“Sometimes you just want to do things yourself.” – Arlo Guthrie
Solo Reunion Tour – Together at Last
Saturday, October 27, 2007, at 8:00 pm
Tickets $69.50 - $39.50
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON (September 28/07)
Legendary '60s icon Arlo Guthrie, who galvanized a whole generation’s counter-culture activism and social consciousness with his epic anti-war song, “Alice’s Restaurant”, performs a rare solo concert on Saturday, October 27, 2007, 8:00 pm., at Massey Hall in Toronto.
For well over four decades, the veteran folksinger/composer has toured the world, gathering a wide following for his distinctive and endearing style of singing and storytelling. Arlo says, “It’s coming up to 50 years of life on the road and I’d love to have a chance to do it like I did with nothing but a couple of guitars and a harmonica.” His current solo tour takes him to 84 cities across the United States and Canada.
In 1961, a young Arlo Guthrie took to the stage for the first time … solo. During the summer of 1965 he performed in England, Scotland and Denmark, showing up at clubs or singing on street corners … alone! In November that same year he began work on what would become his signature work, Alice’s Restaurant. For the next two years, he continued to tour as a solo artist as far away as Japan. In 1967, Alice’s Restaurant was released and was an immediate hit.
In 1969, Arlo Guthrie appeared at the Woodstock Music Festival, starred in the motion picture, Alice’s Restaurant, married Jackie Hyde (Miss Malibu), and bought an old farm in Massachusetts. Since then, he has rarely toured alone; one exception was in 1993, when longing for the good old days, he took his pick-up truck on a one-man tour for a few weeks.
In 1983, alongside his thriving performance career, Arlo launched his own record label, Rising Son Records, which holds his complete catalogue. His latest album, In Times Like These (2007), is a dynamic work in which he collaborates with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Of his double CD Live in Sydney (2005), it was said: “The real treasure is Guthrie himself…while staking out his own idiosyncratic territory, he both preserves and furthers the folk tradition.” – Acoustic Guitar
Arlo’s diverse artistic endeavors have included acting roles on the ABC series, Byrds of Paradise, and the USA Network series, Renegade. He has written and published a popular newsletter, “The Rolling Blunder Review”, and is the author of an award-winning children's book, Mooses Come Walking. He is actively working on two screenplays, one based on his father’s book, Seeds of Man. In 2002, he bought “The Church” (immortalized in “Alice’s Restaurant”), which houses The Guthrie Center, a not-for-profit interfaith church foundation, and The Guthrie Foundation, an educational foundation dedicated to providing a wide range of local and international services. Programs include everything from an HD Walk-A-Thon to raise awareness and money for a cure for Huntington's Disease (the disease that killed his father, folksinger Woody Guthrie), to baking cookies with a local service organization.
For the past year, Arlo has toured with his children because the spirit of the Guthrie Family has been handed down from generation to generation and “it was just plain fun”. The First Family of Folk has a legacy: “It's in the songs, the humour, and the commitment to keep making the world a little better for everyone”, says Arlo.
"Guthrie is philosophical in a naturally funny and folksy way and, as with great storytellers such as Will Rogers and even his own father, he always manages to pluck a gem from a lot of dirt." - The Los Angeles Times
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