April Wine


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April Wine is a Canadian rock band formed in 1969. According to the band they chose the name 'April Wine' simply because it was two words that sounded good together. The band would go on to release over 20 albums and forge a live performance reputation that sees them still drawing devoted crowds across Canada and around the world 37 years after taking their first steps into the Hard Rock spotlight.

In 1988 Myles Goodwyn moved back to Canada from his home in the Bahamas. Almost immediately he began to be hounded as to whether there would be an April Wine reunion. Talks started slowly with other members. Some were interested but other commitments were getting in the way. An April Wine reunion was almost written off. But by 1992 fans got what they wished for. Starting with a sold out concert in Manitoba, April Wine returned to the stage and wowed audiences once again. The band consisted of founder Myles Goodwyn and returning guitarist Brian Greenway. Also returning was powerhouse drummer Jerry Mercer and, to the surprise and delight of fans, the reunion included bassist Jim Clench, who hadn't played with the band since 1975. Filling out the act was third guitarist Steve Segal. Not only selling out shows in their native Canada, the band did well on the concert circuit south of the border as well.

In 1993 the band released the first "true" April Wine album in a decade, titled Attitude. It was certified gold in Canada soon after its release. Segal remained with the band through one more studio release, 1994's Frigate. The band would release another album in 1999, entitled Back To The Mansion.

April Wine continues to tour across Canada annually with the same core group of Goodwyn, Greenway, Mercer and Clench. For several years their live show was filled out with the multi-talented Carl Dixon (formerly of the band Coney Hatch) on guitars, keyboards and backing vocals.

In 2006, April Wine is entering its 37th year. A new album entitled Roughly Speaking is slated to be released in May. Still a popular concert draw all across their native Canada, they also play festivals in Europe and in the United States.