Following a tragic and cursed 1999, Blues Traveler look ready to get back on track. The group has lined up six dates as part of a short summer tour. They will be the band's first public performances since the passing of bass player Bobby Sheehan last August.
Blues Traveler will take a short break from working on their new album to play their annual Red Rocks gig, which they cancelled last year following frontman John Popper's angioplasty. This year John Popper and crew have decided to play a few shows before and after Red Rocks to showcase new tracks and introduce new band members Ben Wilson and Tad Kinchla (younger brother of guitarist, Chan Kinchla). Wilson will play keyboards and Kinchla will step in at bass for Sheehan.
"We are going to be in the middle of recording when we do this," says guitarist Chan Kinchla. "After a month or so in the studio, we will need a little of the old human touch in front of fans. We've been off the stage too long."
Tickets for Chicago, St. Louis and Lawrence are available at www.bluestraveler.com
. Other ticket information can be found at the venues.
Blues Traveler summer tour dates are:
6/28: Chicago, IL, Metro
6/29: Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/1: St. Louis, MO, Mississippi Nights
7/2: Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall
7/4: Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
7/5: Boulder, CO, Fox Theater
Written by ANDREW DANSBY for RollingStone.com News