"Crown Of Thorns" from the self titled album by Jean Beauvoir with his band Crown Of Thorns is the 3rd Most Requested song on Canadian Radio for the week ending May 6, 2017.
The band "Crown Of Thorns" was formed by Jean Beauvoir after receiving a call by Jimmy Iovine inquiring to know if Beauvoir would be interested in recording a new album for Interscope Records. Instead, Beauvoir pitched the band idea which Iovine accepted. Beauvoir enlisted musicians Tony Thompson (Chic, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Madonna), Michael Paige (Top Session Bassist) and Micki Free (Shalamar). After the band was formed Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS joined Beauvoir in the project.
When word got out Beauvoir was writing and recording new material at the request of Iovine for Interscope it triggered a well publicized bidding war within the industry. Even Prince, a longtime fan of Beauvoir's from his Plasmatics days, who tried to hire Beauvoir as his bassist began competing against the major labels bidding as high as $1-Million for the album rights. Due to a stipulation Prince placed on the offer to have a member change in the band, which Beauvoir declined, Interscope Records emerged the victor.
Due to delays in getting the album out to the public, climate changes within the industry and the arrival of Grunge, the album was not released by Interscope however, other major labels who had received advanced copies stepped in offering deals. When the highly anticipated album finally hit shops it was to critical acclaim. The album hit the Metal Charts one week after release where it stayed for six months. Kerrang! dubbed it “One of the Finest American Hard Rock" albums in recent years. Prince, who had also offered Beauvoir artist deals on several occasions remained a fan.
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