America is back out on the road with dates running through June. The band, which still features co-founders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, plays tomorrow night (January 31st) at Newark, Ohio's Midland Theatre.
Last fall, Gerry Beckley released his latest solo album, Five Mile Road. Also out now is America's new CD/DVD concert set, Live At The Palladium.
Gerry Beckley admitted that compared to the America's legendary '70s and '80s tours, the band's extended road treks have been pared back slightly over the years: “It's a relative number. We say 100 but this year might really be about 85 or so. And to be honest, that's a lot for us. So you really put it at what you can handle. The hardest part is every part of it but the show. The show is just the release. You get there. . . and I think that's really a good thing, because you want the show to be the cool part. But I tell you, that contrast has been getting bigger and bigger.”
Dewey Bunnell told us that over the years on the road, the band has learned to run a tight ship both on and off the stage: “We've grown up on the road and we know what we're supposed to be doing. The live show's matured. You take your responsibility a little more seriously. You have to take care of your voice. We wanna be able to do those songs justice every night. You don't wanna let down the team, I think we all appreciate that.”