In a syndicated radio interview across the United States last night Daniel Johns confirmed that his arthritic condition is responding well to the intensive treatment he is receiving in Los Angeles.
While the singer/songwriter is not yet fully recovered, and is not yet able to perform live shows, chairpage can exclusively reveal that during the last week he has been able to walk on many days without a cane. This is the first time he has been able to do this for many months. He is also generally in less physical pain most of the time which is making the whole situation a lot better for him. While he still has occasional bad days these are gradually becoming less frequent. Doctors say that this is consistent with recovery from his condition but that it could still be a few more months before Daniel is well enough to commit to any public performances.
Daniel's radio interview on the popular show "Rockline" was scheduled to coincide with the US release of "Diorama" today. The album has received the best reviews of the band's career in North America but airplay and videoplay for the single have been limited due largely to the band's inability to support the release with radio and TV appearances.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world "The Greatest View" continues to do very well. The track was #1 on MTV Brazil this week and is top 10 on many radio charts in that country. It is also receiving high rotation radio and video exposure in many parts of Europe while other territories such as Canada are now moving on to "Without You" which is the second single from the album throughout the world.
In Australia, the third single, "Luv Your Life" will hit stores on September 2. The single will feature live versions of "The Greatest View" and "Without You" from the TV show ROVE[live] as bonus tracks.
Aussie Silverchair fans can vote for the song on triple J's net 50 and on the Hot 30.
It was also revealed today that Australian fans will be able to get a specially enhanced DVD of "Across The Night: the creation of Diorama" in mid-October. The release will feature the film about the making of the album as well as all three videos which have been made so far. Keep an eye on this site for more details on this DVD release as soon as they are confirmed.