Average White Band
|Let’s Go Round Again – One LAST Time|
|May 7, 2024|
|Royal Concert Hall|
Names and faces have understandably changed over the years “life – and death – will do that to you” (Alan Gorrie) but founding members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre still lead the way in a formidable line-up including some of America’s finest soul musicians and soloists. What hasn’t changed is the attitude or the sound.
Alan said recently; “AWB has been our life for the last 50-plus years and has brought unbelievable highs – and some lows – to us throughout that tumultuous half century, touring the globe and seeing the millions of happy and friendly faces that have greeted us wherever we have performed. That it’s finally coming to an end is going to mean a highly emotional tour next year, but one which will mean we bow out at the top level, thanks in great part to the wonderful five American ‘soul brothers’ who have been our band members for the last many years, and who are some of the best soloists and singers you could find on the planet. No doubt the unbelievable success of Pick Up The Pieces and other Grammy-nominated classics helped propel us into our lofty profile, but whenever we get a chance to tour the UK and deliver songs like Let’s Go Round Again, Atlantic Avenue and Walk On By, it’s like walking on water, such is the response we get from ‘The House’ out there. We bucked our Scottish roots, took our cues from Marvin Gaye, Al Green, James Brown & company (instead of Jimmy Shand), and took ‘coals to Newcastle’ when we broke into the US and a huge multi-racial following there, to add to our loyal UK fans. We hope to see you all at next Spring’s concerts, and to help us see out our final fling on the British Highway, including Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and any other ‘Royals’ you can think of. Please don’t miss it!!”
“As a final tour of the United Kingdom, this will be a joyous (but bittersweet) trip through our roots, our history and our love affair with all of the UK since 1972, when we first stuck our toes in the waters of home-spun Soul and R&B, taking it to the rest of the world and to success we could hardly have imagined back then. Please join us in a final celebration of that journey, and to a last hurrah of epic proportions with your presence and your aye-ready appreciation!”