1967 was ground-zero for just about everything it seems. Not only did Sgt. Pepper come out that summer, but there was also the Summer of Love, Monterey Pop, and the birth of Ten Years After.
The band, formed in 1967 in Nottinghamshire, England, included Leo Lyons, Ric Lee, Chick Churchill and Alvin Lee, and compiled an impressive resume in the years that followed. To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary (don't you feel old now?), a new DVD will be released and there will a tour, according to www.classicrockcentral.com.
A touring warhorse that's logged tons of miles on the road, Ten Years After is probably known most for its legendary performance of "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock in August 1969. The band also played career-defining sets at The Newport Jazz Festival, the Miami Pop Festival, the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival and the Toronto Peace Festival between 1968 and 1975. Ten Years After was also one of the first to sell out Madison Square Garden.
The band reached gold and platinum status with several albums for the Decca label before signing to Columbia Records for $1 million — which now would probably elicit yawns or laughter, like on "Austin Powers" when Dr. Evil holds the world hostage demanding a ransom of $1 million unless he his demands of $1 million are met. Ten Years After then released, in October of 1971, the A Space In Time album, which spawned the single, "I'd Love to Change the World."
In 1975, Alvin Lee went solo and the group dissolved. Since then, aborted attempts to revive the group have resulted in Lee returning to his solo career. However, the other three founding members eventually reunited, working with hot-shot, 25-year-old guitarist Joe Gooch. The new lineup released Now, an album of new material, and a live album called Roadworks.
Show dates are below:
Ten Years After on Tour
Wed 07/11/07 New York, NY B.B. King's Blues Club
Thu 07/12/07 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Fri 07/13/07 Ottawa, ON Cisco Systems Ottawa Bluesfest
Sun 07/15/07 Milton, ON Escarpment Blues Festival
Tue 07/17/07 Ferndale, MI Magic Bag
Fri 07/20/07 Huntington, NY Inter-Media Arts Center
Sat 07/21/07 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage