Reamonn in Concert 2007
|Genres||Pop rock, alternative rock|
|Years active||1999–present (on hiatus)|
|Labels||Universal, Island, Virgin|
Mike „Gomezz“ Gommeringer
Reamonn is a German pop rock band. They have recorded six albums.
In 1997, Rea Garvey left his band The Reckless Pedestrians and home town of Tralee, Ireland to go to Germany with not a lot of money and a demo CD in his pocket. He put an ad into local paper Stockacher Anzeiger stating, "Singer requires band for recording and live shows". Mike Gommeringer (Gomezz) saw this ad and accurately assumed it must have been Garvey, whose original band he had once seen play live. The two met up and subsequently recruited Uwe, Sebi and Phil. Their first gig was played on New Year's Eve 1998 in Stockach. "Reamonn" is the Irish for "Raymond".
In order to secure a recording contract, they set up a showcase at Logo, a small club in Hamburg, in front of 16 representatives from various record labels in 1999. The band was quickly offered several contracts, settling on signing with Virgin Records Germany. As of 2006, they are now releasing their music through Universal Music.
Reamonn's first chart success came with "Supergirl," a track that received heavy airplay on pop stations in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. Taken from the album "Tuesday," it reached the top 10 in 2000 in each of those countries.
The track "Alright" is perhaps one of the signature songs from Reamonn's early period. Performing at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA to impress record executives, the band performed the song twice. Alas, the crowd was sparse, as most of the action was at the Viper Room to catch then-hot British talent Jem.
This was the mid-2000s and Reamonn never got the U.S. deal. Back in Europe, however, their popularity continued to soar with a mix of radio-friendly sounds. To date, their most successful "international" single is "Tonight," from the Wish album. Released in summer 2006, the track hit No. 1 in Romania, but did not crack the top 10 in Germany. The track also opened Reamonn up to new markets, such as Greece and Portugal, where the band continues to receive airplay.
On July 24, 2008 the group was chosen as the opening act for Barack Obama's speech at The Siegessäule in Berlin, before an estimated crowd of 200,000. The band made the then United States Senator an honorary Reamonn member, presenting him with a band ring.
In November 2009, Reamonn went on a world tour with Status Quo as a support band.
On August 27, 2010 Reamonn released their Best Of album called Eleven which features 3 new tracks: the new singles Yesterday. Colder and Let The Morning Sleep. On the CD there are 11 songs on each of the 2 disks taken from every album Reamonn recorded. The Deluxe Edition features a DVD with all the videos and some live tracks. In December 2010, Reamonn released their DVD Eleven: Live At The Casino. Later on, the members decided to concentrate on other musical projects.
The first solo single of Rea Garvey is called 'Can't Stand the Silence' and was released on 9 September 2011. An album with the same name was released on 30 September 2011. Later, 'Can't Stand the Silence: The Encore Edition' was released, featuring a few new songs including the single 'Wild Love'. The tour in support of the album consisted of dates in Germany during 2011 and 2012 and continued on in 2013 with new dates also outside Germany: in Switzerland, France, Ireland, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. For the 2013 dates, Ryan Sheridan was the support act.
Rea Garvey released his second solo album called 'Pride' in May 2014. The album features the single 'Can't Say No'. In September 2014, Rea Garvey released the 'Oh My Love' EP which features the original song and a new version with Amy MacDonald. Tourdates in support of the album are planned for 2014 and 2015.
Rea Garvey is also a member of the jury for 'The Voice of Germany'.
The other members of Reamonn teamed up with Thomas Hanreich to form the band Stereolove. They released their first album 'Stereo Loves You' in September 2012. They are currently working on their second studio album, which will be released in 2015.
The members are
- Voice, guitar: Rea Garvey, born as Raymond Michael Garvey on May 3, 1973
- Guitar: Uwe Bossert, born October 3, 1974
- Beats: Mike "Gomezz" Gommeringer, born September 26
- Bass: Philipp "Phil" Rauenbusch
- Keyboard, saxophone, flute: Sebastian "Sebi" Padotzke, born August 7, 1971
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