Reactivated '80s hard rockers ICON — featuring original guitarists Dan Wexler and John Aquilino — have parted ways with drummer Bruce Stoddard and have replaced him with the group's original skinsman, Pat Dixon.
ICON's "1984: Live Bootleg" will be released on DVD for the first time on August 5 through Epicenter Multimedia VD. Originally issued on VHS in 1999 through Epilogue Entertainment, this single-camera-shot concert is the only known document of an entire performance by the original ICON band consisting of Stephen Clifford, Dan Wexler, John Aquilino, Tracy Wallach and Pat Dixon.
With the advances in digital technology since its original release in 1999, the beta master was recently put thru a series of broadcast filters and Izotope mastering plugins. These technological advancements have produced a clearer picture and an enhanced soundtrack compared to the original release. As an added bonus, a brand new interview with Dan Wexler and John Aquilino filmed in May 2008 is included to round out this release.
Filmed during the band's first tour, the concert features songs from ICON's debut album as well as tracks from the then-yet-to-be-recorded "Night of the Crime" LP and a few cuts that to this date have yet to be released.
Currently fronted by new vocalist Scott Hammons, ICON is in "full-scale pre-production" for a new release.
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Video footage of Dan Wexler, John Aquilino and Scott Hammons making an appearance on the radio show "Headbangers' Heaven" on 93.3 KDKB can be viewed below.