NICK GILDER & SWEENEY TODD BIOGRAPHY
Sweeney Todd was Nick's first group and earned their rock wings playing in every conceivable venue in the seventies, Nick and Jim were the founding members.
These days, post recording hits Nick and the lads are being seen at Festivals, Casino showrooms, etc. Its the result of #1 songs says Nick in response, it still gets that strong reaction, people up dancing and singing, Jim and I did it again with Hot Child for my solo project, that kind of success makes it possible to play all these years later, Nick is part of an upcoming CBC special entitled Shakin' all over, named for the classic Guess Who song, this truly speaks of the longevity of these songs Nick says, with hits from the seventies and 80's and beyond. Nick and his collaborater Jim McCulloch wrote the incredible hit, ROXY ROLLER, Juno winning song of the year, it really started it all for us and went to the #1 spot on the Canadian charts, propelling the record beyond platinum, Nick continues to recieve airplay awards for his songs. SHES A STAR IN HER OWN RIGHT was released next, reaching the #4 spot. The momentum created by the success of Roxy, and the obvious song writing talent within, launched Nick Gilder internationally to another multi Juno, for best selling record and vocalist category's multi platinum and Peoples Choice winning #1 hit song HOT CHILD IN THE CITY, and continued with the top 10 hits HERE COMES THE NIGHT , the song RATED X did well for Gilder but it was Pat Benatar who got it climbing up the charts, as did the Mega #1 hit he wrote for Patti Smythe THE WARRIOR, one of Nicks first videos was for the song FOOTSTEPS on RCA Records , His songs are often featured in movies like, Youngblood the Rob Lowe movie, Barb wire with Pamela Anderson, Play to win, The Wraith, My science project, Hot child in the city and hit TV shows like That 70's show, Ed, Sex and the City, Nip Tuck, Regis and Kelly, The Today Show,Must See TV, many NEWS shows, David Letterman,Conan O'Brian many other daytime and late night talk shows etc.
Throughout his illustrious career, Nick Gilder has written and recorded many Top 20 hits internationally having recent success with a song he penned, WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN, remixed by Armand Van Helden, who recently scored wtih Justin Timberlakes, Get Sexy Back, in Britain, Europe, and Australia Three of which reached #1 here in Canada and is still creating new highlights for a journeyman musician. During this time he’s also worked with some of the worlds most famous Producers including the Beatles George Martin and Mike Chapman, Pete Coleman of Blondie, Pat Benatar etc. fame. Writing hits for some of the business’ top performers, including Bette Midler, Patty Smyth & Scandal, Pat Benatar and Joe Cocker. The variety of artists who have covered his songs testify to his diverse influences, totalling over 20 million copies sold worldwide. The millenium has already seen one of Canadian rock’s true superstars release a greatest hits album. Compiling 25 years of a legendary career, THE BEST OF NICK GILDER-HOT CHILD IN THE CITY and reissue of the CITY NIGHTS CD was released by EMI records and contains some of the most affecting pop, rock, metal, music from the ‘70’s thru the ‘90’s.
Its a powerhouse performance, which includes past hits , great new material and some faves. Nick together with Joey Wowk on Guitar, Mark Kenny on Bass, Frank Baker on Drums, and Mark Gladstone on keyboards, produce a live show that really rocks!, Its a touring year again this year, with possible Australia dates as well as writing and recording for new CD projects.
Having toured with The Cars, Cheap Trick, Peter Gabriel, Foreigner, Styx, Journey, New York Dolls, The Babies, even hall of famers like Chuck Berry, to name a few. Nick and the ‘Sweeneys’ have already had a busy tour schedule this year of Festivals etc. Thunder Bay Fest, turned into an enormous success with 35,000 people showing up for a 3 day event. last years Mattawa Fest was another huge success Nick and the Sweeneys are touring this year in between recording, the 2008-09 tour schedule is coming together we can't wait to rock your town!