August - Sept. 2018 - Alan Merrill has started a new solo album, with two tracks already recorded. Release date estimated to be by the end of the year. He has also written a brand new song that's being covered by a UK glam rock icon. More news about this soon! Lots of print and press interviews with various magazines, TV and radio shows during these months. As usual some live shows are in the works, information on the "Tour Dates & Appearances" section of this website.
June-July 2018 - Alan is working on finishing his autobiography during this time frame, which he has described as "like climbing Mount Everest." The book will detail his childhood in the world of jazz, then moving on to his tri-continental 50+ year career in rock, R&B and pop music. He is also starting on a new album with all new songs to be released end of the year. We say a sad goodbye to George Cameron of the Left Banke, who passed away June 24th, 2018. He was a frequent guest on stage with the Alan Merrill group in recent years. Alan will be playing some shows around the New York City area, both solo acoustic and with the band.
March-April-May 2018 - Alan has released a song titled "Across The Pond" for the new TV series of the same name for the MyJam Music Network. He wrote the song and plays all the instruments on the track. The song is avaiable on all major internet outlets for download. Alan also is the host of the TV show featuring guests from the UK, Scotland and Ireland. As usual Alan will be playing some shows around the New York City area, both solo acoustic and with the band.
Jan.-Feb. 2018 - Alan has a song co-write on the new Eminem album "Revivial" titled "Remind Me" (track #7) which made its debut at #1 in the Billboard top 200 album charts mid December 2017. It's been in the Billboard top ten since then. Alan's new album "On A Blue Avenue" is selling well and is getting great reviews. The album was offically released Dec. 15th 2017. It's available at CD Baby for download, also at iTunes, Amazon and other internet outlets. Alan Merrill Band shows at The Sidewalk Cafe NYC and The Parkside are scheduled for Jan. and Feb. 2018. He will also be taping a new TV show pilot at Ethyl's titled "Across The Pond" for MyJam Music Network on the upper east side of Manhattan on Jan. 31st. The show will feature videos by new acts from the UK with news and reviews, prodcued and directed by David Zucker. Alan is still working on his ever expanding autobiographical book which is now at 400 pages.
Nov.-Dec. 2017 - Alan has released a new 15 song album titled "On A Blue Avenue" of all new self-composed material The album is now available at CD Baby for download, also at iTunes, Amazon and other internet outlets. Alan Merrill Band shows at The Sidewalk Cafe NYC and Lovecraft are scheduled for November and December. He will also be doing some solo acoustic shows at Ethyl's on the upper east side of Manhattan. Alan has taped an episode of the Andy Troy show Nov. 6th, being interviewed as a guest with Marge Raymond and George Cameron. He is also doing the Trevor Joe Lennon show for an interview and talking about the new album. He is also working closely with David Zucker of MyJam productions on TV, video and radio show concepts. The new film Alan has a role in, "Spirit Riser" (by director Dylan Mars Greenberg) is still in production and the lst of guest stars is growing to include Lynn Lowry, Kansas Bowling and Cherie Currie of the Runaways. A tour of England for Alan Merrill's New Arrows for December of 2017 was a success with appearances at the Islington London 02 Academy and the Half Moon rock venue on Dec. 16th & 17th with UK chart makers the Glitter Band and Hello, also the Keleigh Arts Exchange on Dec. 15th.
Sept.-Oct. 2017 - Alan is now recording a new 15 song album of all new self-composed material which should be released before the end of the year. Alan Merrill Band shows at The Sidewalk Cafe NYC, Otto's and Lovecraft are scheduled for this time frame. He will also be doing solo acoustic shows at Ethyl's on the upper east side of Manhattan on Labor Day, Oct. 3rd, 17th and 24th Also a solo acoustic show at the club Pink's in downtown Manhattan was a big success. Many more shows to come this autumn. Alan has started to work with David Zucker at his MyJam productions on a TV show featuring live and video taped music and interviews. The show is in developement now. A tour of England for Alan Merrill's New Arrows is being planned for December of 2017 with confirmed appearances at the 02 Islington Academy on Dec. 17th, also Derby N.E.M on Dec. 15th and Brighton Wagner Hall on Dec. 16th are the other UK dates so far.
January-February 2017 - Alan Merrill's album "Cupid Deranged (Redux)" is out Valentine's Day Feb 14 2017 remixed and remasterd by Jon Gordon at his stuio in the Shelter Island complex in midtown Manhattan NYC. Alan will be taping the Donna Drake TV show (CBS) February 6th, air date to be announced. Acoustic and band shows as always, information in the "Tour Dates and Appearances" section of this site for more information. This website is updated often.
December 2016 - Out now: The 6th annual edition of Vive Le Rock magazine features a 4 page interview with Alan Merrill by Mark McStea, who covers a lot of ground with never before known facts about Alan's 70's London based band the Arrows and the creative dynamic of that band. Alan is also planning a tour of Japan for next April and summer festivals all over England for 2017. As always around this time of year the Alan Merrill Trio (with Amy Madden on bass and Mark Brotter on drums) are playing shows around New York City. They'll wind up the year playing New Years Eve at the Sidewalk NYC rock venue at 94 avenue A, on Manhattan's lower east side at midnight. Alan has also written and recorded a TV theme for a show in development. More information on that as the project progresses. Please refer to the tour dates and appearances section of this site for more live show information. This website is updated often.
October-November 2016 - Alan Merrill has completed a successful tour of England Oct. 2016 to promote his new "Demo Graphic" album with live dates and interviews on BBC radio and in print press. Alan will be featured in the November issue of Vive Le Rock magazine with an in depth interview by journalist Mark McStea. As always Alan will be doing live shows in his home town New York City, with his band and solo acoustic shows. November 15th 2016 Alan will host a special star guest artist Bob Bradbury of the chart hit British band Hello at the Sidewalk Cafe NYC, 94 Ave A on the lower east side of Manhattan. Bob (and Corrie Shiells) will be making a cameo appearance of the band's 70s hits including "New York Groove" and "Star Studded Sham" during the Alan Merrill band's set. A night not to be missed for all New York Anglophile rock fans! Please refer to the tour dates and appearances section of this site for more information, which is updated often.
July 2016 - Alan Merrill is working on releasing an album of rough home made demos made in the 1970s and '80s with some of the songs showing the transitional time period between the bands the Arrows and Runner in 1977 with previously unreleased tracks by a mix of the bands the Arrows and Rare Bird recorded on a 4 track Teac home tape machine and other home devices like a Fostex 8 track 1/4 inch machine and a Revox sound on sound recorder. Included will be a song used by the Hobby Horses Company of Japan "Hobby Horses Land" as an ad for the toy company and the original demo for the "Encyclopedia Brown" TV series (HBO) song "Who Done It?" and "Child Of The Night" which is slated to be in the film with the working title "Dr. West : A Reanimator Parody" out winter of 2016 and other interesting tracks. Release date will be last week of August 2016. Alan Merrill will also be appearing on the Rew & Who show live ustream show on Wednesday July 13th and also at the annual Troma Film Festival party at the Paperbox club in Brooklyn NY July 30th at 10 PM. He also appeared on the "Sgt Kabukiman Cocktail Hour" Troma TV show, singing songs in both English and Japanese. Air date to be announced.
June 2016 - The duet of 70s glam rock star vocalists Alan Merrill (Arrows) and Bob Bradbury (Hello) is now out, released on itunes and Amazon titled "Brothers In Rock." The song has been picked up on a lot of radio stations in the USA, the UK and Europe and the boys have done several interviews already to promote the single. A joint tour of the UK is being discussed for early next year by Bradbury And Merrill, also known as BAM! Info for Americans, Bob Bradbury was the original artist on the song "New York Groove," often covered, now a rock classic. As always the Alan Merrill Band have been playing local shows in New York City and Alan has acoustic shows coming up this summer as well. A tour of Japan is in the works for November 2106. It seems like the year of the duet for Alan Merrill, who has done another duet, this time in Japanese with Bruce Bauer, his labelmate on Denon Columbia records Japan in 1971. The song is titled "Hello Japan" and is avaiable for download on itunes and Amazon the week of Monday June 20th 2016. This July Alan Merrill will be releasing a double album of rough home demos recorded in the 1970s and '80s, an album that captures the energy of newly written songs. Also Alan started acting first week of June in a new film produced and directed by Dylan Mars Greenberg, titled "Dr. West : A Reanimator Parody" and will feature the song "Child Of The Night" written produced and performed by Alan Merrill.
March - April - May 2016 - Back in the studio again in New York, Alan Merrill has recorded a duet with Bob Bradbury of the British chart hit band Hello and also a duet in Japanese with Silk Taylor (aka Bruce Bauer) both set for release sometime soon. Watch this space for more information. As always the Alan Merrill Band have been playing local shows in New York City. This summer Alan Merrill will be releasing an album of rough home demos recorded in the 1970s and '80s, an album that captures the energy of newly written songs. All the songs are previously unreleased, including some transitional demos between Alan Merrill's chart hit projects The Arrows and Runner. There should be at least 20 new songs on the CD. Later in the year Alan will record a brand new studio album for release winter of 2016.
January - February 2016 - The Alan Merrill Band have been playing local shows in New York City performing Alan's Arrows 1970's hits "Touch Too Much" "My Last Night With You" and "I Love Rock N Roll" and also songs from his albums with his Tokyo based band Vodka Collins. Speaking of Vodka Collins, the band's "Pink Soup" album has been reissued, all compositions by Alan Merrill. It's the 20th anniverary of the album's initial release and can be bought only on CD Baby. (beware of free pirated boolegs that are on the internet, they're a gateway to malware viruses). Only buy from CD Baby. Alan's autobiographical book is in the editing phase and should be out in the summer of 2016.
November - December 2015 - Alan Merrill's composition "I Love Rock 'N Roll" is in the Japanese charts first week of December 2015 by Superfly. The album sold over 100,000 copies in the first two days of release making it instant gold. Alan Merrill also played guitar on Superfly's cover of "I Love Rock N Roll" on the album adding a personal touch. Alan Merrill has also played at numerous New York City local venues these two months, both solo acoustic and with the band. Check the "Tour Dates and Appearances" section of this website for more information. The Alan Merrill Band will play New Year's Eve at Nancy Lee's at 1420 3rd avenue between 80th and 81st street on the upper east side of Manhattan. Come rattle your pearls and jewelry into the New Year 2016! The party starts at 10:30 PM until 1:30 AM. It's always rock n roll!
September - October 2015 - Alan Merrill's composition "I Love Rock 'N Roll" is being covered by Japanese superstar Superfly this Oct. 2015, with him playing multi tracked guitars on the recording. Release date to be announced soon. Aso Alan played a solo acoustic story- teller's style show at the Jamaica Queens library in New York City and afterwards also played a second show outdoors (acoustic) at the Gardens at 6th and ave. B, the "Music Under The Stars" series. As they did all summer, this fall the Alan Merrill Band will be playing the new rock venue Wild Horse NYC every Tuesday at 1629 2nd ave. between 84th and 85th st. at 9 PM, as well as some solo acoustic Sundays. Alan Merrill has also played at other local venues these two months, both solo acoustic and with the band. Check the "Tour Dates and Appearances" section of this website for more information.
July - August 2015 - The Alan Merrill Band are playing the new rock venue Wild Horse NYC every Tuesday at 1629 2nd ave. between 84th and 85th st. and will be playing there on a regular basis all summer, as well as some solo acoustic Sundays. Alan Merrill has also played at other local venues this month both solo acoustic and with the band. Busy summer months for live shows. Alan did Rick Hunt & Angie Bowie's 90 minute radio show which is archived for those who want to hear it. He was featured in the popular Daily Yomiuri newspaper July 23, 2015 in Japan. The publication has over 10,000,000 readers.
April - May 2015 - Alan Merrill will be in Japan for two weeks in mid May to promote The Arrows "First Hit" re-issue there on Warner Brothers and the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Arrows a-side version of "I Love Rock N Roll" written and sung by Alan Merrill, on May 16th. Alan has a live TV band backed concert broadcast from beautiful Zushi Beach in Japan on Fuji TV, radio shows on InterFM "Lazy Sunday Show" (with a solo acoustic performance), the popular Bunka Hoso radio show and more. Also an in depth interview with the Yomiyuri Daily newspaper (8,000,000 readers). Live shows at clubs Surfers, Thumbs Up in Yokohama and Again in Tokyo. After that lots of local New York area Alan Merrill Band and solo acoustic shows coming up. Please see the Tour Dates and Appearances section of this website for venues and times.
March - April 2015 - Lots of local New York area Alan Merrill Band and solo acoustic shows coming up. Please see the Tour Dates and Appearances section of this website for venues and times. On April 24th Alan Merrill performed at a memorial show for Michael Brown of the Left Banke at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. On April 28th Alan will film the debut Andy Troy TV show as a guest artist.
Jan - Feb 2015 - Lots of local New York area Alan Merrill Band and solo acoustic shows the first months of the year. Please see the Tour Dates and Appearances section of this website for venues and times. News! ~ Alan Merrill's composition "Moving Next Door To You" (RAK records) as recorded by his band Arrows in 1975 was used in the BBC1 show "Houses Under The Hammer" in Feb. 2015. Also a solo performance of his composition "I Love Rock N Roll" was broadcast in England and Europe on New Year's Eve 2014 into 2015.
December 2014 - Lots of local New York area Alan Merrill Band shows this month and solo acoustic appearances. Please see the Tour Dates and Appearances section of this website for venues and times. News! ~ Alan Merrill's band the Arrows album "First Hit" will be reissued on Warner Brothers records Japan, March 2015 with bonus tracks. Alan will be touring Japan to promote the album in April 2015.
November 2014 - A successful solo acoustic tour of Japan with shows at at the Shinjyuku Harmonic Hall Nov. 8th and 9th highlghted the month. Lots of local New York area Alan Merrill Band shows coming up as well. Please see the Tour Dates and Appearances section of this website for venues and times. News! ~ Alan Merrill's bass playing can be heard on a recording of the song "Popcorn" from when he was with the band Godzilla in Japan. It's a commercial spot for Sanyo's Otto RM 4 stereo system. Recorded in Tokyo 1971 the commercial is just out now in 2014.
Sept/Oct. 2014 - Lots of local New York area solo acoustic and Alan Merrill Band shows coming up. Please see the Tour Dates and Appearances section of this website for dates. Also on October 8th Alan Merrill will co-host the Rew & Who show live on Ustream at 4PM EST live international broadcast.
July/August 2014 - So sad to announce that Alan Merrill's band mate and founding member of the Arrows rock group Jake Hooker has passed away August 4th, 2014 in Los Angeles. RIP Jake Hooker.
As usual Alan Merrill is doing band backed electric and solo acoustic shows this summer, indoor and outdoor venues in the New York area. See the tour dates and appearances section of this website for details. An Alan Merrill tour of Japan is scheduled for November, 2014. Watch this space for more information.
June 2014 - Alan Merrill has released an Arrows "40th anniversary Edition" Extended Play single featuring re-recordings of Arrows hit singles and popular TV tracks. It was released on Monday, June 30th 2014- http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alanmerrill20. Also Alan's composition "I Love Rock N Roll" is being used in a new Toyota commercial in Japan that started airing the first week of June 2014. It will run on Japanese television for a year. As usual Alan is doing band backed electric and solo acoustic shows this month. See the tour dates and appearances section of this website for details.
5/17/2014 - Lots of local New York area solo acoustic and electric shows coming up. Please see the Tour Dates and Appearances section of this website for dates. Also on May 21 Alan Merrill will co-host the Rew & Who show live on Ustream at 4PM EST. The website has also been revamped.
3-4/31/2014 - The Arrows top 10 hit from 1974 "Touch Too Much" featuring the lead vocals of Alan Merrill is in a new film soundtrack about the life of the King of Soho, Paul Raymond. The film is titled "The Look Of Love." -- More electric band backed shows by the Alan Merrill band in the New York City area this month. Watch the tour dates and appearances section of this website for show dates. There are always new shows being added.
12/2014 - This year Alan Merrill is working on a recording tribute, an 8 song EP dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Arrows, a band he started in London England in 1974. It will be released this spring to coincide with the release of the band's debut hit single "Touch Too Much" (RAK). January and February this year Alan has done band backed shows with his trio, here's "Wild Thing" and "Jumping Jack Flash" - He has also been doing solo acoustic shows. More to come. Watch to tour dates and appearances section of this website for shows.