Who: Honeymoon Suite
When: Saturday, july 31
Johnnie Dee and Derry Grehan, the principal and founding members of Honeymoon Suite, met when introduced by manager Stephen Prendergast in 1982. In 1983, they decided to enter the Homegrown Contest so Prendergast approached his friend and producer Tom Treumuth to produce a song for them. Based on the public’s response, “New Girl Now” won the contest and Bob Roper at WEA Canada was so impressed with the song and response that he signed the band right away.
Throughout 1983 & 1984, Honeymoon Suite toured Canada and the US, consistently headlining club gigs and opening for such acts as Billy Idol, April Wine, Laura Branigan, Jethro Tull, The Kins and Bryan Adams. In 1984, the band was nominated for the “Most Promising Group” Juno Award.
1985 saw the band begin to headline gigs throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada. A highlight was the presentation of an award at the 1985 Junos. By this time the first album had achieved platinum status. All these years later the album has now sold over 400,000 in Canada alone.
Honeymoon Suite’s second album was released on Valentine’s Day 1986. It went platinum in Canada almost immediately and started selling steadily in the US. Tours in the States that year included opening stints for Heart, .38 Special, ZZ Top, Journey, Starship and Saga.
For album number 3, the band went to Los Angeles in the winter of 1987 to record with Ted Templeman. The results of all the hard work was “Racing After Midnight”, a slightly harder-edged more guitar oriented album that spawned a European tour with Status Quo and a headlining tour of Canada. In 1990, the band returned to the studio to craft “Monsters Under The Bed”.
Although the band has seen some changing of members over the years, the original band has reformed and is currently touring. Touring activity along with other Honeymoon Suite information can be found at honeymoonsuite.com. Make sure you catch Honeymoon Suite when they take the stage at Grizfest, Saturday, July 30 @ 7:00 PM. For more information call 250-242-4246 or visit our website at www.grizfest.com.