Monkey-MacMaster Lyric Video Features Deceased Bonham Vocalist

Monkey-MacMaster Lyric Video Features Deceased Bonham Vocalist

November 10, 2014

Back in 2004, Emerald Monkey guitarist Jimmy D contacted Daniel MacMaster regarding submitting material for the former Bonham vocalist’s solo release.

Demos were submitted, which resulted in MacMaster and Jimmy D deciding to start a new project called Monkey-MacMaster. Sadly, MacMaster passed away in March of 2008 at the age of 39 due to complications from pneumonia, but before his death he worked on several songs with Jimmy D that remained unreleased until now. That is about to change however, with the recent release of a lyric video for the song “Never Another”, from the upcoming album ‘Frozen In Time’.

“I plan on releasing the music sometime next year,” Jimmy D tells Sleaze Roxx. “I have songs where I can separate the vocal track from the music, but not all of them. The ideal situation is to redo the tracks with guest musicians, and include the original demos in their raw form in the same package. But at this time it’s all being hashed out. It has to be done with the respect it deserves. Without label support, it really makes what I want to happen difficult. What is a small fear of mine is the public thinking I want to release this for personal gain, far from it. As a matter of fact, if there was a phone in heaven, I would be getting calls daily with Daniel asking me ‘what’s the holdup?!'”

Daniel MacMaster enjoyed success while fronting Bonham in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Together with drummer Jason Bonham the band release two albums, ‘The Disregard Of Timekeeping’ and ‘Mad Hatter’, and had minor success with the singles “Wait For You”, “Guilty”, and “Change Of A Season”, before going their separate ways. The singer returned with his debut solo album, ‘Rock Bonham… And The Long Road Back’, in 2005 and wrote together with Jimmy D on the Monkey-MacMaster material until his death.

“The bulk of the writing was done via the Internet, Skype/iChat, he being in Canada and me in the US, so we spoke a lot face to face so to speak,” continues Jimmy D regading the process behind Monkey-MacMaster. “I can honestly say he was one of the sweetest guys on the planet. He could find gold in the simplest guitar riff just by adding his voice. Daniel was a true rockstar minus the ego. I miss the phone calls, at anytime, with pure excitement of having an idea. My heart still breaks for his beautiful wife Tina and their children.”

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