L-R David Rosenthal, Chuck Bürgi, Larry Baud, Tristan Avakian, Greg Smith
RED DAWN is the kind of band that comes along only once in a great while. A band with impact, punch and power, but also melody, style and taste. Five rock and roll veterans with a chemistry that shines through on every recorded cut...and in every note and nuance of their stage assault.
At the center of the storm is keyboardist/producer David Rosenthal, a Berklee-trained musician who came to prominence as a member of the influential supergroup, Rainbow. David contributed to Rainbow's last three albums, helping to shape such hits as "Stone Cold", and "Street of Dreams". Not one to stand still, David moved on to a series of tours with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Robert Palmer, Little Steven, and is currently touring with Billy Joel on the "River of Dreams" World Tour. This mammoth tour also includes 33 sold-out stadium show featuring Billy Joel and Elton John together. Additionally, David racked up an impressive string of studio credits, including work on Steve Vai's "Passion and Warfare", and Whitesnake's "Slip of the Tongue".
As David spent more time in recording studios, he developed a strong interest in the process of music production. Eventually, this interest spawned a project involving a select group of players - who formed the basis for what would become RED DAWN.
David's notoriety in Japan drew early support from Tack Takahashi, who as Director of Tours for UDO Artists (Japan's largest music promoter), had booked David's previous tours of Japan. With Tack's assistance, David Rosenthal landed a Japanese deal with EMI/Toshiba. David hand-picked his band and produced their first LP "Never Say Surrender." The album has been very well received in Japan, and has already received international acclaim in the press. "Never Say Surrender" was recently released in the UK on the NOW & THEN record label, and is again enjoying unprecedented critical acclaim along with brisk sales.
Besides David Rosenthal, RED DAWN features the talents of four other experienced musicians: Larry Baud, an extraordinary vocal discovery, has been a veteran of the Mid-Atlantic club circuit...Tristan Avakian, with his remarkable technique and melodic feel, could be the guitar hero of the '90's...Bassist Greg Smith has been the rock-solid bottom for such luminaries as Alice Cooper and Vinnie Moore...and Chuck Bürgi, also a former member of Rainbow, has additionally provided the beat behind Hall and Oates, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult and Brand X.