newenglandtheband400 New England will be performing a reunion concert the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on August 15th. This is the first time all four original members have performed together since 1983. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

New England is a four-piece rock and roll band hailing from Boston, MA. John Fannon (guitar & vocals), Hirsh Gardner (drums and vocals), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards and vocals) and Gary Shea (bass) broke out of the local scene with the release of their self-titled album on Infinity/MCA in 1979. The first single, Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya (see video below), became an AOR smash and even cracked the Top 40. The album was produced by Mike Stone and Paul Stanley of Kiss, with whom New England toured for much of 1979 and 1980.

For their sophomore effort, entitled Explorer Suite, the foursome once again called upon veteran knob-twirler Mike Stone. Highlights from this album are the orchestral title track, It’s Never Too Late, and Conversation, which features New England’s trademark lush background vocals. The touring never let up for the boys from Boston as they split their time on the Explorer Suite tour between headlining large clubs and sharing arena billing with Journey, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, and Kiss among others.

For the third album, Walking Wild, the legendary Todd Rundgren was at the helm. The results of these sessions were hard-driving anthemic tunes such as Don’t Ever Let Me Go, L-5 (co-written by Fannon, Waldo & Rundgren) and the kick-ass rocker Holdin’ Out On Me, which features Hirsh Gardner on lead vocals. The frustration over the lack of label support grew and the band parted ways. While Fannon & Gardner went on to successful careers as producers and Shea & Waldo formed Alcatrazz with Graham Bonnet
& Yngwie Malmsteen, nothing seemed to match the excitement of New England. The real strength of New England was the combination of four strong & diverse individuals: Fannon’s lead vocals & songwriting, Waldo’s whirling keyboards, Gardner’s driving skin-pounding and high-pitched vocals and Shea’s thunderous bass lines.

While the records speak for themselves, the fans are the reason New England lives: Waldo explains,“I would tour all over the world with Alcatrazz and every country we’d go to people would have New England albums for me to sign. It really shows you the power of music. We have fans all over Europe & Japan, places we never even toured. It’s amazing.”

Watch the video for Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya below.

Listen to their self titled debut album below.

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  • Lee on

    Crue kicked off their tour…….uh, anybody see anything about Kiss doin the biggest tour of the year yet. Nope. My New England LP has 99 cents Woolworths on it, big cut mark on the corner.

    • Eddie on

      What basis do you have for stating Kiss doing the biggest tour of the year?? Are you joking? You honestly think a co headline shed tour is the biggest tour of the year? Amazing! And before you go off on some sort of insane Kiss bias I have news for you, NO rock tour will be biggest tour of the year! Likely Katy Perry or some sort of pop. That is selling out ARENAS with no name opener like it or not. The last few Kiss tours have stat wise not been in the top 10 money makers. So lets deal in facts and not what you are being sold by some..

    • Brian Bulakites on

      Thank Ed! I bit my lip on that one! Was I wrong on the Ace selling more albums with anamoly? Was not sure if I were wrong or not ?

  • Lee on

    Kiss’ numbers are huge. Katy Perry won’t do it. Nobody has ever done that SLC arena seat count, ever. Massive merchandising numbers. The $ left with Kiss will be the biggest arena gross if Bruce doesn’t add 25 more. Hey Brian, Ace never came close. NWA reunion with a Snoop for Eazy-E replace would make the biggest arena tour in ’15 if Live Nation gets the contract signed.


    Thanks Ed! Never heard of this one before. Instead of looking for new bands that deliver there’s tons of bands that been under the radar forever that are way much better!

  • Lee on

    Elmetalo says “way much better”. Saw them in ’79, they sucked. Yeah, I saw Ace back in the day at a bar/club in Glendale Colorado and the guys had to literally prop him up.

  • Mike on

    Good musicians, good vocals, very boring songs. At the end of the day, it’s all about the songs.

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