Nick Cave announces solo European tour for 2015

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Nick Cave has announced a solo European tour to take place in Spring 2015.

Cave will perform 5 UK shows at the beginning of the live dates, before moving on to play sets in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, France, Spain and Russia.

Although billed as a solo tour, Cave will be joined on stage by several current or former members of his longtime band, The Bad Seeds, including Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler and Barry Adamson.

Speaking of the announcement, Cave said: “The aim is to try to create a unique show – something special and out of the ordinary”

Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday, 3rd of October.

Nick Cave will play the following dates in the UK:

April 26th: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
April 28th: Edinburgh Playhouse
April 29th: Gateshead Sage
April 30th: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
May 3rd: London Royal Albert Hall

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Richie Sambora had “no freedom” in Bon Jovi

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Richie Sambora has been speaking out in a radio interview following his departure from Bon Jovi last year.

Speaking to Rock Radio NI ahead of a solo European tour, Sambora explained that he felt a lack of freedom to express himself musically as part of Bon Jovi.

“There’s freedom there, obviously,” the guitarist said. “That’s one of the main things I was missing in music over the past years – and also in Bon Jovi, actually. There wasn’t enough room to improvise, to have that moment where you can actually lose yourself musically.”

He also revealed that he is working on a new solo project with his touring guitarist, Orianthi. “What I’ve done is assemble an amazing group of musicians. I asked the guys in my band to express themselves and bring all the input they can. The process of songwriting is easier than it’s been in a long time… The songs are just coming out of me right now – I just keep writing and writing,” he says. “I always felt there was some kind of nobility centred in my desire and passion for what I do. I still have that, I think I have it even more now.”

“I’m loving music right now. I feel like I’m 15,” he said.

There was a flurry of drama last year after Sambora pulled out of a leg of Bon Jovi’s world tour just hours before it was due to begin. A series of claims and counter-claims emerged from both the Sambora and Bon Jovi camps, but the guitarist has always claimed that he will rejoin the band in the future.

Meanwhile Sambora released a new song, “Lighthouse”, last month to benefit a planned New Jersey drug rehabilitation centre. Speaking of his own addictions Sambora said: “I got firsthand experience. I never did heroin, but obviously I did other stuff. We can’t be scared silent. Together we can make a difference because this epidemic has to stop.”

“I wanted to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope. Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore.”

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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy announces solo tour and album

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Jeff Tweedy, front man with Wilco, has announced a series of solo tour dates and a new solo album.

The tour will culminate with Tweedy performing at this year’s Newport Folk Festival, and sees the singer, songwriter and guitarist accompanied by a new backing band, featuring his son Spencer Tweedy on drums, as well as guitarist Jim Elkington, bassist Darin Gray, and keyboardist Liam Cunningham.

The upcoming tour will find the band performing material from Tweedy’s forthcoming record. Tweedy will also play solo acoustic versions of songs from the Wilco and Uncle Tupelo catalogues.

The confirmed solo tour dates are as follows:

5th of Jun: Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
6th of Jun: Pittsburgh, PA – Three Rivers Arts Festival
7th of Jun: Hunter Mountain, NY – Mountain Jam
9th of Jun: Baltimore, MD – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
10th of Jun: Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
11th of Jun: Louisville, KY – The Brown Theatre on Broadway
16th of Jun: Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
17th of Jun: Columbia, MO – Missouri Theatre
18th of Jun: Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
21st of Jun: Austin, TX – Texas Union Ballroom
22nd of Jun: Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
24th of Jun: Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
4th of Jul: Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Bluesfest
6th of Jul: Toronto, Ontario – Toronto Urban Roots Fest
12th of Jul: Chicago, IL – Taste of Chicago
27th of Jul: Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

Further details of the forthcoming solo album will be released in due course.

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