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AMERICA HEADING BACK ON THE ROAD

1/4/2013

America is gearing up for another busy year on the road. The group kicks of its 2013 dates on January 11th in Medina, Minnesota and takes a short four-date swing through Ontario, before heading Down Under for a mini-tour of New Zealand with Pat Benatar. After that, the band has a few new dates on the books for March and April, launching their spring U.S. dates on March 3rd in Boise, Idaho.

 

America -- led by Gerry Beckley and co-founder Dewey Bunnell -- is known for playing a high-octane hit-filled show. Beckley told us that they've never underestimated the importance of America's core fanbase: "We have the most loyal fans; I think you'll find that across the board, no matter who you tap in to, if you go to a lot of these classic acts --- I mean, we have people come 20, 30 times a year. There isn't millions of them, but there's enough to fill 100 shows a year. We go all over the planet."

  • UPDATED: America North American tour dates (subject to change):
    January 11 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
    January 18 - North Bay, ON - Capitol Centre
    January 19 - Mississauga, ON - Living Arts Centre
    January 22 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre
    January 25 - Richmond Hill, ON - Richmond Hill Centre For the Performing Arts January 26 - Oakville, ON - The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
    January 11 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
    March 3 - Boise, ID - Velma V. Morrison Center For The Performing Arts
    March 15 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
    April 19, 20 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage

SIDE NOTES

  • On July 24th, 2011, Dan Peek, one of the three founding members of America, died in his sleep. Peek, who was featured on the band's first seven albums, is best known for singing lead on the band's 1975 Top Five hit, "I Need You."
  • He quit the group in 1977, and went on to enjoy a career as Christian performer. Following his departure, Peek's first solo album, All Things Are Possible, topped the Contemporary Christian Music chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

FAST FACTS

  • In 2009 America released their latest live DVD -- Soundstage: America Live In Chicago. The concert, which was first aired on PBS, features such America favorites as "Riverside," "Ventura Highway," "You Can Do Magic," "Don't Cross The River" -- with musician/rock photographer Henry Diltz, "Daisy Jane," "The Last Unicorn," "I Need You," "Head And Heart," "Tin Man," "Muskrat Love," the Mamas & The Papas' "California Dreamin'."

CHECK IT OUT: America live in 2006 performing "Sister Golden Hair":

Gerry Beckley On America's Fanbase


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