Dates for “Meeting of the Spirits,” John McLaughlin’s first extensive U.S. tour in seven years and final Stateside tour, have been announced, and will run Nov. 1 through Dec. 9 across 23 cities. McLaughlin, an influential and prolific guitarist and composer with a career spanning over five decades, will be joined on tour by his current band, the 4th Dimension (keyboardist and drummer Gary Husband, bassist Etienne M’Bappé and drummer Ranjit Barot).
Co-headlining the tour is guitarist Jimmy Herring, known best for his work with Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic. Herring will be accompanied by his new band, the Invisible Whip, featuring drummer Jeff Sipe (aka Apt Q258), keyboardists Matt Slocum and Jason Crosby and bassist Kevin Scott.
The tour format consists of separate sets by Herring and McLaughlin, followed by a group jam session of classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material, with special guests as available.
McLaughlin plans to release a new album just prior to the tour’s start.
Nov. 1: Center for the Arts at University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Nov. 2: The Egg, Albany, NY
Nov. 3: Town Hall, New York, NY
Nov. 4: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Nov. 5: Park Theatre, Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts, Cranston, RI
Nov. 8: Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
Nov. 9: Keswick Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 10: Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
Nov. 11: Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
Nov. 12: Durham Performing Arts Center. Durham, NC
Nov. 15: TBD, Ann Arbor, MI
Nov. 17: Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
Nov. 19: Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
Nov. 21: Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Laura Turner Concert Hall, Nashville, TN
Nov. 22: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA
Nov. 24: Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 25: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
Nov. 27: Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA
Nov. 30: Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX
Dec. 5: Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
Dec. 6: Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
Dec. 8: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
Dec. 9: Royce Hall, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA