Lighthouse burst on the scene in 1969 with a unique blend of rock, jazz and classical influences that defied all conventions. They took Canada by storm, receiving three successive Group of the Year Junos and an Outstanding Male Performance Juno for Bob McBride. Fans responded by buying nine gold and platinum albums with international hits such as "One Fine Morning", "Sunny Days", "Hats Off to the Stranger", "1849" and "Pretty Lady". Always innovative, Lighthouse collaborated and toured across the country with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company; wrote and performed the score for Prometheus Bound with Shakespearean actress Irene Worth; were the first rock band to headline the Newport, Monterey, and Boston Globe Jazz Festivals and the first to perform with a symphony orchestra. Lighthouse was the only act other than Jimi Hendrix asked to perform a second night among groups that included The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, The Doors and Chicago. Since reuniting in 1992 Lighthouse have not strayed from their roots emphasizing virtuoso solos, tight ensemble playing, soaring vocal harmonies and a heady mix of good old rock 'n' roll. They continue to create innovative works including a multi-media collaboration with the Desrosiers Dance Theatre in Brazil and a reunion with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This year marks the band's fortieth anniversary and they're celebrating with a double DVD/CD album released in October by ole/Universal Music. 40 Years of Sunny Days includes a remastered CD of classic hits paired with a new live concert DVD recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound. Lighthouse is enjoying a renaissance of its music lately, with artists such as Akon, Shobha and Carlos Santana recently releasing covers of Lighthouse songs as well as artists in Asia.
This version of Lighthouse has been together for seventeen years and features an all-star lineup with founding musicians Skip Prokop (drums), Paul Hoffert (keys), and Ralph Cole (guitar) along with lead vocalist Dan Clancy, original member Russ Little (trombone), Steve Kennedy (sax), Chris Howells (trumpet), Simon Wallis (sax), Doug Moore (bass) and Don Paulton (keys). Whether playing for die-hard fans or recent converts Lighthouse is still generating the same musical magic that audiences can't resist. | website: www.lighthouserockson.com