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For Dame Fortune's first show of 2008, we're coming to Beverly Hills! WHAT? Yep, Beverly Hills. It's an early one, so be sure to arrive by 8:00 PM to get your full fill of swimming pools and movie stars, and yours truly. And, be sure to stick around to catch the Iron Maiden tribute band Ace's High, featuring our good buddy Kerr on vocals. We promise you, Beverly Hills will never be the same again!

 

We are dangerously close to finishing our 3rd CD: The Secret Art. So close, we can tell you the track listing is going to be (though not in this order):

1. Secret Rulers

2. The Edge

3. The Days are Just Packed

4. V

5. Holly Fenton

6. Perpetual Emotion Machine

7. Santa Ana Blues

8. Good For What Ails You

9. Hikikomori (Live as Though the Day Where Here)

10. A Special Place

11. In Like Flynn

12. I Only Miss You When I Breathe

13. If You Will Not (When You May)

 

Saturday September 8th

9:00 PM @ The Tropics

with Attic of Love & Pop Destroyer

1842 W. Commonwealth

Fullerton, CA 92683

18 & Over

We're back! and playing our first show for Gary Finesilver at Pure F'n Talent at the Tropics in Fullerton along with Attic of Love and Pop Destroyer all for only 5 bucks! Plus, we'll be debuting a brand new song that Mike's gonna sing for you called "The Edge." The band order is still being determined, but we won't hit the stage before 9:30 at the earliest. See ya there!

If you haven't heard from us in a while it's only because we've been busy writing and recording tracks for our upcoming 3rd CD "The Secret Art." We've got 13 basic tracks in the can and counting, and inbetween all the mixing and overdubs we haven't had time to play out any shows...but that's all about to change: Announcing the first two shows of 2007:

SHOW #1: Sunday May 27th 10:00PM at the Fender Bar & Grille (Memorial Day Weekend!) an all ages show at a club that serves food and alcohol. Here's the full
schedule (not yet relected on their website):

4pm golden gate distater

5pm long live logos

6pm wirebox

7pm let it burn

8pm throttle

9pm vinyal din

10 pm Dame Fortune

11pm symantic

SHOW#2: Friday June 1st 8:15 PM on the Main Stage for Club Vodka at The Knitting Factory located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd 18 and over. Club Vodka
features 3 continious stages of hard rocking bands, go-go girls, drink specials, and rumor has it joining the headlining Hollywood Ball Stars will be some 80's metal
legends that just announced their upcoming reunion tour. To reserve your discount tix call: 323-465-9749.
<>We can't wait to play you some of the new songs from the upcoming CD "The Secret Art" live, so rest up true believers, Dame Fortune is about to bring in the summer
with some serious sound and fury!

 

"The Elves are dressed in leather and the Angels are in Chains!" and it's time once again for our biggest party of the year where we thank all of our friends and fans for all of their support by importing lots of East Coast Christmas decor and cheer, delicious food, tons of booze, and air hockey for all, until it all degenerates into a late night drunken jam session in the lockouts below.
Come early, and be prepared to park in one of the lots off of Hollywood Blvd and walk down if need be, 'cause parking in Hollywood moreso than ever is a giant bitch. The callbox code is #210, and there's an outer and inner callbox. If it's not working call 323-465-9749 or 213-840-3333 and we'll come down and let you in.

Come celebrate a Heavy Halloween when Club Vodka comes to the Knitting Factory Halloween night for an outrageous hard rock extravaganza featuring 3 stages, Go-Go Dancers, and special prizes. We go on at 8:45 on the Front Bar Stage, but be sure to stick around for the mighty LA Guns later that night on the Mainstage. Call us at 323-465-9749 and we'll get you cheap tix in advance. This show is 18 & over. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Allow as much time as you can to arrive as early as you can, 'cause Hollywood turns into a giant parking lot Halloween night! We'll see you there!

Las Palmas stands UNITED as the hottest bands of 1321 band together for a night of rock and roll debauchery to shake the very heavans!

Meanwhile check out photos from our last show HERE!

 

We're in a writing frenzy right now and the new ideas and the new songs are coming fast and furious so expect at least two new original songs for the nextshow at Paladino's if not more. We're gonna be playing with Odin who you may remember from Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years. The new songs are exciting stuff and they should round out the first 6 tracks we have for the next CD. Look for one song called "The Days are Just Pakced," that was inspired by Calivn & Hobbes! We also just loaded a BUNCH OF PHOTOS from the last show HERE.

The Making of Both Sides of Midnight is an hour long documentary about the band and the making of our first full length CD, Both Sides of Midnight. The World Premiere Screening of the Documentary will take place at 7:00PM sharp at the historic 20th Century Fox Lot in Century City. We have a limited number of seats left. Admission is free but be sure to include your full name and the full names of any guests as they appear on your driver's licenses or other legal ID. E-mail us at e-mail@damefortune.net to reserve your spot and we will send you a confirmation along with detailed instructions about where to park and the exact location of the screening. We had a lot of fun putting this together.We can't wait to show it to you! -David Blake

 

Dame Fortune will be playing it's first show of 2006 Friday April 21st at 8:30 PM with Love/Hate at Paladino's in Tarzana. "We couldn't be more excited. We're neck deep in writing and recording the new CD, working on the documentary and working on some special surprises that should make 2006 our most exciting year yet, but it's been months since our last show, so we're gonna go out there and give people a taste of some of the new material. Jeff Wire is gonna make his vocal debut, and we're gonna throw in a cover that we've always wanted to do, but somehow never got around to til now. Get there for the opening, because we're gonna do a very special theatrical version of our song V for Vendetta, which will be on the upcoming CD. Love/Hate was probably the last really rocking LA hard rock band of the 80's. It's gonna make for a helluva show." -David Blake

3/21/06 NEW SONGS, NEW MERCHANDISE, AND ASCAP!

We posted a rough mix of V for Vendetta on our myspace site at http://www.myspace.com/damefortuneThe video for Loony Bin is now up there too, as well as at youtube.com. Also proud to announce that David Blake is now a card carryingmember of ASCAP. New Dame Fortune T-shirts and other new merchandise are now available for order athttp://www.cafepress.com/damefortune Here are just a few examples of some of the stuff:

3/12/06

We recorded 6 basic tracks for the new CD and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out.

3/04/06

We're in full writing and rehearsal mode for the followup CD. On March 11th Dame Fortune will enter Chillsville studios with producer/engineer Kevin Valentine once again at the helm to begin recording "The Secret Art."

February 2005

Filming of band interviews was completed for the documentary The Making of Both Sides of Midnight, an indepth documentary about the recording of Dame Fortune's current CD, that will be the centerpiece of their first DVD release later this year. Meanwhile Skid over at Sleaze Roxx just posted a review of the CD you can check out here:http://www.sleazeroxx.com/bands/damefortune/both.shtml

January 2005

Dave just wrote a new song with engineer/musician Richard Davis that the band is extremely excited about. Bassist Jeff Wire will be makinghis lead vocal debut on the song when the band goes into the studio to record the followup CD to Both Sides of Midnight.

12/27/05

Dave did an extensive interview with WRFR's Will Matson today. At nearly an hour in length this radio interview is the most in depth look Dame Fortune has ever given . A transciption will be posted soon.

 

11/22/05

Just posted photos from the Cat Club show. Check'em out as a slide show by clicking HERE.

11/03/05

We are proud to announce that our first video "The Loony Bin," has been accepted by iFilm.com. What that means for you is if you missed the video release party and you can't wait until it comes out on the DVD,

To see the VIDEO for THE LOONY BIN click here:

 

10/22/05

DAME FORTUNE SIGNS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH NIGHTMARE DISTRIBUTION:

As we announced the night of our last show, we've signed a distribution deal with Nightmare Distribution. Now that all of the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed, we're looking forward to working with Lance King, and getting Both Sides of Midnight out to the world at large!

BOTH SIDES OF MIDNIGHT RECIEVES 3 & 1/2 STARS FROM BURRN! MAGAZINE:

Our latest CD was reviewed by Taka Okuno in THE hard rock/heavy metal magazine in Japan, and got 3 & 1/2 stars! To read the full review translated from Japanese, along with new reviews from Scratch magazine, iTunes and some choice quotes from some of our myspace fans go here.

LOONY BIN VIDEO COMING TO THE NET:

For all those who missed the debut of our first video at the last show, it will be coming to the net soon! In addition we'll be making another video for the song "Midnight Radio," which will be out next year. We've got some great ideas. And in addition to that, we're putting together a documentary about the making of the Both Sides of Midnight CD which should be done around the same time!

 

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NEW SONGS AND NEW SHOWS:

We've been working on some new material at the rehearsals and everyone's excited about how fast it's coming together and how good it sounds. We hope to debut some of it at the next show, which we'll be announcing soon. We'll do at least one or two more shows before the end of the year not including the annual Christmas party jam session. We're getting really close to having enough material to go into the studio and start recording the next CD. I have a vision and a concept for it all worked out, and I know what it will be called...but shhh! it's a secret!-David Blake

 

NEWSUPDATE 9/18/05

We just added a bunch of photos from last night's show. Check'm out here.

NEWSUPDATE 8/1/05

Dame Fortune makes over 2000 "friends" at My Space!

We're proud to announce we just shot past the 2000 mark on our profile at myspace.com. You can check out our band site there at http://www.myspace.com/damefortune and be sure to join my space while you're at it if you aren't a member already. It's totally free it's a great place to meet people, get in touch with old friends and find out about up and coming bands like ourselves!

Dame Fortune gets more airplay on WRFR FM in Camden/Rockland Maine!

Hats off to our good buddy Will Matson over at WRFR for continuing to spin tracks from both of our CD's, most recently "The Loony Bin." Dave will be doing a radio interview with Will sometime this September and we'll be sure to post a transcript of it on the site!

 

NEWSUPDATE 7/24/05

1. Just posted some stills of some of the concept footage for our first ever video we've been working on for "The Loony Bin." Check out the stills here.

2.Both Sides of Midnight is now available for download from iTunes! Go to iTunes and search for Dame Fortune and you can now download any track or the whole album.

3.Just posted some lyrics from some of our newer as yet unreleased material, so when you see us live you can sing along! Check it out here.

4.We justed posted up photos from the Weber's Place show here.

 

NEWSUPDATE 5/19/05

Working on new material to debut at our next show which will be FREE and all ages at the fun and funkey Weber's in Reseda with the friendly staff and the cool decorations. Meanwhile, we posted a bunch of cool pictures from the last show here. Getting ready to do some filming for our first video, and there's some more exciting stuff brewing that we can't tell you about yet, but rest assured you'll be the first to know!

NEWS UPDATE 4/15/05:

Dave is back from his adventures in Japan where he was spreading the good word about Dame Fortune to everyone from the headbanging Otaku in Osaka to the Gothic Lolitas in Hara Juku Tokyo to Nippon TV! We just posted some pics from the show at the Roxy here. We're rehearsing again, writing new songs. Our next show will be Saturday May 7th at 11:30 PM at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. This show will be all ages, and there will be an afterparty!

DAME FORTUNE TO PLAY FIRST ALL AGES SHOW IN OVER A YEAR AT THE ROXY

This is gonna be one great show. We're debuting a new dark blues tune called the "Santa Ana Blues" that Mike's gonna sing, and we'll be dusting off an old tune from our first CD we haven't played in a while. And we'll have an afterparty back at Dave's play with alcohol and air hockey for all. Sorry for the short notice about the show. Our hard drive at Dame Fortune Central Command crashed and we've been forced to resort to the old fashioned methods of letting people know about the show, like using the telephone! So tell your friends, tell your friend's friends. This is gonna be one show you won't want to miss.

NEWSUPDATE 3/12/5

We just posted a new review of our new CD Both Sides of Midnight in our reviews section here.

DAME FORTUNE VIPER ROOM SHOW RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19th AT MIDNIGHT!

 

We apologize for having to reschedule our show. Suffice it to say, it had nothing to do with us. If you have a ticket for the January 22nd show it will be honored at the show on February 19th. Now this will be our first show in four months, our first since the CD release party so we are primed and ready to explode. We'll be debuting at least one new song called "In Like Flynn" that will open the set, and will probably be shaking up the set list even more now that we have more time to work things out. There's still gonna be an afterparty as well, which means alcohol and air hockey for everyone. In addition , we'll be donating a dollar for every ticket sold to the Red Cross to help with the Tsunami related disaster relief, and thanks to the magic of matching corperate funds, in effect two dollars from every ticket sale will be going to the Red Cross! So, c'mon down and bring your friends. We need your support to show the world what happens when Dame Fortune headlines a Saturday night at the Viper Room!- David Blake

1/5/05

Added a recent interview and a review to the reviews/interviews section. Check 'em out here.

 

 

 

11/25/04

Just posted some additional photos by Larry Mitchell from the CD release party here. Meanwhile, the band is back rehearsing, working on new material (wait till you hear it!) and planning some killer shows and surprises for next year. P.S. For those of you who happened to see it, that WAS Dave on 60 Minutes last Sunday in the piece about Jim Carrey and Lemony Snickkett. This is what he does during the day to keep outta trouble! Happy hollidays to everyone and thanks for your continued support!

We just posted photos from the CD release show at the Gig. Check them out here.

9/12/04

We just posted a quicktime movie promo for the new CD! Click on the link below to watch a promo for the new album Both Sides of Midnight. Best viewed with a high speed DSL or cable connection.

BOTH SIDES OF MIDNIGHT WEB PROMO

You can dowload quicktime here:

 

NEWSUPDATE: 8/31/04 DAME FORTUNE ANNOUNCES DATE FOR CD RELEASE PARTY!

We just posted some pics from the last show here, and we are happy to announce the record release party for our first full length CD Both Sides of Midnight will be at the Gig October 8th! We're wrapping up the mastering right now with Brad Vance of Red Mastering, and can't wait for everyone to hear it! We're gonna be pulling out all the stops for the record release show. We're gonna do a couple of things we've always wanted to do onstage, but are too expensive to make part of the normal show. One, in particualar, I'v e never seen any band do, so it should be pretty exciting. Trust me when I tell you don't wanna miss this one! And afterwards we'll keep the party going all night back at my place. Come to the show, and then come party the rest of the night with us until dawn! To whet your appetite, we just posted all the lyrics for the album, and be sure to check out the updated photocollage. Meanwhile, I'm designing a custom guitar strap with Lion from Dark Circle Gothic Clothing and Leatherwear, that I'll use live and will eventually be availible for purchase on their site.-David Blake

ELIZA BANE WINS DAME FORTUNE MODEL CONTEST

Thanks to all of the lovely ladies that sent us their photos. The prize has been awarded to the lovely Miss Eliza Bane, a local model and burlesque dancer. Last Saturday, our photographer Larry Mitchell, Eliza and I trapsed around the Hollywood Cemetary trying to get that one perfect shot. To see more photos of Eliza, and find out when you can see her dancing locally, be sure to check out her website at www.elizabane.com. Within an hour we had all got burnt, pale Gothic types that we are. Note in the photo I'm wearing a silver "DF" pendant. The pendant was just made by friend Lion who does leather and metal work for the Sword and the Stone. We should have 'm availible for purchase soon. Dave

NEWSUPDATE 7/8/04

We just posted Pics from the Paladino's show here. Be sure to check out the pics at the top to see some great shots by our friend Larry Mitchell. Thanks Larry.In fact, we had such a good time at Paladino's (and we outdrew every other band on the bill thanks to you, including the headliners, once again thanks) that we're going back there for a second show on Friday August 20th at 9:30 pm. We'll be opening for the band TUFF, which if you haven't ever heard their paen to 80's metal by way of Kid Rock by way of Metallica "American Hair Band," you owe it to yourself to check it out!

NEWSUPDATE 6/7/04

DAME FORTUNE TO PLAY PALADINO'S TICKETS NOW AVAILIBLE

We just booked a new show at our favorite sleazy biker bar in Tarzana. Didn't really mean for it to be 3 months in between shows, but one of the shows we thought was a done dealthat was scheduled for about six weeks ago ended up falling through through no fault of our own, and meanwhile we've been wrapping up work on the album. Mixing now. As for the show,we've got a bunch of ideas to make it a really special one. Like what you say? How about the first live performance of Outgunned with a live Sax player? How about having our friend and the birthday boy ofthe night Kerr Lordygian of the mighty Bloodsak joining us for our barnstorming set closer "Old School?" How about our first ever live performance of the Big Brown new classic "Live like Kings" from our new CD? How aboutwe ressurect an old cover we haven't done live together for about a year to celebrate the holiday weekend that brought the house down the last time we played it? How about you call us at 323-465-9749 and reserve your discount tickets today!visit Paladino's on the web here

NEWSUPDATE 4/10/04

We just posted a bunch of photos from our show at the Viper Room. Check them out here.

DAME FORTUNE TO PLAY VIPER ROOM TICKETS NOW AVAILIBLE

We just booked a show for Sunday April 4th at 10:00 pm at the Viper Room located at 8852 W. Sunset Blvd. To reserve your $7.00 tickets call 323-465-9749. "This is gonna be a real fun show at a great venue. To make it something really special we're gonna debut a new song from our upcoming CD. We can't wait!"-Dave

 

NEWSUPDATE 3/12/04

DAME FORTUNE ANNOUNCES CONTEST FOR MODEL ON THE COVER OF UPCOMING CD
$100.00 CASH PRIZE

We're putting out the word to all the aspiring Gothic and fetish models out there that we're looking for one special woman to appear on the cover of our upcoming CD. The winner will have her image on the cover of our CD, our website, flyers, t-shirts, etc, etc. In addition to being rewarded with $100.00 cash prize she will also recieve copies of the upcoming CD and free tickets to the CD release party in August. For more information click here.

 

NEWSUPDATE 2/11/04

We just loaded up a bunch of pictures from our latest show at Casa Rea. Check them out here. We also did a photo shoot today in Downtown LA that was a great success. The shoot was outside and the rain worked around our schedule perfectly! Tomorrow we got back into the studio for a half day of work, slowly but surely bringing the monster that is our next CD to life!-Dave

NEWSUPDATE 1/24/04

We just added a new show coming up in two weeks on Saturday February 7th at 8:30 PM. It's at great Mexican restaurant called Casa Rea located at 5017 Lewis Road in Augora Hills. They are said to have GREAT Marguarettas! Admission is FREE, and following us with be our friends in DARWEN'S THEORY followed by an open mic jam sessionn for all of our musican friends out there.For directions from Hollywood click here.

NEWSUPDATE:

We just posted pictures from our show at Qtopia, including a couple of the audience. Check them out here.

MAJOR NEWS DATE UPDATE 12/31/03:

It's been a long time since we've updated the site, the good news is the reason is we've been so busy! In no particular order, here's what has been happening:

JOHN MERRITT JOINS DAME FORTUNE:

It is with extreme pleasure that we welcome drummer extraordinaire John Merritt to Dame Fortune. His rock solid timing and tasteful but flashy playing promise to make our new lineup 
the strongest one yet.

DAME FORTUNE COMPLETES BASIC TRACKS FOR NEXT CD:

     We have basic tracks for the next CD which will have 12 songs on it. Kevin Valentine plays on 5 and our new drummer John Merritt plays on 4 of the tracks. The song titles in no 
particular order are:Both Sides of Midnight, The Calling, I Ain't Your P.S.D., Luchador, I Want a Girl Like Bettie Page, The Loonie Bin, Live Like Kings, Ghetto Assed Petal, Lush, The Hive, 
Who are You Lately?, and Midnight Radio. 
     The basic plan now is to finish up overdubs in January and complete mixes by the end of February. If everything goes according to plan the CD should be done and out by June, along 
with a documentary DVD on it's recording . The artwork for the CD is coming along nicely, and the entire band is very excited. This CD is definately a full meal musically. We took some 
chances.There's a few songs that are in left field for us. There's still.the classic hard rock songs heavily influenced by the best bands of the 70's and 80's, there's still the dark Gothic edge, 
but on a few tracks we take you some places we haven't gone before, and it's a really cool ride! -David Blake

DAME FORTUNE TO PLAY FREE SHOW, FIRST SHOW WITH NEW DRUMMER, FIRST SHOW OF 2004!

 

     We're extremely excited to play our first show of 2004 with our brand new drummer John Merritt. We've got some new tunes to play you from the upcoming CD, and the price of 
admission is FREE! So come spend the night partying with the boys of DAME FORTUNE!

DAME FORTUNE NOMINATED FOR BEST SONGWRITING AND BEST GLAM BAND IN THE 2003 ROCK CITY NEWS AWARDS:

Although we didn't win any awards this year, we were honored to be nominated in 2 categories along with some of L.A.'s best on the music scene. Jeff Wire and Mike James were
on hand this year at the awarsds ceremony. Congrats to all the winners from Dame Fortune in every category.
CHRISTIAN MARSHALL LEAVES DAME FORTUNE

It is with extreme regret we announce the departure of drummer Christian Marshall from Dame Fortune. Chris remains our friend and a member of the Dame Fortune family.

NEWS UPDATE 7/03:

 

We just posted some photos from our most recent show at the Foxx Club. Check them out here.

 

DAME FORTUNE ENTERS CHILLVILLE STUDIOS WITH PRODUCER/ENGINEER KEVIN VALENTINE

We've laid down the basic tracks for the first four songs for the next album, and we're editing them and doing overdubs right now. We couldn't be happier with how it all came out. Soniclly, performance wise, and material wise, we all agree this is the best stuff we've ever done. Everybody worked really hard, and Kevin was able to bring out the best in all of us. He's been great to work with. The tracks laid down so far are "Both Sides of Midnight," "The Calling, " "Lush," and "The Hive." Right now it looks like the title of the album will be "Both Sides of Midnight, " and it should be done and out this fall. We've been filming our time in the studio too, so that when the CD comes out there will also be a documentary on it's recording. Until then, you can check out some photos of us in the studio here.

DAME FORTUNE SIGNS DEAL WITH TASCHEN BOOKS

Dame Fortune is pleased to announce an excerpt of the lyrics to our song "Treason," will be published in an upcoming book on porn star Vanessa del Rio by Taschen Books, and in addition an excerpt of the audio will be used for the accompanying DVD. We mentioned Vanessa del Rio in the song, because she has a raw and ferocious sexuality that has always appealed to us, and now we're proud to be a small part of the definitive book on her life. Taschen books by the way are mentioned themselves by none other than Heidi Fleiss in this week's LA Weekly as being "sexy" and she oughtta know. Right now the book is scheduled to be released next spring, and it looks like we're going to play at least one of several release parties for it. It seems we'll be left with no choice but to party with a bunch of porno stars. What a life!-David Blake

5/10/03

We just posted some photos from the Cobalt Cafe show. They are a little less colorful than usual, but that's what happens when you're in a band that dresses primarily in black, playing on an all black stage with no spotlights! How much blacker can you get indeed! Check out the photos. Meanwhile, we're playing the Foxx Club on Friday June 6th at 11:00 PM. The Foxx Club is located at 3387 Motor Ave. in West LA 90034. That show is gonna be 21 and over. Right now we're scheduled to go into the studio the week before to start recording the followup album to The Great Cosmic Scheme, and we just got some very exciting news from a book publisher, that we'll share with you after everything is signed!-David Blake

NEWSUPADATE 5/2/03

Thanks to our friends at BOX OF STUFF for thinking of us when there was a last minute cancellation.

We'll be debuting a new song tomorrow night at the Cobalt Cafe. Hope to see you all there!-David Blake

 

 

NEWSUPDATE 4/6/03

We just posted some photos of the last show. Check them out. Meanwhile, everyone's been asking when we'll be playing next. We expect to be able to make an announcement within the next week as soon as we get the exact date locked down. Right now it looks like it'll be somewhere in the neighborhood of between the last week of April and first two weeks of May. As soon as we know, we'll let you know.

NEWSUPDATE 3/11/03

There are no more free tickets availible for the show. However, you can call 323-462-7465 for discount tickets. See you all tomorrow night!

NEWSUPDATE 3/6/03

FREE TICKETS AVAILIBLE FOR SHOW!

W e just got a ton of FREE TICKETS to give away for the show! (see below) When we aren't practicing this week, we'll be out distributing them. Or you can come to us. We'll be at 1321 N.Las Palmas in Hollywood between 2 pm and 5 pm this Sunday March 9th. Swing on by to get a bunch. The code to the call box is #22, or you can call us at our hotline 323-465-9749 or our cell:213-840-3333 and we'll arrange to get some to you. By the way, also on the bill will be Storyteller, and Bleed, featuring former members of Rhino Bucket, and Club Vodka will be hosted in the Plush Lounge too! This show is 18 and over. See you there!

DAME FORTUNE TO PLAY FIRST SHOW OF 2003 AS A QUARTET!

Dame Fortune is pleased to announce it's first live show of 2003 will take place Wednesday March 12th at 7:30 PM at the Key Club located at 9039 Sunset Blvd with The Lynch Mob featuring Dokken leadguitarist extraordinaire George Lynch. Special thanks to Tim Yasui for hooking us up with the show. It's been awhile since we've updated the site, so we'll use this chance to let you know what's been going on. Former Dame Fortune vocalist Rod Kay has left the band. We've been auditioning new singers and writing new material that we're all very excited about, and in the mean time Mike and I have decided to take on the lead vocals ourselves, so in addition to this being our first live show in about three months, and our chance to debut at least one new song called " (I ain't no) P.S.D." this show will also be our debut as a quartet. If the next Alice Cooper or David Bowie walks through our door and gets what we're all about then we'll go from there. Until then, come by the Key Club next Wednesday and say hello to the new DAME FORTUNE!-David Blake.

NEWSUPDATE 12/26/02

Just posted photos from the last official show of 2002, the Toys for Tots benefit. Of course the last real show took place in an all night Christmas Party Jam session with members of our friends in Bloodsak and Big Brown among others. "They say when jazz musicians get together to play for themselves they play the blues, and when blues musicians get together for themselves they play gospel. When we get together with our friends we jam on old Kiss tunes and other classic 70's stuff. The jam went from 1:00 am til 5:00 in the morning. I'm surprised nobody called the cops on us, cause it was loud. We got away with murder as usual!" said David Blake.

DAME FORTUNE RECEIVES WEB RADIO AIRPLAY!

We just got word from Debbie of Greenstock Productions that D.J.Crusher based in San Diego has begun playing Dame Fortune tracks on his web radio station at www.1mix.net!

DAME FORTUNE WINS FOR BEST ALTERNATIVE BAND!

Dame Fortune is pleased to announce that last Thursday November 21st they recieved an award at the 2002 Rock City News Awards for Best Alternative Band of the Year. "To tell you the truth, it caught us all by surprise, because it was in a category that we weren't even nominated for. I don't normally think of ourselves as an alternative band, but our lyrics may be further out of the mainstream than most, so that may have been what put us in that category. In any event, we're thankful for the recognition, and we had a great time playing with all the other bands there."-David Blake. The end of Dame Fortune's 3 song set was marked by singer Rod Kay's heartfelt proposal to longtime girlfriend Stephanie Deneen during which he gave her a dozen red roses. You can check out pictures from the show here, and see a new review of the CD here.

NEWSUPDATE 11/15//02

We just did an interview with ,got a CD review from, and got a message board at the ultra-cool metal website THE METAL HALL, posted a short review from CDBaby, and posted a bunch of pictures from the Halloween show.

NEWSUPDATE 11/15/02

DAME FORTUNE GETS RADIO AIRPLAY ON WRFR 93.5 FM

We're pleased to report that the song "Red Rover" has at least 4 confimed spins in the last 8 days on WRFR 93.3 FM in Rockland, Maine. "Everyone who hears it seems to like it," says DJ Will Matson. That's what we like to hear.

NEWSUPDATE 11/05/02

DAME FORTUNE RECIEVES 6 ROCK CITY NEWS AWARDS NOMINATIONS!

Dame Fortune is pleased to announce that they have been nominated for 6 categories in the upcoming 2002 Rock City News Awards. The nominations are for Best Songwriting, Best New Band, Best Hollywood Band, Best Glam Band, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Male Bassist.

NEWSUPDATE 10/01/02

We just added a bumch of new photos from our most recent appearence at the Glitter n Glam Fest. Check it out.

NEWSUPDATE 9/27/02

BLOODSAK ADDED TO THE GLITTER N GLAM ROCKFEST!

"First, we want to thank all of the Soldiers of Dame Fortune who took part in our special 2 for 1 promotion. If you already bought your tickets for the Halloween show, your name will be on thefree list at the Teaszer. If you left your name with us via our hotline or e-mail, you'll be on the $5.00 discount list. See me after the show and I'll sell you a ticket for the Halloween showcase at Paladino's for a dollar more! Now, for the exciting news...our friend in Bloodsak have been added to the bill, so be sure to get there early, say 8:30 PM, you don't want to miss these guys! "-David Blake

 

NEWSUPDATE 9/16/02

DAME FORTUNE ANNOUNCES SPECIAL LIMITED TIME BUY 1 TICKET FOR 2 SHOWS PROMOTION

"We're really excited about the shows we've got coming up. First, we're going back to the Glitter n Glam Rock fest at the Teaser in September. That's gonna be a great show. We're gonna be debuting a new song called "Luchador" that was inspired by Mexican wrestler El Kiss. For Halloween, we're gonna be playing a special show on October 25th at Paladino's for which we're gonna pull out all the stops. Also on the bill are Bloodsak, and Psychothrust, all friends of ours and kick ass bands, and speaking of kick ass bands, Carbon 9 goes on at midnight that night. I saw them last month at the Gig, and they blew me away. So, here's the deal, for a limited time...if you buy a $6.00 discount ticket in advance for the Halloween show, you get in free to the Glitter n Glam Rockfest. Just send us an e-mail, or leave your name and number on our hotline at 323-465-9749 and we'll make sure you're on the list. It's just our way of saying thanks to all of the fans that have been out there supporting us. The best is yet to come!"-David Blake

NEWSUPDATE 9/16/02

We just added a bumch of new photos from our last show at Paladinos with the Iron Maidens. Check it out.

 

NEWSUPDATE 9/15/02

We just posted yet another very positive review of the CD in the reviews section. This one comes from an German website called Hardline.

They were kind enough to translate it into English for us. Thanks guys! To check out the review click here.

NEWSUPDATE 8/19/02

We just posted another very positive review of the CD in the reviews section. This one comes from an American website called The Heavy Metal Resource.

To check out the review click here.

NEWSUPDATE 8/16/02

Our good buddies from the band Bloodsak just played their debut show at The Whiskey (!) and launched their website at www.bloodsak.com Check it out if you get the chance. I've been friends with Kerr (the vocalis)t and Ryan( the guitarist) for about ten years now, and we all used to play together in the same band way back before Sheena Metal was a talk show host! They play the Martini Lounge on Wednesday August 21st, and we're adding them to our permanent links section.- David Blake

NEWSUPDATE 8/06/02

We just posted pics of our first show at the Glitter n Glamfest. Check it out.

NEWSUPDATE 8/5/02

We just posted a new review of our debut album, "The Great Cosmic Scheme." Check it out.

NEWSUPDATE 8/4/02

DAME FORTUNE MEETS GENE SIMMONS, TWICE!

So there we were, Mike and I, face to face with the demon himself, our hero, Mr. Gene Simmons, getting his autograph on his new comic at Universal. We passed on a copy of the CD as well. "Cool name," quoth the demon, and Mike and I were like two five year olds who just met Santa. Flash forward 1 week later, and I came face to face with Mr. Simmons yet again at the San Diego Comicon, and yet again use the opportunity to hand him our CD. Quoth the demon,"Dame Fortune, oh yeah, I know about them." So, in some small way we are on the God of Thunder's radar. Gene, if you're reading this, now all we want is to get signed to the new Simmons Records, and you to produce our next album, and while you're at it, a complete set of Mego Kiss dolls for all the members of Dame Fortune would be much appreciated. After all, we've been good little boys. Really!-David Blake

NEWSUPDATE 7/26/02

DAME FORTUNE T-SHIRTS ARE HERE!

Just in time for our concert on the 28th we got in our first batch of t-shirts. They look more or less like this:

and you can buy them at our shows or order them directly from us!

NEWSUPDATE 7/17/02

We just posted a review of the last show at Paladino's on the site. Check it out.

NEWSUPDATE 7/14/02

DAME FORTUNE MEETS WALTER MOSLEY

As some of you may know, our ballad "Outgunned" on the debut CD The Great Cosmic Scheme, was inspired by the novel "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" by Mr. Walter Mosley. Mr. Mosley was in town this weekend doing a reading/q&a/signing, during which I got a chance to give him a copy of the CD and let him know about his works influence on ours. He seemed as genuinely flattered and excited to recieve it as we were excited to give it to him. From all of us at Dame Fortune, we hope you enjoy the song Mr. Mosley and thanks once again for your superb novel!- David Blake

NEWSUPDATE 7/13/02

DAME FORTUNE DOES NEW PHOTO SHOOT WITH THOMAS KITRELL

On Saturday we all got dressed up and posed for the camera for the 8x10 we're going to be sending out to various people with the CD. Behind the camera was the extemely talented and professional Mr. Thomas Kitrellwho has worked with a ton of bands including Nine Inch Nails, along with a bunch of Sony Artists. Go to our photo page to see a couple of color test shots from the shoot.

 

NEWSUPDATE 7/8/02

THE GREAT COSMIC SCHEME NOW AVAILIBLE AT EIDE'S

Got an e-mail from my good buddy John of The Little Wretches. Thanks to his his legwork, our CD "The Great Cosmic Scheme" is now availible at Eide's Entertainment in Pittsburgh Pa. This isthe place Mike and I used to go to religiously every week in high school to get the latest metal releases. We actually met there way way back in 1984, but that's a story for another time. Suffice it to say the factthat our album is now for sale in the coolest comic book/sci-fi record shop in the world makes us very happy. If you live in Pittsburgh you need to go there, and you need to see The Little Wretches. Thanks John,

you the man!

DAME FORTUNE MEETS THE IRON MAIDENS AT PALADINO'S

Just added another show today. We're gonna be playing with the all female Iron Maiden tribute band the Iron Maidens at Paladino's at 8:30 Saturday August 24th. These girls are the real deal.

Click on the graphic here to check out their website:

NEWSUPDATE 7/7/02

It's the morining after our show at Paladino's and all is well. We posted a ton of photos, for those that want to relive the experience, and for those who want to see what they missed! Check it out...

NEWSUPDATE 6/26/02

In our continuing effort to plaster the world with our "DF" symbol, we just got stickers made. They look like this:

and will be availible at the next show. In addition, we also got our first real fan mail this week. A special thanks to all our fans that take the time to write us either through e-mail or our P.O. Box. Your support means everything to us, and keeps pushing us to keep pushing ourselves to become better and better as a band. Long live the Soldiers of Dame Fortune!

NEWSUPDATE 6/18/02

We just got in our official Dame Fortune custom guitar picks. They look like this:and we'll tossing them your way starting with our next show on July 6th! See you all there!

NEWSUPDATE 6/17/02

We just added a bumch of new photos from our last two shows. Check it out.

NEWSUPDATE: 6/15/02

We just posted a review of the live reocrd release party we had at McRed's. Go to Reviews/Interviews/Articles to read all about it.

NEWSUPDATE: 6/14/02

Dame Fortune is proud to anounce that our first CD "The Great Cosmic Scheme" is now availible at www.cdbaby.com. They set us up with a great page where you can listen to 4 of the 7 songs in their entirety. Just click on the link below!

BUY the CD!

NEWSUPDATE: 6/13/02

DAME FORTUNE TO PLAY GLITTER N' GLAM ROCKFEST IN JULY!

Dame Fortune is proud to announce that for the first time they will be playing the GLITTER N' GLAM ROCKFEST at the Coconut Teaszer on July 28th! Tim Yasui always puts together a great bill of glam and goth rock and roll bands who still remember that real rock and roll goes better with some style, some glitter and some larger than life theatrics. We can't wait to play alongside them!

NEWSUPDATE: 6/12/02

THE WORLD FAMOUS RAINBOW BAR & GRILL PLAYS "THE GREAT COSMIC SCHEME!"

So Mike and I were out checking out our friends "Duncan and the Davids" at the Whiskey tonight, and we stopped into the Rainbow for some pizza and drinks, and right off the bat they play Guns n' Roses, Motley Crue and Kiss in that order. We tell the waitress to give our compliments to the DJ, who she tells us is Nadine. We decide by way of thanks to give Nadine a copy of our recently released CD, thinking she'd probably dig it, and no sooner than we give it to her, then she pops it in and plays cuts 1-5.! Needless to say Nadine is our new best friend, and we want to thank her and the Rainbow for their support. It may not have been a big deal to you guys, but for Mike and I it was a dream come true. Thanks!" David Blake

 

NEWSUPDATE: 6/10/02
THE GREAT COSMIC SCHEME IS NOW AVAILIBLE AT AMOEBA MUSIC!

Dame Fortune is proud to anounce that our first CD "The Great Cosmic Scheme" is now availible at Amoeba Music, Hollywood. In addition, we just posted a review of our May 19th show at the Joint. Check it out!

NEWSUPDATE: 6/9/02

"THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETE CD RELEASE PARTY GOES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH!"

What with the custom made cigars, balloons, cake, champagne, free cds, and specially designed "drop curtain" for our entrance, the party and the show was a resounding success. We got two and a half pages of new names for our mailing list, the cards of a couple of promoters, and a couple of bands that want to do some work with us in the future. The place was packed and I think it's fair to say that everyone there had a great time. It was everything we wanted it to be and more! David Blake

 

 

NEWSUPDATE: THE GREAT COSMIC SCHEME HAS ARRIVED!

"We finally got'em, and they're beautiful, and it saves us from being in the embarassing position of having a CD release party with no CDs!" said guitarist David Blake. " Everybody put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this CD and we couldn't be happier with the results. Of course like any masterpiece there has to be a flaw, and a special no-prize will be given to those who catch the spelling mistake. Also, for the record, Mr. David Fanelli, while thanked on the album is not specificly credited with playing drums on tracks 2-3, and 5-7. This was not a deliberate attempt at deception on our part. We simply listed the current members of the band as such. Dave was hired by us when at the time we didn't have a permanent drummer as a paid hired gun to play on these tracks, and did a great job doing so!"

Here's a sneak preview of the cover:

 

NEWSUPDATE: DAME FORTUNE ADDS HOTLINE

323-465-9749 That's the number. If you're ever wondering when our next show is, want to leave us a message, or get discount tickets and you don't have access to a computer to get to this website, call us at 323-465-9749, your direct line to Dame Fortune.

NEWSUPDATE: 5/13/02 SUPRISE GUEST TO JOIN DAME FORTUNE IN CONCERT

"I just got off the phone talking to him tonight, and we're hoping that he's going to be able to join us for a number for at least one if not both of the next two shows," said guitarist David Blake. "We're all really excited at the prospect. This guy's a great musician, and without giving everything away, it's going to allow us to recreate one of the songs on the new CD more acurately live than ever before. We're gonna take what was already a live favorite and make it even better!"

NEWS UPDATE: 5/10/02 DAME FORTUNE GUITARIST CAUGHT IN THE ACT!

Those lucky enough to attend the afterparty at the Psychothrust/Chigger Red rehearsal space deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley a couple of weeks ago were able to catch none other than our own Mike "the human jukebox" James join in the late night jam session. Mike cranked out a mini-concert of classics by the Stones, Kiss and Guns n' Roses in his vintage Stones shirt, and Rock City News was there to capture it. "Give me a beer and a guitar, and I'm good to go," Mike was heard to remark to fellow band mate David Blake before the duo departed into the night for parts unknown.

 

NEWS UPDATE: 4/28/02

Check out the Reviews/Interviews/Articles section to see the Rock City News review of The Unleash the Fury Benefit Show!

NEWS UPDATE: 3/24/02 DAME FORTUNE COMPLETES MASTERING OF THE GREAT COSMIC SCHEME CD

"Everybody's really excited about how great it sounds, " said guitarist David Blake, "we're just wrapping up the details now, the CD art, the liner notes, etc. We can't wait to put it out there and see who salutes. Meanwhile we've started writing some great new songs. Very powerful stuff. Very heavy and very melodic. Very natural stuff for us that feels great to play and is gonna blow people away live. The plan is to debut one new song at each of our next three shows. The titles are 'Both Sides of Midnight' and 'Lush' and the third song is actually a cover that by the time we're finished rewriting and rearranging it is gonna have our stamp all over it. This way, we'll keep the set list fresh, and the fans'll know that if they come to each show they'll get a chance to hear a new song premiered, and they'll hear something a little different every time. After that, the CD release party is gonna be a massive bash that noone will ever forget!"

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