Mike Vale's Announcement on "Rebirth" by Hog Heaven:
Greetings fans and friends of Tommy James and The Shondells, my name is Mike Vale.
With Tommy's blessing and your indulgence, I have chosen this site to make an announcement that is very special to me and one that I trust will please you also.
For a time now, upon my visits to T.J.'s great website, and in particular the bulletin board, it has become even more obvious that Tommy James and the Shondells have the most loyal and friendly fan base in the world. The undying and uplifting support not only for T.J.'s Great work but for the contributions of Peter Lucia, Ron Rosman, Ed Gray and myself is extremely satisfying and humbling. Thank you!
It was a visit to this site that caused me to undertake a project that has been considered for some time.
I'm sure most of you are aware that when Tommy & the Shondells went off in different directions in 1970, the Shondells formed Hog Heaven. The group recorded two albums for Roulette Records, one was released, one shelved.
I remain extremely proud of the great musicians who over several years comprised H.H., and proud also of the body of work itself. I have often thought how sad it was that a number of very good creations by some equally talented musicians had never been heard. And when, on this very webpage I saw some of you wondering the same thing, I decided to do something about it.
A selected group of 10 songs from each of H.H.'s albums have been digitally enhanced, and in some cases instrumentally embellished. The new album is entitled "Rebirth" and is available on Hog Heaven's new website, www.hogheavenband.com
The website has been constructed over the past six months in support of this project with the purpose of both bringing credit and historical recognition to Hog Heaven's members and also providing a flow of information and entertainment to all visitors. The site is reachable also thru a new link on T.J.'s home page.
And though the H.H. site is not yet entirely complete we trust you will enjoy your visit there and enjoy also the classic rock of Hog Heaven.
Thanks and God Bless,