Rock stal­warts set to per­form

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tyler Brown

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.

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