cd which features not only Richard Fortus but also Matt Tecu (formerly of the Unconscious).
Tons of new live videos posted to facebook today. Go listen to some vintage tunes like Now, Rolling in Hunger, Look Around You, and more.
The Compulsions played a sold out show in NYC at the Mercury Lounge tonight.
The Compulsions: Beat The Devil is now available on physical CD... Featuring Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer (Love Spit Love, Honky Toast, GNR), Sami Yaffa (New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks), and Rob Carlyle.
Guns N' Roses announced Fall US tour dates! Richard will be performing at the following venues:
October 28th, 2011: Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
October 29th, 2011: Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
October 31st, 2011: Greenville, SC @ BI-LO Center
November 2nd, 2011: Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
November 4th, 2011: Houston. TX @ Toyota Center
November 5th, 2011: Dallas. TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
November 8th, 2011: Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
November 9th, 2011: Norman, OK @ Lloyd Noble Center
November 12th, 2011: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
November 13th, 2011: Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
November 15th, 2011: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
November 17th, 2011: East Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
November 19th, 2011: Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
November 20th, 2011: Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Area
November 25th, 2011: Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
November 26th, 2011: Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Psychedelic Furs return to STL tonight for an intimate performance at the Pageant (featuring guest guitarist Richard Fortus).
Richard will be filling in for, guitarist, Vivian Campbell on Thin Lizzy's summer tour starting May 28th.
Head over to the official Facebook page for regular update and ton of videos/photos.
If you are feeling the Christmas spirit, you can come down to the Old Rock House on December 5th for the Jingle Jam presented by Johnny Holzum. The Michael Schaerer Group and others will be destroying all of your favorite x-mas tunes for charity. Doors 4pm • Show 5pm • $12 Adults, $5 Kids (Benefitting Play It Forward) • All Ages
The Unofficial word thus far is that there will be no holiday reunion show for Pale Divine this year. There are a couple of solid reasons at this point. Number one, we're just running out of time to set it up and promote it properly. Number two, the ever in demand Mr.Fortus has quite a busy schedule. After an extensive tour of Canada, South America, and Europe, there are still some end of the year Guns N' Roses dates coming up in Australia.
Richard Fortus & Axl Rose live in the Netherlands (2010)
Rich also contributed work (along with Matt Tecu formerly of the Unconscious) to an ep by a band called Saivu. It was released this week through iTunes if you'd like to check it out. It should also be available via Amazon soon.
Richard Fortus, Matt Tecu, Teddy Millmoor (2010)
There is some exciting Pale Divine related news though this month. Richard and his family have listed their LA area home for sale at a mere $549,000 and has in fact moved back to St.Louis. He'll no doubt be spending alot of time flying back and forth to LA and NYC for rehearsals and gigs, but it does mean more downtime in the STL... and more opportunities for potential Pale Divine Reunion dates. Even though there appears to be no holiday 2010 show this year don't rule out something early to mid-year in 2011! Stay tuned for more info.
The 2009 reunion concert was amazing. Thanks to all that came out this year. The RFT currently has a review posted and a slide show of photos. Please head over and check it out. We still have a few box sets "To Document The Years" remaining and the "Freedom In A Cage" vintage t-shirts have been restocked. Please watch for updates to the merch page in the coming days. Also keep an eye out for photos and video coming soon.
We are pleased to announce that The Stranded Lads will be reuniting to open for Pale Divine at the 2009 Reunion Show. The lineup for this show will be Jerry Saracini, Bike, Andrew John, Lliam Christy. Do you have your tickets yet?
Pale Divine tickets will go on sale at 5pm on November 6th through Ticket Master and the Pageant box office. Cost is $25.
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy Tour featuring Mr.Richard Fortus on guitar:
December 11 - Taipei
December 13 - Seoul
December 16 - Osaka
December 19 - Tokyo
January 13 - Winnipeg
January 16 - Calagary
January 17 - Edmonton
January 19 - Saskatoon
January 20 - Regina
January 24 - Hamilton
January 25 - London
January 27 - Montreal
January 28 - Toronto
January 31 - Ottawa
February 1 - Quebec City
February 3 - Moncton
February 4 - Halifax
We' re happy to announce today that the PALE DIVINE REUNION SHOW is confirmed for December 29, 2009 @the Pageant in STL. Stay tuned for further updates and we'll let you know more information as soon its been released.
In case you coudn't make it out last year or just want to pick up another copy, we have the new box set available in our online store Other items of interest might be The Eyes-PaleDivine t-shits , a copy of Michael Schaerer's 'Cross to Bear' cd, or perhaps the infamous Pale Divine 'Straight to Goodbye' cd written for Atlantic Records.Your can click the merch link above to find the store.
//Michael Schaerer gigs//
There are a couple of interesting STL shows coming up in the next few weeks.
April 26th (this Sunday), Earth Day Celebration in Forest Park.
2pm on the Main Stage. FULL BAND
May 16th, La Gra in Dogtown.
9pm to close. SOLO ALL ORIGINAL.
Don't miss these two great shows!
And as always Michael plays Truffles in Ladue each Friday with Amy Miller as well as various dates at Franco, Andria's Steakhouse, Chandler Hill Winery, and Blumenhof Winery.
See these sites for more information.
// Michael Schaerer //
Some interesting shows coming up for Michael Schaerer including this SAT at La Gra in STL. Very very small intimate dining space. Tiny stage. Solo and all original in a "storytellers" setting. He did this on Valentine's day and it was amazing. They take reservations and did I mention its tiny? So call ahead.
// Rich & Rihanna //
I'm sure everyone's heard about Rihanna in the news lately. Rich was to perform with her at the Grammy's but their appearance was cancelled just before the show began due to her incident with Chris Brown the night before. Since then Rich has been busy in the studio working on a couple different projects. Rumors are buzzing that GNR is working on a stadium tour for this summer but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. When that info is available, we'll pass it along.
// Merch //
Pale Divine box sets and a limited amount of t-shirts are still available through the website. We also have Michael Schaerer's solo cd "Cross To Bear", stickers, "Straight To Goodbye" and more.
// More STL Merch //
The full Mr.Michael webstore also features cds by other great local artists including The Incurables, Gold Tooth, Salisbury, Neptune Crush, Andrew John, The Stranded Lads, New World Spirits, Suave Octopus, Tripstar, My Other Side and more.
// Reminders //
January 29th (tomorrow) Rich Fortus will be playing the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash with Rihanna. It's live on VH1 and starts at 8pm CST. February 8th, Rich will also be playing the Grammy Awards with Rihanna. It's on CBS starting at 7pm CST. February 14th, Michael Schaerer is performing at La Gra in STL for Valentine's Day. It's a solo show and he promises all original tunes including some NEW material.
// The Box Set //
We also want to let everybody know that "To Document The Years", the new box set is in fact still available despite rumors to the contrary. For those of you that have lost or worn out your copy of "Freedom In A Cage" it does contain a remastered version of the classic disc. It also contains 13 demos recorded for what would have been the Atlantic followup. Many of these tracks were heard live in the early nineties including... Burn Like The Sun, Prime, Lowest High, Island, Nothing Turns Me On, Dream, My Only You, Love Song, Tell Me God, Had A Girl, Poverty Beach, Hunter, and Together Alone. The box set also contains 2 live dvds of vintage footage from Kennedys, the Frosty Factory, 1227 and more. The box sets are $40 and there were only 1,000 pressed so get yours before they are gone at http://www.theeyes-paledivine.com and be sure to check out some of the other items in the store while you are there.
// New MSG Myspace //
The Michael Schaerer Group has a brand new new myspace site located at http://www.myspace.com/msgstl Please go visit often for updates on his show calendar and some streaming audio. Be sure to give him some love on the comments too while your at it. Speaking of love, you're going to dig this post from his mailing list last week... "Great things happening already for this year…Blumenhof winery dates already booked…I'll be performing for the La Gra singer/songwriter series on Valentine's Day…I plan on playing all original material including some NEW COMPOSITIONS and explaining the thought process behind the lyrics. I've never done this before and I've had many people ask me about why and how I write songs…this is opportunity to find out. Mark your calendars…bring your sweetheart!"
// Richard Fortus is a busy man //
Well as you probably know, Rich was on tour with Rihanna in November and December. Well he's back on the road for the next few weeks and you just might be able catch some of these dates... on tv... JAN 20TH @ THE INAUGURAL BALL in Washington, D.C. -- JAN 29TH @ PEPSI SMASH SUPER BOWL BASH -- FEB 8TH @ THE GRAMMY AWARDS.
// Merchandise //
Please check out the online store at http://www.theeyes-paledivine.com for the new box set "To Document The Years", Vintage "Freedom In A Cage" t-shirts and more... including stickers, Pale Divine "Straight To Goodbye", and Michael Schaerer's solo cd "Cross To Bear."
// Reunion Show Photos //
Some of you have already sent in your reunion show photos and we thank you. If you have some photos you want to share, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to include some of them on the website.
// Reunion Show //
A big thank you to everyone who made the reunion show a huge success. After 15 years, you were able to sell out one of the premier venues in STL. It was a great show and they band enjoyed it as much as you did. In case anyone was keeping track, this was the set list:
Don't Fall, Burn Like The Sun, Anything, Only You, Straight To Goodbye, Flow My Tears, Couldn't Happen To You, Island, I Know, Dream, Prime, Cigarette, The Fog, Bodyfall, Together Alone, Freedom In A Cage, The Closet, Nothing Turns Me On, Universe, My Addiction, Something About Me, One Of A Kind, Strawberry Fields, Sorrow.
// New Merch //
There are still box sets available for purchase through the website. It is a 2 cd, 2 dvd box that contains a remastered copy of "Freedom In A Cage", remastered demos recorded for the unreleased second PD album, and 2 dvds of vintage live footage. T-shirts are still available too. Mens sizes are almost sold out. Womens are available in all sizes though. Please get yours before they are gone. Both box sets and shirts are limited edition. When they are gone, they are gone.
// Photos //
Did you take photos of the show? We'd like to see them. Feel free to email your pix to email@example.com and you just might see them on the website. Or if you have old photos (eyes, pale divine, rainbox) that you want to share, please feel free to send them over.
// News //
If anyone actually has a channel that plays videos anymore, the new GNR single "Better" will have a video debut very soon featuring Mr.Fortus on guitar. Please keep an eye out for that. And as a reminder, Michael Schaerer plays out locally around STL each week. Please visit http://www.msgstl.com for more information.
For those of you who were not there the show last night was absolutely incredible. It was fully sold out and I spoke with several fans who had to buy tickets from scalpers just to get in. Many updates coming soon to the site to document the show but you can see a great photo gallery here courtesy of professional St.Louis photographer, Peter Wochniak.
Will there ever be another reunion show for Pale Divine? The guys certainly enjoyed themselves, but only time will tell.
At long last, the reunion show is today. It's been 15 years since Michael, Rich, Dan, and Greg have performed together on stage but tonight we'll see the return of Pale Divine.
The reunion show a the Pageant is almost sold out. If you haven't yet, get your tickets now. Rehearsals have been going very very well at Shock City Studios in Soulard.
All pre-order merchandise shipped out today. We apologize for the delay, but we promise you'll love the box set. It is amazing.
It appears that Chinese Democracy will debut at #2 on Billboard. It's already set records for plays on myspace. If you haven't bought it yet, stop by Best Buy and pick up a copy.
1. Benefit show from Kennedy's in 1996 posted in the audio archives. Features Michael, Dan, Greg, and Bill Christy. Tasty version of both Pale Divine and Rainbox classics.
2. A couple of new articles/interviews with Rich posted in the press section.
3. Loads of new promo and live photos added.
Guns N' Roses long awaited cd, Chinese Democracy, was released today exclusively at Best Buy. Rich reportedly did not write on any of the tracks but is credited for playing on "Chinese Democracy," "Better," "Street of Dreams," "There Was A Time," and "Prostitute." Rumors are the GNR touring machine will kickoff sometime in January.
The Nukes will be opening the reunion show on December 29th, so if you don't already have your tickets, get them fast. You don't want to miss this.
Also, "Chinese Democracy" the title track and first single off of the new Guns N' Roses cd is now available for download from itunes.
CHINESE DEMOCRACY STARTS NOW!
The long awaited Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" album featuring Richard Fortus has officially been given a release date of SUNDAY, November 23rd, 2008. It will be exclusively available through Best Buy. You can preview the title track at the official GNR site here.
Reserve tickets sold out within minutes but some general admission tickets are still available. Get yours here before the show sells out. And if you haven't seen the new limited edition merchandise, please take a look/listen. Its available for pre-order here with shipping before xmas.
Lots of updates lately to the site also.
* The Atlantic Records video for "My Addiction" has been added in the videos section.
* Tons of old photos (specifically the original eyes lineup) have been added to the photo gallery.
* And if you haven't hit up the Audio Archives yet, go take a listen. I'm sure there are a few songs you haven't heard in a very very long time.
Oh, and a
little cd called "Chinese Democracy" is lingering towards an official
release date. You might want to stop by your local Best
Buy store just before Thanksgiving
and pick it up.
10/10/08 - 5PM
TICKETS AND LIMITED EDITION MERCH ON SALE NOW!
It's official... tickets will be on sale this Friday at 5pm. Go to Ticketmaster or the Pageant website for more information.
Ticket onsale date is tentatively set for October 7th at 5pm.
Photo Gallery has been added to the site as of today so please check that out. Also the Audio Archives and Press Clipping pages continue to grow.
THEEYES-PALEDIVINE.COM launched today with a ton of new information, pictures, and an extensive streaming audio collection... to support the fact that... the long awaited Pale Divine reunion show has been announced for December 29th, 2008 at The Pageant, STL! No ticket onsale date as of yet, but at long last... Michael, Rich, Dan, and Greg will be performing together for the first time in 15 years.
:: stay tuned ::
PALEDIVINE.NET went offline after 10 years of support and dedication. We apologize for the interruption.
Finally, an update. Sorry for the lack of anything lately... but there isn't that much to report. GNR is still on hold after the aborted 2002 tour. Rich will be touring with BT again this fall though. Watch for August/September 2004 dates. Michael is playing ALOT these days with MSG. See www.msgstl.com for an updated calendar.
The Guns N' Roses tour is officially over. See this report from Pollstar released today... "It was a tour that never got off on the right foot. Guns N' Roses' long-awaited return to the stage is now officially off. Tour promoter Clear Channel Entertainment issued a statement that read: "The remainder of the Guns N' Roses concert dates promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment have been cancelled. Refunds will be available at point of purchase." No reason for the cancellation was given, although a look at the Web nets several theories ranging from poor ticket sales to band squabbles to Axl throwing a diva-style fit. The tour was book ended by two no-shows from Axl Rose. The first show, scheduled for Vancouver, B.C., never happened - a decision that resulted in rioting from angry fans. What was to be the first of two Philadelphia gigs on December 6 met the same end - Axl failed to show up. The outing was scheduled to run into January. No comment yet from the band.
GNR played what would have been their 5th show last night in Moline, Illinois. (Actually, the tour opener in Vancouver was cancelled by the venue because the band's plane was delayed... and a riot ensued. Go figure.) Anyway, the show was incredible. CKY (from MTV's Jackass) and Mixmaster Mike (from the Beastie Boys) both played opening slots. Not bad, but not good enough to satisfy those who paid hundreds of dollars online or from scalpers for floor seats... as frequent chants of "GUNS AND ROSES" could be heard between sets. So far the tour has been plagued with on and off technical difficulties... though it appeared that only Axl suffered last night. The music sounded very good, but Axl's vocals often faded down into the mix. Although he was noticeably frustrated and continually adjusted his wireless pack, his spirits remained very good during the show. He looked energetic and sang well... unlike the Video Music Awards. As for the players, everyone was phenomenal. Robin Finck played most of the leads and did so superbly. He was energetic and confident as he blazed through 'Sweet Child O'Mine" and "Welcome to the Jungle". Buckethead was a bit of a disappointment really. Though all three guitars shared the bulk of the leads, Buckethead didn't really impress me much and really took away from the energy of the stage show. Robin and Rich could easily pull off all the songs by themselves. Speaking of Richard Fortus, yesterday was his birthday and he gave a great effort for it. He was all over the stage and absolutely assaulted his guitar as usual. He played the lead on 'The Blues' and 'Nightrain'. I watched from the 10th row, stage left... and it was a great show. Nice job Rich! See you again later in the tour.
The setlist was... Welcome To To Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, Guitar Solo [Robin], Sweet Child O' Mine, You Could Be Mine, Guitar Solo [Buckethead], Piano Solo, November Rain, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, My Michelle, Nightrain.
The Guns N' Roses US Tour dates have been announced. See http://www.gnronline.com for more information and dates. This is an indoor arena tour and venues are selling out fast. If you want to see Richard Fortus with GNR, you'd better act fast... and remember, they won't be in STL because of the 1992 riot...
Welcome to the new Pale Divine site. I guess this is probably version 5.0 by now. Many, many things to be added... finally... so stay tuned.
Richard Fortus has officially replaced Paul Tobias as rhythm guitarist for Guns N' Roses. They are currently on tour of China, Japan, and Europe... though they do plan to return to the U.S. for a fall tour starting in perhaps October. The new album titled "Chinese Democracy" is nearly finished and Rich has been recording on several of the tracks. Axl stated, "Richard's the guy that we always were looking for. I think that we'll go on to write some very interesting things with Richard and he's already done some rhythm work and some leads on the album."
It seems that Greg Miller will be performing again with Michael Schaerer. MSG plays St.Louis nearly every weekend and current drummer, Steve Hunt (formerly of NWS) keeps a very busy schedule. Greg and Steve will be sharing drumming responsibilities beginning in the very near future. I'll try to keep you posted on the when(s) and where(s) but just to be safe, please join the mailing list and I'll be sure to send out weekly notices.
Well, the big news is that Rich is now playing with Guns N' Roses. He auditioned for the band a couple years ago and as the new lineup has been slow to emerge, he recently auditioned again and now finds himself preparing for several shows in the Far East and Europe. They do plan to return to the U.S. later this fall for a brand new tour.
You may have noticed that the mailing list isn’t working. The service I was using has been discontinued. I promise to get a new one up and running as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep checking the site for updates on Michael’s shows and news on Rich going on tour.
Some touring information posted today. Michael will be playing around town over the next few weeks. See the venues listed in his gigs section. And, Rich will also be hitting the road again soon. This time with Enrique Eglesias. I’ll post dates and cities once I have the information.
Michael Schaerer site redesign launched today. Also, many Links were revised. And, a Merchandise page was added as well. Still many more changes to come.
New intro finally added with the old logo and some updates to the general information.
Design, Redesign. It seems like I’ve spent a year thinking about the site and planning changes. Well, the facelift is finally here... and there is more to come. You will find that this version of the site is not a full archive at the moment. I will be adding modules over the next couple months including revisions to Michael Schaerer’s information as well as a comprehensive section on The Eyes. And you just might find some mp3 samples of the songs you’ve all been begging to hear. Oh, and I’ve added a Tour section. Why? Well, just because. Take a look and see for yourself.
Updates to paledivine.net are coming very soon. A new flash intro was added today as a reminder to check back soon for additions.
Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Things have been brewing quietly and it's finally time to fill in the blanks. Okay, here is what I know. There has been alot of discussion by the band recently about doing the reunion gig and releasing the demos. I know for fact that the guys tried to make it happen this year around X-mas, but unfortunately, due to schedules and such... it couldn't be done. But... listen to this... Michael, Rich, Dan, and Greg have all been involved in these discussions and the official plan is for the Reunion to be held next year at Thanksgiving. So, it looks like November 23rd or 24th of 2001 has a green light and is being planned.
Also... Rich is soon to have the demos in his hands and he will be remixing them. And, as another very special gift, they have discussed writing a new song to include on the cd. The cd is planned for release at the Reunion show. In the meantime: Michael is still at Kennealy's Pub in Soulard every other Friday night. Rusty Allen, Steve Hanock (original bassist for the Eyes), and Steve Hunt (x-New World Spirits) are playing with him. Look for them to be hitting some other clubs as well in the near future. Rich is still touring with BT. If you haven't seen them yet, check them out. Rich is playing a really groovy electric cello and, of course, guitar. See www.btmusic.com for more information. Greg is playing around town again with a new band, Hannibal. Please go out and support him as well.
Michael & Ursula are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lucas Michael Schaerer on February 9th. The hospital picture is available in Michael's site under the bio section.
In case you haven't heard, Michael and his wife, Ursula, are expecting their first child any day now and he has been incredibly busy making preparations for fatherhood. Obviously, there haven't been any full band gigs lately and Michael has dropped Wednesdays at Kennealy's as well. Michael is, however, currently playing with a 5 piece band at Kennealy's every Friday night that you absolutely must check out. The band consists of Michael, Rusty Allen, Brian Hilgert, Steve Hannock (the original bassist for the Eyes), and Tim Layman. Please come down and join us for a night of great music.
Not many things to really report lately. The full band is on hold for now due to both personnel and personal issues. Rich was in fact in St.Louis, as reported, over the Thanksgiving holiday. He and Michael played at Kennealy's to a surprised crowd that night in what was surely an incredible set. Unfortunately, I was out of town and missed it as well. Also, something you might have missed... Les Aaron has been playing "Halo" on 105.7 The Point during New Music Sunday for the past few weeks. At last some consistent radio play. This is about the only radio play he has received locally, except for a KDHX in studio performance on 6/4/99.
I apologize for being off-line for so long. A few things have changed in the past couple months. First of all www.paledivine.net has been registered and I'm in the process of making massive updates to the site. In the meantime, the current site is accessible through the new address and the old with a few nice links located at the new for easy access. Watch for more to come. Also, Michael is playing a gig at the Side Door on Monday, May 3rd opening for P.J. Olsen. Doors are at 8pm and the cover is $5 ($7 under 21). Rusty and Brian will be with him. And, the Official CD Release Party for Cross To Bear is finally upon us. Saturday, June 5th at the Side Door. Michael will be performing with the full band and playing songs from the cd as well as some vintage Pale Divine.
Michael's cd is now available via mail order for all of you no longer in St.Louis. Just send a check for $12 (plus $3 for shipping/handling) to:
P.O. Box 220893,
St. Louis, MO 63122
Autographed copies are available if requested. Obviously, the shrink wrap will be broken. Order yours today! Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
Radio Iodine's final show was very interesting. See Radio Iodine for more information.
Site changes include: Simply Divine is now a chat room; Press Clippings has been expanded; Official Biography is now included; and check out the word search!
Make it a full weekend. Be sure to see Michael at Kennealy's on Friday, December 11th. He will have his string section with him for at least one set of songs from the cd. And then, head down to Mississippi nights on Saturday for Radio Iodine's farewell show.
Don't miss Radio Iodine's farewell performance at Mississippi Nights on Saturday, December 12th. The cost of the show is $7 and Full On Venus is opening. Come out and mourn this loss with the rest of us. It should be an incredible show at this venue.
Well, as we all wait for Michael to finish the lineup for his "band" and to begin performing songs from Cross To Bear, the only news I have to offer at this time is that Honky Toast will release their cd in January. It was to be out in October... but it seems that the only offering for now is a 3 song EP being distributed to college radio. I'd keep an eye out for that.
Michael played an in store acoustic performance at Streetside Records in the U. City Loop last Saturday. He played much of the new cd and some older songs as well. It was a completely acoustic representation of the cd with guitars playing much of the piano and strings. Never-the-less, it was very impressive and he was greeted with sincere applauses after each song. Michael said that is working on putting a band together to support this cd. Dan will be playing bass again and it will feature cello & violin. He is currently auditioning for a guitarist and drummer. He says that he hopes to be out playing clubs in late October in support of "Cross To Bear." There have been many changes to the site recently in both content and design. Michael's page has been given an almost independent presence with its own counter. Lots of activity there too, I might add. I'm currently working on expanding the "Related Project" section... and also a "Songography" section. I hope you enjoy.
It's been long awaited and it's finally here. "Cross To Bear" has been spotted at Streetside Records in the U. City Loop. I picked up my copy today for only $11.99 and can't stop listening to it. It's definitely not Pale Divine, but for those who have heard Michael play acoustic lately, it's an incredible expression of his music and himself. I found myself listening to the sober lyrics and enchanting melodies. The strings provide such a powerful atmosphere. And, you've got to hear "Lovesong". Just one guitar this time, but the strings are incredible.
" Cross To Bear" is finally finished! Some information is already on the site with more to follow. The cd will be available through mail order... much to the request of many of you. And, it should be in stores within the next few weeks. Watch for CD Release Party announcements.
Homegrown '98 was a great show of local talent. Full On Venus played on the front stage just as soon as the gates opened and absolutely rocked the large crowd of early attendees. Their stage presence was most impressive. Jimmy, Jeff, and Eric were all in black delivering a loud powerful performance. If you haven't seen them yet... go soon. They will be playing an all ages show at the Galaxy on Friday, September 4th. Radio Iodine took the stage around 7pm and were incredible. The set was about a 50/50 mix of old and new material. Something new (for this show anyway) was the fact that the keyboards/backing vocals were replaced by a DJ playing previously recorded backing vocals by Ellen and DAT samples. They were testing the new material out on hometown fans... and they didn't disappoint. There seem to be some break up rumors floating about Radio Iodine, obviously stemming from their former deal with Radioactive ending. But I'm told that they are still writing and searching for a new major to carry the next album. Another interesting Homegrown note was the reunion of The Unconscious. They gave an incredible show... running and dancing all over the stage. They sounded/looked like the party band of old. (Not bad for a bunch of thirty-somethings.... just kidding guys.) A separate counter was added to Michael's page today.
Several bits of news:
Michael's cd is finished and will be called "Cross To Bear". It should be available fairly soon. I'll be sure to give you a release date as soon as I have it. I'm proud to say that this web site will be listed in the linear notes. Just to go along with that, I should have quite a bit of information on the cd itself and Michael's current plans coming soon.
Be sure to go out and support Greg with Radio Iodine and Jimmy with Full On Venus at Homegrown '98 at Riverport Amphitheater on August 29th. Also performing will be Gravity Kills, Stir, New World Spirits, Flick, Pave the Rocket, Sarah Cloud, The Bottle Rockets, Sugardaddy, Robynn Ragland, Die Symphony, The Outsiders, Geishamen, Slapdash, Soul Kiss, and Kristeen Young. Also.... the reunion of the Unconscious!!! Don't miss this show.
Please be sure to visit http://imusic.com/cgi-bin/bbs/bbs.cgi?x=paledivine and post about Pale Divine or related subjects. This is a message forum at I-Music that could prove to be an interesting tool for fans. I am planning on setting up a message board on this site... but in the meantime, we should take advantage of this site.
Just a bit of interesting news... I was at Vintage Vinyl recently and, it seems, that the going rate for a copy of "Straight To Goodbye" is now up from $30 to $50. Surprising? Not really since its out of print and we are talking about St.Louis.
Honky Toast has just finished recording their major label debut for Sony/Epic/500 which is scheduled for release on October 1st. They recorded 14 tracks but its too early to tell how many will appear on the album. Production and engineering credits went to Andy Johns who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Television, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, Rod Stewart.... and the list goes on. They will be playing around New York City this summer and plan to start touring sometime in September.
"It's Michael music." That's how Greg described unfinished mixes of Michael's solo project. Actually, the final mixing was done last night at The Shed (Dave Probst's St.Louis studio). I'll let you know more details as soon as I get them.
At last, confirmation! For better or worse, Radio Iodine has been released from it's contract with Radioactive Records. Greg says they are currently writing for the new album and looking at other labels. Oddly enough, it seems Atlantic Records has taken interest.
Lots of updates for you today.
Richard says that the Honky Toast album is coming along well. "We have about 3 weeks left to go. Everything is sounding amazing. Jon Carin came in and played on some of the stuff this week." He did, however, say that he was never able to coordinate playing on Michael's cd which is too bad really. I guess that's what we get for getting our hopes up.
Last night at Kenneally's, Michael (with Rusty and Brian) played for a rather packed house. If you've never been to Kenneally's, it's a small pub in Soulard that offers a really nice atmosphere for acoustic acts. Michael plays there every Saturday and usually draws a good crowd of knowledgeable fans. He played requests from the audience covering Pink Floyd, Steve Winwood, The Rolling Stones, and many more. He also played several songs off his forthcoming cd and several favorites from Pale Divine (Sorrow, Lovesong, Anything, Together Alone) and Rainbox (Broken Record). After 8 months of recording, the new cd is almost done. Michael said that in a week or so he'll finish recording... then you have mixing, photography, etc. It should be available in about 2 more months so mark your calendars.
Version 3.0 went online today. More changes to come. Let me know what you think of the new format and how it looks in different resolutions.
Radio Iodine is currently is working on the new album. However, I still don't have confirmation that they have been dropped from Radioactive... so I don't know if this the release shall be on Radioactive, another label, independent.
Honky Toast is currently in the studio recording its first album for Epic/550. I'll give you an update on that as soon as I hear something. Rumor has it that Radio Iodine has been dropped by Radioactive Records. There seemed to be some problems after coming off the tour. Their first album, Tiny Warnings, apparently hasn't done as well as expected.
And, its been less than 2 months and the counter is already over 200 hits. Not bad for a band that broke up fours years ago.
Honky Toast is scheduling a tentative September release for their first album on Epic/550. Also, worth mentioning is the fact that the Tiny Cows are playing every Thursday at Kennedy's.
Well, Honky Toast will not be touring with Spacehog. In fact, they won't be touring at all for now. Rich says they would rather get into the studio right away and record. I'm sure they will be touring once the albums finished though. And I just remembered Michael mentioning that Dave Probst is playing on his cd... so I can only assume that Dave is producing as well.
Rich has informed me Honky Toast has indeed signed with Epic/550/Sony and plans to start recording in April. They are also looking at touring with Spacehog starting sometime next month. And he will be playing on Michael's new cd as well... which should be rather interesting. As for Michael, Tiny Cows have been playing out alot lately at both Kennedy's on the landing (314) 421-3655 and at Kenneally's Pub in Soulard (314) 664-5584. Call for listings or watch the RFT or Get Out.
Counter started today.
The Tiny Cows played at Kennedy's on Thursday, February 12th. It was a good show as usual. Michael said his new cd will be out in a couple months. It will be around 11 tracks featuring other musicians. He said that "there is every kind of song on it" and that there was some cello and violin too. Sounds interesting. The Tiny Cows will be playing at Kennedy's again on Thursday Feb. 19th and Thursday Feb. 26th. Show starts around 10 or 10:30 pm and they play til close (2am). I recommend checking it out.
If you are interesting in hearing the Honky Toast cd, I have an address for Black Cat Records now. They will not accept credit card orders but you can send them a check for $13 per cd and they will send it to you. Tell them I sent you.
Black Cat Records
1200 Broadway, Suite#3A
New York, NY 10001
Looks like Honky Toast may have signed with Epic/550 and rumor has it they may be starting an East Coast tour in March.
After first listen to the Honky Toast cd, I'd have to say that it is straight forward rock n' roll. At times it has a bit of a blues feel but it sounds like it would be a rocking live show. The guitarwork is nothing like I've ever heard Rich play before. Very traditional ROCK stuff... nothing mind-blowing, but very powerful. Reminds me of AC/DC.
Richard Fortus' side project Honky Toast has released a cd on a small New York label called Black Cat Records. It's supposedly pretty interesting, but I have yet to hear it. I'll let you know.
Michael Schaerer told me a couple months ago that he is currently working on a solo cd to be released locally in St.Louis. Presumably this will be original acoustic material. I'm not sure if other musicians will lend their talents as well or not. You can catch him playing around St.Louis with some friends under the name the Tiny Cows. They mainly play covers, but you're sure to hear a set of vintage Pale Divine songs too.
**The following posts are from my previous version of this web site that has been off line for several months. I'm including these entries to keep the history complete.
At the Homegrown show (a St.Louis local music festival) Gravity Kills frontman, Jeff, came out with an acoustic guitar and spoke about the origins of the St.Louis local music scene. He specifically gave credit to Pale Divine for their influence and then paid tribute by performing part of "Straight to Goodbye". It was an interesting moment that sent chills down my spine.
The new Love Spit Love album will be released on the Maverick/Warner Brothers label sometime in late May or early June. The final mixing is currently being done in Detroit
Just an interesting update... Michael is playing an acoustic show at Kennedy's on Wednesday the 19th. It should run from roughly 10pm til 2:30am and I am told that he has guests that will be performing with him.
This may be a bit trivial, but I recently learned that Love Spit Love only signed a two album deal with Imago. So this will probably be their last release with the label. I can't see Imago being able to pay to keep them around.
The Kennedy's show was absolutely incredible. Friday night Michael and Bill were scheduled to perform acoustic. They played about three Rainbox songs and then Bill left the stage so that Dan and Greg could join in for some vintage Pale Divine. Michael and Dan played acoustic guitar while Greg jumped in with a very bare drum kit using brushes. In the middle of one of the songs, a guy came up on stage to add more cymbals. This was a very spontaneous show that was not to be missed. Michael was sick and mixing cold medicine with alcohol. However, he suffered more from forgetting the lyrics than from a strained voice or lack of energy. One memorable song was an improvised version of 'Universe' which sounded a bit like 'Jack and Diane' by Mellencamp... but was cut short by an ill Michael. Saturday featured Michael and Dan both on acoustic guitar. (for some reason there was not a bass guitar anywhere in the house) Greg had a full set of drums and Bill played lead guitar. They played most of the cd plus a couple songs by Rainbox and the Eyes. Greg sang a very impressive cover of 'Jane Says' by Jane's Addiction too. The night was most impressive and something not to soon be forgotten. Apparently Richard would have made it but had just finished recording (and producing) the new Love Spit Love album and was resting on a foreign beach somewhere to celebrate. No release date yet. Michael announced that they may be having "the full blown reunion thing soon" and to watch for another show in the next couple months.
Pale Divine, The Unconscious, The Stranded Lads, The Nukes, and more will all be performing December 27th and 28th at Kennedy's 2nd Street Co. in St.Louis. This is a reunion show to benefit a long-time Kennedy's employee who is leaving. You don't want to miss this. Tix only $5 in advance and $7 day of show... if any left.
Apparently Rainbox recorded a demo but no release ever surfaced. They have not played any gigs for quite some time and, again, the various members have gone their own directions. Bill Christy played a stint with Elizabeth Einstein, but is currently hooked up with Ninekiller. Greg Miller has left GBE and is now playing with Radio-Active recording artist Radio Iodine. Late in 1996, they released an EP and plan a full length offering in the Spring of 1997. Jerry Saracini is now banging skins for the Rick Recht Band. And, Michael Schaerer seems to have disappeared from the scene... but can sometimes be caught at Kennedy's playing some spontaneous acoustic guitar. Tragic, isn't it? At least, Rich Fortus is still cranking out the tunes with Love Spit Love. They are currently in the studio working on their next album.
** All news from 1994 until late 1996 has unfortunately been lost.