Johnny Dee - vocals; Derry Grehan - guitars; Gary LaDonde - bass; Ray Coburn - keyboards; Dave Betts - drums
Formed in 1982, this show was recorded in Pittsburgh, PA for WDVE-FM radio, when Honeymoon Suite was on its debut 1984 U.S. tour. Initially, this show aired on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio concert series, and features tracks from the group's first album.
Honeymoon Suite hailed from Niagara Falls, Ontario, and offered a Canadian take on the kind of rock 'n' roll that and Bon Jovi was already doing in the States and bands like Whitesnake were creating in the U.K. Honeymoon Suite was signed by Warner Brothers Records, who were determined to break them big Stateside with the help of MTV. Guitarist/singer Johnnie Dee had started the group with two other Canadian musicians, guitarist Derry Grehan and drummer Mike Lengyell. Yengell was soon replaced by Dave Betts, when keyboardist Ray Colburn and bassist Gary LaLonde joined shortly after the initial demos were made.
The song "New Girl Now" paved the way for considerable airplay on Toronto's Q107 FM station and ultimately led to the deal with Warner Brothers' Canadian division. It would be nearly two more years before the band's debut was released and this tour was launched, but in the meantime, they had become a popular club draw in their native Canada.
Opening with "Burning In Love," the show features the radio favorites from the first LP ("New Girl Now," "Burning In Love," "Wave Babies," and "Stay In the Light") all of which were hits in Canada (and "New Girl Now," which broke the U.S. Top 40.) They close the show with a rocked out version of the Al Green/Talking Heads classic "Take Me To The River," definitely the highlight of the show.