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The Promise Melodic Rock Band

NEWS (Cont/...)

5th March 2000
The Promise are delighted to announce that they have been invited to play Ultrasound 2000 in Las Vegas on 28th May.  We hope some of our US fans will be able to make it to the gig.  The band will be playing some warm-up gigs in their home town of Aberdeen prior to this.  The first date announced so far is The Malt Mill, Holburn Street, Aberdeen on Friday 7th April, but please check back as further Aberdeen dates will be announced soon.
 
Monday 10th January 2000
 
One of our Japanese fans, Yuki Wada, has published a tribute website to her favourite bands, including The Promise.  This site can be found at http://plaza.harmonix.ne.jp/~rimmer/  and has lots of info on the band, written in Japanese.  Well done Yuki!

Saturday 27th November 1999

Two weeks prior to our gig at The Gods festival, keyboard player Steve Craig sensationally quit the band.  Steve refused to explain exactly why he was leaving, just saying there were "a number of reasons".  The band had hoped Steve would at least fulfill his commitment to play the forthcoming sets at The Gods  both with ourselves and backing Jaime Kyle, but he flatly refused to do so.

After coming to terms with this shock, the band however quickly decided that we were not prepared to let down our fans, or Jaime Kyle.  It was decided that we would get copies of the original recordings of the keyboard parts for our songs on an ADAT tape which we would run as a backing track at The Gods.  For the Jaime Kyle set, Nods agreed to play keyboards and Andi Watson (local guitarist and good friend of the band) was drafted in to fill the second guitar spot.  After putting together the keyboard backing track, rehearsals for both sets commenced. 

Two days prior to The Gods show, we received an e-mail from Jaime Kyle saying that she would be unable to play.  The Promise had spent much time learning and rehearsing Jaime's songs so were shocked and angry at this, especially as we received no direct communication or apology from Jaime.

After these bombshells, we were determined that these events would not spoil our enjoyment of The Gods.  As it turned out, we had a great time and were delighted with the positive feedback we received for our performance.  Indeed, the whole event was a great success, and we also enjoyed the social side of the weekend.  For those who couldn't make it, our set at The Gods 99 was as follows:   Let's Talk About Love, When Love Takes A Hand, Hold On To Love, You Are The One, Let The Night Go On Forever, Arms Of A Stranger, Don't Keep Me Waiting, Only A Woman, When It Rains, Kiss Me & Kill Me.  Thanks to all of you who attended The Gods, supported us, sang along with the songs, bought our CDs, and spoke to us after the event.  Gigs like that make it all worthwhile!!  We hope it won't be too long before we're playing live again.

Meanwhile, the band are currently writing songs for our third album, and will be considering how to fill the keyboard position.

Photographs from The Gods 99 can be found here!!

Monday 23rd August 1999

Thanks to all who attended our open air gig on Saturday 21st August at the St Nicholas Centre Bandstand, Aberdeen.  Our start was delayed after Nods managed to blow up 2 amps(!!) but all went well after that.  Just a pity it's so long till our next live performance - at The Gods on Sunday 21st November.  The event is running over 2 days, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November.  Doors open 12 noon.  Tickets priced 15 for one day, 25 for both days available from Now & Then Productions, 825 Atherton Road, Hindley Green, Wigan, Lancs WN2 4SA.  Cheques/POs payable to Mark Ashton.  Also by credit card from Destiny Records (Tel 01489 603549) or Loud1 (Tel 01782 522370).  For further information on acts appearing, etc visit the Now and Then website at www.nowandthen.co.uk

Sunday 1st August 1999

Live Gigs - The following gigs are currently scheduled:
Saturday 21st August 1999 (weather permitting!) - The Bandstand, Upper Level, St Nicholas Centre, Aberdeen.  The band will be performing a free open air gig commencing approximately 1.00pm

Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st November 1999 - The Gods 1999, Maximes, Wigan.  The Promise will be performing at this 2-day event.  Actual date to be confirmed.  The band will also be backing Jamie Kyle for some of her set.

Thanks to all who attended our gig at The Forum in Aberdeen on Friday 23rd July.  A selection of photographs taken at the gig can be found in the 'Photos' section under 'Live Pix' (No 12-17)

Monday 21st June 1999
Live Gig! - The Promise are pleased to announce a gig in their home town of Aberdeen.  The band will be playing at The Forum, Skene Terrace on Friday 23rd July.  The band expect to be on stage between 10 - 10.30pm.   Admission 6.

Tuesday 15th June 1999

Nods and Gareth have recorded a short interview with Jim Gellatly of Aberdeen Radio Station Northsound 1.  This will be aired on Friday 25 June on Jim Gellatly's Friday Vibe Show which is on between 7 - 10pm. Snippets of the interview will be mixed with tracks from the new album.

Sunday 13th June 1999

Northsound Radio, the commercial radio station in the band's home town of Aberdeen are to include the song 'Hold On To Love' on their playlist from Thursday 17th June.  This will mean that the song is aired at least 4 times every day.  The station will also be interviewing the band - details of when this will be aired to follow

Tuesday 25th May 1999:

For regular visitors to the website, we have now added an 'Updates' page which you can access to see which parts of the site have been updated since your last visit.  To get to this page, click on the word 'updated' on the line 'Site last updated' on the Home page.

Monday 24th May 1999:

We can confirm the new album Human Fire is now available in stores throughout the UK & Europe, and through the usual specialist mail order stores/websites  (see "The Music" and "Links" for more info). Availability in the UK majors (Virgin/HMV etc) is sketchy, but if not in stock they will order it for you.

Sunday 16th May 1999:

The main thing to report is the release of our new album, Human Fire on Frontiers Records (Catalogue No: FRCD024) . 

The official release date for the album is 17th May for the UK and Europe.  We are awaiting confirmation as to whether it will be available in the shops on that date.  We will post an update as soon as we know.  Meanwhile, you can listen to Real Audio sound bytes of the new songs on 'The Music' page

The album will be released in Japan on the Nippon Crown label.  We've been told they are planning an August release and will advise when we have a confirmed release date for Japan.

The band are really excited about the new album, especially as it's taken so long to complete!  Hopefully you will agree that the wait has been worthwhile.

No gigs to report at the moment unfortunately, but watch this space!  We're really looking forward to getting out and playing the new songs live.  We welcome your comments about the new album and anything else you want to say to us.  Please sign the Guest Book with your comments.  Alternatively, contact us directly using the Enquiry Form.

 

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