Titan

Band Members:

Original Lineup:

David Roberts (Vocals, Keyboards)
Peter Large (Drums)
John Tate (Keyboards)
Dana Westall (Bass)
Steve (Jughead) Brown (Guitar)
Brian Frail (Guitar)


Other members:
Bruce Nelson (Guitar Replaced Frail, 1977)
Mark Desjardins (Guitar Replaced Brown, 1977)
John Biggs (Bass Replaced Westall, Spring 1979)
Jim Rice (Guitar Replaced Desjardins, Spring 1979)
Moe Lauzon (Guitar Replaced Rice, Fall 1979)
Ron Mayer (Bass Replaced Biggs, 1981)

Biography:

WRITTEN BY JIM RICE

Band was formed in 1976 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and spent their first couple of years playing mainly school dances throughout the Canadian Atlantic Provinces. Invested a large portion of revenue back into the band, in time creating the largest light show ever owned by a working band in the area. Band's lighting technician, Peter Hendrickson eventually started renting out the lights and formed Tour Tech East Ltd., still a major local and international force for professional lighting and audio systems.

Recorded two independent singles, one of which Won't You Come With Me reached number 9 on the local rock radio station and then hit #33 in the top 100 songs of 1978. In 1979 the band was featured on the national CBC Radio program, "The Great Canadian Gold Rush" which was focusing on up and coming bands from across Canada. Three songs were recorded for the special "Light Up The Night", "Stole My Love" and "Hold Me". This session was produced by Claire Lawrence of Chilliwack fame.

In the Summer of 1979, the band opened shows for Moxy and Max Webster (reprising a similar appearance the year before in Welland, Ontario). Along with original material, the band at this time featured what local reviewers said were, "a masterful medley of Queen's music" and, "a superb rendition of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven". While opening for Max Webster, Titan became the first local act to appear in the newly opened Halifax Metro Centre.

Band spent the next few years traveling extensively throughout Central and Western Canada and were "discovered" by Los Angeles musician/producer/songwriter, Kim Fowley (Byrds, Frank Zappa, Runaways). This union resulted in the song, "Midnight Romeo" which appeared on the Eastern Alliance album in 1982. Fowley had heard of the band through an article in a magazine and in the hopes of them being the "next Loverboy", contacted them while they were in St. John's, Newfoundland on tour. With Bob Segarini producing, the band recorded five songs at this time but only "Midnight Romeo" has seen the light of day. Band was being referred to at this time as, "the first mainstream rock band from Down East", and "bigger than Loverboy".

Band soon broke up and Nelson and Roberts continued working together in Bats In The Belfry, Screaming Trees, The Trees and Fire Rooster. They have since re-united with Titan's original guitarist, Steve Brown and perform under the name Blueberry Grunt.

John Biggs went on to some local fame as disc jockey and TV host before eventually leaving Halifax.

 

Discography:

Singles:

197? Play Me/Dreamers(The Great Eastern Production Co.)

1978 Won't You Come With Me/(Why Are You) Leaving Me(Solar Records)


Compilations:

1982 Eastern Alliance(CBS)"Midnight Romeo"


RECORDING ACTS

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