Thursday, March 21, 2013

Big Country's U.S. Tour Takes Shape

Americans are in for a real treat this summer when Big Country hits our shores for the first time since reuniting after the death of frontman Stuart Adamson in 2001. Big Country's lineup isn't quite what it was even a year ago when the band toured to celebrate the 30th anniversary of seminal album 'The Crossing,' but this is still huge news for passionate fans on this side of the pond. These shows are to promote 'The Journey,' Big Country's first new album in 14 years. The record will be available in America on April 30. If you can't wait that long, you could buy it as a UK import a few weeks earlier.

There are 11 U.S. shows listed so far, but there are big holes on the calendar between concerts that could (and should) be filled, including a week between the Napa and Aspen shows. (Why not come up to Seattle?) So, I'll keep an eye on things as the tour continues to develop.

In the meantime, to get us in the mood for the tour, let's listen to one of Big Country's last American hits (No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1986). The band played this one as part of their encore when I saw them perform 'The Crossing' in Glasgow last year, and it really had the floor shaking.

Big Country - Look Away (12" Version) (mp3)

Big Country: U.S. Tour Dates
June 6: The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, N.J.
June 7: Gramercy Theatre, New York
June 8: The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.
June 19: Belly Up, Solano Beach, Calif.
June 21: Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
June 22: Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, Calif.
June 23: Saint Rocke, Redondo Beach, Calif.
June 28: Wein's Family Cellars, Temecula, Calif.
June 29: Uptown Theatre Napa, Calif.
July 9: Belly Up, Aspen, Colo.
July 13: The Belmont, Austin, Texas

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