To confirm our earlier News reports that Paul would be releasing a new album and support it with a mini tour.
Former iQ vocalist Paul Menel announces 5 date European mini tour in support of new solo album project
Paul Menel, the former lead singer of Britain’s foremost progressive rock band iQ, is launching his solo career with a new and as yet unsigned solo album ‘Three Sides To Every Story’ plus a five date European mini tour visiting the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.
With iQ, Paul enjoyed a good deal of success, playing to huge audiences at festivals in Germany and Switzerland and supporting Foreigner, Starship, T’pau, Ronnie Wood and Jethro Tull. With iQ he supported Mike and the Mechanics on their Living Years tour. He has also enjoyed commercial success with radio hits in Germany and had the dubious honour of ‘Record of the Week’ on Philip Schofield and Janice Long’s BBC Radio One shows. Never one to rest on his laurels and even though the band was at the height of its success, Paul felt disillusioned at the direction the follow up album was taking so he left “to write songs, get a little life experience and grow a family!” This almost bohemian attitude paid dividends when Yorkshire-born Paul
moved out of London and settled in the Midlands. Quite by chance he met Ian Diment who remarked on a small silver earring Paul was wearing: “It was a tiny treble clef that one of my sons had bought me. Ian asked if I was a musician to which I replied that I had been in a previous life! He said he played keyboards so I took a couple of my new songs round to his place. There was an instant spark between us.”
The nucleus of a strong creative partnership was formed. A couple of home demos fell upon the ears of top producer Gavin Monaghan whose credentials include Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, The Editors and Ocean Colour Scene and he immediately offered to produce and engineer the album.
Over the last few months they have been putting the finishing touches to this, their first album ‘Three Sides To Every Story,’ from which a taster single ‘Twenty One’ was issued in August last year.
Paul has put together an incredible band to tour the music, featuring John Jowitt on bass (whose credentials include Frost*, iQ and arK) Steve Harris on guitar (co-member of arK) and introducing Ian Diment (keyboards) Bill Devey (drums) and Mat Taylor (saxophone and flute.) “Given my heritage with iQ, we’ll be playing a set which will be 75% from my time with them, from ‘Nomzamo’ and ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably,’ and also introducing some of the new tracks. This is the most fun I’ve ever had in a band. I could tell you a few things about some of the other musicians I’ve played with……. But that’s another story!”
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Paul Menel & Band
19.01.2011 UK, London, The Peel
10.02.2011 Germany, Rüsselheim, Das Rind
11.02.2011 Germany, Würzburg, Bechtolsheimerhof
12.02.2011 Netherlands, Zoetermeer, Boerderij
13.02.2011 Belgium, Verviers, Spirit of 66