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John McLaughlin: The Last Long Haul

Fusion pioneer will say goodbye to the road in November, with help from fellow guitar virtuoso Jimmy Herring

John McLaughlin (right) with Jimmy Herring (photo by Kim Allegrezza)
John McLaughlin (right) with Jimmy Herring (photo by Kim Allegrezza)

On Jan. 4, John McLaughlin turned 75—a noteworthy birthday for anybody lucky enough to reach it, and one that seems to have led the British guitarist and composer to make some big decisions. In November and December of this year, he will embark on a tour of the United States with his current band, the 4th Dimension, featuring keyboardist/percussionist Gary Husband, bassist Etienne Mbappé and drummer Ranjit Barot. The tour will be his first jaunt around the U.S. in seven years. It will also be his last.

“Yes, this is my farewell tour of America,” McLaughlin confirmed to JT during a recent interview in New York. “That doesn’t mean I’m not coming back, but it does mean I don’t want to travel as much anymore. I’ve been on the road since I was 16, and I’ve got a lot of other musical projects in the works that I want to focus on at this point.”

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