America 1/30/20

America is back out on the road with dates running through June. The band, which still features co-founders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, plays tomorrow night (January 31st) at Newark, Ohio’s Midland Theatre.

Last fall, Gerry Beckley released his latest solo album, Five Mile Road. Also out now is America’s new CD/DVD concert set, Live At The Palladium.

Gerry Beckley admitted that compared to the America’s legendary ’70s and ’80s tours, the band’s extended road treks have been pared back slightly over the years: [“It’s a relative number. We say 100 but this year might really be about 85 or so. And to be honest, that’s a lot for us. So you really put it at what you can handle. The hardest part is every part of it but the show. The show is just the release. You get there. . . and I think that’s really a good thing, because you want the show to be the cool part. But I tell you, that contrast has been getting bigger and bigger.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . bigger and bigger)

Dewey Bunnell told us that over the years on the road, the band has learned to run a tight ship both on and off the stage: [“We’ve grown up on the road and we know what we’re supposed to be doing. The live show’s matured. You take your responsibility a little more seriously. You have to take care of your voice. We wanna be able to do those songs justice every night. You don’t wanna let down the team, I think we all appreciate that.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . all appreciate that)

  • America North America tour dates (subject to change):
    January 31 – Newark, OH – The Midland Theatre
    February 7 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
    February 15 – Miami, FL – Rock & Romance Cruise
    February 21 – Brookville, NY – Tilles Center for Performing Arts
    February 22 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
    February 23 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC
    February 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
    February 29 – Wisconsin Dells, WI – Crystal Grand Theatre
    March 5 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Colosseum
    March 6 – Waukegan, IL – Genessee Theatre
    March 7 – Nashville, IN – Maple Leaf PAC
    March 12 – Huntington, WV – Keith Albee PAC
    March 14 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
    March 15 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
    March 17 – Greenville, SC – Peace Center for Performing Arts
    March 19 – Sarasota, FL – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    March 20 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
    March 22 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
    March 24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center For Performing Arts
    March 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
    April 2 – Lawton, OK – Apache Casino Hotel
    April 3 – Eureka Springs, AR – The Auditorium
    April 15 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center
    April 16 – Waco, TX – Waco Hall Baylor
    April 17 – Hidalgo, TX – State Farm Arena
    May 2 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Center
    June 27 – North Bethesda, MD – The Music Center at Strathmore

   TL; DR

  • America is back out on the road with dates running through June.
  • The band, which still features co-founders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, plays tomorrow night (January 31st) at Newark, Ohio’s Midland Theatre.

SIDE NOTES

  • Released in 2017 was a rare look at America‘s pre-fame days with Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973.
  • The collection, which was compiled with the assistance of the group, features, “the most comprehensive collection of known demo recordings and unreleased songs from the band’s early formative years. With 10 tracks making their appearance for the very first time.”
  • Dewey Bunnell supplies the liner notes to the set, which tracks the band’s early progress through super-stardom.