RENOWNED talkSPORT PRESENTER IAN DANTER LAUNCHES SOLO ROCK ALBUM 'PROVE YOU WRONG'
This was my first visit to Birmingham City's St Andrews' ground since 26th January 1980 when Middlesbrough took on the Brummies in the FA Cup fourth round and were duly beaten 2-1. David Hodgson scored a screamer for the Boro from near the halfway line with virtually the last kick of the game but it was too little too late and out of the cup we went.
This occasion was very different to that day 33 years ago and it encompassed two of the greatest things known to man - rock music and football.
Let's get a bit of background on Ian Danter for those who are unaware.
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Ian is an award winning presenter on talkSPORT, the UK's largest commercial radio station. He's both host and match reporter/commentator, as well as working with UEFA as a match commentator on Champions League and Europa League games.
Ian got his first big radio break in 1997 when his good friend Keith Laurent sent a letter to BRMB radio's Head Of Sport, Tom Ross in Birmingham, saying that Ian was a great impressionist of local managers, and that Tom should use him on air in some capacity. Ian got a call at the guitar shop where he worked in Birmingham City Centre and has never looked back since.
He joined talkSPORT in 2004 and has been there ever since and has done commentary on several seriously high profile sporting events. And long may he continue to do that because he's incredibly good at it.
Ian and his brother with MetalTalk and SportingPreview Editor Steve Goldby
But there is another, very different side to Ian. He was the drummer in the UK's biggest Kiss tribute band, Dressed To Kill, and he delighted in telling me a story that I enjoyed so much, I didn't need to make notes about it.
DTK had played a gig and as always, removed the makeup - or "slap" as Ian refers to it - and were on their way home in the band van. Apparently you can remove the slap easily after a gig but with it being extensive and intensely applied, traces and an outline will usually remain.
The band's van was stopped by the police halfway through the journey and the cop saw the makeup aftermath on the boys and asked what they were doing?
"We're a Kiss tribute band and we've just played a gig", they responded.
"Oh, great", said the cop. "Which one's the hamster?"
Right turn Clyde...
Ian's family members were out in force to offer their support...
Ian doesn't play in DTK any more and the band retired 'The Catman' in 2010 when he left to focus on his media career. But he will be behind the kit again when they play Bilston and Norwich on 10th and 11th May respectively.
But once a rocker, it is in your blood for life and so it is with Ian and this is what this evening was all about.
'Prove You Wrong' is Ian's debut album of 15 self-penned melodic hard rock tunes. Ian also plays and sings everything on the album, aside from the odd special guest on lead guitar and the lead vocals of Lee Small from Shy on 12 of the 15 tracks. And it's really rather good and it was released last week via Cherry Red Records (Hawkwind, Todd Rundgren, Witchfynde and literally hundreds more) and is available from Ian's personal website at http://iandanter.com. You can also listen to samples of every track on the site and get a really great feel for the album in the album promo video at the bottom of this page.
'Prove You Wrong' encompasses many different influences but boils right back down to good old Classic Rock so it is sure to appeal to a wide range of music fans and has more than enough quality to go on and become successful, despite us living in an era where album sales are at the lowest they have even been at and where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to earn a crust as a musician, even if you are a 'name'.
But this is not about commercial success for Ian. This is about living the dream that has been there since childhood and fulfilling a burning ambition and that has now been achieved.
Where does it go from here? Well Ian has a really great management company running the show called QEDG and duly shares a stable with Asia, Focus, Emerson Lake And Palmer, Snakecharmer, Uriah Heep, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and several more renowned artists. You can check out QEDG by clicking here.
Ian is putting together a touring band at the moment and QEDG are putting together a tour for them to undertake in the summer and there are bound to be several high profile support slots alongside many notable headline gigs. It's certain to be a blast and we'll be reviewing one of the gigs right here on MetalTalk (or right here if you're reading this on SportingPreview.com.
I'm fortunate enough to know the touring line-up so far and while there are no huge household names in there, I can tell you that it is a great line-up and that you really should make an effort and go and see the band as you will most definitely be impressed.
Keep posted to this site because we will be launching a competition where you can win a signed copy of 'Prove You Wrong' in the next few days. In the meantime, check out the video below and click here to get your copy of 'Prove You Wrong'.
2. She's From A Different Solar System
3. Cloud 9
4. Stronger Than That
5. Prove You Wrong
7. Stay In My Heart
8. Forget About Me
9. I'll Drag You Down
10. I Cried Tonight
11. I'll Get Around To It
12. Whiskey In A Wine Glass
14. Crocodile Tears
15. I Wanna Be A Has-Been