|Born on: 06.07.1970
British singer, born July 6, 1970 in Burnley, England. In 1994 he joined Pink Cream 69. He joined the French progressive metal band Adagio in 2000, but left the band in 2004. His solo album will be released on August 31, 2007.
Born in Burnley, a small northern town in England, David hails from a family steeped in the history of coal mining. As most northern lads of his age, his future in a way had been earmarked. However, with his family having a musical background, his mother also singing and his Grandmother playing piano, there was always a chance that David could adopt some of their talent.
Having left school at the tender age of fifteen, a succession of jobs followed. However, young Master Readman had already been bitten by the musical bug and formed various bands like Alander, Sixmyth, Splatterpunk and cut his "live" teeth playing the local club circuit.
At age 19, unfulfilled promise led him to Nelson and Colne Music College in 1989 where he learned the basics of what was required to become a professional singer. Two years later, it was time for the hungry Readman to find a real band.
However, it wasn't until during a camping trip where he sung some Led Zep songs a friend said "Man, what you doing, you should be making records". That was it, David now had the belief and the fire in his belly required to succeed in the music business, and spent the next few months sending a barrage of demos tapes in response to adverts for singers in the cult UK magazine Melody Maker. It wasn't long before he received calls from throughout the UK. These would eventually lead to auditions and jobs with Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), then solo, Thomas McRocklin (Vai-like virtuoso) and a move to London with Misha Calvin, who would later release the demos without David's consent.
The 17th June 1994 is the day that David's life, as he knew it, would change forever! He flew to Germany for an audition with European Hard Rockers Pink Cream 69, who's vocalist Andi Deris had left to join Helloween. David was successful in his audition and felt that at last he had discovered the band that he had so long craved. Pink Cream 69 were also a band that his talent undoubtedly deserved!
Things moved so fast for David with the signing of a record contract with Sony Music in November '94 and a trip to America only a couple of days later to record his first PC69 record "Change" with in California. The quartet returned to Germany at the tale end of January '95 and immediately set out on the road for David's first headline tour. Thunderhead accompanied on what was a crazy time and a long way from Burnley!
A procession of records quickly followed - "Food for Thought", the "Live" CD and then the highly acclaimed "Electrified", a return to the bands hard rocking roots. This record began to open doors again for Pink Cream 69, that many declared they had shut with the change in direction on their appropriately named "Change" album!
Success in various quarters arrived with the single "Shame" and a European Tour with Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson followed, where David would again be reaquainted with Adrian Smith.
June 1999 saw the band flying 14 hours to Japan where they experienced an unforgettable four days playing Tokyo and Kawasaki.
David barely had time to pinch himself when in 2000 the band released their next record "Sonic Dynamite", again to critical acclaim, and were off to São Paulo in Brazil for the first time. This would become a great year for touring with a co-headline tour with Axiss also under their belts.
David then met Stephan Forte at a concert in France, and a partnership commenced in the studio. Pink Cream 69's EP "Mixery" was recorded in-between, which meant working with Adagio through the day, and then recording "One Step into Paradise" at night sessions at House of Audio Studios Karlsdorf. The end of June 2001 saw the release of their first collaboration, under the name of Adagio, the "Sanctus Ignus" CD.
"Endangered" would become David's fifth studio album with Pink Cream 69 in 2001 and carried on where "Electrified" and "Sonic Dynamite" left off. David was now firmly turning heads on a regular basis with emotional and soulfull performances and was now highly regarded as one of Europe's finest rock singers!
Work continued to emerge with various projects, mainly associated with David's Bass playing colleague and Producer Dennis Ward. In November 2002 Missa Mercuria, a Rock Opera, was released in Germany. David played the part of the narrator and sung on three tracks on the record.
Adagio's second album "Underworld" was released in November 2003 whilst Pink Cream took a long break, mainly due to health issues with their guitarist Alfred Koffler.
Koffler thankfully recovered and in 2004 "Das Pinkies" returned with arguably their finest release to date in "Thunderdome". The citics went wild and the album featured in many an "Album of the Year" category throughout Europe. David put in some of his best performances ever captured on record, none more so than the self penned hanuting ballad "That Was Yesterday".
In the beginning of 2004 David participated in his first tour with Adagio, covering the whole of France and Belgium and two weeks later, at the beginning of March 2004, would immediately set out on the road with Pink Cream 69 in support of the "Thunderdome" album. The tour kicked off in Obermarchtal, Germany on 5th March 2004 and proved to be a gruelling schedule for David and his voice. Both came through unscathed!
David and Adagio soon announced their decision to part amicably and is now planning the release of his first solo record. The songs have all been written and plans are well underway to making that dream a reality! Having heard some of the demos it's safe to say that fans of Pink Cream 69 and David Readman will not be disappointed when this material sees the light of day!
With gigs in Italy, Germany, USA and a first appearance in England for David with PC69 and The Gods, 2005 looks like being every bit as good as 2004 for the multi talented David Readman and the very underrated Pink Cream 69.
For all those of who have yet to discover the wonderful talents of this amazing singer and his delightful band - "Shame on You" !!!!
Now get yourself over the Sounds section!
Paul Logue (Feb 2005)