Back together by popular demand on their 50th anniversary and touring behind a new album dropping this summer! In 1967, four young musicians from Nottinghamshire, England, Leo Lyons, Ric Lee, and [...]
Back together by popular demand on their 50th anniversary and touring behind a new album dropping this summer!
In 1967, four young musicians from Nottinghamshire, England, Leo Lyons, Ric Lee, and Chick Churchill together with Alvin Lee, formed Ten Years After and became one of the biggest names and the most explosive quartet on the world stage.
Their now legendary encore, I’m Going Home performed at The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in August 1969, was captured on film and exposed their jazz, blues, rock amalgam to a large audience who were blown away by the intensity of the band’s performance when the Academy Award winning documentary was released. Their ten-minute appearance in the film is an acknowledged highlight and established Ten Years After a place in rock history.
From 1968 to 1975 constant touring, playing important musical events like The Newport Jazz Festival, The Miami Pop Festival, The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, The Toronto Peace Festival and huge venues like The Albert Hall London, Madison Square Gardens, NY and The Budokan, Tokyo, exposed the band’s music to a global audience. It is estimated that they performed to in excess of 75,000 new fans a week. Almost four million people a year, not counting those who saw the band in the Woodstock film. Between 1967 and 1974, Ten Years After recorded and released ten multi-million selling albums.
Sadly, Alvin Lee decided to go solo in 1975 and the group ceased touring and recording. However, there has always been a demand for Ten Years After and, over the following twenty-plus years, there were to be three short-lived attempts at reformation and one new studio record, About Time. Each time, Alvin quit to return to his solo career.
A chance opportunity early in 2002 for the three founder members of Ten Years After – Leo Lyons (bass), Chick Churchill (keyboards) and Ric Lee (Drums) to work together gave them an insight into the intense, re-awakened interest in the band. In January 2014, it was announced that both Joe Gooch (who replaced Alvin Lee) and Leo Lyons had left Ten Years After. Two months later, veteran bass player Colin Hodgkinson and singer/guitarist Marcus Bonfanti were announced as their replacements and met with huge praise.
By public request, the band is back together. They are recreating the music, energy and excitement they’ve been known for over the past four decades. Ten Years After plays most of their classics, but it is not an oldies band riding around on past successes. It has taken up the reins and is riding into the future!
(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center
39 South Main Street, Plymouth, NH