Graham Bonnet is one of those eclectic rock singers with a clearly defined place in the corridors of rock power which means that a potted history of his career is not required here other than to say that he brought that air of commerciality to Rainbow that Ritchie Blackmore so craved before being yet another musician who fell afoul of the notorious Mr Blackmore’s ire in the 1980s. Graham simply moved on and continued to create his own career which led to solo single chart success and an action packed solo career plus further highlights being his legendary and incendiary performances with Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker and Impellitteri.
Graham is now an elder statesman of rock and despite being well into his 70s his voice remains as clear, powerful, melodic and above all else as loud as ever and you always know that this is one artist who will always deliver quality, classic hard rock but always tempered with that unique melodic capability of his that allows his performances to be enjoyed by music fans everywhere and of every persuasion. This is a man who, quite simply, owns the word ‘cool’ and is a showman of the highest order.
Bonnet is joined by two of his long standing bandmates in Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass and Conrado Pesinato on guitar with Alessandro Bertoni on keyboards and Shane Gaalaas on drums and there are several guests who have been involved in the writing performance and appearing on the record too. These include additional guitar from Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000) and Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson) with acoustic guitar from Takanori Ozaki and additional drums from John Tempesta (The Cult, White Zombie), Levi Dokus and Kyle Hughes. The irrepressible Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow) adds keyboards with orchestral arrangements from Shota Nakama and Antonio Teoli. A host of musicians for sure but all have that touch of class that they impart to the proceedings making this as good a Graham Bonnet album as he has produced in many a year. I find it amazing that when most people have retired, put their feet up and are simply content to do nothing but watch television that these special musicians are still out there recording and playing live for our delight. We have to revere them as they have all improved our lives exponentially as music is the soundtrack to all of our lives and without people like Graham Bonnet then all of our lives would be so much poorer.
The music is incredibly powerful and uplifting with Graham and his band being on top of their game and still producing the quality melodic rock that he is renowned for. There are many moments in his long and illustrious career that help to define the man but just have a listen to the orchestral track Suzy that closes the album. Not rock by any means but a simply beautiful work which he sings with such expression, love and honesty fragility that it almost breaks your heart.
You just have to love this man, the music that he has produced and the music that he continues to offer to us; he is, quite simply a national treasure.
Day Out In Nowhere
- Imposter (3:33)
- 12 Steps to Heaven (4:43)
- Brave New World (feat Roy Z) (3:42)
- Uncle John (4:21)
- Day Out In Nowhere (4:40)
- The Sky is Alive (5:35)
- David’s Mom (4:04)
- When We’re Asleep (feat Mike Tempesta & John Tempesta) (3:53)
- It’s Just a Frickin’ Song (feat Don Airey) (4:38)
- Jester (feat Jeff Loomis & Kyle Hughes) (4:35)
- Suzy (3:36)