'Original Blasters' Return To The Road
Reunited roots rock kingpins the Blasters will hit the road next month for their first tour in nearly two decades.Reunited roots rock kingpins the Blasters will hit the road next month for their first tour in nearly two decades. Although other incarnations of the act have existed in that time, this will be the first time the band's original members -- guitarists/vocalists Dave and Phil Alvin, bassist John Bazz, drummer Bill Bateman, and keyboardist Gene Taylor (who joined the group in 1981, two years after its formation) -- have taken their legendary live show on tour in 17 years.
The trek will kick off in Chicago with a pair of Nov. 6-7 shows at Fitzgerald's. So far eight dates have been confirmed with more shows expected to keep the band out through the fall and winter.
The band will be supporting "Trouble Bound," a live album recorded during a string of spring reunion shows in its native Los Angeles. Due Oct. 15 via Hightone Records, the 17-track set features spirited renditions of such Blasters favorites as "Long White Cadillac," "Marie Marie," and "Dark Night."
The Blasters' last studio album was 1985's "Hard Line." That Slash/Warner Bros. set peaked at No. 86 on The Billboard 200.
Here are the Blasters' tour dates:
Nov. 6-7: Chicago (Fitzgerald's)
Nov. 8: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)
Nov. 9: Cincinnati (Bogart's)
Nov. 13: Alexandria, Va. (Birchmere)
Nov. 14: Philadelphia (TLA)
Nov. 16: Boston (Paradise)
Nov. 18: New York (B.B. King's)