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Dan Reed reveals his very embarrassing stage dive Q&A.

THE Dan Reed Network is a funk rock band formed by Dan Reed in Portland, Oregon, United States, in 1984. Over 28 years, it's become internationally renowned, with gigs all around the world.

Next month Dan plays Eric's, so I caught up with him for this week's ECHO music Q&A...

Are you looking forward to playing Liverpool? I am very much excited to return to Liverpool. I had the opportunity to perform there early last year with my new band and had a fantastic time, and of course had to do a little sightseeing of where Mr Lennon grew up, attended school, etc. It''s a very strong working class city that reminds me of where I grew up in South Dakota... good, hardworking, honest folk, and a great audience to perform for!

Which song is stuck in your head today? Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I've been humming it since waking today, but have no idea why.

What are your three favourite albums of all time? Stand by Sly and the Family Stone, Van Halen 1, Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd.

Tell us about a great band we might not have heard of.

There is a very inspiring young rock band out of the Bolton area called Drama. If you have not heard of them, I have a very strong feeling you soon will. Imagine Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd in their prime, magically mashed together, and you can get an idea about Drama and where their future is heading.

Have you ever been told you look like anyone famous? Yes, when in India, quite a few folks said I looked like some famous European football player. I don''t follow sports that much, especially at that time, and had no idea who they were talking about.

If we ended up in a karaoke club, what would you sing? I have to be quite intoxicated to get up and sing karaoke, for I always fear I will forget some melody and mess up a classic song, so almost always decline the invite, however if forced, I would go for an Eagles song, Hotel California perhaps, or Phil Collins track, Against All Odds or In the Air Tonight, where the melodies have been carved in to my brain.

What song would you like played at your funeral? Happy music - perhaps Irish, Celtic music - rhythms and melodies to celebrate a life lived. Funerals are often too depressing for it comes down to mourning the loss, and the feelings of those left behind, rather than a 'send off'' to a friend or family member, wishing their soul a merry journey to the next level.

What was your most embarrassing moment? Falling off the stage in Seattle opening up for Eddie Money. Slipped on some mic cables and fell in the orchestra pit.

What is your most treasured possession? Friends first... secondly I suppose it would be the ability to find positive elements from bad situations. Have you ever Googled yourself? Once... and it freaked me out on how much information is out there on the web. I couldn''t bear to read on.

Facebook or Twitter? I''m on Facebook much more than Twitter.

Paul or John? Both are great artists, but I have to say I admire where John took his success in a deeper way. John was heading on a very inspiring path where music, activism, politics and healing were all coming together. This is a life worth respect and emulation.

Liverpool or Everton? Liverpool, for sure... but keep in mind I know very little about Everton at this point in my life.

. Dan Reed plays Eric''s on Tuesday February 7. Tickets pounds 10 advance from 0151-236 9994 or www.ericslive.com
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2012
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