New York-based reggae tribute super-group Easy Star All-Stars have followed up their reggae tribute albums 'Dub Side of the Moon' (2003), 'Radiodread' (2006) and 'Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band' (2009) with their own dub fuelled adaptation of the greatest selling record of all time Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Easy Star's 'Thrillah' was released at the end of last month, and a 16-date UK tour has been confirmed for November 2012, which coincides with the 30th Anniversary of Thriller's release.
The album brings back several of the reggae stars from previous albums, such as vocalists Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Steel Pulse, Luciano, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), alongside the diverse roster of guests, including Yossi Fine (David Bowie, Lou Reed), Joe Tomino (Dub Trio/Matisyahu), Andy Farag (Umphrey's McGee), and horn tracks courtesy of Israel's highly-acclaimed Hadag Nachash.
"I was most excited about Thriller," says producer/arranger/guitarist Michael Goldwasser. "I was always an R&B/soul and reggae kid growing up and I have an intense personal connection to Michael Jackson's music. Writing the arrangements for this album was a cool challenge. I didn't have to try to make non-dance music into dance music as on our previous albums because the original Thriller is so danceable already, but I needed to find ways to make each song groove in a different way from the original version."
Their tour daters are as follows:
Thu 01 November Sub89, Reading
Fri 02 November Band On The Wall, Manchester
Sat 03 November Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Sun 04 November Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
Tue 06 November Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Wed 07 November The Duchess, York
Thu 08 November The Robin 2, Bilston
Fri 09 November Princess Pavilion, Falmouth
Sat 10 November Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Sun 11 November The Brook, Southampton
Tue 13 November The Fleece, Bristol
Wed 14 November Leeds University Union, Leeds
Thu 15 November The Garage, London
Fri 16 November Concorde 2, Brighton
Sat 17 November Quarterhouse, Folkestone
Sun 18 November The Waterfront, Norwich
Tickets are on sale now, to buy tickets (where available), here.
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article by: Scott Williams
| published: 04/09/2012 09:24|