Iconic rock musicians Paul Rodgers and Jeff Beck are joining forces for the Stars Align Tour, their co-headlining summer outing with Ann Wilson of Heart and opening act Deborah Bonham. The tour kicks off on the July 18, in West Valley City, Utah, and will stop in cities across the U.S. and Canada including Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto, Tampa, Nashville, and more (full list of dates below).
For the first time in 50 years, Rodgers’ set in North America will focus on his Free catalog, with just a few Bad Company hits. The tour follows the release of Free Spirit – Celebrating The Music of Free on Quarto Valley Records. The new CD/DVD, Free Spirit, is currently #2 on Billboard’s Music Video Sales Chart.
This hits and deep cuts live recording, taped from a sold-out performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Free and also features Deborah Bonham as the opening act. Called a "must have for any fan of Free and Paul Rodgers," Free Spirit is available across all digital platforms, and on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and vinyl.
"Thanks to the fans and media for helping the DVD/CD reach Billboard’s #2 position....fantastic. We are having a blast at rehearsals and the band and I are supercharged and excited to reintroduce the music of Free to our North American fans. Ready, set, blast off!" says Rodgers.
The tour features Jeff Beck, whose distinguished 50+ year music career has seen him earn an incredible 8 GRAMMY Awards, and the Rolling Stone honor of being named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Ann Wilson fans can expect to hear an assortment of Heart hits along with tracks from her solo career. Opener Deborah Bonham has established herself as one of the finest blues-rock vocalists in the UK. A string of critically acclaimed album releases, captivating standing ovation concert performances at the Royal Albert Hall and London Palladium, prestigious European and USA festival appearances and collaborations with Ann Peebles, Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, Donovan, Foreigner, Chris Farlowe and Nazareth's Dan McCafferty has kept Bonham at the very forefront of the international music scene.
“What a thrill and honor to go on tour in the USA sharing a stage with three of my all-time favorite singers and guitarists,” adds Bonham. “Our Spirit will be There and Back on the Magic Ship Dreamboat Annie.”
VNUE, will be recording shows from the upcoming Stars Align tour with legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers – and making the recordings available for download within minutes after the last note each night via VNUE’s set.fm mobile content delivery app and website.
The shows being recorded begin July 24th in Houston, Texas, and continue through August 26th in Tampa, Florida.
Stars Align Tour: Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson with Deborah Bonham
July 18 - West Valley City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
July 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Five Point Amphitheatre
July 22 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 24 - Houston, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
July 25 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 28 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 29 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 31 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
Aug. 3 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug. 4 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 8 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug. 12 - Holmdel, NJ - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
Aug. 14 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 17 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Aug. 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 25 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre