Like a secret handshake, you can still measure the rock and Midwestern bonafides of people, especially those who grew up in Ohio and surrounding states in the ‘70s and ‘80s by whether they knew the Michael Stanley Band. In Cleveland, especially, Stanley was an artist who felt every bit as important as Detroit’s Bob Seger, Indiana’s John Mellencamp and even Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen, who also captured working class lives, loves and disappointments with an authenticity as gritty as it was charged. He was the man who cast AOR rockers like “Midwest Midnight,” “Let’s Get the Show on The Road,” “Strike Up the Band” and “Our Town,” anthems from a town that was cast off and mocked, into a world where he never quite attained national stardom. How could they not know that, in our corner of America, he was a god?...... Holly Gleason
I was so fortune to have been involved with the recording of his Ghost Poets LP, the band's first digital audio workstation project, watched, his solo performance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival an event I produced and as a young audio engineer, I recorded promos for PM Magazine, a show Michael was the co host of. I'm so fortunate to have had the honor of working with this incredible man. Like all fans of Michael Stanley, he will be forever missed.