After last year’s sold-out “Night After Night” World Tour with the original trio, the legendary progressive-rock band return to the U.S., this time as a 4-piece, to perform music from their classic first album “U.K.,” as well as select King Crimson songs.
Originally formed in England in 1977 by keyboardist and electric-violinist Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music, Frank Zappa); vocalist and bassist John Wetton (King Crimson); guitarist Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine); and drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis), ‘U.K.’ represented the final statement of the classic progressive-rock era.
In what is rumored to be their last tour, the two legendary founders and songwriters of the band, Jobson and Wetton, will bring “U.K. 2013” to U.S. and Canadian audiences with the addition of renowned Italian drum virtuoso Virgil Donati, and Austrian guitar prodigy Alex Machacek.
The music of U.K. has influenced progressive bands from Yes to Rush; and hard-rock bands from Van Halen to Dream Theater, leaving U.K. with an unsurpassed reputation as the definitive “musicians’ musicians” supergroup.
Eddie Jobson’s recognition has been almost exclusively from those ‘in the know.‘Musicians, music journalists, composers, producers, and knowledgeable fans from more than 50 countries revere his work and consider him a true music innovator and a pioneering ﬁgure in the development of early synthesizers, electric violin, progressive-rock, art-rock, computer graphics (he produced and starred in MTV’s very ﬁrst CGI music video), computer recording, new age, electronics, and contemporary world music. He is also an award-winning composer for television and ﬁlm, a producer, conductor, lecturer, and acclaimed choral arranger.
Best known publicly as a ground-breaking rock violinist and keyboard icon - usually put on the same ‘keyboard greats’ list as Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman - he was a teenage rock prodigy, being signed to a record deal with Warner Bros. at the age of 17. As a pivotal member of Roxy Music, he helped the band attain their ﬁrst No.1 album at the age of only 18; going on to replace both George Duke and Jean-Luc Ponty in Zappa’s ‘Mothers of Invention’ at the age of 21. He has contributed to more than 60 albums, dozens of videos, and participated in world tours as a member of Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, UK, and UKZ. Additionally he has recorded and/or performed with King Crimson, Yes, Phil Collins, Jethro Tull, and with members of The Who, and Deep Purple.
VIP ticket includes a souvenir laminate; a brief pre-show meet-and-greet with the full band [at 5:30pm] followed by a Q&A with Eddie Jobson on the music of 'U.K.' including a short master class on "understanding how all music works."
Jobson’s band will include John Wetton, Alex Machacek (U.K., UKZ), and Virgil Donati (Planet X).