March 15, 2004 - Dean Friedman plays 'Hometown' Gig at the Paramus Picture Show, Paramus, NJ




Paramus, NJ born, singer/songwriter, Dean Friedman – his  top 20 ‘pop’ hit ‘Ariel’ was a classic ode to a peasant blouse wearing, pot smoking, vegetarian New Jersey girl - performs a hometown gig Saturday, April 17, 8pm, at New Jersey’s newest music venue, The Paramus Picture Show.


       Real Life Records recording artist, Dean Friedman, best known to American audiences for his top 20 debut single, ‘Ariel’ (‘Way on the other side of the Hudson…), and to international audiences for his classic hits, ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’, and ‘Woman of Mine’, will be performing a much anticipated gig at New Jersey’s exciting new music venue, The Paramus Picture Show, located at the 35 Plaza Shopping Center on Route 4 in Paramus, NJ.  Tickets are $25 and are available online at  or by phone at: 800-594-8499.


Friedman has earned a loyal and devoted worldwide following as a consummate songsmith and recording artist with a string of international hits and gold records. Other hits include, ‘Rocking Chair’ and ‘McDonald’s Girl’. Friedman’s single, McDonald’s Girl, was officially banned by the BBC (for mentioning a tradename), but, despite a 16 year absence from recording, his ear-catching, pop-fusion songwriting style continues to influence a new generation of musicians including some of today’s most popular contemporary bands.


       Bands such as Barenaked Ladies (they had their first Canadian radio hit with a cover version of his song McDonald’s Girl), Ben Folds Five, The Blenders (Scored a #1 hit in Norway with their cover of McDonald’s Girl.), and the British band Half Man – Half Biscuit (Released a best-selling EP containing a track entitled ‘The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman’.), all acknowledge Friedman’s quirky yet sophisticated brand of songwriting as an influence.


       Critics have compared Friedman’s music to the likes of Paul Simon, Sting, Randy Newman and Elton John and recent featured TV appearances on the hit BBC series,  I Love The ‘70’s, and Classic Duet and the Baddiel Syndrome, have served to re-ignite Friedman’s recording and performing career. Typical reviews describe Friedman and his music thus: SONGSMITH EXTRAORDINAIRE’ – MUSIC WEEK. ‘STUNNING MUSICIANSHIP’ – HOT PRESS. ‘CONSUMMATE PERFORMER’ – MELODY MAKER.


Friedman’s last few CD’s have been released on the independent label, Real Life Records. His last effort, ‘The Treehouse Journals’ was financed entirely by his fanbase via his music website His first two albums, ‘Dean Friedman’ and “Well, Well,’ Said the Rocking Chair’ have just been released in special 25th Anniversary Editions. Friedman will be appearing solo, performing material from all five of his studio albums, which are available online exclusively at his website .

 Friedman recently performed his hit, ‘Ariel’ in a guest spot during master-musician, David Bromberg’s recent sold-out appearance at the Paramus Picture Show. “Bromberg is the person largely responsible for introducing me to into the music biz. He’s a living music legend and I’m always proud to share a stage with him.”, says Friedman.    

 Friedman continues, “I was born and bred ‘deep in the bosom of suburbia’, in Paramus, NJ.  I think growing up with all those petrochemicals and living right next to the Garden State Parkway sort of gets into your bloodstream. No matter where you travel, this place never really leaves your system. That’s why I’m really looking forward to doing a gig in my home town.”

        For info contact: Steve Schwartz