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Saga

Formed: 1971
From: Oakville, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Saga is a progressive rock quintet, formed in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Bassist-keyboardist Jim Crichton (born February 26, 1947) and Welsh-born vocalist Michael Sadler (born July 5, 1947) have been the principal songwriters for Saga. Ian Crichton (born August 3, 1948) is the band's guitarist; apart from his work with Saga, he has recorded several solo albums as well as sessions with Asia. The band's keyboardist, Jim "Daryl" Gilmour (born February 25, 1948), replaced Greg Chadd in 1980 (Chadd replaced original member Peter Rochon--who left the band to become a full-time music equipment company executive--after the first album).
After the 2003 Marathon tour, Steve Negus (b. February 19, 1947) announced his retirement as Saga's original drummer. Christian Simpson, a Canadian-American, replaced Negus for 2004's Network album, until sidelined by a neurological condition that affected his drumming. In late 2005, former Helix member Brian Doerner became Saga's third drummer in as many years. Doerner suffered a heart attack in 2007 and was replaced by Chris Sutherland (of the Kim Mitchell Band) for the 10,000 Days Tour and Contact DVD. Lead singer Michael Sadler left Saga for family reasons at the end of the 2007 tour. Rob Moratti replaced Sadler in April 2008, after an Internet talent search, spanning Europe and both Americas, failed to yield a potential lead vocalist. Brian Doerner completed tracks for the band's 2009 release but will, once again, be replaced by Chris Sutherland due to health reasons.

Latest Saga News

Below is our complete Saga news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Saga Announce New Singer

Canuck progressive rock legends have issued the following update regarding their new singer:

"The search is over, after internet auditions, live auditions, and singers who had their ears to the ground about Saga's quest. We, SAga, would like to thank all the vocalists for their time and stepping up to the plate. We found our man, SAga would like to intruduce Rob Moratti (FINAL FRONTIER frontman) from Toronto, ON, our new lead singer."

Click here to view a photo of the new lineup.

Saga parted ways with longtime singer Michael Sadler late last year and auditioned new singers via YouTube.

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Saga To Find New Singer Via YouTube

Canadian prog-rock legends SAGA have announced plans to audition new singers via YouTube. According to a band update: "We just recorded these two songs without vocals during a sound check in Germany. So all you have to do is downlaod them, and video tape yourself singing along to them. Then post them on YouTube and email us the link along with your name and brief biography of yourself!!! It's that easy!!!"

Read the full article at this location.

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Saga Drummer Suffers Heart Attack

According to InsideOut Music, SAGA drummer Brian Doerner recently suffered a heart attack and will not be able to participate in the band's upcoming European tour. Chris Sutherland from Kim Mitchell's band will replace him.

Doerner has issued the following statement:

"To the Fans of Saga, I am lucky to be alive and recovering at home with my family today, October 8th, 2007 after suffering a heart attack on Friday, October 5, 2007 and I anticipate a full recovery and look forward to playing drums again in the future. Regrettably, I will not be drumming for the 10,000 Days tour under medical advice. I wish the band the best of luck with this great new CD and I would like to say that working with Saga has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career and I will miss them greatly as friends and as talented musicians."

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Saga Announce U.K. Album Release Date

Canadian rock legends SAGA will release their new album, 10,000 Days, on November 26th in the UK. The album will be released on October 22nd in mainland Europe and the 23rd in North America via InsideOut. The tracklist of the album is as follows: 'Lifeline', 'Book Of Lies', 'Sideways', 'Can't You See Me Now?', 'Corkentellis' (instrumental), 'More Than I Deserve', 'Sound Advice', '10,000 Days', 'It Never Ends'.

Although it is vocalist Michael Sadler’s sad farewell, there are no artistic differences and no bad feelings - “I just felt that after 30 years of devoting myself to the band and the fans, it was time to move on to the next chapter of my life and start focusing on my family,” he explains. “I will continue to be actively involved in music, but in a much different way.”

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Saga Announce Three More Shows

As previously reported, Canadian rock legends SAGA will play in Toronto, Ontario at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse on October 6th as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour. Additional dates have been announced for Barrie and Brantford, with a fourth due to be announced soon.

Their schedule is currently as follows

October
4 - Barrie. Ontario - Random Ranch
5 - tba
6 - Toronto, Ontario - Jeff Healey's Roadhouse
9 - Brantford, Ontario - Jackhammers

The tracklist of SAGA's forthcoming album, 10,000 Days, is as follows: 'Lifeline', 'Book Of Lies', 'Sideways', 'Can't You See Me Now?', 'Corkentellis' (instrumental), 'More Than I Deserve', 'Sound Advice', '10,000 Days', 'It Never Ends'.

10,000 Days will be the last Saga album with singer and founding member Michael Sadler. The initial pressing will be issued in digipack format. Release date is confirmed for October 22nd.

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Saga Announce 30th Anniversary Show

2007 marks the 30th anniversary of SAGA, with a tour and a brand new CD called 10,000 Days, due out in October. The Canuck legends will show off some of the new tracks from this album when they play Healey's Roadhouse on October 6th, a preview of their upcoming 34-date European tour later in the month. 10,000 Days marks the band's last recording that will feature original singer and founding member, Michael Sadler. Other original members and brothers Jim and Ian Crichton will be on bass and guitar, with Jim Gilmour on keyboards, and Brian Doerner on drums.

According to a press release, "Saga have enjoyed steady airplay around the world since their breakthrough album Worlds Apart gave classic rock the anthems 'Wind Him Up' and 'On The Loose' in 1981. This could be your last chance to pump your fist in the air and belt out Saga lyrics live in concert with Michael Sadler at the mic! Come and celebrate three decades of pure Canadian rock with one of Canada's best bands."

Details:
Saga - 30th Anniversary Tour
Saturday, October 6 at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse, 56 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
Doors 7:00 p.m., show 8:00 p.m.
With special guests LUKE MULHOLLAND and MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Tickets $20 in advance at http://www.ticketbreak.com or $25 at the door.

As reported earlier today, Saga's upcoming 10,000 Days album will feature the following tracks: 'Lifeline', 'Book Of Lies', 'Sideways', 'Can't You See Me Now?', 'Corkentellis' (instrumental), 'More Than I Deserve', 'Sound Advice', '10,000 Days', 'It Never Ends'.

The initial pressing will be issued in digipack format. Release date is confirmed for October 22nd via InsideOut.

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Saga Founding Member Leaves Band After 30 Years

Vocalist and founding member Michael Sadler of Canadian prog band Saga has announced that he is leaving the band after 30 years of affiliation. On the eve of the band's 30th anniversary, he posted that at the end of 2007 he will quit for personal reasons. An excerpt from Sadler's official statement follows:

When I said it was for personal reasons, I was serious.
The easiest way to explain it is in the form of an analogy.

Picture yourself sitting in your office at the same job you’ve happily, and successfully, held for 30 years and one which you find ultimately satisfying. You’re listening to one of your favorite songs of all time, staring out the window - imagining what it must be like standing onstage in front of thousands of devoted fans and constantly being told how great you are and how much you’ve touched their lives with your music! Just think how great that would be!

Now, reverse the situation, and imagine I’m the one looking at you thinking “wouldn’t that be great?” because, believe it or not, that’s how I feel and in some ways, I’m actually envious of you!

As I think about it, I’ve spent more than half of my life focused on my career. Whether traveling or in the studio, I simply haven’t spent a great deal of time at home, wherever that may have been at the time, over the last 30 years!

I suppose what I’m trying to say is, I’ve decided to shift my focus to what now matters most to me and something that has eluded me since we began the band…that something is my family!

As you can well imagine, maintaining a family in the traditional sense is next to impossible when you’re gallivanting around the globe. Calling home to check in when you can, missing birthdays and other important family activities, sending flowers on special occasions to remind those at home that you still exist, is no longer an option for me.

That is why I have decided, not without some degree of regret, to change my lifestyle - and the timing, (which seems to be confusing some of you) couldn’t have come at a better time. I can only hope that you understand me when I say that I feel as though “it’s my turn”!

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