Johnnie Dee and Derry Grehan, the principal and founding members of Honeymoon Suite, met when introduced by manager Stephen Prendergast in 1982. Deciding to work together, they re-formed the band's first line-up and added Grehan's former band mate Dave Betts on drums, along with Toronto bred keyboardist Ray Coburn and ex- Toronto bassist Gary Lalonde.
In 1983 the band won a contest promoted by Toronto's Q107-FM radio station with the song "New Girl Now". WEA Canada was so impressed with the response to the song that immediately signed the band. Originally scheduled for release on Valentine's day the milestone first album was released in June of 1984 headlining tour dates in clubs and performing in support of Billy Idol, Jethro Tull and Bryan Adams among others. A significant highlight was their achievement of a Juno award in 1985, propelled by the first album's platinum sales status. Almost 22 years after its initial release, the album has sold over 400,000 units in Canada alone.
Honeymoon Suite's second album was released on Valentine's Day in 1986. "The Big Prize" featured a rare appearance by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and achieved platinum status in Canada almost immediately, with steady sales in the US. The band's American tour that year included opening stints for Heart, .38 Special, ZZ Top, Journey, Starship, and Saga and for the following album the band travelled to Los Angeles in 1987 to record with Ted Templeman (Van Halen, Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers). "Racing After Midnight" was a slightly harder-edged, guitar-oriented album that spawned a European tour with Status Quo and a headlining tour throughout Canada.
Keyboardist Ray Coburn then returned to the band in time for WEA to release a "Best Of" compilation in 1989. When Betts and Lalonde took leave shortly thereafter, Coburn, Dee and Grehan began writing together again giving birth to "Monsters Under The Bed" in 1990. Honeymoon Suite kept on playing with different incarnations during the years and released in Europe the "Dreamland" album on Frontiers Records, which brought them to play in the UK at the GODS Festival in 2002 with the subsequent release of a live cd / dvd package.
Honeymoon Suite's original line-up reformed in 2007 and after a very successful year of touring, is now on the road again for the summer of 2008. Honeymoon Suite will continue their non-stop touring schedule with summer shows alongside Loverboy, April Wine, Kim Mitchell and other classic rock acts.
A brand new studio album produced by Tom Treumuth (who produced the debut album) is now complete and will receive a worldwide release in October 2008.
The album is titled "Clifton Hill," named after the Niagara Falls, ON location where the band was formed 25 years ago. To celebrate this significant milestone and the album's release, the City of Niagara Falls is hosting an outdoor music festival, "RockintheFalls". Honeymoon Suite will headline the bash, taking place on September 1st in Victoria Park (right across from the Falls) with plans to hit the European territory in the fall/winter.