SHIELDS & STREETHEART
Action,Action...read all about it! The song remains the same and Streetheart,
just like that famous opening track from their debut album, are still
an important and enduring part of Canadian rock history. Formed in 1976,
Kenny Shields, Daryl Gutheil, Spider Sinnaeve, Paul Dean and Matt Frenette
began winning audiences over with their combination of raw talent and
musical power. Led by Kenny the band built a strong and loyal fan base
and the release of "Meanwhile Back in Paris
" showed this
was a band with a very exciting future. "Meanwhile" quickly
went platinum and the band received a Juno for "Most Promising Canadian
Group". Streetheart followed that with a string of gold and platinum
albums as well as a gold single for their definitive version of the Rolling
Stones "Under My Thumb". They kept building their audience
throughout the country and although there were member changes with
John Hannah replacing Paul Dean on "Under Heaven, Over Hell"
and Herb Ego replacing Matt Frenette on "Quicksand Shoes"
Kenny, Daryl and Spider remained the constant and definined the Streetheart
sound with their self-produced "Drugstore Dancer". In 1981 Jeff
Neill took over for John Hannah as guitarist and along with the Kenny,
Daryl and Spider, wrote and produced the most successful album of their
career - the self-titled "Streetheart" album. It still remains
a fan favorite today and contains many of Streethearts most popular
songs. However, time and the task of trying to break through into the
US market finally took its toll on the band. With justifiable internal
frustration and management incapable of doing the type of business that
was needed to be successful, the boys called it quits in 1984.
forward to 2003...
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