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About this project

We need your help to give us an opportunity to finish our new album, “G Street Panorama.” We have been working on our new album for over two years, but we need funds to finish the mixing, mastering, cd copies, marketing, promotion, and a possible vinyl release (if we get enough funds).

Fade To Black still frame from our new video for "Aliens and Beer"
Fade To Black still frame from our new video for "Aliens and Beer"


As you can see on the right hand side of this web page, there are different options to support the completion of this album. We will gladly give you something cool in return for you assistance to complete “G Street Panorama.”

If we can raise enough money past our minimum goal of $2200, we plan on releasing some or all of all our new songs on old school vinyl LP - which has always been a dream of ours going back to our early days in the 1990’s and has made a major resurgence as a collectors item for music fans.

To give you some background information about our band, please watch a video introduction about our Kickstarter campaign at the top of this web site page.

We have also released a Fade To Black 35 minute documentary about the making of this album and a little bit of history about our band. Check out the documentary called “Gonna Rise Up” below.

As many of you already know, the music business has changed a lot in the last few years. Even though we are signed to an independent record label (Silver Maple Kill Records), we still need the support of family, friends, fans, or people who just want to support creative journeys like ours.

You can also check out one of our new songs, “Aliens and Beer” and the music video for this song. The video was directed by the extremely talented visual and musical artist, Mr. Jellyfish. By the way, Mr. Jellyfish donated his time and talents to create this stunning piece of work. A very big thank you from our band to Mr. Jellyfish!


We also invited some guest musicians for the first time to add their talents to one of our albums. Cellist, Jenny Spurbeck, an extremely accomplished player, recorded a breathtaking section on one of our ballads called “Now and Forever.” Dave Gorbe, a member of the band Jimmy Likes Pie, recorded some really cool sections using the Theremin on our songs “Aliens and Beer” and “Witch Puzzle.” Cat Harrell, a well known vocalist in the Lansing, MI area, added her velvet tone of backing vocals to our ballads “Now and Forever”, “Waited So Long” and our pop tune “I Fly.” Ian Walker, who is the sound engineer and co-produced the album with us, is also a really talented guitar player in his own right. We asked Ian to sprinkle little bits and pieces of guitar work all over the album. His shining moment is a mandolin solo in our ballad “Waited So Long.” Ian played so well on the album, we asked him to join the band during the recording process and he said yes!

Mike Reed, the drummer for Fade To Black, is not a guest musician on this album, but this is his first recorded presence with the band. Mike joined Fade To Black in February 2011 (a couple of months before we went into the studio.) Mike really stepped up to the challenge and delivered some incredible performances on this album and made us a better band.


Unfortunately, during the process of recording “G Street Panorama”, rhythm guitar player, founding member, and one of our songwriters, Randy Matthews, decided to leave Fade To Black to pursue his own creative endeavors. Even though Randy left the band before the completion of this album, he contributed his songwriting skills and guitar playing on three songs, “Aliens and Beer”, “The Note”, and “Terror Train”, which features his very first recorded guitar solo in his time with Fade To Black.

Founding members, Mike Anderson (vocals), Eldon McGraw (guitar), and Jeff Behrendt (bass) stretched themselves as artists by crafting songs as writers, pushing themselves to record their best performances on record to date, and produce an album to their best abilities. Jeff even makes his first appearance in Fade To Black history as lead vocalist on our song “So Lonely.”


The making of this album has had its share of challenges. When we started writing the album, Casey Chahine was our drummer. Fade To Black went into a studio to start recording the album with Casey, and did indeed record seven songs, but then Casey moved out of state. Then Mike Reed joined the band on drums and the band decided to start the recording sessions over with Mike Reed on drums at a new studio. Then after about three months in the studio, rhythm guitar player, Randy Matthews left the band. Also during the recording, the band changed record labels and joined the roster on Silver Maple Kill Records. But even throughout all of these challenges, the band stayed focused to complete “G Street Panorama.”

We think this is our best album to date. As many of you know, Fade To Black music has always been hard to describe because all of the band members write songs that come from a variety of influences. “G Street Panorama” is no different, we have pop songs, hard rock songs, psychedelic songs, a punk song, and even some ballads.

We started writing this album in 2010, right after we released our last studio album, “Black Is Back”. Since the fall of 2010, we have been writing new songs, recording demos, practicing the songs in rehearsal, and then moving the process into the recording studio, which brings us to the present.
So please watch our mini documentary, check out out our previous albums, and most importantly, please choose an option on this Kickstarter campaign to support our band and our new album, “G Street Panorama.”

Thank you for you support in the past, present, and future!!!

Mike Anderson, Eldon McGraw, Jeff Beherndt, Mike Reed , and Ian Walker.

Risks and challenges

RISKS - Writing songs and baring your soul to the world is always risky, but that is part of being an artist.

CHALLENGES - One of the challenges in the music business today is getting your songs into the hearts of people with the right marketing. We have learned a lot over the years on how to market ourselves and our songs, but we need money to get our art to the masses. But we are ready for the challenges ahead because we believe in ourselves as friends, band mates, and artists.

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    SIGNED CD, FADE TO BLACK DVD DOCUMENTARY, and HOT SAUCE!!!

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    FADE TO BLACK BOX SET!!!

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    A digital download and CD reissues of all previous Fade To Black releases including the 1990 debut album, "Land of Plenty", the second album from 1991, "Is This the End?", the 2010 reunion album, "Black Is Back", the 2011 live album, "Live In Lansing", and the acoustic bonus tracks that have never been released, "Waited So Long", and "Hey Baby" live, from 2012.

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    SIGNED CD, FADE TO BLACK T-SHIRT, FADE TO BLACK DVD DOCUMENTARY, FADE TO BLACK PHOTO, CREDITS ON ALBUM, HOT SAUCE, AND HANDWRITTEN LYRICS!!! A physical CD copy signed by all the members of Fade To Black of our new album "G Street Panorama" and a free digital download of the album one week before the official release date. A digital download and CD reissues of all previous Fade To Black releases including the 1990 debut album, "Land of Plenty", the second album from 1991, "Is This the End?", the 2010 reunion album, "Black Is Back", the 2011 live album, "Live In Lansing", and the acoustic bonus tracks that have never been released, "Waited So Long", and "Hey Baby" live, from 2012. A new Fade To Black t-shirt. A DVD copy of the Fade To Black "Making of G Street Panorama", including the video for our new song "Aliens and Beer" directed by Mr. Jellyfish. We will add your name on the liner notes of the CD credits in our thank you section. One bottle of the limited edition Fade To Black hot sauce, "Witch Pepper" based on the new Fade To Black song, "Witch Puzzle." One handwritten lyric sheet of one of our new songs handwritten by one of the band members. A professional photo print of Fade To Black taken by award winning photographer, John McGraw, signed by the Fade To Black members and photographer John McGraw.

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    FADE TO BLACK - LIVE IN YOUR HOME or VENUE!!
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