Heaven & Earth, whose album, Dig, produced by Dave Jenkins, landed on the top 10 Best Vintage Rock Studio Albums of 2013, open their European tour tonight at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England.
The tour will take the band throughout the UK, playing mostly 02 Academies, then move onto Switzerland for the Montreux Jazz Festival, and into Holland and Germany for additional dates. The tour wraps with more gigs in England.
Heaven & Earth’s lineup for the tour features founding guitarist Stuart Smith, singer Joe Retta, bassist Lynn Sorensen, keyboardist Ty Bailie and drummer Jackie Barnes.
Speaking with VintageRock.com at the tour’s dress rehearsal in Los Angeles, Smith said: “We’re really looking forward to Europe. It’s where the band belongs.” He’s especially excited to play England, where he was born and raised.
While Smtih and Retta continually write new material with hopes of recording a follow-up to Dig, the focus is now on playing live. “We need to gig a while,” the guitarist said.
Smith also hinted that special guests, maybe his friends in Deep Purple, may show up to jam at some of the shows.
Heaven & Earth 2014 Summer European Tour Dates
June 26 - 02 - Birmingham, UK
June 27 - 02 - Glasgow, UK
June 28 - 02 - Newcastle, UK
June 29 - 02 - Sheffield, UK
July 1 - 02 - Liverpool, UK
July 2 - 02 - London, UK
July 5 - Montreux Jazz Fest - Montreux, Switzerland
July 6 - De Pul Live - Uden, Holland
July 8 - The Garage Deluxe - Munich, Germany
July 10 - Eventhalle Westpark - Ingolstadt, Germany
July 15 - The Robin 2 - Bilston, UK
July 16 - The Brook - Southhampton, UK
July 17 - Fibbers - York, UK
July 18 - Warehouse 2 - Wakefield, UK
July 20 - Steelhouse Rock festival - Aberbeeg, UK
For tickets and additional information, go to http://heavenandearthband.com.
Photos: Wayne Chema Photography