2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the band America. As founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell prepare for a benchmark year, Australia and New Zealand have been chosen to kick off what is bound to be a year long round of celebration.
America formed in 1970 when Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek met at school at London Central High School, London, England where their fathers were based in the US Air Force. (Dan Peek died in 2011).
Their first album ‘America’ was produced by Ian Samwell who had written Cliff Richard’s classic ‘Move It’ in 1958. The album was initially released without ‘A Horse With No Name’ but when the song became a massive it the album was reissued with the song. It reached no 1 in the USA and no 3 in Australia.
America achievements include the Grammy for Best New Artists in 1973 and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
The last America album of original material was ‘Here & Now’ in 2007 although their was ‘Back Pages’, an album of covers in 2011 and ‘Lost & Found’ in 2015, a compilation of music recorded or released between 2000 and 2011 but not on albums.
Friday 22nd November 2019– Christchurch Town Hall, NZ
Saturday 23rd November 2019– Opera House, Wellington NZ
Sunday 24th November 2019– Claudelands, Hamilton NZ
Wednesday 27th November 2019– Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 30th November 2019– The Star, Gold Coast
Sunday 1st December 2019– QPAC, Brisbane
Tuesday 3rd December 2019– Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Thursday 5th December 2019– Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 7th December 2019– Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
Sunday 8th December 2019– Perth Concert Hall, Perth