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Press release: 8084 reunites for two Vermont shows

MARCH 3, 2012 (VERMONT) – Following on the heels of their 2011 sold-out shows, the legendary Vermont-based band 8084 will once again reunite with the original members to perform two shows in Vermont in June 2012.

This year’s mini-tour includes stops in South Burlington at Higher Ground on June 29 and on June 30 at the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction.

Energetic, charismatic and dedicated, 8084 have been exciting audiences for over 30 years. Sharing the stage with such acts as Aldo Nova, Toto, April Wine, Warrant, Edgar Winter, Blue Oyster Cult, Henry Lee Summer, the group has performed throughout all of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern States, as well as Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.

A dynamic team comprised of lead vocalist Randy Smith and guitarist-vocalist André Maquera, 8084 also boasts the talents of bassist-vocalist Frank Barnes and drummer-vocalist, Gary Spaulding.

8084 released their first album in 1987; produced by Elektra artist Hirsh Gardner. The self-titled album, which sold 10,000 + units overseas, met with excellent critical acclaim in both North America and Europe. Rock publications such as "The Beat" (Boston), "Rock Report" (New York City), "AOR Basement" (England) and "Ardshock Metal Hammer" (The Netherlands) gave the band very encouraging reviews.

1988-89 found the band recording and releasing their second album, "Love & War." Working with the expert production skills of Aldo Nova (Life is Just a Fantasy" and Celine Dion), Hirsh Gardner, and CBS Records Canada, the album was completed and received as a more mature 8084 sound. Initial reaction by radio stations were very positive as "Hideaway," the first single from the album, was included in the regular airplay rotation at a number of FM stations throughout the Northeastern US and The Netherlands.

Following the death of keyboard player and founder Charlie Hawthorne in 1989, 8084 released their third album, "Satisfaction Guaranteed" in the fall of 1991. In 1999, 8084 signed with USA label GB Music, and released a compilation disc in Europe of material from the band's first three albums. Entitled "So Far", the CD contains "the best of 8084", with many songs re-recorded and digitally re-mastered for a modern quality. However, the original analog keyboard parts played by the late Charlie Hawthorne remained intact on the CD.

This same year, 8084 also began working on material for a brand new release titled "The Last Great Train. Released in late 2005, the CD was well received as an import in European countries such as Germany and Sweden.

Tickets for the shows are available both online at and as well as the Higher Ground and Tupelo Music Hall box offices.

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Posted by Krista Jones on
So excited you guys are coming back to play again. I am one of those who has followed you in different areas of Vermont. I first heard your group when I was in 7th grade at Harwood Union High School and there is where I fell in love with your sound. I still talk to my friends about 8084. I have seen you at Charlmont in Morrisville, VT, Bambino's in Burlington, Hyde Park VFW, the old Patti's Tavern on Route 2 in Waterbury....and tonight will be at Higher Ground. So excited! Glad You're Here! Can't wait to see you tonight! Oh, and I also own The Last Great Train CD. Been singing the songs all day today.
Posted by Lori Henderson on
When are you guys coming back to Burlington VT or even NY. I remember going out to hear you guys play back in the early 90's and think you are absolutely amazing!!! (My sister and I used to babysit for the former sound-man "Coopie"
Posted by Tammy J Greenia on
Just eagerly waiting to get a ticket. I dont want to miss this... Please let me know..Street team girl right here also..So happy you are coming back in 2012.....WOOHOO :)

Thanks Guys
Tammy June
Posted by Bob the Mailman on
come hell or high water, blizzard or hurricane the "Bad Man" will be there this time!
Posted by Tammy J Greenia on
Just eagerly waiting to get a ticket. I dont want to miss this... Please let me know..Street team girl right here also..So happy you are coming back in 2012.....WOOHOO :)

Thanks Guys
Tammy June
Posted by Karen on
Just bought my tickets for Higher Ground. Can't wait for the show. It is gonna be awesome. Love 8084. One of my favorite local bands.
Posted by Robin Macaulay on
I am delighted that you guys are playing again at least for a couple of shows. I can remembering see you play in 80s .. and honestly... you just keep getting better! Cheers!
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