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Michael Stanley

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From the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s, the Michael Stanley Band enjoyed a strong and fiercely loyal following, touring with some of the superstar bands of that period (including Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner and The Doobie Brothers); there were several Top-20 and Top-30 hits, among them “He Can’t Love You” in 1980 and “My Town” in 1983, but it seemed the ‘one great hit’ never came—the kind of chartbuster that saw acts like Bob Seger, Bryan Adams, John Cougar (now Mellencamp), make their names and hometowns, literally, household words…

In late 1982, MSB released what would be their final album for EMI: “You Can’t Fight Fashion”. The single, “My Town”, had made it to 29 on Billboard Magazine’s charts, sales were good, and the band was on tour, when EMI stunned the band by offering them an ‘extension’, rather than a contract renewal with a long-term financial committment. When Michael confidently ‘called their bluff’, their label pulled the plug, halting promotion and tour-backing immediately.
Although it was a financial blow that staggered the band, they gamely continued performing venues in the Northern Ohio and Midwest circuit, producing two independent releases, 1983’s “Inside Moves”, and “Fourth And Ten” in 1984 (recorded live at Blossom Music Center—a two nighter that saw the venue’s all-time attendance records shattered), before formally disbanding in late 1986, shortly after performing nine ‘farewell’ concerts at Cleveland’s Front Row…

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  • tomishereagain

    Michael Stanley and the Resonators with special guest Donnie Iris & The Cruisers February 14 The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park 10777 Northfield Rd. Northfield, OH 44067 7:30 pm

    13 Feb 1:31am Reply
  • tomishereagain

    From His Forum at His Website: "The Job" - New Album January 23, 2014 9:14 AM "First of all, the mix is done and the album will be mastered next Thursday in Charlotte, NC! Hats off to Bill Szymczyk for a fantastic job bringing it all together! To answer the most recent questions, Tangiers will be the first two Friday and Saturdays in April and I don't think any of the new stuff will surface in the set until then...but, as one of the new ones says, you just never know! Peace...Michael" http://forum.michaelstanley.com/user/Discussion.aspx?id=377719

    13 Feb 1:31am Reply
  • crashcart1138

    Heartland has always been my favorite album. Every time I get a new copy, someone always steals it.....

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nepu_1

    very underrated, one of my favourites in late 70' . On his live album "stage pass" you can hear the much better live version.

    9 Feb 2009 Reply

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