Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of folk rock band America may have lost a core member (Dan Peek) along the way, but they’re still touring the “Ventura Highway”.
The Grammy Award winning band with 45 years under their belt are visiting Australia this winter and have thrown Wollongong’s WIN Entertainment Centre on the list.
With hits like “Tin Man”, “Sister Golden Hair” and “A Horse With No Name” many in the audience will be reliving their youth but don’t call them a nostalgia act.
“I’ve kinda switched to calling it ‘classic rock’,” Beckley said.
“I like the sound of classic rock, the format exists on radio stations across the world. So when I meet people and they asks what I do, I usually say I play in a classic rock band and it seems to roll of the tongue a little easier than just a nostalgia act.”
Joining them on tour will be ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Russell Morris who has a string of classic hits of his own: “The Real Thing”, “Sweet Love” and “Wings of an Eagle”.
The only thing Beckley isn’t looking forward to is remembering how many names he needs to put on the guest list to his shows.
“I’m married to an Australian so when I can, we’re in Paddington in Sydney. When I get to tour down there - apart from having a guest list of enourmous proportions - every other part of it I just love,” he said.
America with special guest Russell Morris, WIN Entertainment Centre, August 2. Tickets via www.ticketmaster.com.au