There’s a lot of buzz about JUNO nominated 70’s rock band Teaze getting together for a reunion concert last Saturday in their hometown of Windsor, Ontario, at the Olde Walkerville Theatre (April 6). The theatre was packed, a complete sell out, with a lot of energy both on and off the stage. Music fans of all ages were thrilled, many from younger generations discovering the band and their songs for the first time.
Teaze is a Canadian hard rock band formed in Windsor, Ontario in 1975. The band released four studio albums and a live album recorded in Japan (1978 Gold Record, On The Loose). The last time they played together was in 1980. This was the first time the band played a concert live together in Windsor ever (other than a few high school dances when they first formed).
Three of the original band members Brian Danter (lead vocals / bass guitar), Mark “The Pawnman” Bradac (guitar), and Michael Kozak (drums), have been joined by new member Charlie Lambrick (guitar / keyboards). Lambrick is known more recently and locally as a member of Greatest Hits Live, a band that has mastered the art of reproducing the greatest rock music of our time to its highest level.
However, original Teaze guitarist Chuck Price was in attendance for the reunion concert and performed several songs with the band.
Windsor’s very own soulful rock guitarist Dusty D’Annunzio thrilled the audience by opening the concert with a captivating acoustic performance.
100% of proceeds from the show went to support the In Honour of The Ones We Love Honourable Little Ninjas Martial Arts Program.
Teaze band member Mark Bradac, the most stylish in the group both in attire and on stage attitude, was kind enough to take some time to do an interview and talk with Eyes On Windsor about the band and their plans moving forward.
How did you end up getting back together and how did you prepare for the concert?
I never gave up on the idea that Teaze would one day perform again, although I was very close in recent times. Brian was always the deciding factor. I guess he just decided that it was time. He’d recently retired from his work in the ministry and his very large family of 7 kids have grown. So I think he understood how much I wanted this reunion, Mike too for that matter, and he finally realized himself that he wanted to do this. After all Teaze always was in the back of all of our minds and we always remained friends, even though I was always bummed that Teaze didn’t finish what it started so many years ago. I think a lot of our fans never gave up hope either and now it’s all in the past and we are back in action.
Which songs did Chuck Price perform with the band during the Olde Walkerville Theatre Concert?
Chuck performed Sweet Misery, Rockin With The Music, and Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight.
Will Chuck be involved with the band moving forward? If so how?
We hope he will. We are in the midst of negotiating a documentary on the story of Teaze and Chuck will definitely be part of that, and as far as future shows, we are all hopeful that he will join us in some capacity!
How has Charlie Lambrick been as a new band member? How did he get involved?
Charlie Lambrick has been dynamite. As well as being a great guy he is so talented. He is a monster guitar slinger, as well as singer, and keyboard/piano player, harmonica player which helps us reproduce the songs of Teaze better than we ever could have in the past. He is also a great arranger, writer, and prolific with studio equipment which helps us tremendously with future recordings. Charlie Lambrick is just what the doctor ordered! It was really important to us that this reunion proved to be a new and improved version of the old days. Something that seemed almost impossible to do. But Charlie is just the guy that helped us achieve that!
Who were the backup vocalists?
Lynne Serridge Bradac, my wife, Lynn Danter, Brian’s wife, and Bethany Danter, Brian’s daughter. This also is important to me. Being older I really wanted this band to be like a family, just like the old days but more so. What better achieves that than real family? Besides they are three dynamite vocalists in their own right.
Tell us about the songs “Letters” and “Speed”. Was that the first time the public heard the songs? Will the be released soon as singles or part of an album? Is there more new music on the way? Who wrote the songs?
Letters and Speed are two compositions that were written recorded and released by Brian in his post Teaze years. They appear on a record called “Traitor’s Gate.” Speed we picked because it is very much written with a Teaze flavor. Letters because I think it was a song that helped complete our new set because it had a little different groove than everything else.
I read on social media that Saturday night was the first time the band performed Sweet Misery live in concert. Is that true?
It wasn’t the first time we had performed it, but it is true we barely ever performed it. We played it when we did our headline tour in Japan.
What’s next for the band? Are there more shows scheduled?
Next is going to be some Canadian dates. Probably from here to the east coast and everything in between first. A full Canada tour would be even more spectacular. We do have our sights aimed on Japan, England, Scandinavia, and Europe.
Who will be producing your music moving forward?
Moving forward we probably will produce our own music. It is in our sights to write and release some new songs but it will not be first. It’s all about getting out there and reconnecting with all our fans from so long ago and new ones. Then we will see about new songs. Between Brian, Charlie and myself we probably already have a catalogue of 200 songs to start from which is beautiful.
Tell me about the shoes you wore during the concert?
I love them shoes! They’re 40th anniversary commemorative Sex Pistols boots made by Doc Marten which I thought were very appropriate since it’s Teaze’s 40th anniversary also. That’s besides how funky looking they are! LOL!
How much was raised for In Honour of The Ones We Love?
Were still calculating how much they will get but it will be in the thousands! Awesome! They deserve that plus 100 times that!
When you first formed, what venues did you play in in the Windsor area?
When we first formed in Windsor we only played about thirteen high school dances before we were picked by a manager and moved to Toronto. We were called Ontario before we changed it to Teaze. I often say that I’m one of the only musicians that started at the top and worked my way down in my career! LOL! Teaze’s rise in the beginning was very fast. Maybe that’s what happened. It was such a whirlwind that we weren’t able to grasp a handle on the business, and it got the best of us because we were so young when it all happened.
Who were your music influences when you first started out? I heard there was a lot of Detroit Motor City Rock influence. Who are your music influences today?
My favorite was always Johnny Winter, but being from Windsor we were all influenced by The MC5, Bob Seger, Grand Funk, Brownsville Station, etc. Something that really helped propel our rise in the rest of Canada. Being from here, really made us stand out compared to all of the rest of the Canadian rock bands of that era. It was a big plus in my opinion. We were different. We were essentially from Detroit.
So why did Brian originally leave the band? I heard it had to do with religious conflicts or reasons.
Brian has always been a spiritual person as I am. Brian left the band because he was disillusioned with the business at the time. He also didn’t like all the rampant drug use and promiscuous sex of the seventies. In a lot of ways Rock n Roll in the seventies was like the movie “Caligula”. LOL!
Is there anything else you would like to share or add?
Nothing else besides it’s a lifelong dream of mine that we have gotten back together. We’re all really having a lot of fun as you all could see the other night on stage, and our mission is to take this thing around the world if it’s in the cards. I like to think Rock stars never die, they just fade away. That’s my plan for Teaze if I can help it. To just go wherever the music takes us, until we can go no more!
Teaze Reunion Concert Set List
Ready To Move – On The Loose
Back In Action – One Night Stands
Through The Years – One Night Stands
Come On, Hold On – Teaze
Touch The Wind
Roses And Chrome
Young & Reckless
On the Loose
Rockin’ With The Music
Good Time Tonight
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