One of the summer’s most interesting classic rock tours will showcase a pair of stellar UK bands – Nektar and Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash – that have joined forces on the “Legends of U.K. Classic Rock” tour.
Both bands feature original founding members and each have decades-long histories of success in the worldwide touring markets, so seeing them together is sure to be a treat for concert-goers fortunate enough to catch one of the shows.
Nektar founding member Roye Albrighton (guitars/lead vocals) says: “We’re very happy indeed to be touring the States with Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash. They’re a band we’ve admired for a long time. We can promise you high quality performances wherever we play. I know I speak on behalf of the band when I say we are all looking forward to it”.
Nektar, featuring Albrighton, founding drummer Ron Howden, keyboardist Klaus Hentasch and bassist Lux Vibratus, is British, but was formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1970. Their early albums featured a heady, exhilarating mix of progressive, experimental rock sounds that soon caught on worldwide at the height of the international prog-rock boom. Touring the world behind numerous album releases throughout the ‘70s & ‘80s helped to cement the band’s reputation as an influential prog-rock legend. Having undergone a variety of personnel changes over the past decade or so, the band now boasts its strongest line-up in years and is ready to prove so yet again to its many fans throughout North America. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original release date of the band’s classic album, "Remember the Future", Nektar is looking to perform in its entirety this most heralded release from its vast catalog, a rarity in that the band has not performed the entire album live in years.
Nektar’s new album, "Time Machine", featuring the band’s first album of new original material in several years, will be released on Cleopatra Records on June 18.
Martin Turner is enthusiastic: “Our fans in the USA have asked us to tour for a long time. We are pleased to be able to do so with Nektar. Both bands provide wonderful entertainment and an evening of fan favorites”.
Martin Turner recently released his acclaimed autobiography NO EASY ROAD and has been playing to enthusiastic houses in the UK. Martin Turner is a founding member of the band and leads the current line-up of Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash. Critics and fans alike have been pleased to see performances which retain the classic appeal of their best-loved songs yet also bring fresh and vital arrangements to the music they love. Wishbone Ash pioneered PROG rock guitar and vocal arrangements and their albums have sold millions across the world.
Tour dates as follows:
JUNE 21 PITTSBURGH, ALTAR BAR
JUNE 22 SELLERSVILLE, PA SELLERSVILLE THEATRE
JUNE 23 NEW YORK, NEW YORK BB KINGS
JUNE 25 CLEVELAND, OHIO – WINCHESTER
JUNE 26 TORONTO , CANADA THE ROCK PILE
JUNE 28 MILWAUKEE, WI SHANK HALL
JUNE 29 LINCONSHIRE, IL VIPER ALLEY
JUNE 30 MINNEAPOLIS, MINN FAMOUS DAVES BLUES CLUB