STANDING IN THE DARK
A Platinum Blonde Fan Site

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NEWS
Surprise Tour Date Aug 14th, 2014
Platinum Blonde will be replacing an act that cancelled at the Rock The River Festival in Saskatoon. They will be performing on Sunday, August 24th from 8:30 - 10pm. And don't be fooled by the web site ! ; The packages may have sold out but individual tickets are still available.
Act Quick ! July 20th, 2014
Sunrise Records is selling the remastered version of Standing In The Dark for less than $11 via Amazon.ca, taxes and shipping to Canadian addresses included.
Click here and look for Sunrise Records.
David Barrett Trio Update July 3rd, 2014
The David Barrett Trio have already raised half of their amount through their crowd-funding campaign for their new DVD and CD ! Click here for details.
It's Finally Here ! June 18th, 2014
The 30th Anniversary version of Standing In The Dark is now available to order from Amazon.ca and Chapters.Indigo.ca.
The CD will be available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and Amazon.jp shortly.
Oh What A Feeling ! May 21th, 2014
A new version of the Oh What a Feeling book has been available since April so I thought I'd bump it.

Published by Fox Music Books, this "vital history of Canadian Music" includes multiple entries relating to Platinum Blonde, as stipulated on my updated bibliography.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interest in the Canadian music industry.
New Music Video Released Feb 13th, 2014
Standing In The Dark Re-Release & More Aug 25th, 2013
Standing In The Dark will be re-released next year according to a Facebook entry by Mark himself, "along with many surprises".
The entry states that there will be more tour dates next year and I'm hoping that the Complete DVD will be one of those surprises.
BTW, if you're in Toronto on Thursday the 29th, Dave Barrett will be hosting a demo of his guitars at the Orbit Room (580A College Street). Enjoy !
Like Comics ? July 5th, 2013
The first episode of Captain Canuck features Platinum Blonde !
(click here to view the first episode)
Remix Available June 26th, 2013
The Beautiful remix by Al P of MSTRKRFT is now available for download :

Ladies & Gentlemen... March 29th, 2013

Dave Barrett Trio @ The Mod Club March 12th, 2013

The Dave Barrett Trio will be having a listening party at The Mod Club
at 722 College Street in Toronto on April 18th, 2013 at 8 PM. 19+ Only.
Discography Updates Nov 3rd, 2012
Currently updating discography so don't worry if the page shows up weird. :)
Team Platinum Blonde Oct 4th, 2012
The guys have sponsored their own minor hockey team !
Click here to access Team Platinum Blonde's Facebook page
Where To Download Now & Never ? Aug 23rd, 2012
Canadians can download the new album from Now & Never - Platinum Blonde
Americans can download the new album from Amazon.com
Residents of the United Kingdom can download the new album from Amazon.co.uk
Success @ Maple Music Aug 9th, 2012
Maple Music has been flooded with orders for the new CD. So much so that they have apparently reached capacity.
Pre-orders are still available at Amazon.ca until August 20th, the day before the official release date.
Beautiful available for download June 20th, 2012
I wanted to post this yesterday but I was sick. Here's the link :
Beautiful - Single - Platinum Blonde
New Official Website June 13th, 2012
A second official website has just gone online at www.PlatinumBlondeWorld.com.
More Concert Dates & "Beautiful" Preview June 1st, 2012
More concert dates were added to my listings and a preview of "Beautiful" is available by clicking here.
New Concert Dates Announced May 31st, 2012
Platinum Blonde will be playing the 149th Carp Fair, in Carp, Ontario.
They will hit the stage on Sunday, September the 23rd, in the afternoon at 1 pm. Tickets are $10 at the gate.

The Dave Barrett Trio have also announced an upcoming gig, On June 21st at The Mod Club in Toronto.
They'll be on stage at 10:30 PM and tickets are $15 at the door.
New Single, Album & Merchandise May 26th, 2012
"Beautiful", a single from the upcoming "Now & Never" album, will be released on June 19th.
T-Shirts have also been made available via Maple Music
More Concert Updates April 17th, 2012
Information in regards to the Sackville, Nova Scotia gig has been released.

The band will be playing Weir Rockin' 2012 on August 18th,2012 and tickets for this
event will be available starting June 1st from Ticket Atlantic.

Thanks Trent for the heads up. Enjoy the concert !
Concert Updates Feb 6th, 2012
The Dave Barrett Trio will be performing at The Mod Club at 772 College St. in Toronto on March 8th. Tickets are $10 at the door and only adults will be admitted (19+). Doors open at 8. Show starts at 9pm.
Platinum Blonde at Arnprior Fair July 22nd, 2011
Platinum Blonde will be performing in Arnprior, Ontario at the Arnprior Fair on August 5th, at 9:45 PM.
This event is at 10 Galvin Street. $10 at Gate and $5 Parking. Thank Lynn for the information.
Live At Ontario Place July 8th, 2011
Platinum Blonde will be performing at Ontario Place in Toronto on July 23rd, at Echo Beach.
Free admission ! Thank Lynn for the information.
New Platinum Blonde Gig June 21st, 2011
I was just informed that Platinum Blonde will be Opening for April Wine
at the Kinsman Cornwall Liftoff Festival in Cornwall, Ontario on July 14th, 2011.
This festival is held in Lamoureux Park, at 100 Water Street East,
and tickets for this event can be purchased online or from several retailers in Cornwall.
Thanks Robert for the information. Enjoy The Concert !
Platinum Blonde In Alberta May 23rd, 2011
Platinum Blonde will be performing at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alberta on July 16th at 8pm. Multiple packages are available for this event, including the Fanatics Package, "Standing In The Dark" Package and "Crying Over You" package. Thanks Lisa for the heads up.
Platinum Blonde in New Glasgow May 19th, 2011
Platinum Blonde will be performing at this year's
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee on July 29th at 9:15pm.
This event is in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
New David Barrett Trio Gig & Single May 13th, 2011
The David Barrett Trio have a new gig at The Orbit Room
This concert will be on May 28th, 2011 at 7pm.

The venue is located in Toronto, at 580A College Street and tickets go for $10 at the door.

And don't forget, their new single, Sonar, will be out on iTunes on May 24th !
Platinum Blonde Celebrates The Junos Jan 5th, 2011
The Juno Awards is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with several concerts, one of which will feature Platinum Blonde.

The band with share the stage with numerous 80's bands at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on January 8th. These bands include Chalk Circle, Maestro Fresh Wes, Modern Superstitions, Rik Emmett of Triumph, San Sebastian, and more.
Tickets are available from ticketmaster.ca, Maplemusic.com or from The Horseshoe Tavern at 370 Queen St. W.

BTW, Mark will also be interviewed live in the NOW Lounge at 189 Church Street in Toronto, on Thursday January 6th at 7pm. Tickets for that event are $5.
All Platinum Blonde albums on iTunes Dec 18th, 2010
Standing In The Dark, Alien Shores and Contact have been made available on iTunes, since the begining of December.

Unfortunately The Blonde's "Yeah Yeah Yeah" is not yet available on iTunes.
New Band Aug 31st, 2010
David and Sasha have founded a new band, The David Barrett Trio, along with Jason Farrar. And the trio have a gig at
The Gibson Guitar Artist Showroom on Thursday October 7th, 2010 at 7pm.

The venue is located in Toronto, at 1205 King St. W. and tickets go for $10 at the door.
Sony - Please Release The DVD Jan 25th, 2010
Upon hearing that Platinum Blonde would be inducted in the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame last month I sent an email to Sony asking them if the DVD would finally be released. I haven't had a reply so I'm guessing they are still thinking about it or the email was lost. So I decided to write them again today in the hopes to get a response and will post this response here. If you want to second my request for the DVD's release use this contact form.
New David Barrett CD Jan 9th, 2010
David Barrett's new CD, entitled "The Dead Arm", has been released. And a CD release concert will be held at Whistler's in Toronto, at 995 Broadview Avenue, on Wednesday, January the 20th, 2010 at 8pm.

Tickets for the event can be purchased from fingerstyleguitar.ca, where a review of the CD can be found, and the album can be purchased on CD or MP3 at CD Baby.
Digital Download Updates July 22nd, 2009
The "Seven Year Itch" compilation was finally released online and is available on Puretracks and Zik.ca.
"Crying Over You" is also available on Napster Canada
Crying Over You on iTunes May 30th, 2009
"Crying Over You" was just released on Platinum Blonde - Best of 80's Rockers Collections compiled in the Best Of 80's Rockers Collection
MuchMoreRetro DVD Campaign Feb 21st, 2009
I've recieved confirmation that Much Music had recorded and released a Platinum Blonde concert on VHS so I have just written them requesting them to release this concert and possibly any other concert footage, on their MuchMoreRetro DVD series.

If you want to send in a request click on the following email address : muchmoremail@muchmoremusic.com.
Kenny Maclean Obituary Published Nov 30th, 2008
Click Here To Read Kenny MacLean's Obituary In The Toronto Star
Kenny Maclean Update Nov 26th, 2008
According to Sun Media and The Toronto Sun, Kenny died of natural causes likely related to the heart :

MacLean died of 'natural causes' - Jam Showbizz

Heart problem killed Platinum Blonde bassist - Toronto Star
Kenny Maclean 1957-2008 Nov 24th, 2008
Citynews, AM640 News and Jam Showbiz have reported that Kenny Maclean has died today, claiming that Toronto Police (at 51 division) have confirmed that he was found "collapsed and unresponsive" at 1 pm today at his Toronto apartment by his sister.

Official confirmations regarding the alledged cause of his death have yet to be released.

Kenny Maclean had just released his third solo album, entitled "Completely", on Friday. He had celebrated the album's released with a performance at The Mod Club, a venue co-owned by Mark Holmes, another former Platinum Blonde.
Splub May 11th, 2008
Woops ! Forgot to mention that David and Sasha has a new band called Splub and this band has a self titled release.
Click here to watch their latest music video on Youtube.
New solo material Mar 20th, 2008
Sergio has a new band and samples of their first recordings can be found on Myspace.
An official web site is also under construction at www.theending.com.

David Barrett also has a new instrumental album entitled "Imposter". You can download a free MP3 from this album on noisytrade.com, his official site, or listen to several tracks from this album on his Myspace site.
"Imposter" is also available on David Barrett - Impostor
Facebook Fans Unite Dec 22nd, 2007
Hey Everyone - Come on over to the Platinum Blonde Fan group on Facebook ! Click here to join the chat
Finally Released ! Aug 30th, 2007

>"Are You Sitting Comfortably" is now available from iTunes and CDBaby !
Mark Holmes - Are You Sitting Comfortably?
CANADA/USA
Mark Holmes - Are You Sitting Comfortably?
U.K/EUROPE/ASIA/AU/NZ
MP3 FORMAT
CDBaby.com
The STDEffekt May 5th, 2007
David and Sasha have joined bassist Tim Langan to record under the name The STDEffekt. No news on their plans for the future yet but you can see the band jamming on YouTube by clicking here.
(sound of crickets) April 3rd, 2007
Just popped in to say i'm still here, keeping an eye out for the DVD. No news yet but Chris said he and the guys were planning a DVD release party when it does. I'm hoping that they're going to release "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" at the same time.

By the way, if you don't already know, Magic Roundabout's video was added to YouTube by David, on his account. You'll notice that he added several of his solo videos on there too. And yes, I do have an account on there too, under the name Canucktunes.
New Platinum Blonde Compilation September 5th, 2006
A Platinum Blonde CD entitled "Collections" has popped up in the new release list, for release on the 19th. The ten track compilation will be released, strangely enough, by Fox Video (Canada) Limited via SonyBmg. The track listing is as follows :

Doesn't Really Matter - Standing In The Dark - Situation Critical - Lost In Space - Crying Over You
Not In Love - Somebody Somewhere - Sad Sad Rain - Animal - Hungry Eyes
(Thank you Benni for the info)
More Platinum Blonde On YouTube Labour Day, 2006
Additional Platinum Blonde videos were uploaded on You Tube.
Click Here For A Platinum Blonde Playlist
Click Here To Ask Sony BMG Canada To Release The DVD
Platinum Blonde Video Blues July 20th, 2006
Got the no DVD blues ? Well, "It Doesn't Really Matter" on You Tube !
Platinum Blonde Video News June 29th, 2006
"Contact" was captured by a Platinum Blonde fan and placed on Youtube. You can view and discuss the video by clicking here.
The official DVD is still being delayed by Sony BMG and no release date has been made available yet.
Click here to contact Sony BMG to tell them you want the DVD released a.s.a.p.

BTW, "Addiction", a song off "Are You Sitting Confortably", is available on David Barrett's official website.
Just click on MP3s and don't forget to listen to David's excellent solo material, available from CD Baby.
DVD Delays February 14th, 2006
Honeymoon Suite is working on a compilation on DVD. But yet no response from Asset Digital or Sony BMG regarding Platinum Blonde's. Argh ! Well, at least it's ready to go, in case of a tour...
War Of The Worlds DVD October 14th, 2005
The complete first season of the War Of The Worlds television season will be released on the 1st of November, 2005. The band appears in Episode 6,
"Eye For An Eye", as alien bikers and Mark has a lead role as "Red", the lead biker. More details can be found in my filmography.
Platinum Blonde On DVD !!! November 29th, 2004
Asset Digital has just released information on an upcomming Platinum Blonde DVD, to be released in 2005 by Sony Music Canada. entitled "The Complete Collection", this dvd will feature nine of their music videos, commentaries by the band, remixes/bonus videos, concert footage, hidden features and more. I will post a release date as soon as it becomes available.
Reunion Tour Cancelled November 27th, 2004
Scheduling conflicts have unfortunately resulted in the cancelation of the reunion tour, according to the official forum at platinumblonde.ca. It had been delayed into the new year but no dates had been finalized. But a reunion tour could always be a possibility in the near future, the recent reunion concert for charity having been a success.
Buymusic.ca Forums Closed September 1st, 2004
They were closed due to inactivity and complications arising from hacking of my web host. A consolidation of fans is, in my opinion, preferable anyway on the newly founded reunion tour forum at PlatinumBlonde.ca. My user name on that board is robmc. Sorry for the inconvenience and yes, I will consider reinstalling the forum in the new year, if the above menttioned forums go down.
Platinum Blonde Tour News August 6th, 2004
There have been two confirmed official statements about an upcoming tour in the fall. I received an email from Dave himself on the possibility of a tour, stating he didn't have any confirmed dates yet, and now another confirmation from Kenny, as stated by Eastcoastguy2004 in my previous forums. I will post additional information a.s.a.p.
No.9/David Barrett Solo News June 22nd, 2004
The No.9 CD is now available via an independent CD retailer based in Portland, Oregon, along with solo material from David Barrett and samples from both albums. Click Here To Access The CD's Listing. David Barret's official site can be found here.
Updates March 8th, 2004
I've updated several pages on this site. Information was added to the bibliography, filmography and discography.
Charity Concert Alert January 22nd, 2004
Platinum Blonde will be performing at a charity concert in Mississauga on Friday, the 13th of February with Kim Mitchell, The Spoons, Zappacosta and Lighthouse. This charity concert is for Camp Trillium, a camp for children with Cancer. Click Here For Details and Online Ticket Purchases or call 1-888-805-8888 for information. A PDF of the poster for the event is also accessible by clicking here.
The Mod Club on Much Music/City TV January 13th, 2004
Mark Holmes and Mod Club co-founder Bobbi Guy appeared on Much Music's "The New Music" last night. This program, in which Mark and Bobbi discuss Mod Culture, will re-air on City TV on the 17th of January at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT and on the 22nd of January at 11:35pm ET/8:35pm PT. A transcript is also available by clicking here.
Platinum Blonde, Back On Stage Dec 29th, 2003
Mark, Sergio, Kenny, Chris and Sasha all appeared on stage durring a charity concert in Toronto last night. They performed several of the best known tracks including "Standing In The Dark", "Not In Love" and "Doesn't Really Matter".
Compiled by Rob McIntyre
Compiled by Rob McIntyre