Mystery (band)

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Mystery (band)
Origin Quebec, Canada
Genres Progressive rock, hard rock, symphonic rock
Years active 1986–1991 (hiatus)
1993–present
Labels PAGI Records, Unicorn Digital
Associated acts Emerson Drive, Addison Project, Yes, Huis
Website www.therealmystery.com
Members Michel St-Père
Jean Pageau
Past members Raymond Savoie
Stéphane Perreault
Benoît Dupuis
Gary Savoie
Richard Addison
Patrick Bourque
Michel Painchaud
Steve Gagné
Benoît David
François Fournier
Dean Baldwin

Mystery (stylized as MYSTERY) is a Canadian progressive rock band formed in 1986 by multi-instrumentalist Michel St-Père. Mystery's current line-up is St-Père and singer Jean Pageau, with touring musicians Benoît Dupuis, François Fournier, Sylvain Moineau and Jean-Sébastien Goyette.[1]

History[edit]

Formation and first three albums (1986-1999)[edit]

Mystery was formed in 1986 by Michel St-Père who, at the time was working at Studio Illusion as a sound engineer. The band was originally named Century, but was renamed to Mystery when it was discovered there was a band in France already called Century.[2] It took several years for a stable lineup to form, but by 1990 a lineup formed featuring St-Père on guitars, along with Stéphane Perreault on drums, Raymond Savoie on vocals, and Benoît Dupuis on keyboards. While the band was recording their first EP, Gary Savoie, Raymond's brother, became the lead singer in winter of 1991. Richard Addison also joined the band in 1991 on bass. Mystery released their debut EP in March 1992 with both Raymond and Gary on vocals. This EP is currently the only Mystery album that is out of print.

Perreault was taken ill with a crippling illness in 1991 which led to a hiatus until autumn of 1993, at which point the band regrouped. Recording started on the band's first full-length album, Theatre of the Mind, in winter of 1994. After finishing his parts for the album, Addison left the band and was replaced by Patrick Bourque, who had played bass on "Rythmizomena" on Theatre of the Mind. Michel Painchaud also joined the band on saxophone and acoustic guitar. In 1995, the band was reduced to four members when Dupuis and Painchaud left. To help promote the new album's release in 1996, St-Père created his own record label, Unicorn Digital, on which all of Mystery's recordings from this point onward would be released.[3] The release of Theatre of the Mind helped the band reach an audience outside of their home in Canada.[4]

During the recording of the band's second album, Destiny?, Perreault left and was replaced by Steve Gagné who was introduced to the band by studio sound engineer, Gilles Peltier. Destiny? was released in May 1998 and licensed to French record label Musea. By the time it came to start work on the band's next album in 1999, singer Gary Savoie left due to musical differences.

Benoît David era (1999-2014)[edit]

After Gary Savoie left he was replaced by Benoît David, who St-Père had met after a Yes tribute gig by David's then-band Close to the edge (named Gaïa at the time) prior to Savoie's departure from the band. For the next several years, St-Père shifted his focus to expanding his record label,[5][6] causing new Mystery material to be delayed.

In 2000 Mystery released two songs, one for a Pink Floyd tribute album and one for a progressive rock compilation album, "Hey You" and a demo of the title track from Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face respectively. Mystery also released a compilation album, At the Dawn of a New Millennium, marking a transition period in the band. Over the next few years, progress was made on the band's next studio album, with a rough mix of the song "As I Am" appearing on a 2004 compilation album. Then in 2006, Mystery released a cover of "Visions of Paradise" on a The Moody Blues tribute album.[7]

Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face, the band's third studio album, was released on May 15, 2007.[8] Bourque died a few months after the album's release in September 2007, the cause of death was determined to be suicide. He was also a member of Emerson Drive up until a month before his death.[9] Following the passing of Bourque, St-Père, David, and Gagné, soldiered on. They hired François Fournier to replace Bourque on bass, and brought second guitarist Dean Baldwin to the fold. Former keyboard player Benoît Dupuis rejoined the band in his original role.

In 2008 David became the lead singer of Yes (until 2012) as well as Mystery, filling in for Jon Anderson. While this helped the band reach a wider audience, it also caused Mystery to have to work around Yes' schedule.

Destiny?, Mystery's second album, was remixed and released with new artwork and a bonus track as a 10th anniversary edition in 2009. The new lineup also played their first show, opening for The Musical Box on April 3.

In 2010, the band released their fourth studio album, One Among the Living.[10] Many other musicians played on the album as session musicians, including other artists who released music on Unicorn Digital and other musicians, including Oliver Wakeman and John Jowitt.

Gagné departed the band in 2011, as he was unable to do the recording for the upcoming album, but stayed with the band as a touring member. Nick D'Virgilio was named to be the session musician who would record all the drum tracks on their next album and that Antoine Fafard from Spaced Out would record all the bass tracks on the album. Mystery released their fifth studio album, The World is a Game, on August 10, 2012.[11]

On July 28, 2012, Sylvain Moineau was announced to be filling in for Baldwin on guitars for their next show, and then became a full-time touring member.[12] Then on January 2, 2013 it was announced that Jean-Sébastien Goyette would be playing drums in the live band instead of Gagné, with his first show being the February 7, 2013 show at Centrepointe Theatre.

A remastered version of At the Dawn of a New Millennium was announced on February 26, 2013, along with a new compilation album, which the name for was released on March 12, 2013, Unveil the Mystery, containing music from 2007 until 2012.

On May 10, the band played and recorded their first European show in the Netherlands, which is scheduled for release as a double live album in September 2014 and concert film at a later date.

The band recorded the Gene Simmons song "See You Tonight" for the KISS tribute album A World With Heroes. Todd Farhood sang lead vocals while the rest of Mystery (St-Père, Dupuis, Fournier, Moineau and Goyette) played their respective instruments.

Jean Pageau era (2014-present)[edit]

On March 14, 2014 it was announced that David had left the band, after having discussed wanting to take a pause from music before the start of the The World is a Game Tour. His successor is Jean Pageau, who officially joined the band on March 9. The band has begun preparations on a new studio album and fall European tour with Pageau.[13]

It was announced on July 7 that Antoine Michaud would be filling in for Sylvain Moineau for all 2014 concerts, and that he had already been practicing with the band for a month.

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