Rock stalwarts set to perform
HOW do you sum up a career spanning more than four decades, nearly 30 albums, countless tours, dozens of hit songs, a place in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
“It’s fantastic,” according to Dewey Bunnell, founding member of rock band America, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year.
“It’s beyond my wildest dreams from when I was sitting in a bedroom somewhere with an out-of-tune guitar trying to write songs.
“So to have had all those accolades, to be still working at 45 years, to have a nice circle of friends and peers and other artists that I looked up to, that I’m on personal terms with and be able to go out and tour with – all of those things, I never would have expected.
I’m thrilled that we’re still here and we’re getting another shot to come down to Australia and play.”
America began when Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and former band mate Dan Peek met at high school in the late 1960s.
The trio found success with their first number one single A HorseWithNoName but in the mid 1970s, Peek left the band leaving Bunnell and Beckley to carry on as a duo.
To celebrate 45 years, they will return to our shores for a five-date greatest hits tour including a show at Red Hill Auditorium on May 9.
“It’s quite a long period of time for these songs,” Bunnell said.
“It’s the music that people come for – the familiar songs and predominantly ‘ 70s music and then we throw in whatever we can sneak in to the set that’s less familiar.
“The set always evolves a little bit annually – take a few out and put a few in so I think our fans in Perth will see something they haven’t seen before.
America will bring its 45th anniversary tour to Perth on May 9.