John Parr - 4/10/19Wednesday, April 10 2019 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start / Ends 10:30 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
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John Parr - 4/10/19
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
- 10:30 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
The excellent track 'Naughty Naughty' was John Parr's first major U.S. Top 40 hit record, hitting No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. 1985 saw Parr on the road with his band "The Business" supporting Toto, and playing 10,000-seater venues across America...
By the end of the tour, John had a call from one of the world's most successful record producers, David Foster. He requested Parr to record a song for the film 'St Elmo's Fire'. Parr and Foster wrote a song in honor of wheelchair athlete and activist Rick Hansen, the song was called 'St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)' which also became the theme for the film St. Elmo's Fire. The song became a huge hit for Parr around the World (reaching No1 on the billboard Hot 100 in September 1985) and garnered many awards, including a Grammy Award nomination.
Parr went on to tour with Tina Turner on 'The Private Dancer' tour and also with Heart and The Beach Boys In his charity work with The David Foster foundation Parr has shared the stage and the sports field with many stars of stage and screen including John Travolta, Michael J Fox, Celine Dion, Paul Anka and Rob Lowe.
John later wrote 'Under A Raging Moon' for Roger Daltrey, a song that paid tribute to Keith Moon and told the story of The Who. The album became Daltrey's biggest solo success in America.
Parr was soon singing with Marilyn Martin on the song 'Through the Night', from the Quicksilver soundtrack (1986). Parr wrote and produced further tracks for Martin's debut album, including the hit 'Night Moves'. A year after,wrote and sang the title songs 'The Minute I Saw You' , from Three Men and a Baby soundtrack, and the power ballad 'Running Away With You', from The Running Man soundtrack (this song was re-released on 'Man With a Vision' album, with the title 'Restless Heart').
After the success of Meat Loaf's album, Parr contributed to the next album with the smash duet hit 'Rock & Roll Mercenaries'. From there he began work with Albert Magnoli (director of Purple Rain) on the movie American Anthem for which he wrote and performed the main theme 'Two Hearts'.
Parr's other movie credits include 'Naughty Naughty' from the cult horror movie Near Dark and 'Love Grammar' from the Karen Black Movie Flight of the Spruce Goose.
There's a great resurgence of interest in John Parr at the moment, particularly after his 1985 Billboard No.1 single 'St Elmo's Fire' featured on the new Google Android advert that was launched during the 2016 Academy Awards.
The iconic song has now once again grabbed the attention of a new generation of fans after it featured in the Deadpool trailer 'No Good Deed' starring Ryan Reynolds, from the hugely successful movie adaptation of the Marvel Comics super hero.
John has sold over 10 Million albums during his career, and his set list includes a number of recognisable hits & movie soundtrack favourites...
'Restless Heart' (From the Motion Picture 'The Running Man')
'The Minute I Saw You' (From the Motion Picture 'Three Men & A Baby').
'The Best' (Theme used in the series of highly successful Gillette razor commercials in the mid 80's)
'Naughty Naughty' (Billboard Rock Charts No.1 single).
'St Elmo's Fire' (Billboard No.1 single. From the Motion Picture 'St Elmo's Fire')