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Artist Profile: PRiSM

Prism (often styled as PRiSM) is a Canadian rock band formed in Vancouver in 1977. They were originally active from 1977 to 1984 and have been active again from 1987 to present. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Ron Tabak, guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, keyboardist John Hall, bass guitarist Allen Harlow, and drummer Rocket Norton.

The band’s sound is a mix of Album-oriented rock (AOR) and pop rock, and they have released a total of thirteen studio albums, three compilation albums, and one live album.

Prism’s success has been primarily in Canada where they won the Canadian music industry Juno Award for Group of the Year in 1981, although they also reached the US top 40 charts with 1981’s “Don’t Let Him Know”. Prism is also noteworthy for launching the careers of several former group members, including international record producer Bruce Fairbairn, songwriter Jim Vallance, Powder Blues Band frontman Tom Lavin, and Headpins and Chilliwack musician Ab Bryant. A pre-fame Bryan Adams also contributed as a songwriter to several early Prism releases.

NASA chose Prism’s “Spaceship Superstar” as the official song aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during its historic final flight, which speaks to Prism’s ongoing popularity, even in outer space! Meanwhile, back on earth:

They’ve sold millions of albums, with songs that have become standards – Spaceship Superstar, Take Me to the Kaptin, Flying, Armageddon, Take Me Away, Young & Restless, Night to Remember, Don’t Let Him Know among them. Prism itself is classic rock.

With two Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy) for Album & Group of the Year, multi-platinum albums and a continuing legacy of sold-out shows, Prism is a must-see live attraction. The band rocks out the hits more energetically than ever, thrilling audiences nationwide.

Founding member Al Harlow’s showmanship drives Prism forward with award-winning alumni Gary Grace, Tad Goddard and Marc Gladstone’s brilliant performances of the trademark Prism sound.

Every day across the country, radio is playing the many Prism classics. Combine unstoppable world-class concerts, and the best may be yet to come.

Spaceship Superstar

“Solar-powered laser-beam guitar! …Prism worked up the crowd of 1,000 Friday night at the CN Centre with some classic Canadian rock. These guys are worthy Canadian rock pioneers and deserve to still be on stage bashing out tunes like Armageddon and Spaceship Superstar… Natural leader Al Harlow …did the group proud. He also lit up a slide blues solo that brought down the house. They are a professional band with a list of hits and a history of success that should not be underestimated.”

(The Citizen)

“They’re hardy, these Can-Rock survivors. Prism still enjoy the support of a large and loyal community of fans. They constitute an underground economy of sorts, selling out casinos and clubs as they perennially make their way across the country, joining up for summer classic rock fests in the USA.”

(Edmonton Journal)

Mark Rutledge

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