Arion – Dreams [1991]

PhotobucketCountry USA         

Style Pomp AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Steve Roppolo – Bass and background vocals, Mike Hosman – Drums, Steve Bell – Keyboards, Larry Roppolo – Guitars and background vocals, Peter Merkle – Lead vocals

Tracks 01. All night long, 02. Depending on you, 03. Can’t stop, 04. Long time ago, 05. Morning after, 06. With luck, 07. Lucky days better days, 08. Heres lookin at you kid, 09. Sync it up, 10. Look at the water

Profile STEVE is the heart and soul of ARION, with a powerful passion and optimism for the music that is seldom seen. A self-taught bassist, Steve (and brother Larry) first gained the spark to form a group after attending a neighbor’s band rehearsals. Influenced heavily by the Beatles, Moody Blues and the classic rock bands of that era, Steve honed his playing skills through hours of practice, a discipline he still maintains to this day.

Like any great bass player, Steve realizes the importance of working with a drummer with impeccable meter, and both sharing the responsibility of playing “in the pocket” and driving each song from start to finish. If LARRY had been born many centuries ago, this free spirit may have been a wandering minstrel playing for the love of his music. Like older brother Steve, Larry has lived to perform on stage, playing gigs even before entering his teenage years.

As he matured into his later teenage years, Larry was such an accomplished player that other guitarists would be seen standing in front of the stage, amazed at his dexterity and polished playing style. When travelling on the road across the country, the hundreds of gigs and countless free-time hours of practice and rehearsals have deservedly put him in the upper echelon of great guitarists.

Additionally proficient on the acoustic guitar, Larry is from the “less is more” school of band guitarists, playing clever, refined licks that compliment each song. When the time comes for him to take a solo, watch out; he’ll mesmerize you with chops that only a highly seasoned and talented pro can master.

Though Chicago will always be considered home, Larry currently resides on the Kona Coast, big island Hawaii. When ARION needed to quickly recruit a new singer for a road tour, they were fortunate to discover their best and final lead vocalist, then performing in a Chicago band. Lanky, with a head covered with golden curls and sporting a perpetual smile, PETER became the perfect front man. Pete mastered over 40 tunes in a matter of weeks and then hit the road for the trip of a lifetime.

Through weeks, months and years of gigs and off-day rehearsals, Peter became an exciting, polished performer, winning over even the toughest audiences with his energetic, powerful vocals and on-stage presence. As if this wasn’t enough for most groups to be thankful for, Pete had one additional talent, that as a proficient
songwriter.

Pete has contributed heavily to the ARION writing repertoire, but the one song that he will always be identified with is his powerful anthem, Here’s Looking At You Kid. This magnum opus starts off slowly and quietly, slowly building to an emotional ballad crescendo, using numerous lyrical metaphors to tell the story of a strained love relationship.

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Lou Gould

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2 Responses to “Arion – Dreams [1991]”

  1. Larry Roppolo says:

    Love to read the comments. Keep them coming.

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  2. Lou Gould says:

    The New ARION CD has just been released!! A NEW DAWN RISING reunites Bassist STEVE ROPPOLO, Guitarist LARRY ROPPOLO and Lead Singer PETE MERKLE, who have assembled and recorded a 12-song collection of great songs and great performances by one of Chicago’s greatest original material bands. Visit ariontheband.com to order the CD or download.

    ARION is also hosting a Listening Party for the CD next Sunday, June 17th, at Doc Ryan’s Pub, located at 7432 W. Madison, in Forest Park, IL. The event will run from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. and all are invitede. Hope to see you there!

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