Ah, Nick Lowe, the Jesus of Cool. Long before Awaiting the Flood was born, editor Jim Simpson caught Nick’s live show with Paul Carrack in NYC. “I remember he rocked the bass and guitar pretty hard,” recalls Simpson, “roared through a ton of his hits including a smashing ‘I Knew the Bride,’ and he smoked like a chimney the whole time. He simply exuded cool and class.” A sublime night, to be sure.
Now’s your chance to see this pub rock icon and groundbreaking producer.
Nick Lowe will return to the U.S. for a full-band tour, his first of this kind in ten years. Ex-collaborator and pub rock icon Graham Parker will open several shows solo.
Lowe produced Parker’s seminal 1976 album Howlin’ Wind. Parker’s band the Rumour included guitarist Brinsley Schwarz and keyboardist Bob Andrews of Lowe’s early seventies band Brinsley Schwarz, which also featured Lowe. Additionally, Brinsley drummer Bob Andrews played on classic Lowe tracks like ‘Heart of the City,” So It Goes” and much of the Jesus of Cool album.
In addition to his work with Parker, Lowe is widely known for his production of Elvis Costello’s early albums, helping to shape the now legendary songwriters sound. Lowe also penned “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding),” while Lowe returned the favor covering Costello’s “Indoor Fireworks” in 1985. As has been previously reported, on October 1st Nick and Elvis will share the stage and a band for a very special night at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall at a show benefiting the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund. During an early and late set, “Costello Sings Lowe / Nick Sings Elvis” will find the two legends performing hits from each others’ iconic catalogs for one night only.
Tickets can be purchased here:
Great American Music Hall tickets
Considered by Nick to be a “trilogy” of sorts, the three albums immediately preceding his last solo album At My Age – The Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood and The Convincer – will be pressed on vinyl for the first time ever and will hit stores September 21st.
Nick Lowe Fall Tour 2010:
10.01.2010 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (early & late sets)
10.02.2010 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
10.05.2010 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN #
10.06.2010 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN #
10.07.2010 Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI #
10.09.2010 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL #
10.10.2010 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL #
10.12.2010 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI #
10.13.2010 The Mod Club, Toronto, ON #
10.15.2010 Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA *
10.16.2010 Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, PA *
10.17.2010 World Cafe Live Downstairs, Philadelphia, PA #
10.18.2010 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA #
10.20.2010 City Winery, New York, NY #
10.21.2010 City Winery, New York, NY #
10.22.2010 City Winery, New York, NY #
10.23.2010 The Tabernacle, Mt. Tabor, NJ *
10.24.2010 The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY #
* w/ Graham Parker
# w/ Geraint Watkins
Courtesy of Yeproc.com