The Dan Reed Network formed in Portland, Oregon and began packing out the local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with their infectious mixture of hard rock, funk and soul elements. After releasing their local EP ‘Breathless’ with Dark Horse Records and finding a top ten single on local radio entitled ‘Steal Me’ DRN signed to Polygram/Mercury Records with the aid of Derek Shulman, who was enjoying great success with his other signings ‘Bon Jovi’ and ‘Cinderlla’. DRN were then managed by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham from San Francisco, who at the time compared the energy of DRN to the first time he say The Rolling Stones on stage. In the winter of 1987 the group released their debut album, produced by Bruce Fairbairn (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith) and engineered/mixed by Mike Fraser in Vancouver, Canada. They released their first single “Ritual”, which peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Charts and was a staple of what became known as ‘Funk Rock’. The Dan Reed Network album received many positive reviews, not the least of which being a four-star write-up from the notoriously hard-to-please ‘Rolling Stone Magazine’. The first album brought DRN over to Europe and created the legendary performances at the Marquee Club in London and the The Melody Club in Stockholm which are still talked about to this day. While at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January 1989 in New York Dan Reed met up with producer Nile Rogers (Duran Duran, Madonna, David Bowie) and this meeting led to the creation of Slam, produced by Rodgers, and better represented the Dan Reed Network’s live sound and accelerated the band’s growing status in Europe. At this time Def Leppard’s managers Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch would take the management reigns and offer the Dan Reed Network up as the opener for the the European leg of Bon Jovi’s ‘New Jersey Tour’ in 1989 and the Rolling Stones’ European ‘Urban Jungle Tour’ in 1990.
The Dan Reed Network’s third album ‘The Heat’, produced again by Bruce Fairbairn in 1991, was their biggest success in the UK, mostly due to their single ‘Lover’ with a live video released from their opening performance at Wembley Stadium in England with the Stones. Becoming disillusioned with the record business and all it’s trappings, Dan Reed took a different direction away from the business and in time the band eventually disbanded, much to the dismay of supporters around the globe.