Ten Years After play the States in March!!!!!!!!!



The British blues-rock band Ten Years After will make its long-awaited return to the United States for a series of concerts in March 2006.

Keyboardist Chick Churchill, bass guitarist Leo Lyons, drummer Ric Lee and vocalist/lead guitarist Joe Gooch are promoting the 2005 studio album 'Ten Years After...Now.' (The double live album 'Roadworks' was released later in 2005 and as of now is available as an import.)

Ten Years After formed nearly four decades ago in its native Nottingham, England. The band is best known for its show-stopping performance of "I'm Going Home" at the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969 as well as the hit single "I'd Love To Change The World" in 1971.

Fans will get to hear a wide variety of Ten Years After's finest material. Also, the band often tries out new songs before recording them.

"We play 50 percent new material most of the time, sometimes 60 percent depending on the length of the set we play," says Lee. "Yes, whenever possible we try out new stuff before we record it. Seventy percent of 'Ten Years After...Now' was performed live before recording."

Sometimes songs that have rarely -- if ever -- been played live before are incorporated into the set, making the shows extra exciting for die-hard fans.

"We pulled out 'Working On The Road' because Joe liked the song and fancied doing it live. The only other time we'd played it was at the Fillmore East in 1970. 'I'd Love To Change The World' is in the set which it never was in the previous life of Ten Years After," Lee says. "There are other tunes that we have standing by in case anyone shouts for them too. If fans write to the web site and give us titles they'd like to hear we'll try to accommodate them, wherever possible."

A few covers are regularly aired out just for a fun jam.

"At present the only covers are 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' and 'I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes,' but who knows in the future?" Lee says.

The arrangements can often take some interesting improvisational twists and turns.

"On the old Ten Years After classics Joe improvises solos drawn from his own fabulous vocabulary," says Lee. "The new songs from the 'Ten Years After...Now' album tend to be more structured, but again, with a band like Ten Years After, you never know."

Ten Years After's current U.S. tour dates include:

Thursday, March 9th Detroit, MI Magic Bag
Friday, March 10th Cleveland, OH Wilbert's
Saturday, March 11th Fishkill, NY (near Woodstock) Celtic House
Tuesday, March 14th Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater
Wednesday, March 15th New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Thursday, March 16th Somerville, MA Johnny D's
Friday, March 17th West Springfield, VA Jaxx
Saturday, March 18th Pittsburgh, PA Moondog's