|Origin||Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Genres||Rock, hard rock|
|Years active||1977–1983, 1999–present|
|Past members||Kenny Shields (deceased)|
Streetheart is a Canadian rock band, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan but now based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their best known songs include "Action", "Hollywood", "Snow White", "Teenage Rage", "One More Time", "Tin Soldier" (Small Faces Cover), "Here Comes the Night" (Them Cover), "What Kind of Love is This", and their cover of the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb".
Keyboard player Daryl Gutheil and bassist Spider (Ken Sinnaeve) formed a band called Wascana in Regina, and then relocated to Winnipeg, where singer Kenny Shields joined the band. After renaming the band Wascana the group finally became Streetheart when guitarist Paul Dean and drummer Matt Frenette joined in 1977. The band released Meanwhile Back in Paris the following year and Under Heaven over Hell in 1979, after which Frenette dropped out to join Dean in Loverboy. John Hannah played guitars on Under Heaven Over Hell (1979), Quicksand Shoes (1980), and Drugstore Dancer (1980). In 1980, Streetheart won the Juno Award for "Most Promising Group of the Year".
Arguably, Streetheart's most popular single was a 1979 disco-hybrid cover version of "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones (an early Streetheart influence). Streetheart's version achieved gold single status in Canada. The extended live version is notable for its blazing bass solo, performed by Spider Sinnaeve.
For the next four years they released a string of albums: Quicksand Shoes (1980), Drugstore Dancer (1980), Action: Best of Streetheart (1981), the self-titled Streetheart (1982), Dancing with Danger (1983), and the double live album Live After Dark (1983). Record sales earned them six gold albums and four platinum albums in Canada. The band broke up in 1983, after which a collection of unreleased songs called Buried Treasure was issued in 1984.
Frehley's Comet recorded their own version of "Dancing with Danger" for their 1988 album, Second Sighting. In 1991, Hardline recorded their own version of the Streetheart song "Hot Cherie" for their 1992 album, Double Eclipse. Paul Dean recorded a version of Action on his solo album Hardcore in 1989 with additional references to disputes between himself and Kenny Shields.
At the peak of their career, Streetheart toured with several rock bands. Canadian bands included Chilliwack, Rush, Toronto, Harlequin, Max Webster, Aldo Nova, April Wine, Headpins; American bands included Sammy Hagar, Styx, Kansas, Blue Öyster Cult. They also toured with AC/DC.
Streetheart received a Juno Award, two Ampex Golden Reel Awards, a Chimo Award from Music Express Magazine, and were voted the most popular Canadian act at the Peoples' Choice Awards. In 2003, Streetheart was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
In 2008, the band released a 2 CD retrospective collection titled ...Read All About It - The Hits/Anthology. The band continues to tour and often plays shows in its native Winnipeg.
In 2017, Kenny Shields underwent emergency surgery for a serious heart ailment, which forced the band to cancel all of its touring plans for 2017. They were to play a final farewell concert on August 29, 2017, at the Winnipeg Classic RockFest in Winnipeg, MB. Jeff Neill, via the band's Facebook page, confirmed on July 21, 2017 that Shields died that morning.
On October 12, 2018, Jeff Neill announced that Winnipeg native, Paul McNair, would assume the role of lead vocalist with the band.
Neill made the following announcement on his Facebook page:
"Streetheart 2019. Life. Legacy. Music. We are pleased to announce that Winnipeg’s Paul McNair will be joining Streetheart as lead vocalist in 2019. Finding a singer was a very daunting task for us as you simply don’t “replace” a voice as iconic as Kenny’s. Paul as many of you would remember, sang with Streetheart at the Winnipeg Classic RockFest back in 2017 and he impressed us with his knowledge, his confidence and his respect for the difficult role that he was charged with taking on that night. Paul stepped up big time, so much so that Streetheart founding members Paul Dean and Matthew Frenette, who flew in with Mike Reno to pay tribute to Kenny that night, gave their full endorsement to Paul after he performed a powerful version of Action with them. Paul’s knowledge of our catalogue, our history and his sheer ability made him the unanimous choice. Paul grew up a Winnipeg MB kid, he’s a dynamic part of the local music scene and as many of you across Canada also know, Paul is the bassist and vocalist with Winnipeg’s Harlequin The Band. We believe that with Paul singing for Streetheart we will be able to create a new chapter in the story of this band, one that we hope to share with our fans for many years. We hope that you will welcome Paul McNair and show him all the respect that he has shown to the band as we celebrate the Life, Legacy and Music of Streetheart next year. See you all soon, Daryl, Spider & Jeff"
On January 2, 2019 the Streetheart Facebook page stated the following: Today we are pleased to announce that Dave Langguth will be performing with Streetheart in 2019. Dave is one of Canada’s premiere rock drummers and anyone who has seen Dave play with Kim Mitchell in recent years can attest to that. Dave is an exceptionally skilled, diverse and powerful player and his list of playing credits along with Kim Mitchell include Nelly Furtado, Sass Jordan, Alannah Myles and Rik Emmett. Dave is also an experienced drum clinician and instructor when he’s not on the road touring. We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to add such a high quality player to our lineup and we look forward to all that Dave will bring to the Streetheart live shows. Along with Streetheart founding member Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve on bass, Dave Langguth gives Streetheart an explosive one two punch that we look forward to sharing with you all soon.
- Meanwhile Back in Paris (1978)
- Under Heaven Over Hell (1979)
- Quicksand Shoes (1980)
- Drugstore Dancer (1980)
- Action: The Best of Streetheart (1981)
- Streetheart (1982)
- Dancing with Danger (1983)
- Live After Dark (1983)
- Buried Treasure (1984)
- Over 60 Minutes with... Streetheart (1989)
- The Essentials (2005)
- ...Read All About It - The Hits/Anthology (2008)
- One Night One Take (2014)
- 40 Vol. I (1977-2017 — 40 Years of Rock and Roll — Vol. I) LP (2017)
- 40 Vol. II (1977-2017 — 40 Years of Rock and Roll — Vol. II) LP (2017)
- "Look at Me" (1978)
- "Action" (1978)
- "Under My Thumb" (1979) #20 CAN
- "Here Comes the Night" (1979) #60 CAN
- "Draggin' You Down" (1980) #78 CAN
- "Trouble" (1980)
- "Tin Soldier" (1981)
- "What Kind of Love is This" (1982) #22 CAN
- "One More Time" (1982)
- "Look in Your Eyes" (1983)
- "Snow White" (1983)
- "Comin` True" (1983)
- Kenny Shields - vocalist
- Daryl Gutheil - keyboards
- Paul Dean - guitar (original founding member)
- Ken Sinnaeve - bass
- Matt Frenette - drums
- John Hannah - guitar
- Herb Ego - drums
- Jeff Neill - 1981 - Present
- Bruce Crump - drums
- Billy Carmassi - drums
- Lou Petrovich - guitar (90's)
- Brent Fitz - drums
- Chris Sutherland - drums
- Tim Sutton - drums
- Bruce "Jake" Jacobs - bass guitar
- Dylan Hermiston - drums
- Paul McNair - vocalist
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