image for Music item typeDean Friedman at Lantern Theatre

Music, Wed 11 Jul 2018


Lantern Theatre

0114 255 1776


Kenwood Park Road,
S7 1NF


Well loved American recording-artist, Dean Friedman, returns to The Lantern Theatre on his ‘40th Anniversary, “Well, Well,” Said the Rocking Chair’ tour, marking the 40th Anniversary of the 1978 release of his best-selling, critically acclaimed, classic album, '“Well, Well,” Said the Rocking Chair’.

Dean Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboards, featuring his classic hits, ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’, ‘McDonald’s Girl’, ‘Ariel’, and ‘Woman of Mine’ in Sheffield as part of the 40th Anniversary celebration of “Well, Well,” Said the Rocking Chair’, a 40+ city UK/Ireland tour running from April to August 2018.
The “Well, Well,” Said the Rocking Chair’ album contains some of Friedman’s biggest chart hits, including ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’ and the title track, ‘Rocking Chair’. Friedman will mark the milestone by performing the entire album ‘live’, along with fan favorites from his four decade career. This tour follows on the heels of the release of his latest studio album, ’12 Songs’. The critically acclaimed, fan-funded recording further confirms Friedman’s status as one of the pre-eminent songwriters of his generation.

Friedman’s recent tours and recordings continue to garner rave reviews: “Every song in this show is a classic.” (London Theatre Guide), “Songsmith Extraordinaire” – (Music Week), “Stunning Musicianship” (HotPress), “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant!” – (ThreeWeeks)… are just a few of the superlatives used to describe his unique and original talent.
In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON and NBC’s Eerie Indiana. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’ (The Artists League), based on the ‘Songwriting Workshops’ and ‘Songwriting Masterclasses’ he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

This year marks Friedman’s 15th appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where in addition to his regular concert runs, he’s written and produced several hit children’s musicals, including ‘Smelly Feet’ – a children’s musical that really stinks!

Friedman has faced his share of controversy in recent years: The Merseyside band, Half Man Half Biscuit released a best-selling EP containing a track entitled, ‘The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman’, which went to #1 on the UK Indie chart; a claim which Friedman vehemently denies, ‘I’ve never even met Nigel Blackwell’s mum!’. Friedman extracts his revenge on his recent CD, ‘Submarine Races’, in the song, 'A Baker's Tale', the hitherto untold story of Nigel Blackwell's dubious origins.

Though Friedman's single, ‘McDonald's Girl’, was officially banned by the BBC for mentioning the name of the well known fast food restaurant in its chorus, the irrepressible pop song has been covered by a number of contemporary bands including top-selling, Canadian group, Barenaked Ladies (WEA), and The Blenders (Universal), whose version soared to #1 on the national airplay charts in Norway. With the advent of YouTube, video versions have gone viral and finally, thirty five years after the song was banned by the BBC, the McDonald’s corporation officially licensed the song for a national TV/Radio campaign, confirming the song as a pure pop phenomenon.

Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years - the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith.

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Wed 11 Jul 2018 19:30


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