December 29, 2004
Despite the fact that Venice's new CD "Pacific Standard Time" won't be officially released in America for a few months, there are a limited number of copies on sale now at our very own
Venice Store.  There will also be a few on sale at Venice's upcoming California shows.  Get 'em while they last!


December 27, 2004

Just added a Michael Lennon interview from December 22, on Optimaal FM with Seebe Janssens.  You can listen to that
over here.

Hope everyone's having a fantastic holiday!


December 17, 2004

Kipp asked me to share this picture of a storefront in Hoogezand:



December 12, 2004

Mark Lennon has asked me to share
this link with you, so everyone can see who co-wrote "Don't Worry Worry" with him.


December 10, 2004

Exciting news!  On Thursday, December 16th, 18.00h til 19.00h, Venice will perform a few songs from their new album "Pacific Standard Time" acoustically at the biggest CD Store in the country, Media Markt (Binnenwegplein 50-52 in Rotterdam).  The short performance will be followed by a signing session, and then they'll head off to their sold-out show at the Rotterdam theatre, Oude Luxor.  If you live in the area, try to make it down!


November 28, 2004
Just to clarify, Venice's new CD, "Pacific Standard Time" is not yet available in America, and Venice Store does not currently have any copies on sale.  We hope to start selling it in early 2005, so watch this page, and Venice Store itself, for that announcement!



November 27, 2004
I've got bad news to report.  As you might have noticed on www.brabanthallen.nl, tomorrow night's show at Brabanthallen in Hertogenbosch has been cancelled.  I'm sorry this confirmation comes at such a late hour, but we waited to hear from the venue, because even though they'd informed us earlier this week that they'd cancelled this show, Venice has been trying to make things work so as not to cancel another show on the tour.  Finally the venue decided to stick with their original cancellation request.  Please call the venue if you have any questions, because we're still a bit in the dark about why they did this.

But here's some good news:  Venice's new CD, "Pacific Standard Time," has entered the midweek of Holland's Mega Album Charts' Top 100 at # 34!

Finally, I've added a couple of recent radio broadcasts, one of which contains full acoustic versions of three of the new songs.  If you haven't gotten the CD yet, you should definitely check this out!  And if you do have the CD, check it out anyway, because the performances and the sound quality are great!  Those are here.  Thanks to John Bruil and Mattijs Loor for helping me out with these.


November 24, 2004

Great news!  Venice's new CD, "Pacific Standard Time," is the Album of the Week at Radio 1 in the Netherlands!  Congrats, guys!!!



November 23, 2004
Here's Venice's new bio.  If the PDF file won't open for you, you'll need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can download it for free over here.

Lyrics to all the new songs are posted here.

Now that "Pacific Standard Time" has been officially released in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, please share your opinions about it over here on the Venice Talk forum.  And if you catch any of the shows on Venice's current tour, please tell us all about it over here.  Don't be shy, we're all friends here.


November 12, 2004
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present for your listening pleasure,
audio clips.

Coming soon, lyrics and the new bio!


November 11, 2004

Michael Lennon just posted a very nice note on Venice Talk, that I thought I would reprint here for all to read:

Hello everybody,

Finally we are here in Holland!  So excited to blow your minds with NEW MUSIC.

First of all I want to thank Rene (Steenbergen) and the rest of the Venice radio friends who are playing the single.  Wow!  It's getting better everyday.

It's a bit cold here, but I like it.  It's such a nice change from that boring sunny, clear sky Venice beach that I'm so sick of.......  :)

I want to thank all of you for being so patient and understanding with the different ups and downs regarding the release date and also the shifting concert dates.  Please know that some things are out of our control.

I would also like to thank Peter Valenzuela for getting us out of LAX so smoothly.  Unfortunately, we could not work it out to bring Peter this time, although I tried.  I promise he will return soon.  He is a hard working, good man, that has always been there for the band and myself personally.  He even looks after my wife and kids when I'm out of town.  Love you Pete.

So here I sit, in my room, overlooking the canal in beautiful Amsterdam, practicing my guitar and vocal parts on the new songs which I'm so excited about.  Although I'm not really tired, I should go to bed soon in order to slide into the Dutch time zone.

I would also like to hugely thank Matt Levitz who has recently helped us put together what I feel is our best biography yet.  He puts so much of his spare time into helping us take those next steps that are so important to building our career.  Thank you Matt.  We owe you for the past the present and the future.

Anyway, Mikey has to say goodnight, but I hope to check in periodically to listen to all you good people around the world.  What a lucky man I am.

Oh yeah, lastly, I have to say thank you to my wife and kids, who put up with my never ending days, weeks and months of recording and mixing this record right into leaving them alone for 6 weeks.  They are the reason I pick up my guitar, they are the reason I love to sing and they are what I write most of my songs about.  I love them sooooooooooooooo much.

Love to you all and let's have a blast these next two months,

Michael

Want to reply to Michael personally?  You can do that here.

In other news, all you Dutch fans should keep an eye out for the following promotional appearances:

November 13 - Tros Muziekcafé.  Interview + 3 tot 4 nummers live (radio)
November 22 - Vara Televisie Pa Paul live-optreden:  Everybody’s Opium + Interview
November 26 - TV Gelderland


November 7, 2004
Bad news from management:

Dear friends and fans of Venice,

Unfortunately, I have to announce to you that there has been a delay in the factory that is printing the new album, "Pacific Standard Time."  This, to our regret, means that the official release date for the Benelux will be moved ahead one week.

The release date will be November 22nd, 2004.

Starting next week, more short audio samples will be available through www.venicecentral.com.

The tracklisting will be:

01. I'll Keep My Fingers Crossed
02. Cotton Candy
03. Alive Again
04. Everybody's Opium
05. Back to the Well
06. You and Me Doing Nothing
07. When Your Ship Comes In
08. Right Where We Left Off
09. Two Places at One Time
10. Blue Ocean Park Waltz
11. Don't Worry Worry
12. All or Nothing at All
13. Fifteen Presents
14. Pebble in a Pond
15. Happiness is the Best Revenge

Marcel Albers
Manager, Venice


November 2, 2004

To celebrate the fact that Venice's new CD, "Pacific Standard Time," will be released in the Benelux two weeks from today, I thought you might like another little taste of the album.  So I've put a teaser together.  
Check this out!  (Left-click to listen, right-click to download.)


October 25, 2004
A show has been added at the Park Schouwburg in Hoorn on November 22nd.  See the
tour dates page for more details.


October 23, 2004

A lot of people have been asking why the Den Haag show was cancelled.  You deserve an explanation, so here it is:

The band is thrilled to be about to embark on one of their most successful Netherlands tours yet.  With the new album coming out and a brand new show, it's going to be a great tour.  Every single concert for a month and a half is either sold out or close to selling out.  Except one.  The Den Haag show scheduled for November 25 was the one slow seller out of the entire tour.  And it's easy to see why.  Jackson Browne is performing in Den Haag on the 24th and 25th.  It's no secret that most Venice fans are also Jackson Browne fans, and faced with twenty two different opportunities to see Venice on this tour, and only two chances to see Jackson (who rarely travels to the Netherlands), it makes perfect sense that most fans would choose to attend one of Jackson's shows and then also see Venice on another night.  That's what I would do.  And so tickets for this Den Haag Venice show, on the 25th, hadn't sold nearly as well as the others.  Many attempts were made to try and reschedule this show, but no available date could be found that would work for the band, the venue and the promoters.  And so the show was cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.


October 22, 2004

Unfortunately, Venice's November 25 show in Den Hagg has been cancelled.  Refunds can be obtained from the point of purchase.



October 21, 2004

So how's everybody doing?  Kids okay?  Still working at the same place?  That pain in your wrist ever go away?  Good, good, glad to hear it.  Me?  Doing great, thanks for asking.  Oh, hey, you know, now that I think of it, anyone wanna hear the new single?  Head to
the welcome page and enjoy the Markness.  (And be ready to click on the word "PLAY" when it appears.)  Thanks to Martijn for setting this up!


September 26, 2004
Congratulations to Geoff and Astrid, who just got engaged a few minutes ago on Venice Talk.  You can offer your own well wishes
over here.



September 19, 2004

Mark Lennon posted an album update on Venice Talk this morning, and I thought I would reprint it here:

WE ARE WORKING EXTRA HARD ON OUR NEW ALBUM...ESPECIALLY MICHAEL!  FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS, I THINK HE'S BEEN WORKING 7 DAYS A WEEK, FROM 9:00AM/10:00AM TO 12:00/1:00 IN THE MORNING!  HE'S SUCH A TROOPER!!

I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT THIS ALBUM WILL BE OUR BEST.  THE WAY WE ARE RECORDING IT IS REALLY MAKING IT SOUND MORE INTIMATE, LIKE WE'RE IN YOUR HOUSE, AND ALSO AT THE SAME TIME, MORE LIKE WE ARE LIVE.  IT'S DEFINITELY NOT OVER-PRODUCED.

ALL THE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS WE RECORD ARE SO FAMILIAR AND COMFORTABLE...  AT HOME IN OUR STUDIO, IN MICHAEL'S LIVING ROOM, UP IN HIDEAWAY HILL, SOME KEYBOARDS IN HOLLAND, SOME OTHER INSTRUMENTS AT OUR FRIEND/KEYBOARDIST CHRIS'S HOUSE AND SOME DRUMS AT ANOTHER FRIEND'S STUDIO (WHERE AXL ROSE IS RECORDING TOO!).

THE ARTWORK FOR THE CD IS GOING TO BLOW YOU AWAY!  WE'RE WORKING ALONG WITH DUSTIN, WHO DID OUR "WELCOME" CD!

WELL, THAT'S ALL I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW.  YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO GUESS THE REST.  ALL I CAN SAY IS...  HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS, YOUR HATS, YOUR DRAWERS OR WHATEVER ELSE PEOPLE HOLD ONTO IN ANTICIPATION FOR A BIG EXPLOSION, BECAUSE THIS IS GONNA BE ONE GREAT RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you'd like to say hello to Mark, he'll be running a booth at the Abbot Kinney street fair in Venice Beach next Sunday, September 26th, selling his artwork and his handpainted clothing.  No, Venice will not be performing (as many people have e-mailed me to ask).


September 16, 2004
Ever thought about learning how to play the bass guitar?  Want to learn from the best?  Venice virtuoso Mark Harris is looking for students to tutor privately, both in LA and in Holland, as his touring schedule with the band determines his availability.  If you're interested, e-mail me at matt@venicecentral.com and I'll put you in touch with him.  Serious inquiries only, please!


September 15, 2004
A quick note from Venice's U.S. keyboardist, Chris Horvath:

Hey there,

Looking for some mindless humor and something to do this weekend?  I think I’ve got JUST the thing...

This coming Friday, September 17th, there is a movie opening which I scored called "National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers."  It’s a teen comedy aimed at the same audiences that would like "American Pie," "Dumb & Dumber," "Dude, Where’s My Car?" and films of that type.  It’s full of all kinds of tasteless humor and stupid jokes that we Americans pride ourselves on.

The film will be in wide release across the whole country and should be at a theater near you.  You can find out more about the movie at: http://www.golddiggersthemovie.com or at our website: http://www.jamnation.com/projects.html

If you can find it in your busy schedules to go see this movie OPENING WEEKEND (which is THE MOST important time), I will most definitely owe you one (drink, meal, carwash, whatever...).  Please forward this email to anyone who you think might like it, and I hope to talk to you soon.

Thanks...

Chris Horvath
Creative Director/Composer
Jamnation Music
www.jamnation.com


September 3, 2004
I haven't updated the news page in a while, so I thought I'd pop in and say hello.  Hello!

Okay, album update.  Believe it or not, Venice is well along into recording it.  They taped demos in their home studio as part of the writing process, and then just like they did with the last CD, "Welcome to the Rest of Your Life," they've decided to keep a lot of those tracks for the final product.  Last weekend they went into a bigger studio to record Matt Laug's drum tracks onto four songs.  The album is definitely on schedule to come out next month, in time for their big Holland tour.  Michael Lennon is back in the producer's chair, and the engineer is Robbie Jacobs.  The guys are all very excited about the new material, and Michael told me it's the most fun he's ever had working on an album.

And now, John Vester news.  John is preparing for his first ever tour of Austin, Texas.  Tour dates are posted on the tour dates page (of all places!), and schedule permitting, Mark Lennon is hoping to join him as a backup singer.  So if you live in that area, or know someone who does, please spread the word!

John is also thrilled to report, "Right before Venice left for Holland---we had an explosion of new songs---over the last 2 weeks---I co-wrote 4 new songs w/the guys (2 w/just Michael)---for their upcoming release---(soon!....)---they recorded all 4---& I really like all 4...."  John sure does love working with these guys!  And dashes!


August 5, 2004
There's been a lot of gossip and rumors and questions going around, and while the band is not ready to make a full official announcement, I can at least confirm that Venice and Sony Records have indeed parted ways.  This move was amicable, and was initiated by Venice, and they're extremely happy about this positive new direction.  They were not "dropped."  There are big plans being set into motion that I can't discuss yet, but have no fear, the album will be released on schedule, and the tour will follow.  Watch this page for further news as events develop.


July 20, 2004
Venice has added a third McCabe's acoustic show.  Sunday, August 8, at 7:00pm.  If you haven't gotten tickets yet, get 'em now!  Saturday's late show is already sold out, and Saturday's early show is close to sold out.  This is a rare chance to see Venice in a tiny, intimate setting.  And they'll definitely be debuting a lot of new songs, so you won't want to miss that.

Speaking of which, Kipp says the songwriting is really flowing, and they're very excited about the new music.  His enthusiasm is infectious, and personally, I can't wait to hear it.

Oh, one last piece of news before I catch my train to Comic-Con...  Sunday, October 3, "Jammin' in the Canyon."  Outside, on the baseball field at Canyon Charter Elementary School.  Hosted by actor Don Cheadle.  Many different artists (TBA) performing throughout the afternoon and early evening, culminating in the headlining event, Venice with David Crosby!  It's a benefit for arts in school, so it's a great cause.  Be there!

Okay, I don't actually have ticket information yet.  But mark your calendars, book your plane tickets, etc.


July 5, 2004

Hey look, it's a note from Michael!

Dear friends and fans,

We miss you....big time.

We have been having so much fun working on the new songs for the new album.  At the moment, we are getting the rough sketches down and working out arrangements while at the same time new ideas are jumping out of our little brains.  These next two weeks we'll really be going strong to develop these songs but we leave ourselves open to chase spontaneous inspiration as well.

I can't tell you how much we think of being in front of you guys performing these songs.  Sometimes it puts too much pressure on us and others it's simply thrilling.  We really hope you dig the new stuff and we thank you for being so patient, waiting for this new album......I still call 'em albums because I like that better than CD.

At this point, it looks like I will be producing and engineering most of the record, but there are possibilities for others to be involved.  Time and fate will dictate who those other people are.  We hope to venture into some new territories but be assured it will be VENICE.

Hope this peaks your interests and gets you excited for the next chapter in the Venice experience.  It's even exciting for us, not knowing what 10 to 14 new songs you'll be singing back to us!

Please send us good vibes and get ready to have a blast.

All the best,
Michael, Kipp, Mark and Pat..........VENICE


July 1, 2004

John Vester's new CD, "Things I Wish I Would Have Said," is available now.  Venice's Michael Lennon co-produced the CD with John, and members of Venice sing and perform on almost every track.  Audio clips and ordering information can be found
here.  All three John Vester CDs can be purchased using Paypal over on JohnVester.com.


June 11, 2004
Coming soon to Venice Store, Pine Mountain Logs t-shirts, and ladies' ribbed tank tops.  These new items will also be on sale at the Belly Up show.



June 4, 2004

A new DVD will be released in Holland on June 15th:

This DVD is in the Pal format, so if you're in America and have it imported, it will not play on your television unless your DVD player is manufactured to do NTSC/Pal conversions.  There is a chance it will play on your computer, depending on the region restrictions.



May 22. 2004
Here's another update from Mark Lennon:

HEY GUYS, JUST A REMINDER...

MONDAY, MAY 31ST.  TOPANGA DAYS.  WE GO ON AT 3:15, SO GET THERE AT LIKE...1:00 OR SO, FOR PARKING AND EATING AND WALKING AROUND THE FAIR.

FRIDAY NIGHT, JUNE 4TH!  PINE MOUNTAIN LOGS AT THE "CANYON CLUB" IN CALABASAS/AGOURA, RIGHT OFF THE 101 FREEWAY.  TAKE THE KANAN DUNE ROAD EXIT AND MAKE A "U" TURN OVER THE FREEWAY.  IT'S ABOUT 40 MINUTES FROM VENICE.  TELL EVERYBODY YOU KNOW!  THIS IS GOING TO BE AN INCREDIBLE PLACE FOR US TO DO OUR "LOGS" SHOW!  WE'VE ONLY DONE VENICE SHOWS THERE AND IT'S HUGE!  THE CLUB IS REALLY COOL TOO!  PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES, GET A CHEAP HOTEL NEARBY AND TAXI IT FROM THERE SO YOU CAN HAVE A FEW COCKTAILS AND NOT WORRY.

SATURDAY, JUNE 19TH.  PINE MTN. LOGS AT THE BELLY UP, SOLANA BEACH, SAN DIEGO.

THURSDAY, JULY 15TH.  VENICE AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER.  EARLY SHOW PLAYING BEFORE THE YOUNG DUBLINERS.  TELL EVERYONE!

THANKS AND ALWAYS CHECK:
http://www.venicecentral.com
FOR MORE DETAILS.

P.S.  OUR NEW CONCERT IN HOLLAND DVD IS AVAILABLE NOW AT THE VENICE STORE ON OUR SITE.  IT'S A TWO HOUR SHOW WITH DOCUMENTARY, FAMILY TRIBUTE TO THE LENNON SISTERS AND OUR UNCLES, AND A BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF.  IT'S LIKE HAVING US RIGHT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM!  ...SERIOUSLY!

P.P.S.S.  ...ALSO CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE:
http://www.markylennon.com

Ciao for now,
Marky

Also, for those of you not on Venice's local mailing list, here's the postcard that went out advertising the Canyon Club show.  Kipp was obviously in a very silly mood when he wrote it.

 

May 11, 2004
Well, the auctions I listed a couple of days ago for tickets for Friday's show are over.  But something new has just come up.  Special seats in the first two rows and passes to a meet-and-greet with Jackson Browne after the concert, are selling on Ebay for $1035 per ticket.  The price is set for "Buy It Now," so there is no bidding involved, just a straight purchase.  Remember, these are for charity, and are therefore a tax write-off.  Check those out
over here.


May 9, 2004

Well, they say there's no such thing as a sold out show.  I don't know who "they" are, but obviously they're already holding tickets to Friday's show, because if they weren't, I'm not so sure they'd be saying that.  This Jackson Browne/Venice benefit concert is about as sold out as a show could possibly be.  I've gotten a lot of e-mail from fans, and from friends, asking for my help getting them in, but there's been nothing I could do for them.  Until now.  Turns out the idiom holds some truth after all.  I found two pairs of tickets on sale at Ebay.  Bidders will probably wind up paying a bit above face value for them, but it's money well spent for this special night of music.  You can participate in those auctions over here and over here.  Good luck!



May 8, 2004

A note from Mark Lennon:

Hey Everyone,

I will have a booth at the upcoming Carnevale event on Saturday, May 15th of my handpainted clothing and merchandise.  I'll have pants, jackets, shoes, skirts, bags and more.  You can see pictures on
my website at www.markylennon.com.

I'll also be singing background vocals with John Vester from 3:30 to 3:50pm.  Although my poster entry into the contest did not win, it will be displayed at the Venice Branch of the Bank of America along with the other entries...check it out!

Carnevale is a great day full of music, costumes, and festivities.  Check out their website at: www.carnevale.us, especially the entertainment page.  The faire is from noon to 10pm on the Venice Circle.

Also, Venice will be playing at Topanga Days on Monday, May 31.  We go on at 3:15, so be sure to get there before 2 to park, get something to eat and drink, and see the faire before our concert.  Topanga Days website is:
http://www.topangacommunityclub.org/topdays04/musicaltalents.htm

Marky



May 7, 2004

After far too long of a delay (sorry about that), the German-language section of Venice Talk is now up and running,
right over here.  We'd like to invite all our German friends to come and join our ever-growing community.  Drop by and say hello!


May 6, 2004

Dates and venues for John Vester's Holland tour are now posted on the
Tour Dates page.  John's brand new CD, "Things I Wish I Could Have Said," will be on sale at these shows.


April 28, 2004
Venice has just announced that their new single in Germany is "One Word."  It will be released to radio and stores this week.  Here's hoping that one word turns out to be "hit!"  (Yes, I used to write radio shows for a living.  Can you tell?)



April 22, 2004

A few pieces of news from Venice collaborator and frequent co-writer John Vester.  John's new CD, "Things I Wish I Would Have Said," is finished and mastered and will be released in May or June.  Just like John's last album, this was produced by Venice's Michael Lennon, and members of Venice play and sing on various tracks.

On Saturday, May 15 (the day after the Jackson Browne / Venice show), John will perform a short set at 3:30pm at the Venice Carnevale in Venice Beach, California.  Mark and Michael Lennon are tentatively scheduled to perform with him at this show.  Attendance is free.  So if you come into town for the benefit concert the night before, you'll want to stick around and check this out as well.

Then in early June, John will do a quick tour of the Netherlands.  Look for tour dates to be posted soon, on John's section of the Tour Dates page at Venice Central, and also at JohnVester.com.


April 21, 2004

Venice's cybercast has been archived, so if you missed it, you can now check it out anytime you want, minus the first song, "Carry On," which for some reason was not made part of the file.  The remaining 90 minutes are over
here.  Setlist is as follows:

The Weight (The Band)
Down on the Corner (Credence Clearwater Revival)
With a Little Help from my Friends (Joe Cocker)
Sing a Simple Song (Sly and the Family Stone)
Reeling in the Years (Steely Dan)
Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
Scarsborough Fair (traditional, also Simon & Garfunkle)
Piece of my Heart (Janis Joplin)
What's Going On (Marvin Gaye)
All Right Now (Free)
If I Were You
Sweet Aloha
The Family Tree
The End of the World
One Quiet Day
Think Again
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)



April 17, 2004

Despite the fact that Fabchannel.com claims that Venice's webcast will begin promptly at 8pm Holland time (11am Pacific Standard Time) on Tuesday, April 20th, the band actually has to wait until after the movie "Festival Express" finishes, before their live set can begin.  So the starttime will actually be at approximately 9:20pm Holland time (12:20pm Pacific Standard Time).  Follow the link by clicking on the logo below.

Also, remember that tickets for the Jackson Browne / Venice benefit show on May 14 at Santa Monica High School will go on sale this Monday, April 19th.  Only 500 tickets will go on sale for this 1000 seat room (the rest go to VIPs), so be sure and get yours quickly.  Tickets can only be purchased by phone by calling (310) 452-1394.  I have confirmed that this is the correct phone number, but don't bother calling it before Monday morning, because nobody will pick up.  I don't know what time tickets will go on sale yet, but I'm trying to find that out.  If I hear anything, I will post it here.  If I don't, then I suppose 10am seems like a fairly educated guess.


April 13, 2004

On Tuesday, April 20, 2004, exactly one week from today, Venice's entire Festival Express set will be cybercast live on the internet.  Fans all over the world can tune in here:


(Click on the box!)

You will be required to register on their site before you're granted access to either the live feeds or the archives.  So you might want to take care of that in advance, rather than discovering this time-consuming step right when the show is starting.  Just try to access any of their archived concerts, and the registration option will pop up.


April 2, 2004

In case anyone missed this year's April Fools Day joke, I replaced the picture on the site's main page with the following:


Exciting New DVD now on sale at Venice Store!


It's kind of a shame it was just a gag.  I don't know about you guys, but I sure would've bought one.


March 24, 2004 - 10:15pm update
If you haven't read the news from earlier today, scroll down and read that first.

Michael Lennon has confirmed "Think Again's" airplay chart position in Spain.  This week, "Think Again" is #8!

As for those two Spanish commercials that started it all, I've just posted them.  Check 'em out here.


March 24, 2004

A couple of exciting pieces of news today.  First off, the band has just written two new songs!  Kipp says that one of them is a soft ballad, and the other grooves along with sort of a "Bad Timing Song" meets "Road to Where You Are" feel.  The hope is to have it ready for a fall release.

The other piece of news is something I mentioned briefly on Venice Talk last week, but I now have enough details to actually put a story together.  In the last few months, "Think Again" and "Not Down Anymore" have been featured in television commercials in Spain.  They've gotten such a great reaction, that Sony publishing decided to release Venice's CD in that country.  National Radio picked up "Think Again" as the single and put it into heavy rotation, and then many other stations in the country followed suit and added it as well.

So, to all our new friends in Spain who are just now discovering Venice for the first time, welcome to the rest of your life!


March 22, 2004

A quick note from management:

Important news!

There has been a change of venue in Venice's upcoming tour.  The May 2nd show will be moved to the MECC Theatre in Maastricht.  Tickets will be valid for this venue.  Also, timeschedules will remain the same for this show.

 

March 15, 2004  (8:40am)
I just got word that Avion, the new band featuring Venice drummer Jamie Wollam (and Tories singer Steve Bertrand), will be on the Mark and Brian radio show in 20 minutes. That's 9am, Pacific Standard Time. So if you get the show in your area, check Jamie out.

Also, be sure and pick up their new CD, which will be released on March 23. And if you're in LA, head to their album release party at the Roxy in Hollywood on March 25.

The band's webpage is here.


February 22, 2004
For those of you who are still undecided about whether to purchase Venice's new concert DVD, I've created a sampler reel, so you can get a feel for what it looks and sounds like.  (Obviously the quality in both departments is considerably lessened so that it can be streamed, but it's good enough to give you a general idea.)  Check that out
over here.


February 16, 2004

New tour dates have been added to the
Tour Dates page.  Remember back on January 23, when Venice performed in Rotterdam, Holland, after the movie premiere of the film "Festival Express?"  Half of their 90 minute set consisted of cover songs from the 1970s, and the other half was made up of Venice songs. Apparently, they were so well received, that they've now been invited to tour with the movie.  So from mid-April to early May, they'll perform after the film at many concert halls and upscale movie palaces throughout Holland.  And then right in the middle of that schedule, they'll headline three club shows in Germany, supported by Dutch singer/songwriter Kirsten.


February 14, 2004

The American version of Venice's concert DVD is now on sale at
Venice Store.  So what are you waiting for?  Go buy one for yourself, and then several extras to hand out to all your friends!

In other news, the Pine Mountain Logs show at the Belly Up Tavern is now officially confirmed.

Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!


January 31, 2004
Normally, I never post tour dates until they've been personally confirmed by Michael Lennon.  However, Michael's currently out of town and unreachable, so I'd like to state for the record that the following information is unconfirmed and unofficial.  However, having said that, you might be interested to know that the Belly Up Tavern's webpage and local San Diego newspapers are both reporting that the Pine Mountain Logs will be playing there on Friday, February 27th.  So I'd say there's a fairly good chance that this rumor is true.

But if it isn't, remember, you didn't hear it from me.....


January 27, 2004

When Melissa Etheridge releases her new album "Lucky" on February 10th, be sure and pick up a copy, so you can clearly hear Kipp Lennon singing backup on the song "Mercy."


Bernie Barlow, Melissa Etheridge, Kipp Lennon



January 18, 2004

Those of you who frequent Venice Talk got the big scoop yesterday when Frits Tuijn posted news of an intimate acoustic Venice concert taking place in Holland later this week, with room for only 180 people to attend.  I hadn't been able to confirm the show with Michael Lennon until just now.  Yes, it's real, and if you want to go, then you'd better move fast and make your reservation.  The information is posted
here.


January 8, 2004

I just picked up a voice mail from Pat Lennon.  (I must have been in the other room.  Sorry, Pat!)  He tells me he was just informed that his episode of "Designer's Challenge" will air tonight.  Pat is featured on this episode as a carpenter, not as a musician.

Pat was upset that he wasn't given much notice to let the Venice fans know about it, but hopefully most of you will read this posting in time.  It's on a cable channel called HGTV, and Pat was told that it's on at 9:30pm tonight.  However, my satellite guide says it's on at 10:30pm.  So just to be safe, I recommend that you guys check your local listing.  Or else try the channel at 9:30pm, and if it isn't on, come back in an hour.

And if you miss it tonight, Pat says it will be rerun at 3:30pm this Sunday the 11th.  Which, again, might mean 4:30pm, so please check your guide.


January 6, 2004

A quick note from Venice's management:

Venice Festival Express Special

On Friday January 23rd, Rotterdam will experience the legendary music movie Festival Express.  This documentary is a report of a 7-day traintrip through Canada in 1970, with performances by Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, a.o.  After the movie, Venice will perform playing songs from that period.  (1970s)  Presale will start this Saturday.

The Festival Express is part of the Rotterdam Film Festival.  The Venice-performance will consist of 2 parts: first the band will play covers from the 70s, the evening will be closed with “Venice-songs.”

Venice Festival Express Special

Nighttown, Rotterdam
Friday 23 January 2004
Entrance: € 29,- (excl. servicefees)
Start: 18.00 uur
Start movie: 18.00 - 19.15
Venice: 19.30 uur - 21.00

This is a seated show. Tickets available through Ticketservice.