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Reeves Gabrels, long-time artistic partner of David Bowie and The Cure’s current lead guitarist, is taking his power trio, Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends, on the road for a rare three-week US tour from July 17 to August 8. If you’re a fan of great songs, stellar musicianship and fearless improvisation, you should catch Reeves & friends live while you can.
The band is celebrating their album, Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends, to be released on CD on July 17 along with wider digital distribution via CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and the like. The album is currently available via Bandcamp only (reevesfriends.bandcamp.com) where since January listeners have appreciated high-quality download options in addition to MP3s. The low-key early release is generating high praise – in June Vintage Guitar called it “a smart record with clever songs, tongue-in-cheek humor, and superb guitarmanship from top to bottom.”
Tour set highlights from the new album include the biting “Drown You Out” and the spooky “House of Usher,” which draws its title from an Edgar Allan Poe story published in 1840. Unusual interpretations of Bo Diddley’s early rocker “Who Do You Love” and Jimmy Reed’s blues “Bright Lights, Big City” also feature. Fans of earlier Reeves Gabrels albums will be pleased too, as the trio plays songs from Sacred Squall of Now (1995), Ulysses (1999) and Rockonica (2005) plus co-writes with some of Reeves’ more famous friends, such as Tin Machine’s “Bus Stop,” written by David Bowie & Reeves Gabrels, and “Yesterday’s Gone,” written by Reeves Gabrels & Robert Smith of The Cure.
Merchandise featuring the fantastic album-cover art will be available along with CDs on tour – fans having clamored for both via social media. All appearances will include album signing and opportunities to talk with the band. They will visit music stores in some cities, particularly dealers for Reverend Guitars; the company makes two Reeves Gabrels signature models.
Fifteen dates are confirmed for Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends, as follows. Purchase tickets via individual venues, and visit Reeves Gabrels on Facebook for updates, store event information, and ticket links.
Fri • July 17 • Madison, IN – Red Bicycle Hall
Sat • July 18 • Scottsville, KY – Arts On Main
Fri • July 24 • Louisville – Time & Space
Sat • July 25 • Lexington – The Green Lantern
Sun • July 26 • Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Brewing Company
Tue • July 28 • Chicago – 1st Ward at Chop Shop*
Wed • July 29 • Grand Rapids – Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill
Thu • July 30 • Detroit – Small’s (in Hamtramck)
Fri • July 31 • Toledo – The Village Idiot (in Maumee)
Sat • August 1 • Indianapolis – Radio Radio
Mon • August 3 • Milwaukee – Shank Hall
Wed • August 5 • St. Louis – 2720 Cherokee P.A.C.
Thu • August 6 • Springfield – Patton Alley Pub
Fri • August 7 • Little Rock – Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack
Sat • August 8 • Memphis – Young Avenue Deli
Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends are a Nashville-based power trio fronted by “one of the most daring rock-guitar improvisers since Jimi Hendrix”(Guitar.com) who also sings, writes and produces. Each song is its own adventure when Reeves and friends perform. Originals and co-writes have sharp lyrics and well-made melodies set in rich soundscapes. Selected rock and blues covers are re-imagined in sometimes-wild ways. One Gabrels lyric says it all: “Let me bend your ear, and your mind a little too.”
The band for the Summer 2015 tour is: Reeves Gabrels on guitar and vocals, Kevin Hornback on bass, and Marc Pisapia on drums and background vocals. Pisapia, a good friend and frequent collaborator who contributed background vocals to the album, is touring in lieu of album drummer Jeff Brown, who has a schedule conflict. “The beauty of my Imaginary Friends,” quips Gabrels, “is that I can have as many as I like and anyone I need.”
Reeves Gabrels biography
Reeves Gabrels is an American guitarist, songwriter/composer and music producer. A member of British band The Cure since 2012, Gabrels is known as well for his long partnership with British singer David Bowie with whom he worked regularly from 1987 to 1999. Throughout, Gabrels developed his own wide-ranging creative identity by performing, writing and recording independently and in collaboration with musicians worldwide. A New York native, Gabrels now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a guitarist, Reeves Gabrels is recognized for his virtuosity and versatility, able to “explore sonic extremes with a great, adaptive intuition for what each song needs most,” according to MusicHound: Rock. As a songwriter and composer, Gabrels defies genre and easy categorization. His songs span “hard-hitting blues rock to 21st century electronica,” wrote reviewer Gary Graff in Guitar World.