December 23, 2010

 


December 18, 2010

Wow, look what I found!

 



December 14, 2010

As a special holiday gift to our fans, we're happy to announce a special Venice show in Holland, April 10, 2011 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.

Mark, Kipp and Pat will be on tour with Roger Waters and will be performing "The Wall" in Arnem, NL, on the 8th, 9th and 11th of April.  On April 10, their day off, they'll be joined by Michael and the rest of Venice's touring band to perform a special Venice concert.

Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, Dec. 18, but if you're on Venice's email list, you'll be sent a link to a special page of the Melkweg website, which will allow you to buy tickets two days before they go on sale to the general public. You can join our mailing list by clicking here:

This is one show only.  It's the first full band electric Venice concert since May of 2009, and it might be the only Venice show in Holland this year.  Please come and celebrate Venice "Off the Wall" with us.  We even encourage our American supporters to come over the pond and see what all the hoopla is about.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Holidays!

Venice

Venice did the same thing last weekend, performing their annual Christmas show in Santa Monica on a day off from Roger Waters' run at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The entirety of Waters' band was in attendance, and at the first encore, this happened:

 

A few days later, I was able to catch "The Wall" show a second time, in San Jose at the HP Pavillion, with my lovely wife Erika.

Why yes, I have lost all of my hair, thanks for noticing!  After mingling backstage for a little while, we headed back towards our seats and stumbled across the kids rehearsing for their big number.  So I took out my iPhone and shot this:

 

Not to change the subject, but we've gotten great response from the new "Venice - Live in Hollywood - 1990" DVD.  Here's a second clip:

 

This full length concert DVD (currently only available in NTSC) is only $15 and can be purchased exclusively here.

For those of you in the LA area looking for something to do this Sunday night, December 19th at exactly 5:00pm, John and Maria Vester will be joined by Venice's Michael Lennon for a Christmas concert at Animal House.  66 Windward Ave., Venice, CA  90291.  (310) 392-5411.

Dutch fans, keep watching this space.  We'll have another special announcement for you guys soon, probably next week sometime.  In the meantime, if you're not on our Facebook page, why the heck not?  Join us here.


November 29, 2010

 


November 2, 2010

Hello from Venice,

Some great news to announce....

As luck would have it, Mark, Kipp and Pat have a day off while they are in LA doing the Wall shows at the Staples Center.

After many discussions, we've decided to do a special, one gig only, "Christmas Show" at the Lennon Lounge in Santa Monica before the guys head back out to finish the North American leg of the Wall tour. The "Venice Christmas Show" will be Saturday, December 4, 2010.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, November 3rd, at the Venice Store, which is accessible from the main table of contents page at www.venicecentral.com.

Special guests: The Daily Routine (featuring Charlie Vaughn and Avalon Lennon, joined by Michael Lennon, Mark Harris and Matt Puccio).

The guys are thrilled to be coming home, and we're so excited to play some Venice music for friends and family.

We hope you'll join us........it will be the last Venice show of 2010.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Holidays!

Michael - Venice


October 23, 2010
Thanks to Julie Skaggs for
this great interview with Michael and Kipp.

Also, if you haven't read Kipp's third blog entry, it's here.


September 20, 2010

Kipp Lennon's second blog entry is now posted,
over here.


September 14, 2010
Wow, talk about a day from hell.  What you're about to read is a second version.  It took me about three hours to write and re-write and perfect the first draft, and then as soon as I had it absolutely the way I wanted it, and I loaded up my FTP program to upload it, I carelessly dragged the file from right to left instead of left to right, and instantly deleted my work irretrievably.  After about an hour of smashing furniture followed by another hour of babbling incoherently in a fetal position, I have now re-created, to the best of my ability, what I had already written the first time around.  Mostly.  More or less.  I think.

The tale begins about a week ago, when a guy in New Jersey made me an offer I couldn't refuse.  Fortunately, this was the good kind.  It was Kipp Lennon, who was on the east coast with Mark and Pat rehearsing for Roger Waters' "The Wall" world tour.  He told me that if I could find my way from California to New Jersey, he could get me a pair of tickets for a special invitation-only run-thru performance of the show, Sunday, September 12, three nights before the tour officially begins in Canada.  He said that this would be the full show, with lights, sets, projections, special effects, exactly the way it will soon be presented to the rest of the world.  Well, I won't bore you with the details of how I scrambled to make it over there (or the 16 1/2 hours it took me to get home), I'll just skip to the good part, where I'm three rows from the stage, dead center, at the IZOD arena in New Jersey, sitting next to Michael Lennon and Mark Harris (and my friends Steve Wells and Kurt Torster), in front of a small audience of well under 1000 people, and the lights go down, and we're all completely blown away.

At this point in the narrative, I feel like I should establish my classic rock cred.  In over twenty years as a music fan, I've attended concerts by the Rolling Stones, the Who, Paul McCartney, Page and Plant, Queen + Paul Rogers, Eagles, Tom Petty, Genesis, Elton John, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Journey, Styx, Bryan Adams, the list goes on and on.  I've even seen Pink Floyd twice, once when they were touring with "A Momentary Lapse of Reason," and once with "The Division Bell."  Roger Waters was not with them at either show, but they were still pretty good.

As for my Pink Floyd cred, I would classify myself as a casual fan.  I know every word and every note of "The Wall," "Wish You Were Here" and "The Dark Side of the Moon," along with the two aforementioned post-Waters albums, but I've never felt the need to explore deeper into their back catalog.

So now that you know my background, I hope you can appreciate the weight of the following statement, that Roger Waters' "The Wall" show is probably the best concert I've ever seen.

I admit that I am biased because three of my friends are in the show.  And of course I'm not immune to the excitement of the private event, or the work I had put into getting there, or our proximity to the stage.  But hear me out.

This show is more than just a concert.  It's an epic event, and it's unlike any performance I've ever seen before.  I'm going to try to avoid spoilers here, but I will say that at the climax of the first song, there is a pyrotechnic display that if it had occurred as their grand finale (or perhaps as the closing ceremony at the Olympics), you would walk away feeling like you'd more than gotten your money's worth.  And we all looked at each other, going, "Where on earth can they possibly go from here?"  But then they proceeded to show us.  Each new song is its own set piece, and is its own stunning audio/visual experience.  The images are powerful, thought provoking, and at times even disturbing, but consistently original.  The show starts with the bar impossibly high, and then repeatedly outdoes itself.  There's no question that millions of dollars have been spent, and every cent is up on display, created and guided by a genius auteur, and then engineered by the smartest and most talented tech guys in the business.  This is the "Avatar" of concerts.

If I can take a moment to share another revelation about myself, I'm typically the kind of guy who has to be as close to the stage as possible.  At every opportunity, I move up, a few rows at a time, so that even if I start the show somewhere in the middle of the arena, by the last song, I'll often be right at the stage.  And the reason is because I feel that the closer you are to the front, the better the show gets.  You can feel the performers' energy better, see the facial expressions, and everything intensifies.  Well, the bizarre thing about "The Wall" is that here, the opposite is true.  Having experienced this concert from the third row, I find myself in the shocking position of admitting that I was too close.  This concert is not about the performers, so being close to them is irrelevant.  What this is is an overwhelming presentation, fifty feet high and two hundred and forty feet wide, that I was unable to completely take in.  Every time I looked at something on the left, I missed something on the right, and then when I spun to see that, I realized that something awesome was going on behind me, flying over the crowd.  As weird as it feels to type this, I think that this might actually be the first concert I've ever been to where the fans in the cheaper seats, higher up, are actually going to have a fuller experience than the folks who refinanced their homes in order to pay scalper's prices and sit in the front.

It's worth mentioning that the surround sound system is impressive too.  Every element is crystal clear, with music and sound effects coming at you from all directions.  And the good news is that the speaker system is a part of this tour, and travels with them.  So this high quality will be consistent at every stop.

I'm sure most of you are wondering, by this point, when I'm going to get to Venice.  Well, obviously the guys sound great (when do they not?), but their vocals don't tower over everything, as we all know they're very capable of doing.  If this were a Venice show, and they were performing a Pink Floyd song at an encore, they would have brought their own style and made it their own, as they do to every cover song they tackle.  But here, they weren't hired to bring their Venice Vibe to the table, they were hired for their vocal skills and their ability to do perfect justice to the integrity of the source material.  And that's exactly what they've done.  Pink Floyd fans will appreciate the faithful reproduction of the background harmonies, as the Venice guys blend in perfectly with the excellent musicians and create an overall sound that is both reminiscent of the original album, while simultaneously bringing the excitement and energy of a live performance.  Every now and then I would hear a purely sung chord that would stick out to me as a familiar Venice touch.  And towards the end, there are a couple of songs where the harmonies are more prominent and our guys do shine through.  But as a whole, this is not a show that is designed to play to Venice's strengths, and so their personal style is not on display.

Another observation is that for large stretches of the show, the guys don't move.  Like at all.  And I found that really disconcerting.  With Marky especially, because there isn't a moment at a Venice show where he isn't drawing your eye with his dance moves, even when he's not the one singing the song!  Watching him stand statue-still feels very odd.  Equally uncharacteristic is Pat with no guitar in front of him.  The only one who feels even slightly in his element is Kipp, because he occasionally bangs a tambourine like he does on "One Quiet Day," and he occasionally hits a cowbell like he does on "Think Again."  At those moments, I felt like, "Ah, there's the Kipp Lennon we know and love."  But for the most part, they, along with the rest of the band, move very little.  And the effect that has is that they don't distract from the real star of the show, which - surprise! - is not even Roger Waters' performance.  He does a great job, and is in fine voice, but no, the star here is Roger Waters' vision.  That's the part that's going to stay with you.

So the question that Venice fans are probably asking themselves at this moment is whether the band taking a year off from writing, recording and performing their original material is worth it.  After all, it's been a hotly debated topic on our Venice Talk web forum, and in many private conversations, whether Venice's best case scenario is achievable.  You know, the one where Pink Floyd fans all over the world who attend this concert are so blown away by the background vocals that they immediately investigate who the singers are, discover the band, and become instant Venice fans.  (Hey, what can I say, blunt honesty is a curse.)  Now that I've seen the show, my opinion is that this probably won't happen to any significant degree.  The guys do an amazing job, but so does everyone else on this tour, both onstage and off.  And when the show is over, and you're making clumsy attempts to pick your jaw up off the floor, it's the entire experience that leaves its impression, not any one element of it.

I think the value of Venice's participation, and indeed the triumph of it, lies elsewhere.  This is truly a concert for the ages. I can't imagine anyone seeing it and not remembering this experience for the rest of their lives.  And right there at the center of it is Kipp, Mark and Pat.  And that's a pretty cool thing.  It's kind of like if you're a character actor, and you work your whole life without ever becoming a big star, but you did wind up with a couple of lines in "Star Wars" or "The Godfather."  Maybe you won't get recognized on the street for it, but you'll always carry that memory of having been a part of entertainment history, putting your fingerprints on something that has a profound effect on millions of people.  Kipp, Mark and Pat have that here.  They get to be a cog in this incredible machine, and imprint their DNA on rock history.  Not bad for a year's work.

So my recommendation is that everyone reading this should definitely make an effort to see this concert if you can.  Don't worry if your seats are in the upper level, you'll be fine.  The show is designed to play to you, even all the way up there.  Go, not because you're hoping to see Venice make their mark in a larger capacity, but to celebrate this accomplishment with them, and to share in the experience.

And also because it's one hell of a show.

On a side note, I mentioned earlier that Michael Lennon experienced this concert next to me.  For those of you who may have been directed here from another site, and don't know the tragic history that's transpired, the quick version is that up until about a month ago, Michael was going to be one of the backup singers on this tour, along with Kipp and Mark Lennon, but when he was unable to consistently hit the high notes, he was let go and replaced with Pat Lennon, who also happens to be a member of Venice.  From the moment this happened, Michael has carried himself with unbelievable dignity, and I have to tell you, at the concert, he exuded nothing but pride and joy.  Personally, if I had been the one in Michael's shoes, and I was confronted with the staggering culmination of everything I had been looking forward to, I don't think I would have been able to contain my anger and disappointment.  But Michael had the time of his life, smiling the whole time, pointing things out excitedly ("Look at that! Look at that!"), clapping and dancing and singing along.  He really is genuinely thrilled that his band mates get to do this, and I find his grace to be both inspiring and humbling.

Okay, so there it is.  Draft two (slightly shorter this time, if you can believe that), uploaded to Venice Central with the care and precision of a surgeon.  If any other webpage out there would like to share this article, you have my permission to reprint any and all of it.  Please attribute it to me, Matt Levitz, Venice's webmaster.  All that I ask in return is that you please include a link to Venice Central's main page, at www.venicecentral.com.  Thanks!!



September 9, 2010
Be sure and read "Behind the Wall," Kipp Lennon's blog documenting his experience on Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour.  His first entry is all about rehearsing the show.  Check it out
here!


August 23, 2010

As previously reported, the new issue of Fireworks Magazine features an in-depth interview with Venice.  It's a little bittersweet to read now, hearing about how excited Michael was at the time to embark on the Roger Waters tour.  But it's still a very interesting article.  The print version was abridged for space, but you can read the full, unedited version on their website.  
Click here.  You will need to register, but after you've done that, simply click on the "Fireworks Magazine" box, click on "Current Issue," then scroll down a little and then click on "Read More" where you see Venice.


August 13, 2010

An announcement from Michael Lennon:

Hello family and friends,

After a fair amount of vocal rehearsals, and a fair amount of frustration, it has been decided that it would be best if Pat replace me as the vocalist that sings all the high parts for the Roger Waters tour of "The Wall."  Unfortunately, the vocal part I was assigned ended up out of my natural range, and made it very difficult for me to consistently deliver......and I don't like "not delivering."  Luckily for Pat, and for Venice, these parts seem to be in his "wheelhouse" (the strong part of his voice).

As crazy as this whole situation has been, this is still an amazing opportunity for Venice.  I love my brother and cousins, and of course it will be strange to have them traveling to gigs, checking into hotels, laughing until crying and ultimately singing on stage without me, but I wish them all the best on this tour, and I know they will blow people away with "that sound."

Although I will be staying home for this tour, I'll get to watch my son Rowdy start Middle School, and my daughter Avalon play her second year of High School volleyball...... and have Halloween and Thanksgiving with my family.....which hasn't been the case for a long time.  These simple things are so thrilling for me.

I'm confident that there are many new opportunities awaiting me as a result of this.  I will be open to and will embrace what the universe has to offer me.

My wife Danielle is amazing.......she is my rock.  We choose to look at this situation as a new opportunity for new possibilities.

I thank you all for your support.

I have no regrets...... (other than everything to do with not doing the tour...  ;)  )

I am a lucky man!

Michael

(If you need a manager, booker, label owner, online store operator, producer, arranger, engineer, drummer, bassist, keyboardist, banjoist, mandolinist or guitarist that can't sing high notes consistently, I'm available!)

 

August 7, 2010
Sorry for the lack of updates, folks.  As you can imagine, things have slowed down considerably as Kipp, Mark and Michael prepare for their grand adventure as part of the Roger Waters ensemble.

The three of them will depart at the tail end of August for "The Wall" tour rehearsals, which will take place on the east coast.  In preparation, they've been holding their own private vocal rehearsals with the fourth member of their quartet, Jon Joyce, who sings the low parts.  Jon sang on the original Pink Floyd album and on their subsequent tour, so he knows these vocal parts like the back of his hand.  Michael tells me that Jon has been a huge help, pointing out notes in the recording that are so quiet you can barely hear them, but still need to be sung.  He's also guided them to hold out long notes without using any vibrato, which is much harder to do, and is not how the guys are used to singing, but it is how it was done on the album, and how Roger likes it.  These are things that they would not have come up with on their own, and Michael told me that as heartbroken as the three of them are about Pat not being there, the fact that their fourth member is someone who is so knowledgeable about the project and their part in it has been immeasurably helpful in their preparation.  For the record, Jon was the guy who recommended Venice to Roger in the first place, so due credit where it's deserved.

For anyone who has expressed concern (privately to me or on our forums) that Venice, as a band entity, might not receive promotion or benefit from Kipp, Mark and Michael's participation on this tour, I can tell you that the guys have already turned in their bio for the tour booklet, and it is all about the band, and even ends with the URL to this webpage.  Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world are going to read that and take it home with them.  So that's a pretty good start, huh?

In addition, the guys have already received several offers to appear on radio shows along their journey, to talk about the tour and also about Venice.  As these things are confirmed and get a little closer, I'll announce them here.  If anyone reading this works for a radio station, newspaper, magazine or webpage, and would like to talk to the guys, you can contact us at venicetheband@gmail.com and we'll try to set that up for you.

Speaking of interviews, Venice will be featured in this month's issue of Fireworks Magazine, which hits newsstands on August 19.  When they were interviewed, the guys spent a little time talking about me!  Tragically, this section wound up being cut for space from the print version.  But I've received special permission to print it here.  To set this up, they're talking about last year's concert CD, "Electric - Live and Amplified."

I see that your friend Matt Levitz, who runs your Venice Central website at www.venicecentral.com, gets a special mention for all his help with the project, and that he assisted with the audio editing.  The audio on the album certainly sparkles, so I guess his "pixie-dust" was a secret ingredient to the great sound of the album…

Michael:  I would credit Matt more for the flow of the album than the sound of it.  He was a huge help in transitioning from one song to another.  We were really pushing the outer limits of a CD's capacity, because we wanted to fit as many songs on this album as possible.  We had more than one CD's worth of material from the tour, but not enough, in my opinion, for 2 CD's.  I prefer to give one CD of the best of the best, instead of two CD's where a couple of the songs are not quite up to the quality or performance level of the rest of the material.  Matt was instrumental in trimming the fat, while maintaining a pretty natural live flow.  Editing is his business.

Kipp:  He's a DVD producer/editor by trade, so he has the patience to sit with Michael for hours, honing it until it's right.  Matt also brought an extra enthusiasm and perspective to the mixing and editing that only somebody who's known us for so long can bring.  After all of our years together, it can be really helpful to have someone else in the room whose opinion we respect - most of the time - and who has a different take on things.

Michael:  Matt was also instrumental in building my confidence and pushing me along during the editing and mixing of this album.  Just having someone else in the studio with you at 3am is encouraging, and helps to keep you focused on the whole album, and not just the snare drum sound.  We had a great time working together, and Matt's knowledge of Venice's history was a huge asset when making an album that we were hoping would encapsulate the first album up until the Venice of today.

Very kind words from the two of them, and I appreciate it.  It was definitely an exciting honor for me to have been a part of that project.

Back to the Fireworks Magazine feature, there's some really interesting stuff there, including Pat's reaction to the Roger Waters thing, and Michael's revelation of what Venice project got cancelled so that they could do this tour instead.  This issue of Fireworks Magazine will also contain a review of the concert CD.  So be sure and check that out.  Thanks to Paul Smith for writing both pieces!

Speaking of CDs, Mark Lennon is releasing a new solo album.  It's called "These Are a Few of my Favorite Songs," and it contains both cover songs and a couple of originals.  If you live in the LA area, you can pick up a copy next Saturday night, August 14, from 7pm to 2am, at Mark's listening party.  It's at a club called Life on Wilshire, at 63111 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90048.  You don't need to purchase food to attend, but if you'd like to make a dinner reservation, call (323) 651-5433.  There will be no advanced tickets sold, but a $20 entrance fee at the door gets you a copy of the CD.  Mark will be on hand all night, hosting the festivities.

Lastly, I'd like to point out that if you haven't joined us yet on Facebook, you might consider it.  Michael Lennon has been posting many of the recent updates personally, and once the guys are out on tour, I expect he'll start using Facebook to share photos and videos from the road.  Sign up with us here.

For the record, if one of the guys posts on Facebook, he signs his name to it.  If there's no signature, it's probably me.  Or sometimes it's Amber Guerra.  This is easily distinguishable:  If it's well written and intelligent, you'll know it isn't me.  :)


June 4, 2010
You can now listen to Venice and Fee Waybill's radio appearance from last night, at the top of
this page.


June 3, 2010

Venice and Fee Waybill will be guests tonight at 10pm on Jim Ladd's show on KLOS 95.5 FM.  You can listen live via the internet
right here.

Online ticketing for Saturday's benefit concert is now closed, but there are still lots of seats still available.  You just have to purchase them by phone now.  Please call (310) 396-4557.  Or you can take your chances at the door.  This is going to be an amazing concert.  Trust us, you don't want to miss it!


May 27, 2010

The Roger Waters camp has just announced their European tour dates, spanning between March 21 and June 18, 2011.  Of course, Venice's Kipp, Mark and Michael Lennon will still be singing backup at these shows.  Included on this leg of the tour is a concert at Gelredome in Arnhem, NL on April 8, 2011, and three nights at the O2 Arena in London, UK, on May 11, 12 and 17.  Tickets will go on sale on June 4 at 9am, but you can register for pre-sale access right now at
tickets.rogerwaters.com.


May 19, 2010

As you can see from the new poster, Colin Hay from Men at Work has been added to this year's Artists for the Arts Foundation concert.  Great tickets are still available here.

In other news, Venice was featured twice in a recent issue of Fireworks Magazine.  They reviewed "Home Grown," and they also interviewed Michael Lennon.  You can check those stories out here.  Thanks to author Paul Jerome Smith for the heads up, and for granting permission to reprint.  Be sure and check out the magazine's webpage, www.rocktopia.co.uk, as well.



May 17, 2010

Curt Smith from
Tears for Fears has joined the lineup of the Artists for the Arts Foundation benefit concert, joining Venice, Fee Waybill from The Tubes, and plenty of student musicians,to raise money for arts programs in the Santa Monica / Malibu school district.  They'll be playing songs from Venice, Tears for Fears and The Tubes, as well as covers of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and Wings, Queen, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers and more.  The fun happens June 5th, and plenty of great seats are still available by clicking here.


May 11, 2010

Tickets are now on sale
here for the 2010 Santa Monica Artists for the Arts concert.  And the headliners this year will be...  Venice themselves!  This will be a very special concert, featuring student musicians, plus special guest Fee Waybill from The Tubes ("She's a Beauty," "Talk to You Later").  With Kipp, Mark and Michael getting ready to head out on the Roger Waters tour, there are very few opportunities left in 2010 to see a full band, full set Venice show, and this one should be quite the blowout.  Don't miss it!

In other news, Venice Store now has copies of "Home Grown" in stock.  It's a pretty cool deal.  For $25 plus shipping, you get Venice's greatest hits CD, plus their full length "Live at the Royal Carre Theatre" concert DVD comes included.  Domestic orders get the NTSC version, and international orders get PAL, so the disc is guaranteed to play for you.  This one makes a perfect gift for the uninitiated!


May 1, 2010

 

Here's Venice covering a song from "Toy Story 2," but with a twist!  (Don't forget to pause the jukebox above before hitting play.)

If you like this video, please share it with your friends, through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or any other means.  The URL to use is:  http://tinyurl.com/29nmrdx


April 25, 2010
Shout out to Marian Daniells.  Huge thanks for
this flattering and well-written article.


April 19, 2010

So ya...  thought ya..  might like to...  go to the show........

Tickets will go on sale soon for Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour, and here's the latest onsale info:  American Express cardholders will have access to the earliest presale, beginning May 3.  On May 5, www.rogerwaters.com will begin selling presale tickets to anyone who's registered on their site (which is free, by the way. so go sign yourself up now).  iTunes will begin selling their own presale tickets on May 6.  And then if there's anything left, all remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 10.

Now, for those of you who live in the vicinity of Springfield, IL, or who can travel there without much hassle, you've got a rare opportunity to catch a Venice headlining show on Saturday, June 26, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  Tickets will go on sale one week from Thursday, April 29, at 9am.  You can purchase seats by calling (217) 523-2787.  This is a fan-only presale.  Tickets won't go on sale to the general public until one week later.  So be sure and get yours quickly.  And if you've got any friends or family who live in that area, please be sure and let them know!


April 16, 2010

In
this article at Billboard.com, Roger Waters has confirmed that after he (with Kipp, Mark and Michael Lennon in tow) complete their 36 scheduled dates in North America, they will then move on to Europe for another 57 dates starting in March, 2011.  Following that, he says he'd like to bring the tour to other territories, including South America.  Sounds like this is going to be quite a journey!

The band currently has concert dates scheduled over the next few months in Los Angeles, San Diego, Holland and Springfield, IL.  I highly recommend that everyone try to attend one or more of these shows, because it could be the last we see of the guys for a little while.......


April 12, 2010
Hey everybody. So what’s new with you?

First off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates around here.  Things have been pretty hectic behind-the-scenes.  We’ve all been sworn to secrecy, and we haven’t even been 100% certain where all the pieces were going to fall.  But now, after literally months of holding my tongue, I finally get to announce the big news.  (Deep breath, drum roll, throat clear.)  And that big news is that Venice’s Kipp, Mark and Michael Lennon have been invited to participate as backup singers, bringing their trademark harmonies to what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest concert events of the year:  Roger Waters’ 30th Anniversary Tour of "Pink Floyd's The Wall."

This is going to be a massive stage production, filling arenas everywhere, and I can tell you that Kipp, Mark and Michael are ecstatic to be a part of it.  I’m personally looking forward to bringing you Venice’s perspective on this exciting adventure.  In the meantime, it gives me great honor to be the first to offer a hearty congratulations to these particular three bricks in the wall.

I invite all of you to please post your reactions to our fan forum,
Venice Talk.  I recommend that you take the time to explore Roger Waters’ site, where you can read the ex-Pink Floyd frontman's reasons for staging this tour, and learn the first batch of tour dates.

Keep watching this space for more…..


March 26, 2009

Part two of Chris Horvath's interview with Venice will air on XM Sirius Radio this weekend, on XMPR Channel 133 at 5pm pacific/8pm eastern time.  Or you can listen to it online right now,
right here.

Be sure and check the
Tour Dates page.  We've added some shows in Holland, and one in Springfield, IL.


March 9, 2010

This Saturday night, March 13, Venice will perform a special intimate acoustic evening at The Stronghold in Venice, CA.  The band will consist of the four Lennons, Mark Harris on bass, and Jamie Wollam on baby drum kit.  Charlie Vaughn and the Daily Routine (featuring Michael Lennon and Mark Harris) is the opening act.  Tickets are $20 in advance (sold exclusively at our
Venice Store) or $15 at the door, but be advised, the venue only has room for 125 people, so if you wait to buy tickets at the door, you'll most likely find a sold out house and be turned away.  Please see the Tour Dates page for more information.


February 22, 2010

Venice is the featured guests on two episodes of the XM Satellite Radio show "Musicians Radio," where they are interviewed by band member Chris Horvath.  The first episode aired last night, and
you can listen to it here.  The second episode will air this coming Sunday on XMPR channel 133 at 5pm pacific / 8pm eastern, and will also subsequently be archived on that same page. Check it out!


January 5, 2010

Dear friends,

We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of two of our Venice friends here in the States. Vivian and Joyce were longtime supporters of the band, and were two of our earliest "Internet Venetians." Their enthusiasm and support for our music, along with their participation in the Venice community spirit, were a part of our first presence on the worldwide web. Online and at shows, they helped us to build a Venice family vibe that spread from state to state and eventually internationally. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to their friends and families.

We wish everyone the best for 2010. Live every day to the fullest.

We'll keep a candle burning...

Venice
Michael, Kipp, Mark and Pat Lennon